Gracious Living Goes Beyond the FORK | #DIFFA

by Mindy Lockard on October 8, 2013

Etiquette is about more than the fork. Sure the fork is important, but not the most important. A few manners that rival the fork in terms of importance are eye contact, listening, compliments, a note in the mail and GIVING Back!

Which brings us to #DIFFA!  This week I have the honor of being part of the Masins Furniture #DIFFAglam event and the Bucket by Design series.


The Bucket by Design series, challenged a group of designers (Valley & CoKathe Fraga Fine ArtistHeather ChristoWatson Kennedyasins Fine Furnishing) to take a plain silver wine bucket and turn it into something fabulous for auction at the #DIFFAglam event. So of course, this being a tablescape event, I couldn’t help but give a fork… and DIY them to my plain bucket.


And speaking of fork! This bucket if full of them.

We have cheese marker forks…


appetizer forks…


fork-end napkin rings…


disposable forks, napkins and beautiful silver silk placemats…


and, we cannot fork-et that this bucket will be paired with a delicious bottle of  La Crema wine.

So my friends, you’re in the Seattle area I’d love for you to join me in giving a fork for DIFFA alongside an my talented designer friends for an evening of amazing tablescapes and wine, all for an important cause!

If you’re in Seattle you can enter to win 2 VIP tickets to this amazing event by dropping me a note below and telling me how you like to #GIVEBACK! I can’t wait to hear!


Taking inspiration from DIFFA’s National “Dining by Design” event, DIFFA/Seattle presents GLAM: Tablescapes. Bid on decadent DIFFA wine dinners donated by top NW chefs & restaurants. Each dinner will be creatively staged as a “tablescape” installation by a team of professional designers. In addition, a selection of one-of-a-kind designer wine buckets, created by top regional design and lifestyle bloggers, will be paired will wines from DIFFA sponsor La Crema and sold as part of the silent auction.

Enjoy hosted wine and signature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, DJ entertainment, VIP tickets include early (5:30 pm) entrance, La Crema gift bag, Seattle Magazine subscription, and meet + greet with hosts, bloggers and tablescape designers.

Participating Restaurants: Aragona, Bastille Cafe + Bar, El Gaucho, The Georgian Room, The Hunt Club, Lucia, Mariposa at Neiman Marcus, Monsoon East, Pearl, Portfolio Restaurant at The Art Institute of Seattle, Purple Cafe + Wine Bar, Tavolàta, TRACE at W Seattle

Tablescape Designers: Kim Beauregard, Lori Broznowski, Deanna Dayment ASID, Timothy De Clue Design, Brenda Dillon, Gracious House to Home, Rich Holliday, Christie Long, Meredith Mallott, Renee Manier, Bob Masin,  Diane Summers, Sue Trudell, David Welch

Buckets by Design: Amanda Brotman (Amanda Pearl), Heather Christo, Kathe Fraga, Kelie Grosso (Maison Luxe), Mindy Lockard (The Gracious Girl), Dave Masin, Nick & Aleah Valley (Valley & Co. Events), Ted Kennedy Watson, Susan Wheeler (Susan Wheeler Home)

WHY:  To raise awareness and funds for DIFFA, which grants funds to local HIV/AIDS organizations.

DATE: Thursday, October 10, 6-9 pm

LOCATION: Masins Fine Furnishings & Interior Design: 10708 Main Street, Bellevue


DIFFA (The Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) is the oldest and one of the largest funders of HIV/AIDS service and education programs in the U.S. Since its founding in 1984, DIFFA has mobilized the immense resources of the design communities to provide over $40 million to hundreds of AIDS organizations nationwide Starting with volunteers from fashion, interior design, furnishings and architecture, supporters of DIFFA now come from every field associated with fine design. DIFFA has also been an innovative agent in drawing local and national corporations into the fight against the epidemic, and enjoys tremendous support from the business community. DIFFA grants funds to organizations that fight AIDS by providing: Preventive education programs targeted to populations at risk of infection, Treatment and direct-care services for people living with AIDS and Public policy initiatives which add resources to private sector efforts.

After all, what’s more gracious than giving back?

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