Here are several notes we’ve gathered over the years of hosting dinners that we feel are essential to a successful dinner party:
+ Guests : A balance of familiar and unfamiliar- there should always be a dark horse or two who are new faces, they always add a sense of novelty to the conversation. The 80-20 rule of vocation- Not everyone should work in the same industry
+ Restaurant / Food : Family style is always the best. Sharing food is a communal experience.
+ Seating : The art of the seating chart is truly an art form. Split up couples where possible and the boy-girl seating vs. the girl-girl seating is always preferable.
+ Host : Should always sit in the middle of the table.
+ Drinks : Before all sitting down, find a spot near the bar- or when available, around a fire pit outside- where people can ease into the dinner
+ Have a guest list like the ones pictured here:
Mr. Baker – French couture house that cannot be revealed
Mr. Stone – Levis
Ms. Imamura – GENTRY
Mr. Choi – Puma
Mr. Ashby – Michael Kors
Ms. Shaw – Noted Communications
Ms. Waldman – Voyeur
Mr. Anderson – Cultural Engineer
Ms. Tsukahara – Grad Student