Introduce an unexpected small plate serving style to your dinner party repertoire with this distinctive event that requires surprisingly little legwork.
Inspired by one of the top new restaurants in the country, San Francisco's own State Bird Provisions, we've put together an inventive anywhere-anytime party.
A pioneer in nouveau dim sum-style (small plate) dining, the eclectic restaurant is a 2013 James Beard Award-Winner. Translated "ordering from the heart," dim sum has a lively point-and-eat tradition of selecting small plates from roving carts. At home, the cart is optional. But the varied menu and fun presentation is befitting of a guest list of cooks, foodies and style lovers.
This party works well as a collaborative one. Invite guests to prep an entree at home, leaving the last three steps for the party. While finishing up the small entrées, have guests share why they chose their particular dish and any interesting cultural influences behind the recipe.
Set a stunning table with new dishware, serveware and glassware for a dinner party that's practically effortless to host.
Since much of the work is shared with guests, the host's main role is to create a beautiful space for an occasion to remember. Bring out your inner party muse by composing an easy guest list, directing a thematic menu and preparing a smart table. Set the party up for a seamless flow by loosely establishing the structure and timing beforehand.
Start with our downloadable handwritten invitations and place cards to set a special tone. The peacock design introduces a theme that's repeated in the dishware and color scheme. Even place cards have bleached peacock feathers, that can be found at craft stores, affixed above the handwritten guest's name for a fanciful gesture.
We prepared a soft, natural color palette with Cambria Dinnerware layered alongside Medallion and Peacock Plates. We also selected a distinctive centerpiece that won't compete with the food. The Wembley Collection allows guests to refresh themselves throughout the meal, with a Wine Stand and Salad Stand that are stately yet functional.
If you like, you can follow in the footsteps of chefs Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski at State Bird Provisions. Roll out small tasting dishes on carts in true dim sum fashion, so guests can choose those that strike their fancy.