| March 31, 2017 | Home & Real Estate
The arrival of April might mean the end of the social snow season in Aspen, but it also opens up new possibilities for hosting al fresco as the weather warms. We spoke with Aspen experts about the key components to throwing a great dinner party.
The Expert: Jen Hartley, Caribou Club Catering
The Advice: “Something fun to keep in mind is that your caterer should be able to help you with a fun theme or cooking a favorite family dish that you would like to share with your guests. It is nice to start with some canapes and a fun cocktail and move into a festive gathering around a beautiful table. You can keep it local and have your caterer source fresh fruits, vegetables and meats creating a 'Farm Fresh' meal for you or choose and Asian or Mexican Theme, or bring your favorite restaurant to your home. Whether it is a casual buffet, family style at the table, or a fancy plated affair - you should arrange every detail ahead of time so you can focus on your guests and a great night. A good caterer will go with the flow and make things happen, but information is the best way to insure you host the dinner party you are dreaming of. And finally, our motto is 'cleaner than we found it.' When you wake up the next day and it looks like you never had 20 guests gathering, dining and partying in your house the night before... it was a great dinner party.”
The Expert: Wendy Blakeslee, Mountain Flowers of Aspen
The Advice: “When we work on great dinner parties with our clients, we try to take their decor, style, and tastes into account as well as the theme of the party if there is one. When creating the perfect party, floral and botanical accents are essential accessories. Not only do they provide beauty and a festive feel, they complement and finish your home spaces. These are places we always encourage florals or botanicals in such as an entry as a welcome as you receive your guests, a powder room, the kitchen, and the living room coffee table, not to mention the dining table. If it is a flow type evening where people are not sitting at the table but mingling, you can afford something taller that makes a statement and sets a tone. If you are sitting at the table, we recommend a small floral for every 4 guests so that everyone has something pretty, festive, and seasonal in front of them. And, of course, no setting would not be complete without candlelight.”
The Expert: Lisa Ruberti, Urban Zen
The Advice: “Our home décor evokes modernity with soul, a casual simplicity with an authentic richness. Donna Karan works one-on-one with the artisans and craftsmen of Haiti to create made by hand objects of desire. From carved stone and horn to wooden bowls, ironwork and metal scraps transformed into chandeliers of light and beauty, steel drums etched and cut into tableaus, paper mache décor accessories, tobacco leaves sensuously wrapped in vases- the elements and the artwork that inspires and preserves the island’s culture. Urban Zen supports artisan communities all around the world, to build a soulful economy.”