The Midas Touch

Grad season is in full swing and last week we had the honor to design a private dinner for a nursing school graduate held at one of our favorite local restaurants, The Pig & The Lady.

After meeting with the celebrant and her husband, our goal was to design an elegant and glamorous environment that was formal but not stuffy. We love the lofty ceilings and brick walls of the restaurant’s newly opened 2nd floor event space, and we aimed to design a space that complemented the surroundings. We were immediately inspired by the graduate’s cap and gown and introduced a classic black and white color palette with gold accents to create a bold statement for this fun and lively couple.

With an intimate guest list, we incorporated a 28-foot long Kings Table to complement the family-style dinner alongside our Louis Ghost Chairs to provide the perfect accent of modern edge and classic sensibility. As the hero of the design, we produced a custom fabricated structure consisting of 5 of our Venetian Chandeliers and adorned with over 1,750 gold ribbons, which was inspired by the tassels of a graduation cap. Each ribbon was hand-cut and meticulously applied over the course of two days to form this 26' long, 5' tall, 2' wide structure.

The tablescape included a black and white runner with gold chargers, and custom-printed menus rolled to mimic an old-fashioned diploma. Luxe floral centerpieces consisting of white vendela roses and green dianthus in stunning gold vases were created by our team to provide a modern and organic element to the tablescape.

Lastly, we created a chic and fun backdrop using our Rose Flower Wall decorated with 40” gold mylar balloons spelling the graduate’s name.

We had an incredible time designing this event and creating a memorable evening for the celebrant and her friends & family.

Congrats to all the 2015 grads and here’s to a bright future full of opportunity and success!


  • Design Conceptualization: CURATE décor + design
  • Louis Ghost Chair, Chandeliers, Rose Wall, and Florals: CURATE décor + design
  • Photography: VIVIDFotos
  • Venue: The Pig & The Lady
  • Table Rentals and Black Linen: Island Event Rentals
  • Gold Chargers: Event Essentials
  • Cake: A Cake Life
  • Balloons: Balloons N Beyond