A regular department in MI M+E is Tablescape, where we highlight a company’s eye-popping tabletop design. When I started at the magazine nearly one year ago (!), I was excited about this particular department - I’m a big believer in the power of visuals, and Tablescape seemed like a great way to showcase the efforts of Michigan planners in a visually stunning way.

The funny thing is, it’s been a tricky department to fill each issue. Partly that’s because MiM+E doesn’t cover weddings, an evergreen source of beautiful tablescapes. And many corporate events favor more staid arrangements, no doubt. But I think that the main issue is that my editorship is still young enough that I simply haven’t tapped into the right sources.

(Photo Credit: Cafe Cortina)

Our sales rep, Laurie Burger, sent a beautiful image of a tablescape from Café Cortina, an Italian restaurant in Farmington Hills known for its lush setting and top-notch food (included here). It’s a great example of what we’re looking for. If your company creates exquisite tablescapes, get in touch. Maybe we’ll feature your work an upcoming issue!

Alexa Stanard
Michigan Meetings + Events

When an engaged couple wanted to dazzle their 140 guests at their October 2013 wedding, they turned to Planterra Conservatory and Viva La Diva Events for a gorgeous affair to remember. The groom hailed from New York, and the couple wanted to highlight Michigan’s beauty to their out-of-town family.


THE ROMANCE OF AN ENGLISH GARDEN was Derek Woodruff’s inspiration for this summertime tablescape.

Woodruff, owner of Floral Underground in Traverse City, created the table for an event showcase in New Jersey sponsored by floral supplier Syndicate Sales. The showcase was intended to offer layered looks for budget-minded planners and brides.