Making a Statement By Designing a Tablescape!

Being a part of the Events industry, clients are constantly coming to us with requests to do something bigger and better then the last event they put on! From a floral and design perspective, our clients want something that is going to "Wow!" their guests, and make the venue look really spectacular. One of the best ways to take your centerpieces to the next level is to design a full table scape, instead of the traditional piece placed in the center of the table.
By incorporating a variety of styles, shapes, sizes, and objects, a tablescape will strike the eye of all guests for a variety of reasons! Consider utilizing long rectangular tables or even squares, instead of traditional rounds. The set up will allow for a long path of flowers, candles, and who knows what else, to create something new and exciting for your event!

Photography by Ashley O'Dell, Design by Dana Markos Events

While most events will stick to using florals and candles, sometimes it pays off to get a little bit more imaginative and creative! By adding in interesting pieces, you can spark conversation throughout the table and get extra points for being different!
Design by Dana Markos Events
Don't bore your guests with something they have seen done a million times! Make a statement at your next event and take a chance on something dramatic! Your guests will be amazed and you will be proud of the decor at your event!

Vendor Spotlight with Cakes for Occasions!

Vendor Spotlight with Cakes for Occasions! 

Dana Markos Events: Can you give us a little history of your business? When/how did it all get started? 

Cakes For Occasions: Cakes for Occasions is a gourmet bakery located in Danvers, MA, that has been delighting its customers for over a decade with specialty cakes and pastries. Their pastry chefs take great pride in handcrafting the finest desserts and have helped establish the bakery as the premier provider of wedding cakes in the greater Boston area, producing over 700 wedding cakes a year. Owner Kelly Delaney, who received her culinary education from the Ballymaloe Cookery School in Ireland and Le Cordon Bleu in London, is recognized as one of the nation’s top baking experts.

Delaney, who started her business with a single oven in her mother’s home, now employs nearly 30 people and has over 8,000 wedding cakes to her credit. She has won dozes of awards for her outstanding products and has made dozens of appearances on national, regional and local television and radio programs. Kelly Delaney is now a nationally celebrated baking expert who has grown her gourmet and pastry shop into an incredibly successful business. She is now poised to take her business to the next level by expanding her retail space and opening additional retail locations. She also plans to drastically expand her reach by growing the shipping division of her company so she can provide more products to a wider range of customers.

Dana Markos Events: When working with a bride and groom on their cake design what is the experience usually like? Who usually takes charge? Is there a lot of compromise with the cakes attributes?

Cakes for Occasions: We put aside a full hour for a personal consultation with each of our couples. During this time, we work with them on designing their cake and then give them the opportunity to sample different cakes and fillings they might be interested in. Some couples come in with very clear ideas of the cake style they are interested in, while other need some guidance. If they have no idea where to start, we will often try to pull elements or colors from the wedding into the cake design. We often use things like invitations or the bride’s dress as a starting point for inspiration when designing out a cake.


Dana Markos Events: What is the most unique, or amazing, or your favorite cake you've ever created?

Cakes for Occasions: We have created many amazing cakes over the years. Most recently, we did a cake for a wedding that had a Vintage Carnival theme. We took inspiration from old carnival carousels and created an amazing cake, which is included in the photo collage here. The bride absolutely loved it!

Dana Markos Events: Are there any new trends coming up for the 2011 wedding season in the cake industry? 
Cakes for Occasions: In 2012, I think we will continue to see cake designs that have a “Less is More” minimalist look to them. We are seeing a lot of interest in cakes with gold gilding accents, so I think this a trend on the upswing.

Dana Markos Events: How can any interested Brides and Grooms or new fans get in touch!?                

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Blog: We are currently working on putting a blog in place. We’ll keep you posted.

CASTING CALL: From the Producers of Say Yes to the Dress!

Do you dream of walking down the aisle with the help of New York City’s premiere bridal expert but your budget doesn’t include a trip to the big apple? Never fear! It’s Randy to the Rescue!

For the first time ever, TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress fashion expert (and resident “FOB” – friend-of-the-bride) Randy, is heading off the floor of Kleinfeld and behind the wheel of a big rig – to bring his favorite gowns, his unsurpassed dress knowledge, and his signature “head-to-hem” styling approach to you!

If you love TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress and live in New Orleans, now is your chance. Email us with your name, age, location, and wedding date ASAP to

Randy will be in Boston on April 1st, so don't waste anytime!  Casting will be coming to a close shortly, Best of luck! 

Check out for more details!

Check Us Out On Pinterest!

If you haven't had the chance to log onto Pinterest open a second browser and enter into the address bar and enjoy. If you already know what we are talking about, you know how interesting, fun, and addicting the site can be! Dana Markos Events has created their own account for the site so now you will be able to be inspired by our past works, see new projects, and see what other styles and ideas we find interesting! Let us know what you think and be sure to follow us on Pinterest!