While Daddy Karl Lagerfeld tends to live a quiet, secluded life (by choice), I have a bit of a party streak in me. When I say “party”, I don’t mean Kate Moss circa the 90’s; I’m talking an intimate gathering complete with catering, champs, and a well-rounded guest list. I’ll leave the table dancing and panty-flashing to the models.
What goes into hosting a first-class affair? Here are a few tips and tricks to make it memorable.
Un. See and Be Scenic – Simplicity is key to setting the mood. Entertaining should be unhurried, intuitive and effortless. To give the appearance of an effortlessly thrown together soiree, don’t overdo the decor with candles, balloons, AND flowers. Pick one or two items or colors that tie everything together.
Deux. Mix and Match Guests – I always go back to the question “If you could have dinner with one person, who would it be?” to dictate the type of quests I want in attendance. For ever man there should be a woman and for every queen there should be…more queens! If you have a gathering of all fashion players, you will undoubtedly end the night with your head filled with WWD headlines as opposed to teaching someone or learning something new.
Trois. Party Favors are Passé – Leave the gift bags for fashion week. The only thing guests should be leaving with is a full stomach, champagne giggles, and possibly another guest (if they’re lucky).
Quatre. Set the Mood – Not everyone likes Cardi B. Whether you splurge on hiring Harley Viera-Newton or self-DJing with Pandora, make sure there is a little bit for everyone.
Cinq. Obey the Holy Trinity – If you can’t get Le Voltaire to cater, at least follow the “Holy Trinity” of dining: entrée, plat, dessert. Always serve three courses!
Six. Dress the Part – Don’t leave your guests wondering what to wear. Not everyone has an innate understanding of appropriate attire. When inviting attendees be clear on dress-code; “casual” might means jeans and a tee to one while another will show up a la Anna Dello Russo.
For the quintessential high-society experience, pay as much attention to detail planning the event as you do to attending to the guests DURING the dinner. Greet the guests with a smile and a drink and never leave a glass half-full.