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Luxe Decor for Dickens Film Premiere

January 7, 2003, 12:00 AM EST

Nicholas Nickleby premiere after-party Cafe St. Bart's Tuesday, 12.17.02, 9 PM to 1 AM
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While it would be very Dickensian, a room filled with soot and beggars wouldn't make for very fun party decor, so the event planners behind the premiere party for MGM/United Artists' period film Nicholas Nickleby turned to Mark Musters of Musters & Company to create a period-appropriate, but luxe look.

Produced by Adam Keen, vice president of special projects for MGM/United Artists, the event took advantage of Cafe St. Bart's architecture to replicate Dickens' 19th-century London. Inside a tent over St. Bart's patio, Musters wrapped magnolia, mountain laurel and cedar leaves around ropes that converged in the center of the tented area. Rich red shantung silk tablecloths and tall ivory pillar candles in hurricane vases covered the cocktail tables, and flower arrangements with roses and lady apples decorated the buffet tables. Through a tented passageway to the indoor hall, custom-made vintage fabric tablecloths and tulip and rose flower arrangements covered the V.I.P. tables for cast members. Mannequins dressed in costumes from the film and piles of faux snow decorated the stage.

A large flower arrangement with red and peach-colored roses and ivy atop a slender pedestal dominated the main buffet table. Grapes, lady apples and flowers were scattered around the table, which was laden with beef, mashed potatoes and other hearty fare. A selection of English beers was available at the bar, along with a delicious spicy apple cider.

The event also doubled as a benefit for New Yorkers for Children, which brought in about 200 of the more than 500 guests at the event.

Suzanne Ito

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