How To Throw A Perfect Dinner Party

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Last weekend Dancing & Dessert was excited to play planner, stylist and host to The Helm who were throwing a launch dinner.

The event was to toe the line of relaxed and refined, filled with rich food and experience.

But how do you host a perfectly intimate dinner?

1. CREATE INTIMACY

First and foremost it is imperative to begin with the venue (or your home) - understand it's personality, it's light, what kind of service it provides and build from there. 

To create intimacy I love to include warmer colours, candles, organic textures and rich details. 

Cate O'Connor Dancing & Dessert

For The Helm we made sure the flowers from Bedford + Company felt lose and organic to match the urban decor at The Kitchen Table NYC. it's important, no matter how big or small the project, that we articulate perfectly our vision.

The design board Dancing & Dessert used when discussing the event with Bedford + Company

2. IF MUSIC BE THE FOOD OF LOVE, PLAY ON

To begin the mood should feel chill, relaxed, there to take the edge off the meet and greet. Toward the end of the evening pick up the beat. I'm never adverse to dancing around the dinner table.

Loving these perfect Playlists from cool girl Cheyenne Miller

Dancing & Dessert Sezane guest Favors

3. SOMETHING TO REMEMBER ME BY

One of my favourite things about a small guest list is, because your funds and time aren't stretched, you have the ability to make your humans feel oh so special by giving them something to take home.

I loved the the Sezane gift bags, notebooks and gift cards left for The Helm's guests.  

4. GUEST LIST

No one should know everyone at the table, a truly wonderful dinner party should create a social dynamic that's never existed before.

5. SURPRISE AND DELIGHT

No matter what kind of event you're throwing surprising your guests will never go out of fashion. For an intimate dinner I would recommend a coffee cart that delivers espresso martinis, a short set from a musician that suits the tone of the evening, or a caricaturist there to capture the evening as a sketch or painting. 

Do you have any Perfect Dinner Party Planning tips? Leave a comment below, I would love to know your thoughts!


See more from the evening: 

VENDOR LOVE:

PLANNING & STYLING: Dancing & Dessert VENUE: The Kitchen Table NYC CATERING: Shultz & Ficher WINE: Bellus Wine FLOWERS: Bedford + Company PHOTOGRAPHY: Kathi Littwin FAVORS:

Happy Dreaming.

Dancing&Dessert xx