Last year, the undeniably lovely Jennifer Iovino of Peterson Party Center asked if I’d like to be part of their Vendor Design Series for 2014. Each month they feature a table in their Woburn, MA showroom designed to reflect the spirit of each designer’s brand using Peterson’s rental products in interesting ways.

In my everyday job as a stationer, I never get to design wedding reception tables. The venues or the planners usually take care of that, using my work (table numbers, menus, etc.) as part of the overall look. So I was delighted to create something outside of my usual thing.


The table design was inspired by an invitation I created for Jessica and Sean a while back in ivory, black and gold. Their wedding was very traditional with some modern touches and I tried to reflect that in the design.


I used lots of light/dark contrast with flashes of gold. The clear chairs were used to keep the focus on the table and help that gorgeous tablecloth stand out. Why the lamp? Because why not. Have you ever seen a real lamp as part of reception table centerpiece?


The menus also acted as place cards with guests names at the top. That unusual napkin fold was a spur-of-the-moment creation I made by mistake. I really like that it’s so simple with big impact.


The pebbled paper wrapping the favor boxes adds another texture layer without being overly fussy.

Thanks to my good friend Jill Person of Person + Killian Photography for taking these amazing photos. You can see more images on the Peterson Party Center Facebook page.

If you don’t know, Peterson Party Center is New England’s leading resource for tent and special event rentals. They are constantly adding to their vast inventory of tables, chairs, linen, china and glassware. They have every style from traditional to modern and the people there are totally nice.

I’m flattered to have my work on display in their new showroom. If you stop by to see it, please let me know what you think.


2 Comments on I designed a table!

  1. Stephanie Rita
    April 25, 2014 at 11:39 am (3 years ago)

    Kelli, this looks awesome! That lamp is stellar.

    • Kelli
      April 25, 2014 at 2:16 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Stephanie. That lamp was a sweet TJ Maxx find.


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