by Edited by Lisa A. Grimaldi | April 09, 2012

Maggie Austin CakeFrom centerpieces to confections, one of the biggest trends sweeping spring events is ombre, the slow gradation of one shade to another. Washington, D.C.-based Maggie Austin Cake (202-448-2920; does a beautiful lavender version with her Ombre Frill cake, while San Francisco-based floral designer Studio Choo (415-624-5981; arranges strawflowers by color for a low-key yet vibrant tablescape. (For tips on how to create a similar floral look, check out

Studio Choo flowers