Last year, Table for 1200 became a bonafide hit and the most unique way to enjoy a whimsical night of long dining in Winnipeg. And as is the case for most successful hits, there must be a sequel! But unlike most sequels, Table for 1201 was just as good, if not better, than the original.
So on a wonderfully warm night in May, 1200 and one people dressed in their finest whites and gathered at a secret location – told only to them two hours before the event – for an evening dinner party on the grounds of the Manitoba Legislative Building. Last year’s event had spectacular views of Winnipeg’s best architectural structures (CMHR, Esplanade Riel), while this year we were surrounded by the lush architecture created by Mother Nature. Or as our friend Claudine Gervais said, “this is like one big garden party.”
Overall, the table designs were quite stunning; the people in this city are a very creative bunch! Some went for huge installations or vibrant pops of colour, while others opted for earthy elements or spring blooms. Our Travel Manitoba table went for an interactive theme. Following on the success of Roadside Madness, we decided to give our table guests a sculpt-o-challenge called Roadside Attraction Satisfaction. They were provided the name of a MB town and a ball of Play-Doh to create their own roadside attraction. We were hoping our guests would get into the spirit of things and sculpt some fun pieces, and boy did they ever! We ended up with a perogy for Ukraina, a French duck for Duck Bay and a finger for, well, Finger. (You can see all of our crazy creations below.)
Here are some pics from the event…