You may have already seen the image of "Another Curious Tea Party" by Kate Bergin (above) floating around Social Media or in newspapers promoting the NGV "Best of the Best 2016" exhibition, which runs from 11-13th May. The National Gallery of Victoria Women's Association have put together an exhibition and major fundraising event in conjunction with top designers in a variety of fields to raise funds for scholarships for leading art school graduates and curators and also to contribute to the acquisition of works for the Gallery. This is to be done every three years, and is not to be missed!
 inspiring Table design by Danielle D Rollins at the New York City Orchid Dinner with Chinoiserie theme

It showcases table art or table scenes conceived by artists, decorators, galleries, designers, stylists, couturiers and florists which promises to be a creatively inspiring event. Some of my favourite Melbourne designers and suppliers are involved, such as Flowers Vasette (my favourite Melbourne Florist), Hill of Content (bookshop), Turner and Lane (fab homewares store), Mud Australia (beautiful pottery based tableware) along with many other top designers like Diane Bergeron, Brownlow Interior Design... and it promises to be varied, inspiring and fabulously creative.
Botanical Gardens table designed by Danielle D Rollins at the New York City Orchid Dinner 


As any long term blog readers will know I do love a bit of table setting action, and with a Kate Bergin image to promote the event, well I was easily hooked in when the NGV approached me, offering four tickets valued at $25 each to give away to my blog readers. These will be split into two sets of two, with one set available here on the blog, and the other on Instagram. To enter, please use the rafflecopter entry form below, the draw closes on Wednesday 27th April 2016 at midnight and winners will be sent the tickets directly by the NGV.





20 comments:

  1. table setting with orchids is 11/10!!!

    x

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    1. Love that one too - although hard to see the other side of the table! But looks divine x

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    2. It's a work of art!! But not so practical for a real dinner party. You'd want to find your immediate neighbours interesting or it could get boring as you wouldn't see much of anyone else. Rather like the chinoiserie themed table too.

      The NGV event sounds wonderful - how nice that they asked you to help promote it with their giveaway tickets. Not throwing my hat in the ring though as it's too close to our departure date for France.
      What a pity you aren't able to attend yourself. Would have been fun and would love to have seen your pics! Pammie xxx

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    3. I know - I'd love to go, and they'd offered me two tickets which I've added to the giveaway to promote it. But as it's for a worthy cause, and I used to go to the NGV a lot when I lived in Melb I couldn't say no. Exciting that the France date is approaching P! xx

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    1. I'd go if I could! Unfortunately I can't make it to Melb that week, and I'm so disappointed. May is too busy a month for me :(

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  3. Stunning!! Too bad I'm soooo far away. Hope you can post photos, Heidi.
    Cheers,
    Loi
    PS - I love the pottery from Mud. So simple and organic.

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    1. I didn't know they had Mud in the US Loi?! It's a beautiful range, I have a couple of platters that are perfect for casual entertaining.

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  4. Heidi
    I am not in Melbourne so I can't go to the exhibition but I know my mother-in-law would love to visit and as she lives there I will throw my hat in the ring (so to speak) at a chance of winning the tickets. Good luck to me to win a surprise for someone else!
    Cheers
    Melody

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    1. Good luck Melody - I think it would be the best Mother's Day gift to give, I'm sure your Mother in Law would love it! x

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  5. Have been loving your posts, even though have been slack about not commenting. I so enjoy the British opulence of this kind of decorating, really appeals to me, reminds me of the styling of whatsername, the red-haired Vogue woman

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    1. Grace C? Yes, love the opulence as well. Have a blog post in me about table settings and how sad they generally are these days (aside from weddings which are so full blown and over the top with the flowers these days. But all other events get nothing!) Nice to see you back in the blog-sphere Jody! Have been wondering what you're up to. xx

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    2. That's the one, old timers setting in.

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  6. Hi Heidi,
    Fabulous giveaway! I live in Melbourne and would love to attend this exhibition. As for the answer to the comp question: The most people I've had to dinner was 30. It was during summer, the setting was outdoors under an old English Ash tree in our backyard. The ladies took their shoes off so that they could feel the grass between their toes. The table scape included hurricane lamps and fresh herbs and flowers from the garden. The aroma from the flowers and herbs was divine!
    Good luck to me!
    Val x

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    1. Good luck Val! Wow - 30?! That's a lot to cater for, and love the sound of your table decorations. I'm sure you'd get a lot of inspiration from the exhibition. x

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  7. Hi Heidi, I'd love to visit this exhibition! Im so pleased to find out about it ... thankyou. Im sure my
    table decorating is very low key by comparison however I really like to make an effort with the table when we entertain - whether its casual or otherwise - I enjoy the process! Id say 20 is my largest number.
    Melinda

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  8. Thanks for the chance to win! Am I to tell you the maximum no of people I have fed for dinner? Hmm, maybe 30 but it wasn't a fancy sit down. A family Christmas where we all brought something. Those types of gatherings are always the best.

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  9. Oh, I love that Bergin piece! What a fabulous event.

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  10. So perfect for entertaining guests you'd rather avoid talking to! Haha. I ove the orchid one. Did you see Martha Stewart's blog post from the orchid dinner in New York?
    http://www.themarthablog.com/2016/02/nybg-orchid-dinner-2016.html

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  11. Aside from Christmas gatherings which are always for a crowd I would say that my largest event is a modest twelve, I love the planning involved for any gathering, it's almost as much fun as the occasion.

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