Romancing the Stone: Natural Wonders

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


0813-tabletop-natural-wonders-palcesetting“I love stones and rocks—I have them on just about every shelf in my home,” says florist and designer Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers. She often pulls pieces from her personal treasure trove for events, creating table-length floral and quartz-cluster centerpieces and glowing quartz candleholders. For this sophisticated tablescape, Winward drew inspiration from polished agate stones. “Agates have very natural and imperfect qualities that pair well with flowers,” she notes. Her richly hued arrangement of ranunculus, Fritillaria, Helleborus, cherry branches, amaryllis, bupleurum, and passion vine takes center stage. Gilded place settings and candlesticks shine bright atop a luxe earth-tone linen.

Winward worked with Elpitha Tsoutsounakis of Print In Cursive to design gold-foiled menus, agate table numbers, and agate place cards, which she says double as wonderful gifts for guests. The elegant gold touches, refined wood chairs, and modern light fixture elevate the setting’s natural elements. Gourmet chocolates reminiscent of glossy stones are a sweet way to say goodnight to guests.

Perfectly Imperfect
Winward isn’t a fan of table set-ups that are overly repetitive or look pre-packaged. “My favorite thing about this table is that it’s coordinated without being too matchy-matchy. Every detail is beautiful individually and compliments surrounding items.”



Designer, chairs, lighting, flowers, vases, chargers Honey of a Thousand Flowers (801-231-3088, Table, dishes, glasses, flatware Diamond Rental (801-262-2080, Linens La Tavola (702-383-3337, Custom menus and gold foil on table number and place cards Elpitha Tsoutsounakis, Print In Cursive (801-557-9987, Chocolates Chocolatier Blue from Tony Caputo’s Market & Deli (801-531-8669, Agate ring Katie Waltman Jewelry (801-558-1792,