Romancing the Stone: Crystal Vision

From earthy to elegant, geology-themed tables never looked so good


0813-tabletop-crystal-vision-placesettingIt was a natural fit for Scenemakers‘ Allie Kesler, a lover and collector of calcite and amethyst stones, to design a geode-themed tablescape. Inspired by the stones’ glassy hues and elegant yet rugged textures, she set the scene with clear Chiavari chairs and a deep table topped with icy linens, silver chargers, glass plates, and frosted stemware. Her favorite detail? Custom butter stone place-card holders hand-cut at Rockpick Legend Co.

Kesler often refers to flowers as “the gem of any event,” a happy coincidence for this theme. She arranged David Austin patience roses, Sakura dendrobium orchids, Aranda Nora mokara orchids, hydrangea, veronica, and eucalyptus pods for organically beautiful centerpieces.

Calligraphy paper goods, including hand-painted watercolor invitation suites sealed with vintage mineral stamps, are all one-of-a-kind—just like the locally sourced stones scattered throughout the setting. Swizzle-stick rock candy favors and a sparkling three-tier fondant and rock candy cake tie the gem theme together.

Rock On
“Stones, geodes, and drusy quartz offer amazing inspiration,” says Kesler. “There is so much character in each rock. Use raw stones for an earthy event, polished or refined stones for a more elegant feel, or tumbled stones for something in between.”



Designer, flowers, votives, and stemware: Scenemakers (801-983-8118, Table: Modern Display (801-355-7427, Chiavari chairs, plates, chargers, flatware RSVP Party Rentals (801-294-2970, Linens and chair cushions: La Tavola (702-383-3337, Assorted stones: Rockpick Legend Co. (801-355-7952, and Turiya’s (801-531-7823, Invitations and favor tags: The Write Image (801-485-1909, Watercolor wash on invites: Cathy Brady, Saucy & Kitsch (801-694-6644, Calligraphy: Kathy Lee (435-640-9471) Vintage stamps: Verde Studio ( Rock candy cake: Julie Hill, Layers (801-699-5987, Rock candy favors: Orson Gygi (801-268-3316, Geode ring: Katie Waltman Jewelry (801-558-1792,