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Special Event Linens

“Me? Normally, I love a table that sparkles, but the look of jute on a table in a vineyard or garden setting is perfection.”
Dave Merrell
Lead DesignDawg

Jute or sequins? Seems no one can choose just one. These days trends for special event linens are totally black and white, or rather, matte and glossy, but there is absolutely no reason to choose one over the other.

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From the Wheat Jute Collection | Event design: Carousel Events | Photo: Christine Bentley


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Black Taffeta Sequins | Photo: Luminaire Images

Tabletop Concierge Desiree Patterson at GBS Linens says that on any given day she is creating event looks with equal amounts of both designs for event planners throughout the Southern California. However, she does note that jute (especially in wheat) is No. 13 in popularity on the company’s huge 500-linen look list.

And while you might think that jute is for day, sequins for night, you’d be surprised to learn that sequins are not just for dress-up and often can be combined with more natural linen looks. “Actually, the mini sequins aren’t as showy as their larger counterparts, the paillette,” Patterson, who has been a linen consultant for more than eight years, says. “Most of them are actually matte sequins and fit in with the jute look perfectly.”

Good to know that things aren’t so glossy or matte after all!


Tabletop runner: Wheat Jute Collection | Photo: Christine Bentley Photography


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Another look at the Black Taffeta Sequins | Photo: Christine Bentley Photography


Top photos
Left: Gold Taffeta Sequins for the Daytime Emmy Awards at Warner Bros. Design: Hillary Harris Events. Photo: Nadine Froger | Right: The runner is from the Wheat Jute Collection | Christine Bentley Photography

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