In 2009, Janet Flowers Wedding and Event Designs of Rockville, Md., wins the Best Dining Table Design Gala for "Couture Yourself," featuring wrought iron mannequins dressed in floral costumes. Centerpieces included accessories such as strands of pearls.
In 2005, Harith Productions of Willow Grove, Pa., and Designs by Sean of Dania, Fla., share Gala honors for "An Evening of Everglades Elegance," featuring snakeskin-print linen and centerpieces made from native plant species.
High Rise Events of Las Vegas lands Gala gold in 2007 with "April Showers Bring May Flowers," a bridal shower table featuring pink sateen and chocolate linen, pink tulle "raincoat" wraps on chairs, and Battenburg lace umbrellas dripping with crystal "raindrops."
A Legendary Event, Atlanta, starts a three-year Gala winning streak in 2002 with its "La Dolce Vita" design, featuring gold and silver table linen, candelbra and square silver dishes. The dramatic centerpiece--with clusters of grapes, lemons, limes, pears, roses, miniature callas and golden yarrow--was lit from beneath.
Gala honors in 2006 went to Sasha Souza Events of Napa, Calif., for "Noche Del Fuego"--or Night of Fire--featuring a custom, 6-inch-wide fire pit lined with terra cotta tiles running down the center of a 60-foot-long table. The design included woven grass place mats, a tablecloth made from banana leaves, and blown-glass stemware.
Hello Florida of Orlando, Fla., snags the Gala in 2008 for "Taking Dining to New Heights," featuring a 24-foot, fully set clear acrylic table that was lowered from the ceiling to the surprise and delight of guests.
Atlanta-based A Legendary Event creates an outdoor-patio feel indoors via a decorative 48-inch cast aluminum top centered in a custom wooden ring; the al fresco mood won Gala honors in 2004.
New York-based David Tutera brings home the Gala Award in 2000 for a "fantasy garden" tabletop featuring a pave bed of flowers, a handmade silk damask tablecloth and a bed of moss. Custom-cut slate place mats added edge to the romantic design.
To honor the host's Hungarian ancestry, Los Angeles-based Charles Banfield Productions and Extraordinaire Floral and Event Design create a "Gypsy Camp" with mismatched overlays on velvet linen. Accents included crystal balls, peacock feathers, faux gold coins and reproduction candlesticks; the mix wins the 2001 Gala for Best Dining Table Design.
The 2003 Galas again honor A Legendary Event, Atlanta, for its art deco, 10-seat table design, which creates intimate, two-person dining spaces using configurations of raised plexiglass shelves.