In this issue, we enlisted a dream team to make all of our al fresco dreams come true. Special thanks to Haleigh Kenney of XO by Haleigh Kenney and Libby Howard and Sydney Rainey of The Set for working with us. (And you can read all about their magical talents in our Enthusiasts section.)
Speaking of magic, that is exactly what we sometimes need when it comes to throwing a dinner party or intimate luncheon. Whatever the occasion, delegating can be just the ticket. Like pulling a trick out of your sleeve, you can have a vision, collaborate with the right people and — voila! — find yourself at a table that is not only stress-free but also gorgeous.
The pleasing mix of table linens, plates, flatware, stemware, ginger jars and vessels for flowers was provided and put in place by The Set. The florals, perfectly arranged by Haleigh Kenney, add the crowning touch. Having a team setting your table means you have more time for food preparation — though there are plenty of talented people who can handle those details for you, too.
If you are the chef of the party, choose at least one thing to not make. Dessert is one of the easiest courses to outsource, especially with so many local bakeries to choose from. You can easily dress up a cake by putting fresh flowers on top or around the base.
No matter how you choose to host your get-together, give yourself permission to sprinkle in a few professionals. Using a dream team — even in just a small way — always feels magical.