a portal for the interior crew to share tabletop tips
and showcase their creativity and design
The official tabletop competition
vote by liking the photos on our Facebook links
THERE are 3 photos per vessel, per category
the sum of the 3 photos will be counted april 1st at midnight:
TIP OF THE DAY
The rules were simple :
All vessels participating at the Palm Beach Intl. Boatshow 2017 are eligible, however entrants must be permanent crew of the vessel.
Photo shoot was Friday March 24th.
Photos will be posted on the Top-Notch Tabletop Facebook Page March 27th and ends April 1st at midnight.
Winners will be announced the at the spring Triton Expo, April 5th, at the tennis courts of Bahia Mar Yachting Center in Fort Lauderdale.
The rules were simple:
Create a fabulous table setting and show us some of your favorite tricks to wow your guests as they approach the table.
Showcase your creativity.
2 main categories:Luxe Interior Tabletop and/or Outdoor Chic.
Awards will also be granted for the following categories:
Most Artistic Napkin Fold
Top Creative Centerpiece
Best Beverage Presentation
Stylish Menu Design
& Best Tip of the day
Our amazing sponsors contributed with over $5500 in prizes.
Awards are granted via FB voting in 3 categories: Luxe Interior, Outdoor Chic & Tip of the Day. Only one prize category winner per vessel. The more categories you enter, the more chances you have of winning. But you can only win in once in those 3 categories.
Cris Clifford from Aqualuxe Outfitting photographed the #TopNotchTabletops at the Palm Beach Boat Show this weekend. Read here the highlights.
We started walking the north docks to find chief stew Samara Rose from M/Y MAG III showcasing a bouquet of roses within the most stunning vase decorated with no other than the Triton, son of Poseidon, the messenger of the sea. Her centerpiece draped from the light fixture with greenery and bubbles with roses and kale. Vintage silver coasters combined with the Hermes china finish this mythological elegant theme.
Ashleigh, Cayla, Goody & Kelly onboard M/Y Spirit displayed a Bohemian Chic Outdoors table setting incorporating succulents, sage, carnations, cactus, different size vases, rock crystals, rosemary & thyme. The napkin fold was the perfect scale, a simple fold with a rosemary evergreen in it, for an earthy look. Their drink of the day was a rum based iced tea called “Spice of Spirit” that includes black chai, cinnamon, star anise, rosemary, thyme, coconut cream and a black salted rim; delissh.
Black stones and candles inside sparkling clear vases of different widths, drift wood, orchids and greenery were the centerpiece onboard M/Y Kisses. Krisli, Bernie & Mel opted for a Safari modern look and used different animal napkin rings to decorate the surrounded naturalistic centerpiece.
Inspired by James Bond, Nadine & Natasha on M/Y Sofia added dice, chips and name cards with the characters; they mixed in a bit of Alice in Wonderland with upside down tea cups, flowers and votives. The rose flower butter with the oil & vinegar presentation is a detail to take note.
Chloe, Leigh, Nadine & Chantal were inspired by gold and navy. The centerpiece aboard M/Y Broadwater was decorated with LED lights, flickering candles, gold flatware, & navy china. They displayed 2 napkins per setting, a white one on a double roll inside a navy starburst napkin ring and the other, a navy napkin simply draped over the white charger for background effect. Loved it!
Maeve & Dani aboard M/Y Abbracci prepared for a hot weekend in South Florida and created beverage stations on every deck for their guests to hydrate. They also displayed two chic outdoor designs that included a modern take with red coral and green napkins on the aft and a fishing net decorated with shells and succulents on the top deck.
Melanie & Marica designed a Japanese-theme for the interior & outdoor settings on M/Y Nita K. With gems and stones created the symbols for live, laugh & love. They dressed the charger with a French double-sided style fan napkin fold over Swarovski crystal napkin rings.
Being the owner’s favorite, Daniela Breban & Shannon Jones, from M/Y Lady Joy showcased a common element on their table. From the china, the napkins, the placemats and the vases, red coral was the focus. The use of elevations covered by draping different fabrics, lit candles, shiny shells & decorative drift wood made this a very cozy tablesetting.
Chief stew Ania & Haylee on M/Y Allegria added exquisite deep purple calla lilies to their napkin fold for a sophisticated look. A very well thought-out display of non-symmetrical ornaments in different color metallics included gold chargers, silver and gold detailed flatware, copper & black decorations, amber votives & taupe silky napkins with a gold ring.
M/Y Madsummer added several fish tanks to the centerpiece, combined with 2 gorgeous tropical arrangements, the dragon flies on the napkin rings were the finished touch for “the tropics theme”.
The girls at M/Y Match Point took the centerpiece to another level. With so many athletes chartering and paying homage to the name of the vessel, they used tennis balls and rackets on the centerpiece and cut out the balls to create their own napkin rings. Very created Chef JP, Candice and Stephanie!
Some of the most elegant classic designs included M/Y Octopussy displaying a beautiful rose napkin fold and M/Y Safira with a perfectly ironed fan fold.
Last but not least, Marie Ramsay from M/Y Te Manu was refreshing her stunning tall main flower arrangements as we were coming in. Her elegant design, with impeccably ironed linen, perfectly folded, gold-plated silverware & china, hanging pearls and flickering candles impressed us at the door. Te Manu’s crew offered their guests fresh lemonade in a beautiful tray presentation at the door. Chelsea Gallaguer, mixed the Yacht’s specialty drink: the Te Manu, you see Te Manu means bird in Polynesian. This was definitely one of the highlights of the day, as the lemon will bounce in the wind as a bird on the martini glass. I also have the recipe for you, stay tuned.
All Top Notch Tabletops were creative and every design had a different story to tell.
Good luck to all participants!
Inspire and be inspired!
Share your creativity and find new and resourceful ways to redecorate and repurpose your decorations.
I hope you had as much fun as we did. See you all at the Triton Expo in Bahia Mar on April 5th.
Follow us on our Facebook page for all updates: www.Facebook/Topnotchtabletop
Thank you for sharing your tablesettings and tips with stews around the world.
Thank you to all our sponsors!
Thank you for your interest in awarding the creativity and design that each Top Crew creates and spreading the word.
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