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December 5, 2017
During a season ripe with tradition, put a new spin on something typical – like a dinner party. Make it festive, fun and full of movement (literally!) – a progressive party that keeps creative cocktails at the center, and the holiday spirit a little more sophisticated. With so few nights to get dressed up during this hectic time of year, this kind of event makes the most out of dedicated time with friends.
I invited a few friends for an evening at Atlanta’s American Cut, where we enjoyed each course in a different locale. Appetizers and champagne were served downstairs, before we moved upstairs for an elegant dinner and perfectly paired wine. The evening ended on the roof with a mixology lesson and desserts at the venue’s own Regent Cocktail Club. This night helped whet our appetites for good food, drinks and inspiring style, leaving the next holiday affair impossible to resist planning on the ride home.
Here’s where the party really starts. From glittering accents to vibrant, geo-cut edges and unexpected adornments, the invitation to join our cocktail party built a foundation to get guests excited before they’d even checked their calendar. Papered Wonders designed this suite to showcase a modern, chic and glamorous motif – one as dynamic as our party guests.
The Cocktail Arrival
The best part about a cocktail party is the fact that you’ve got an automatic icebreaker – and when it comes to throwing any kind of celebration, it’s important to think about that chemistry. How will your guests interact from the moment they arrive? We got everyone chatting by weaving the wine into our party games. We invited everyone to draw a stick and answer the question written on it – each asking us to share our favorite vino-inspired story to get the conversation flowing … and some people laughing.
Following up the gorgeous paper suite, the vibe of the event had to be something just as inviting. We wanted to make guests feel warm and welcome – exactly what holiday parties should do. We accomplished it through tables adorned with luxe turquoise velvet linen, glittering gold chargers set in contrast to bold black metallic napkins. To finish the table design, the menu cards were a matching die-cut turquoise design and Flowers by Holland dotted the settings with gorgeous floral bouquets of layered textures and hues.
Don’t think we won’t mention the food. Any party is only as good as the compliments your guests give it when they leave – and the fastest way to a good party reputation is good food. A modern steakhouse, American Cut blends a chic interior design with a bold menu to create an experience that leaves more than a good first impression. Unique elements, like the prepared-tableside OG 1924 Caesar Salad continued to delight guests and provide conversation points. Following that up with quality cuts of sizzling steaks rounded out an exquisite evening for all of our guests.
Ready for the grand finale? After a fabulous meal, a short walk upstairs to the third level of American Cut made just enough room for cocktails and dessert. The Regent Cocktail Club, an indoor-outdoor bar with unmatched views of Atlanta’s skyline, features a team of talented bartenders and rotating cocktail menu both perfectly complemented by easy-listening live music. Keeping with our theme of an unforgettable cocktail experience, we enjoyed a mini lesson on mixing the night’s signature cocktail, a French 75, before enjoying cupcakes under the city lights.
Whether this cocktail party rings in the New Year for you and your own friends, or simply celebrates a night spent together, add another memory to the bank with an excuse to trade discussions on future plans, hopes and dreams. No more games here, just a simple wish paper. Each of our guests wrote their personal aspirations on the wish paper, then rolled them up and lit them on fire atop a plate. According to the tradition, magically, the paper rises high into the sky and as it floats back down, you catch it, symbolizing that your wish has been released and good fortune ensues. That’s certainly something worth celebrating.
Venue – American Cut
Photography – Izzy Hudgins
Planning and Event Design – Lemiga Events
Luxury Gifts – Mel Boteri
Interior Designers – Forbes + Masters
Makeup – Erica Bogart
Attire – Abbey Glass
Stationery – Papered Wonders
Floral Design – Flowers by Holland
Linen – Nuage Designs
Desserts – Georgetown Cupcake
Video – Thomas Vision Films
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