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Welcome to Tipsy Tuesday, our new Tuesday feature that provides tips from top salonnieres on all things wing-ding. Today, we’ll be getting tipsy with dinner party guest lists. We’ll tip our glass first:
1. When developing your guest list, think about how you’ll seat your guests. To ensure a dynamic conversation, make sure to include at least one of each of these: charmers, fascinators, opinionators and extroverts. Read on for tips from our salonniere friends, doll.
2. Eight is the perfect number of guests for a dinner party. It keeps it intimate for better conversation. Ivanka Trump, apparel and accessories designer and entrepreneur at Ivanka Trump
3. Mix generations. A young adult will have a different take on the news of the day, a best-selling book or a film than one who is much older and they’ll learn from one another’s perspectives. Jennifer Ash Rudick, Director, DINER EN BLANC: THE WORLD’S LARGEST DINNER PARTY
4. No matter how informal your party may be, use place cards so you can ensure that the people you want to meet will be seated together. Lulu Powers, best-selling author of LULU POWERS: FROM FOOD TO FLOWERS and entertaining designer
5. Just like good ingredients make a great recipe, the right mix of people is just as important for a perfect party. You want a balance and harmony of flavors. Some guests are like salt, elevating what is already there, and some are like red-hot chili peppers, really taking over the flavor. It is important to invite a mix of talkers and listeners, people with different interests and some similarities. I also like to add one or two to the mix that always seem to be the life of the party or at least a little nutty! Danielle Rollins, author of SOIREE, ENTERTAINING IN STYLE
6. Six is the golden total here. Two fewer guests and it turns into a double date (or an awkward rendition thereof), two more and the conversation divides and you miss out on half of it. Martha Stewart, lifestyle guru and entrepreneur
7. Think about who inspires you and who might inspire you and then imagine having dinner with them in your home. If it feels harmonious, voila! There’s your list. Elizabeth Showers, founder and jewelry designer at Elizabeth Showers
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8. Put together an unexpected guest list that includes people with diverse backgrounds and political views. And always include some controversial types. Becca Cason Thrash, internationally known philanthropist and style icon
9. For a great dinner party guest list, make sure you have all the right ingredients in the bag – spicy, salty, sweet and delicious. Lucy Sykes Rellie, Fashion Director, Rent the Runway
10. Always invite a few eclectic and outside-the-box thinkers so people leave a little more informed than when they arrived. Cameron Silver, fashion entrepreneur and author of DECADES: A CENTURY OF FASHION
Intro photo: Jean Harlow
Intro quote: Dinner at Eight, 1933