We were absolutely delighted a couple of weeks ago when we received a stunning, letterpress invitation from the ladies at Marcey Brownstein Catering to attend an intimate dinner party in honor of one of New York’s most stunning seasons, Fall. The list was comprised of some of the most delightful ladies and gentleman in the events industry and, the invitation, designed by Press New York immediately got us all excited for what was sure to be an elegant night out.
I have written about 620 Loft and Garden before and go to sleep some nights dreaming of doing a wedding there (or having my own wedding there . Alas, neither of things things has happened….. yet. The space is situated in Rockefeller Center, with a fantasy like Garden the overlooks my two favorite holy places in New York: St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Saks Fifth Avenue. The interior space is a clean, crisp loft with amazing views onto Rockefeller Plaza and the ability to go modern and fun or warm and cozy with a bit of lighting and the right ambiance. It’s ideal for a bustling cocktail soiree or, in this case, an intimate gathering of about 50 or so.
This being a party by Marcey Brownstein, Leslie Russell of COURSE came up with some pretty nifty cocktails, including a Saffron Infused Vodka (yummy!) and a Mole Martini. My own local wine shop, Gnarly Vines provided the wines (and some very informative wine information during our dinner) and made the compelling case for me to move my personal wine business away from The Greene Grape. (we shall see). Elan Artists provided some excellent music, with the stand out being this trio of stunning electric violinists who played during cocktails. Matthew Robbins of Artfool provided the Decor and wins the award for most delightful use of weather vanes.
The dinner was a long table with randomly assigned seating. The food was yummy and I was particularly delighted by the first item: a juniper flan with house smoked sweet ham lamb bacon – served in a little egg!!!!!! It was SO cute. Roey Yohai Sent over these amazing photos of the decor and the celebration itself, which I’m sharing with you here.
Ideas to steal (not that you should steal girls, but still): use Ball’s jelly jars for your votive candles for a homespun look. They are dirt cheap at the Hardware store (I use them in my house for holding cotton balls, etc- so cute!). Don’t be afraid to put non-floral items on the table. And try this for your rehearsal dinner: Number the chairs and before dinner have everyone randomly select a paper with a number on it… You won’t have to worry about seating do’s and don’ts and it will force people to mingle! Finally: DO hire a caterer with presentation skills. Look how delightful this was!
It was a totally fun dinner and we got to seat swap and talk shop with other planners. I got lucky enough to get to sit next to my stalk-ee (meaning, I’m the stalker) Marcy Blum both times… though while fun for us, I don’t know that it was fun for our neighbors (I love this photo- this poor woman looks like I just told her a crude joke!). Below, see our lovely hostesses afront of St. Patricks and the delightful atmosphere that was assembled for us!
I have to say Roey took a few amazing pics of Mayra and I, but I’m going to wait and show them to you a bit later….. we’re updating our website and I’d like you guys to weigh in on our headshots! Anyway, I hope that this provided you with some fall inspiration!
UPDATE: The gentleman photographer Carlos Varela shot some of these photos this evening! Carlos’ work can be seen here.