Last night I realized that, for the first time in my adult life, I will be moving into an apartment with a real dining room. This is big news! I'm saying farewell to coffee table dining and crowded potlucks and hello to proper dinner parties. So, while I share my fellowKitchnwriters' love of outdoor parties, I'm dreaming of the first dinner party inside my new home…The Scene: Of course, by "proper" dinner party I don't mean staid or complicated. My boyfriend and I will likely be ready to host people in July, so we'll be looking to celebrate summer in addition to our new home. With luck, we'll throw open the windows to a not too hot evening with a light breeze coming off the nearby Silver Lake Reservoir and the enchanting scent of night-blooming jasmine. Even if we aren't dining under the stars, we can't resist bringing a little of the outdoors in!
The Table: A vintage Danish modern dining set from Silica Three, Eva Zeisel dinnerware, and hand-carved chopsticks from ADrauglis – at once elegant, minimalist, warm, and playful.
The Decor: Fresh flowers from our local Silver Lake Farms. (As a side note, Los Angeles readers may know that Silver Lake Farms was ordered by the city to cease selling their gorgeous blooms; I encourage you to support the efforts of Urban Farming Advocates and the Food & Flowers Freedom Act.)
The People: Six good friends – a small affair, but anyone who isn't invited to the first dinner party mustn't worry; now that we have a real dining room, the parties will be much more frequent!
Emily Ho is a writer, recipe developer, and educator. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches classes on food preservation, wild food, and herbalism. Emily is a Master Food Preserver and founder of LA Food Swap and the international Food Swap Network.
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