recently, we brought the essence of the African wilderness to an event held at the Banquet Hall of the Ritz Carlton. to conjure the beauty and majesty of the African flora and fauna in the decor, we used the colors, patterns and textures that would customarily be associated with tales and adventures in that faraway place. we started off with black and dark fabrics to assert significance to the nature of the occasion. upon this serious undertone, we layered animal prints and sprouted floral gatherings in bursts of tangerines, yellows, and greens fresh and fragrant. finally, on particular tables, we punctuated our presentation with gnarled branches that reached for the ceiling like trumpetting elephants.