Desert Rose Dining

Cross 18When 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.
Cross 9 Cross 12Cross 5The Cross 20Stephanie 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.
Cross 4Cross 11The Setting
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.

The Flowers
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! 

The Cross 15Cross 6Kevin 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.
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unspecified-1The Drinks
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?

Hosting Tips
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.

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Thank you to the team at The Cross Decor & Design and The Lazy Gourmet
Photography by Jamie-Lee Fuoco

  • OMG it looks so cute! The ultimate girly / shabby chic dinner. So jealous

    • Thanks Caitlin! It was such a fun evening. I’m totally going to recreate this for friends this summer 🙂

  • CoRina Culeva

    Wow, everything about this post is amazing! I love how vibrant the pictures are!

    • Thank you Corina!! It was such a fabulous evening. Appreciate you stopping by Style Calling 🙂

  • Violette

    The settings are so pretty and all these flowers are beautiful!

    • They were incredibly beautiful in person, and smelt ah-mazing!!

  • Taylor

    Omg such a gorgeous table setting, LOVE LOVE LOVE!

    • Isn’t it gorgeous?! I’m so inspired to host my own dinner party this summer 🙂

  • Nikki Living-Life

    What an amazing dinner. Kudos to the Cross Decor & Design team for putting this dinner together. The table setting is perfection. The flowers and plants are stunning. Those cocktails look so yummy. I am sure the Lazy Goumet did not disappoint. Thank you for sharing. I am sure you had a blast.


    • Thank you for the kind words Nikki. Both the teams from The Cross and The Lazy Gourmet did an amazing job! It was a pretty magical evening. The pink cocktail was Frosé (Frozen Rosé) which was beyond delicious!

  • oh my goodness, this dinner looks absolutely stunning! so many photo opportunities <3

    Abigail Alice💕

    • SO many photo opportunities. Instagram heaven 🙂

  • Ah, what an amazing night and set up!! I’m absolutely swooning over every single detail and SO wish I could have joined you!! We’re actually off to The Cross this weekend, or the next, to peek at one of their couches and I can’t wait! I’m always stalking their website and they truly have the prettiest things! Plus love all the hosting tips too!! xo

    • My wish list from The Cross is always WAY too long. Their couches are the best, as are all the darling accessories. Can’t wait to see what you pick up!

  • Absolutely beautiful! What a gorgeous event! All those flowers are so pretty!

    xo, Jennifer

    • Thank you Jennifer! The flowers were just incredible.

  • Carmen Jny (carmitive)

    Oh that looks like you had a beautiful time! I love the decor and the flowers everywhere – it makes it the perfect spring venue 🙂
    xx, Carmen –

    • It was absolutely magical! I felt like I was at a very chic wedding 🙂

  • Pardon My Obsession

    Wow, what a gorgeous set up !! I love these pics babe x

    • Thanks Lady! It was such a beautiful evening

  • Rach

    OMG I am in love with this set up! Everything is gorgeous. I love the little details and the floral arrangements!

    • Aren’t they darling? I’m keeping my eye out for ‘desert rose’ coloured roses now. They’re just so pretty!

  • Bella Skoog (Bella)

    This set up is absolutley stunning!

    Hugs // Instagram: bellaskoog

  • This sounds like a good event! I would love to go to the place like this 🙂

    • If you ever visit Vancouver, The Cross is an absolute must. It’s home decor heaven!!

  • WhatWouldVWear

    Wow! Sounds like a great event and the venue is just breathtaking!

    xoxo, Vanessa

    • It was quite a magical evening. Thanks for stopping by Style Calling 🙂

  • Mahi Chaurasia

    just want to say one word ROYAL… love the pics

    • Royal indeed!! It was quite a magical evening. The team from The Cross and The Lazy Gourmet outdid themselves

  • Okay, so I need them to plan every party I’ll ever have, haha! Seriously though, what a magnificent tablesecape! I love the theme, which you can certainly see reflected in the decor and settings. I’m sure you had the best time, what an experience! Thanks for sharing, beauty, and I hope you’re having a great week so far!



    • Ah, Jalisa this was the most incredible dinner in person! The whole evening was quite magical. Have you visited The Cross Decor and Design’s website? You will LOVE it. They ship 🙂

  • Shauna C

    Such a beautiful setup! Love how classy it all is 🙂


    • Isn’t it stunning? They did such an incredible job with the decor.

  • this is the most beautiful table setting I have ever seen

  • Siffat Haider

    Omg this has got to be one of the most beautiful table setups I’ve seen!

    • Isn’t it incredible?! The team from The Cross and The Lazy Gourmet did such an amazing job. I was blown away!
      Hope you had a great long weekend xo

  • Wow what a beautiful setting! Gemma x

    • The teams from The Cross and The Lazy Gourmet outdid themselves! It was so beautiful in person. Hope you’re having a great week so far Gemma! xo

  • Such a stunning tablescape. The flowers, drinks and small touches look amazing!

    • It was such a magical evening! Thank you for stopping by Style Calling.