A Party in Three Acts
A Rebecca Gardner Production
Styled by Kyle Hinton | Photography by Chia Chong
Act 1: Cocktails
Act 2: Dinner
Act 3: Dessert
Where to buy
Back in the Day Bakery: 2403 Bull St., 912.495.9292
Gottlieb’s Bakery: 1100 Eisenhower Drive, suite 28, 912.777.5133
Le Chai Galerie du Vin: 15 E. Park Ave., 912.713.2229
Number Four Eleven: 411 Whitaker St., 912.443.0065
The Paris Market and Brocante: 36 W. Broughton St., 912.232.1500
PW Short General Store: 414 Whitaker St.,912.349.6378
Russo Seafood: 201 E. 40th St., 912. 234.5196
Seventh Heaven Antiques: 3104 Skidaway Road, 912.355.0835
Smith Brothers Butcher Shop: 535 E Liberty St., 912.239.4512
Whole Foods Market: 1815 E Victory Drive, 912.358.5829
Tips for Entertaining at Home
By Rebecca Gardner, House & Parties
- You can go on and on with your table setting, but the three most important elements of a successful dinner party are flattering light, heavy pours and the guest list. Always add someone new. The best parties in Savannah include an unexpected mix of people.
- When your guests arrive, offer something strong, like a bourbon cocktail served in an old-fashioned punch bowl. It looks pretty, and after a few sips, you have a better chance of the evening ending in a sing-along.
- Make your guests feel attractive by opting for loads of candlelight or soft pink lightbulbs. Harsh overhead lighting should be avoided like the plague.
- Keep the menu simple. Everyone prefers comfort food to foam and engineered hors d’oeuvres. Smith Brothers Butcher Shop has perfected a beef tenderloin, and no one wants anything more than a Back In The Day Bakery pie or a chocolate chip cookie (or two).
- Unexpected elements make the evening memorable. Propose a parlor game and prepare with props, stick spoons in pints of Leopold’s ice cream and serve on a silver tray, or just pull back the furniture and play Outkast.
- Your party will be a screaming blast if you’re a screaming blast, so pass out canapés and compliments with equal enthusiasm.
Rebecca Gardner is the founder and creative director of Houses & Parties, a full-service event and interiors design collective in Savannah and New York City. She has been named a top event designer by Southern Living, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, and her work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Town & Country and Vogue. Visit her Sugarplum Pop-Up at rebecca-gardner.com or at the St. Regis New York, beginning Nov. 24.