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"I have had the lovely experience of dining at the table of one of Thena's incredibly beautiful table settings; I felt like royalty. Thena's table designs are exquisitely elegant, breathtaking, and absolutely gorgeous. Your dining room table is completely transformed into a work of art with attention to the smallest details. A dining experience with Thena's tablescape is not only the ultimate visual feast, but it is also memorable experience that you and you guests will hold for a very long time. Simply fantastic!"

—Kathleen Woodcock,
Director of Community Resources,
Marin Center for Independent Living, San Rafael

"When I wanted to propose to my girlfriend in San Francisco, I contacted Thena to set a table for me in a beautiful location in a park overlooking the Bay. It was to be a surprise for my girlfriend (who said yes), but the surprise was also for me. How gorgeous the place was prepared with every tiny detail of my dreams. A table for two so romantically and strategically placed and designed. We have memories for the rest of our lives of this special occasion."


"Thena has been the highlight of my son's birthday parties. Over the years, she has created different themes by his request and we have "Superman", "Penguin in the Snow", "Clown to Cheer", "Mario", "Minecraft" to mention a few. Her attention to details and sense of beauty makes every party at our house a total joy and an excitement for the year. She is simply the best."

—Agnes Lin, Alameda, California

"Thena Holmen at Set The Occasion has created wonderful table settings for me on different occasions, and each one was an extraordinary work of art. One was for a special dinner honoring a South African author, and another recognized a long-time humanitarian. Both were absolutely fabulous! Thena’s holiday tables are my favorite, with beautiful Christmas china and serving pieces, luxurious linens, with such unique touches such as individual tapers that attach to each guest’s plate, illuminating each person with the glow of candlelight. Each table is indescribably beautiful. I highly recommend Thena at Set The Occasion for any special event you may have. "

—T.Cotton, Sausalito

"Thena is a skilled listener and an exceptionally gifted communicator and designer. Kind, down to earth, and laser-focused on the finest of details in order to achieve extraordinarily beautiful creations where only her imagination could take you. Her outcome is unique and her visions are detailed to perfection. I highly recommend Thena for all of your event planning needs."

—C.T., RDG Designs

"Exquisite, transcendent BEAUTY thrills you as you experience the royal elegance of brilliant Thena Holmen’s creative artistry! We were all literally awestruck by the enchanting dining table designs she created to delight us when we honored visiting internationally-acclaimed authors with a spectacularly glamorous feast. What blissful memories we have of this truly special occasion, enhanced by the skilled, gracious professionalism and magical creativity Thena brought to the table! She knows how to make magnificent dreams come true. "

—L.L. Speaker, San Francisco

"Thena hosted a pre-wedding party for us and I can’t speak highly enough about her. She is an inspired and organized planner, and her artistry and creativity shine throughout her work. She can envision the beautiful, big picture as well as the intricate details. Thena is a person of integrity, and her can-do attitude and forthright communication style are assets her clients will appreciate!"

—Sonia Prasad Quesada, Silicon Valley

"Last summer as I was planning a family and friends Fourth of July gathering at our home in Sonoma County, I needed help. Thena Holmen came to my rescue and literally “set the occasion” for our party with a table design that beautifully reflected our Wine Country lifestyle. Our guests were delighted by the creative details at each place setting, and as hosts, we were overjoyed that everyone around the table felt celebrated! "

—C.Laxton, Sonoma, California

"After the smashing success of our summer celebration, we asked Thena to design our Thanksgiving table. We loved how she incorporated a few of our family heirlooms in her table design and together with her own gorgeous tableware and centerpieces, she created a spectacularly stunning Thanksgiving table. Everyone was “WOW-ed”! After dinner, no one wanted to leave. Instead, everyone lingered around the table sharing stories and life together. Thank you, Set the Occasion, for creating such a beautiful and special Thanksgiving memory for our family. "

—Laxton Family, Petaluma

"We were able to have Christmas at a table set by Thena. We traveled from Sweden to spend Christmas with our girls who were attending college in California. We felt it matched the royal tables at the palace where we work. Amazing Beautiful Detail."