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Marni Rothschild Durlach
Ooh! Events conjures a colorful tented party fit for "Downtown Abbey" 

Middleton’s Octagonal Sunken Garden—so named for its four-quadrant, eight-sided configuration—is tucked just off the Greensward and overlooks the Ashley River. When dressing the stunning, wide-open space with a fantasy reception, Lisa Thomas of Ooh! Events made full use of the spread with a mind toward creating party flow. “I divided it into two sections with bars and lounge seating and another section for a tented dining area,” she says, “then I set aside the fourth section for the dancing tent.” Known for her deft (and playful) use of color, whimsy, and chic antique appointments, Lisa then showered the area with a rainbow of florals, crystal, and china. To anchor the quirky hues, she opted for furniture in solid colors.

At a Glance...
Décor: Multi-colored rentals from Ooh! Events’ warehouse paired with china and glassware from Polished! to create pops of color.
Tents: Sperry Tents Southeast erected two tents: one with a clear top for an open-air garden party vibe and a second of indigo sailcloth that glowed when the moon shone through its unpainted stars.
Flowers: Out of the Garden draped chandeliers in vines.
Catering: To complement the color-rich setting, The Restaurant at Middleton Place offered house-cured heritage pork belly with succotash and saffron corn purée.
Cocktails: ICEBOX bottled custom-made handcrafted strawberry-mint lemonade fizzes.

Dining Menu
The Restaurant at Middleton Place

  • House cured heritage pork belly, succotash, and saffron with corn purée
  • Pickled shrimp salad, South Carolina cowpeas, local feta cheese, preserved lemon,
    and Middleton organic field greens
  • Green tomato bruschetta, South Carolina goat cheese, and golden balsamic

Drinking Menu

  • Specialty Cocktail: The Manhattan Bar
  • Specialty Drink: Handcrafted strawberry-mint lemonade, bottled and carbonated


Band: The Bluestone Ramblers,
Catering: The Restaurant at Middleton Place,
Décor, Design, and Rentals: Ooh! Events,
Florals: Out of the Garden,
Lighting and Sound: AV Connections,
Location: Octagonal Sunken Garden at Middleton Place,
Papergoods: Ancesserie,
Photographs: Marni Rothschild Pictures,
Place Settings and Crystal: Polished!,
Tents: Sperry Tents Southeast,