When I received an invitation to a private dinner hosted by The Cross Decor and Design, and The Lazy Gourmet, I knew I was in for a treat. The theme for the evening was Desert Rose. The interior design store was transformed into the most beautiful oasis to reflect the theme. The Cross is known for their chic, west coast aesthetic, but this was beyond anything I could have imagined.
From the Urban Walls flower decals, to the floral chandelier, and the beautiful table setting, every element of this dinner was on point. When we arrived we were greeted with a signature cocktail before sitting down to a beautiful meal served by Vancouver’s top catering company, The Lazy Gourmet.
As you can see from the photos, the whole evening was quite spectacular. The Cross and The Lazy Gourmet know how to throw a fabulous party, so I’ve asked their teams to share some tips and tricks on how to make your next dinner party extraordinary.
Stephanie Vogler, President and Creative Director of The Cross Decor & Design
This decor was inspired by my last trip to Palm Springs and LA. I love the warmth and plants of the desert and the ever cool vibe of Venice Beach. I wanted to bring the best of both worlds into the theme. The cacti and the succulent trend is still going strong and the combination of greenery with crochet hammocks, roses and copper accents made for a rustic, yet elegant theme.
Creating the perfect setting depends on the food and guests. During the holidays I will do a more formal setting, but this was meant to be casual and fun so we were a bit more relaxed with the setting. Whether formal or casual, flowers and tea lights are a must! Both create a warm and inviting scene for your guests.
The take home mini cactus was our way of saying ‘thank you for coming’ and for our guests to continue to remember the event at home.
We collaborated with our favourite florist Celsia Floral for this event. We were inspired to mix in pastel roses with the terracotta potted cactus and succulents, to create the Desert Rose theme. Celsia created floral curtains to define the space where we hosted the dinner. It was breathtaking!
Kevin Mazzone, General Manager of The Lazy Gourmet
When putting together a theme, it’s important to consider all aspects of the dinner. Time of year, theme possibilities, guest count and flavours. For the desert rose dinner menu the key elements included local ingredients, colour on the plate, and crisp spring flavours.
There are a couple of things to consider when creating a signature cocktail for an event. First is flavour – how do we want the guests to feel when they arrive? Then colour, does the colour accent the theme? And finally we have garnish, does the garnish add to the overall experience of the cocktail?
Have fun! If you are having fun, so will your guests. A lot of our clients hire us so they don’t need to worry about a thing at their event. They can sit back and relax with their guests.
Thank you to the team at The Cross Decor & Design and The Lazy Gourmet
Photography by Jamie-Lee Fuoco