Celebrate | Twilight Dinner Party Tips

How To: Twilight Dinner Party Tips from David Brian Sanders | TyPennington.com

Who doesn’t like to dine under the stars at twilight? One of my favorite things to do in the world is to entertain my friends and family as often as possible. With that in mind, I decided to host an impromptu dinner party, al fresco, for 16 of my nearest and dearest.

Being that I live in a multi-unit residential building in Beverly Hills, CA, I am limited as to what can be done outside, and therefore, I have to comply with the rules and regulations of communal living.

Since we do not have a yard, I decided to use the 10-foot wide back alleyway, which is used mostly to store refuse bins. Once I was able to get approval from the other renters in the building, I set out to create a spring al fresco dining area.

How To: Twilight Dinner Party Tips from David Brian Sanders | TyPennington.com

My first stop was Home Depot; I had decided to use multi-colored pea gravel as ground cover over the dirt alley floor.

How To: Twilight Dinner Party Tips from David Brian Sanders | TyPennington.com

To make more room, I removed all of the potted succulents, hydrangeas and cactus which have been orphaned by various tenants, to make room for two large round white dining tables from Ikea and 16 folding chairs that I scored from a thrift store in Santa Barbara.

The next challenge to conquer was dressing the tables. I love WHITE! Period. I use it in everything I do, Architecture and Design, I’m also a former chef and I use white ingredients whenever possible.

How To: Twilight Dinner Party Tips from David Brian Sanders | TyPennington.com

That said, I used white roses, hyacinth, and for a dash (and I mean dash of color) I used orange/red rose buds in small glass vases to place around the tables organically. White table linens and dishes complimented the flower collection.

How To: Twilight Dinner Party Tips from David Brian Sanders | TyPennington.com

*Tip: add a tbs. of water to each votive before putting candle in… makes it so easy to remove the candle when finished.

How To: Twilight Dinner Party Tips from David Brian Sanders | TyPennington.com

As a combo place card/party favor I gave everyone a beautifully wrapped candle from my line.

How To: Twilight Dinner Party Tips from David Brian Sanders | TyPennington.com

How To: Twilight Dinner Party Tips from David Brian Sanders | TyPennington.com

*Voilà! Table set and ready for guests…

So I guess the, real question here is, who likes to dine at twilight? Which I will now answer, we all like to have the opportunity to be outside and take advantage of the beautiful spring weather. ENJOY!!

How To: Twilight Dinner Party Tips from David Brian Sanders | TyPennington.com

Food was catered by Bread and Water, a small “ boutique” catering service owned by two sisters, Faye and Meave. I can’t say enough good things about the service, food and all around attitude of their company. Check them out at www.breadandwatercatering.com

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