From A Magical Affair in Franklin, Tenn., "Opulence in Orchid" in the category "Tabletops Under $1,000 Each."
The elegant geometric place settings.
Pretty details include flirty chair skirts and trails of rose petals.
Also in the "Under $1,000" category, Elan Event Studio of Tampa, Fla., channels legendary detective Sherlock Holmes with "Dinner at 221B Baker Studio."
Masculine details include these mahagony chiavaris; note the tiny violins--a nod to Sherlock's hobby--on place settings.
Another finalist in the category "Under $1,000," Amos Gott and Graceful Tables, both of Nashville, team up to create "Tops in Tables."
Seating is a saucy mix of gleaming white chiavaris and puffy ottomans.
A close-up on a place setting.
Designer Joanne Hulme of South Jersey Party Rentals, Haddon Heights, N.J., dreams up the whimsical "Lunch at the Library," where kids read the classics while munching on classic lunch foods, including pizza.
Paper is used as the medium to create the elaborate centerpiece treatment, bringing to life books including "Gone with the Wind." Note the wooden card catalogue box.
The monster from "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea"--and a kid's lunch.
Rustic metal chairs complete the look.
In the category "Tabletops $1,000 and Above Each," Architectural Holidays of Amenia, N.Y., creates "Liftoff," featuring an airline theme.
Here, the "centerpiece" plane uses the table as a runway to take off.
A close-up of a place setting; note the airline details such as chocolate planes and plane cookie cutters.
Also in the "$1,000 and Above" category, Pittsburgh-based Mosaic Inc. and team dream up "The Perfect Match"--a summery take on tennis.
Madras seat cushions are a lively accent to X-back wooden chairs.
The place settings mix elegant and preppy elements.
Also in the "$1,000 and Above" category, "Raindrops in the Garden" combines a greenery arch with glass "raindrops" to create a stunning setting. The design was created by Oeu'Vre Creative Services of Burnsville, Minn.
Clear Ghost chairs throw the focus onto the tablescape.
A close-up on the place settings.
Where were you in '82? The team at Vintage and Veil, Phoenix, brings you back to the rad world of "Awesome '80s." Note the leg-warmers on the chair legs.
Sunglasses at each place setting salute '80s icons including Paula "Straight Up" Abdul and heartthrob Corey Haim.
The centerpiece is a salute to period greats including Cabbage Patch dolls and Nerds candies.
"Refreshmint" from Nashville-based Wedding 101 combines rustic whitewashed wood with elegant accents.
A longer view.
A pretty detail on a chair back.
A close-up of the table setting, which features sage green metal lanterns and bark-wrapper pillar candles.
Come tour the tops in tabletop design--it's our annual Tabletop Gallery, featured on the show floor at The Special Event 2014 in Nashville, Tenn. Here, the stunning work of the finalists.