Scoping out the trendiest restaurant is all the rage but at-home dinner party can be just as magical, and much more intimate.
By Jessica Dang
New York City might be filled with some of the best and trendiest restaurants in the world, but an invitation to a dinner party in a private home is the kind of thing you dream of. Why? As a singleton, it’s really the best way to meet new friends. Dinner party guests are more often than not the cream of the crop out of the host’s/hostess’ social circle.
My apartment is sadly not designed for entertaining a dinner party, so I feel like a lucky girl when I’m welcomed into someone’s home. These invitations come by-way of friends, acquaintances, or even through people that I’ve met years ago and somehow I made it into their circulation. In any case, it always makes me feel honored. Attending a nice dinner party is a way more meaningful night than staying in bed and eating Greek yogurt, that’s for sure. (Although, I wouldn’t dare knock that, seeing as how I’m currently in my bed, digging into a little container of Fage Total 2% with Strawberry in between thoughts.)
Every dinner party has been memorable in one way or another. I once attended one on the Lower East Side where “dessert” was quite the spectacle. The hostess built an edible Empire State Building creation from store-bought pound cakes and spackled loads of homemade frosting to stick the blocks of cake together while everyone had a post-meal mingle. So imaginative.
Jessica Dang is a freelance writer, blogger, and social media consultant based in New York City. She is currently developing Single Girl Dinner, an online community and resource of dinner ideas for young independent women living in the city. She enjoys reading menus, dining at the bar, and experimenting in the kitchen when no one's looking. When it comes to food, she can't resist uni, foie gras, caviar, or Popeyes' fried chicken.