By Claire Hoffman Posted December 12, 2007, 1:41 PM EST
Deana Taylor is the special events manager for the Washington National Opera, where she has worked since 1999 (not including the year-and-a-half hiatus in which she planned events for the Phillips Collection). She produces more than 60 events annually, ranging from fund-raisers to cast parties and major galas.
Flowers and Decor: “Jack Lucky and his team at Jack H. Lucky Floral Design have always gone out of their way to make each event nothing short of incredible. They really work on each party as if it were their own event. I always feel comfortable knowing that they take such pride in their work. For our opening-night events at the Opera, Jack has transformed empty spaces into spectacular creations using lighting and floral arrangements and even an occasional painted canvas. And for the Phillips Collection’s Duncan Phillips awards, he worked closely with our caterer to create a different look in each room of the house and to work with and not against the beautiful surroundings. The attention to detail is always there, regardless of the size of the event. With Jack, I find that you always get a personal touch with extremely professional results.”
Venue: “I may be a bit biased, having worked for the museum in the past, but I have to say that the main house at the Phillips Collection is one of the most versatile spaces I have ever used. It simultaneously feels both large and cozy. It is a space that you use to make your guests feel special, but comfortable—as if you had invited them into your own home. Also, the music room is one of the most amazing places in D.C. to host a dinner. They have a piano in the room, and the fireplace serves as a great focal point as your guests sit surrounded by amazing works of art.”