a winter dinner party

Winter in Boston is a wonderful time to a host dinner party at home and it is just as wonderful to attend one in someone else’s home.  It is so cold, there is something incredibly cozy about bringing people into your candlelight home and serving a beautiful meal.  A close group of our friends and I have started a supper club, where we take turns hosting dinner parties.  Next month the dinner party will take place in my Boston flat.  Given the current frigid temperatures in Boston, I have decided to stick to a winter menu and am gravitating towards a very clean/modern tablescape with hues of gold for warmth.

I am a big fan of pre-printing the dinner menu {it requires some advance planning but is worth it if you can pull it off}. Paperless Post has incredible design options that were designed as invitations but I have taken one design and laid out a menu instead and have done this in the past other menus.  The cards are printed on beautiful quality paper and look gorgeous at each placesetting, while letting guests know what they are in for in terms of menu – it is always a welcome surprise when they are seated.

POISE. | A Winter Dinner Party

1 | customizable invitations or menus.  designed by Kelly Wearstler for Paperless post.  You an also forgo the menu printing and simply send an electronic invitation through paperless post with the same design.
2 | tapenade serving set {on sale}
3 | cherry blossom votives. I have these and adore them.  when lit they give off a gold glow and while the design is understated yet add a great deal to a table ambience.
4 | placemats.  I do love a beautiful tablecloth, but sometimes a modern placemat with other great design details make a table feel light and fresh so I am going with placemats for this particular evening.
5 | vase by Aerin Lauder.  Elegant for a table or bar cart.
6 | gold flatware
7 | soup bowl. I have this set from Williams-Sonoma and use it all the time.  It is the perfect basic white tableware and excellent quality. {currently on sale}
8 | these charger plates are gorgeous and are like adding art to you tablescape.
9 | sunburst linen napkins – I would mix these with the painted border napkins {number 11} that add would add just a hint of black to the white and gold color story.
10| stemless wine glasses with a gold rim to pull the look together
11 | painted border napkins

In terms of the menu… here’s what I’ve tentatively planned {links to the recipes below}.


winter menu

butternut squash soup with smoky chickpea croutons | roasted cod with carrot & tarragon puree  {I will leave out the yogurt in the puree to keep it dairy free}| citrus & beet salad | warm coconut, nutmeg pudding

Wishing you a beautiful day,


About Emmanuelle

Event Planning & Public Relations in the Boston Area specializing in fashion, beauty, textiles & consumer goods.
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