Nantucket By Design: All-Star Private Dinners

The Party:  The Nantucket By Design All-Star Private Dinners are a group of chic and intimate dinner parties that take place on one summer night on Nantucket—hosted by Nantucket philanthropists in beautiful private homes and featuring luminaries from the design world as the guests of honor.

Party host Jason Tilroe welcomed guests to his home, a large brick mansion built in 1834 at the height of Nantucket’s prosperity.

The Beneficiary: The All-Star Private Dinners are part of Nantucket By Design, a week-long design event that benefits the Nantucket Historical Association, a non-profit organization whose mission is to tell the inspiring stories of Nantucket through its collections, programs, and properties.

The table setting at Kelly Williams and Andrew Forsyth’s dinner party, which was held at their 1795 home, The William Folger Homestead.

The Party Hosts and Guests of Honor: Kelly Williams and Andrew Forsyth (hosts) and Michelle Nussbaumer (guest of honor); Mary-Randolph Ballinger (host) and Hutton Wilkinson (guest of honor); Jason Tilroe (host) and Richard Mishaan (guest of honor); Gary McBournie and Bill Richards (hosts) and Veranda’s Clinton Smith (guest of honor); and Alisa and Alistair Wood (hosts) and Veranda’s Carolyne Englefield (guest of honor).

Nantucket By Design: All-Star Private Dinners

Caterer Lulu Powers prepares for guests at Bill Richards and Gary McBournie’s party.

What We Loved: Having a rare opportunity to dine with design luminaries in an intimate setting; being able to tour some of the most beautiful and important historical homes on Nantucket; and enjoying the fresh, seasonal menus created by the island’s top caterers, including nationally renowned “entertainologist” and part-time Nantucket resident, Lulu Powers.

Alisa and Alistair Wood’s dinner table featured classic Nantucket design elements.

How to Attend: The 2018 Nantucket By Design event, which is chaired by Salonniere 100 honoree Phoebe Tudor, will take place from August 1-4. The All-Star Private Dinners will be held on Friday, August 3. This year’s guests of honor are interior designer David Kleinberg, a member of Architectural Digest’s “AD 100” and Elle Décor’s “A List”; Amanda Lindroth, a fashion and interior designer known for her island style; David Netto, a Los Angeles-based interior designer, product designer, and writer; Nick Voulgaris III, an entrepreneur, farmer, designer, and author; Chesie Breen, editor in chief of ID BOSTON and communications consultant; and Sophie Donelson, editor in chief of House Beautiful. To purchase tickets to one of the All-Star Private Dinners, click here.

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