February 9, 2016

Valentine's Day Dinner Party with Your Besties!

February 9, 2016
You know what they always say? “Nothing brings people together like good food!” So what are you waiting for? Call up your favorite ladies and treat yourselves to a sense-ational dinner.

Because whether it's prepared by you (or by someone else), this daring dinner idea is sure to be an unforgettable tasting experience!

From the party planners, "for our dinner party, we invited our fabulous lady friends over for a small tasting dinner, hosted by the remarkable Occasions Catering (a local catering company here in D.C.)."

With design by District Weddings and the prettiest captures by Abby Jiu, this Valentine's Day why not host a chic and stylish dinner party like this one?

 Valentine's Day Dinner Party with Your Besties! Abby Jiu Photography

Upon arrival, the ladies had a mélange of cocktails for their friends to taste. Each gal had their choice of Pomegranate Bellinis, Campari- Blood Orange Negronis, Rosé Champagne, and Cassis Martinis.

 Valentine's Day Dinner Party with Your Besties! Abby Jiu Photography

For a bit of a personal touch, they had made custom prints created for the ladies for Valentines Day. They got to select whichever one best fit their personality.

 Valentine's Day Dinner Party with Your Besties! Abby Jiu Photography

The highlight of the night, however, was the unique dinner tasting challenge in which they blindfolded the ladies using silk ribbon and escorted them to their seats.

 Valentine's Day Dinner Party with Your Besties! Abby Jiu Photography
 Valentine's Day Dinner Party with Your Besties! Abby Jiu Photography

As each course came out, the ladies tasted what was in front of them.

 Valentine's Day Dinner Party with Your Besties! Abby Jiu Photography

What followed was a lively discussion about how acutely their taste buds were able to discern individual flavor profiles.

 Valentine's Day Dinner Party with Your Besties! Abby Jiu Photography

When they felt confident in their guesses, their blindfolds were removed to reveal the immaculate presentations of each course.

 Valentine's Day Dinner Party with Your Besties! Abby Jiu Photography

What exactly were they tasting?

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 Valentine's Day Dinner Party with Your Besties! Abby Jiu Photography

By design... the four course tasting dinner allowed them to experience the individual sensations of salty, sweet, spicy and sour.

 Valentine's Day Dinner Party with Your Besties! Abby Jiu Photography

Such a creative take on an interactive dinner party, if you ask me!

 Valentine's Day Dinner Party with Your Besties! Abby Jiu Photography
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 Valentine's Day Dinner Party with Your Besties! Abby Jiu Photography

Hosting your own blind dinner party can truly open your eyes to the intricacies of taste and texture. It doesn’t take much planning and serves as a treat for everyone!

 Valentine's Day Dinner Party with Your Besties! Abby Jiu Photography

What was on the menu, you ask? 

 Valentine's Day Dinner Party with Your Besties! Abby Jiu Photography

The menu actually consisted of four categories: sweet, sour, spicy, and salty.

 Valentine's Day Dinner Party with Your Besties! Abby Jiu Photography

Lobster Champagne Foam & Caviar for the salty, Red Winter Lettuces Beet Crisps for the sweet...

 Valentine's Day Dinner Party with Your Besties! Abby Jiu Photography

...Charred Snapper Red Thai Curry Sauce for the spicy, and Rhubarb-Sour Cherry Quark Cheesecake for the sour...

 Valentine's Day Dinner Party with Your Besties! Abby Jiu Photography

And this tablescape? I'm absolutely living for these ombré florals designed by Sweet Root Village.

 Valentine's Day Dinner Party with Your Besties! Abby Jiu Photography

Oh, and what's not to love about all of these calligraphy details by Laura Hooper Calligraphy?

 Valentine's Day Dinner Party with Your Besties! Abby Jiu Photography

I'm loving the idea of leather menus and the calligraphy gives it all such a personal touch...

 Valentine's Day Dinner Party with Your Besties! Abby Jiu Photography

Oh, and who isn't loving these fancy frocks? So absolutely fabulous, if you ask me! 

So whether you find yourself single this Valentine's Day or you simply want to get together with your best gals to celebrate your love for one another... I highly recommend this fun and festive party starter theme! 

So what are you waiting for? Get those e-vites sent out, plan to get glam, pour yourselves a cocktail (or two), and just have fun with it! Oh, and if you really want to treat yourselves, have the dinner catered so that you (as the hostess) can take part in the surprises too!

Photography: Abby Jiu // Catering Team: Occasions Catering // Design: Jeannette Tavares via District Weddings // Florist: Sweet Root Village // Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy // Chargers: Crate and Barrel // Paper Details: Paper Source


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