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The most beautiful tabletops: Stunning looks that make a dinner party wow

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Tis the season for entertaining at home and as parties swing into high gear, CultureMap presents a colorful look at some of the best tables we've seen in recent times. Inspiration comes from both the extravagant and the modest. 

This grand display of magenta moth orchids filled two lengthy tables for a dinner hosted by Asprey of London in the home of John and Becca Cason Thrash. This pricey display at the dinner for 50 guests can be toned down for a lesser budget by adopting the single flower concept for a smaller dinner.

Phoebe and Bobby Tudor had their buffet dinner table decorated to the hilt with a striking centerpiece of red berries and red candles in varying sizes.

The beautiful food display was done by Jackson & Co. The occasion was the Holiday Schmooze benefiting Legacy Community Health Services.

For a small summer dinner party at home, this hostess went with a green and white theme incorporating roses, tulips and spider mums in the flower arrangements she made herself. Flowers of all varieties for do-it-yourself arrangements can be found at Central Market, H-E-B and Kroger as well as other grocery stores.

For a Middle Eastern-themed dinner, this hostess covered the table in a grand swath of golden polyester (a must for cleaning) satin and topped it with a sheer, beaded overlay made in India and purchased at the flea market in Santa Fe, N.M.

Orange candles are held in palm tree style holders and the flowers were a simple collection of orange and yellow tulips. The sphinx heads were party favors from a Houston Grand Opera ball.

When fashion designer Naeem Khan is guest of honor, only the most sophisticated table dressing will do. Becca Cason Thrash went for a monochromatic golden theme for her table that easily accommodates 30 guests. The gilded tablecloth was a special touch.

With Halloween just around the corner, this table top created by Donna Vallone for guests at a small Halloween luncheon at Tony's provides inspiration. Much of her decor came from the Dollar Store where sacks of candy and Halloween decorations abound. The whimsical witches were party favors for the luncheon guests. 

Each holiday season, the Houston Design Center tenants present their best holiday tabletop decor. Here Baccarrat crystal was employed in both the grand candelabra and in the crystal adorning the table. Note the cowhide cloth that gives the elegant settting a downhome touch. And who can go wrong with bouquets of white peonies for a table setting?

When Louis Vuitton in the Galleria hosted an evening for Museum of Fine Arts, Houston patrons, the decor featured brown table linens, edged in salmon-colored trim with matching napkins and peonies. The lush bouquets were all that was needed for this simply elegant setting.  

Another Halloween inspiration comes from the dining table of Sydney Faust, who each year, with BFF Cora Sue Mach, hosts a costume brunch. Guests are asked to bring toys for Texas Children's Hospital tots. Take a look and find the inspiration.

When KPRC news anchor Dominique Sachse and Nick Florescue were wed in the home of John and Becca Cason Thrash, the house was filled  with white orchids, roses and stock.

Mammoth bouquets flanked the area where Joel Osteen performed the ceremony. We doubt there was a white orchid left in the state on this particular Saturday. Mirrored tables were flanked by silver chivari chairs with silvery cushions.

More from the Houston Design Center where inspiration comes in all forms. We love the whimisical reindeer and the olive green and brown color scheme for a fresh twist on the holiday season.

Max's Wine Dive chef Michael Pelligrino never fails to entertain, particularly when cooking for charity. This tabletop complete with alligator head and used wine corks clearly set the tone for his delicious dinner with a whacky presentation. His guests at the Bon Vivant benefit for the Youth Development Center loved it all.

When Lucinda Loya hosted a luncheon for 50 she opened the glass doors and extended the lengthy table from her dining room out to the summer kitchen. For the event hosted by BCBG Max Azria and the line's chief designer Lubov Azria, Loya went with an all-white decorative theme featuring white bouquets of varying flowers. Even the dining chairs were draped in white for the striking monochromatic look.

Another outstanding holiday party table, this one in the home of  Rose and Harry Cullen for a party celebrating the Houston Ballet. The food displays were as rich as the table decorations.

And what could be grander than dinner in Paris at the residence of the U.S. Ambassador? This was the set up for the Liaison au Louvre III dinner last June where Ambassador  Charles Rivkin entertained several scores of guests at one long, grand table.