Welcome the spring season with good food and friends. Follow event designer Angela Mazanti’s lead—set out the china to create a casual yet elegant dinner party on a festive evening!
TEXT by Lesley Harris Colvett Stylist Angela Mazanti Photographer Phillip Murphy
“The inspiration for this evening was a casual girls’ night out supper club. I wanted to design it in such a way that any hostess could duplicate in her home without too much fuss and enjoy being the hostess, but also enjoy the evening with her best girlfriends,” Mazanti says. Set the Scene
Mazanti set the scene for the evening using the hostess’s dining room and kitchen to display food and by creating a fabulous table setting.
Mazanti used rich hues of oranges, yellows and magenta in the flowers to accentuate the warm colors of the homeowner’s décor.
“I used the hostess’s artwork and existing decor as inspiration to pull the color scheme together. I am really loving copper vessels and trays right now so I used as much copper as I could to display the food, flowers and candles,” explains Mazanti. “I love using unexpected vessels for flowers and this was the perfect opportunity to use a great copper coffee pot that I picked up at an antique store. When I got it home and realized it didn’t work, of course my first thought was to put flowers in it!” She also used vintage brass goblets to hold little accent arrangements and copper mercury glass votive holders for the candles. Mazanti chose beeswax candles because, she says, there is nothing quite like the golden glow they put off to really make a setting come alive.
Host Your Own:
Mazanti says a hostess can replicate an evening like this easily by following a few simple suggestions. “First, I suggest that you keep it small and intimate in order to enjoy the evening and not feel like you will be a slave to the kitchen all night cooking and cleaning up. Consider having it catered if you aren’t really into cooking but enjoy hosting, or create a theme like Mexican or Italian and have a potluck.”
A small effort reaps big rewards, Mazanti says. “Use it as an opportunity to get together in a casual, relaxing atmosphere with a few of your best girlfriends. I suggest inviting no more than three to six ladies. Maybe start a supper club and take turns hosting in each member’s home once a month. We are all so busy and so committed these days and sometimes we forget to just relax and enjoy the fellowship of friends. Starting a club like this will give you the perfect opportunity to truly unplug and connect.”