Back in April, we hosted a fabulous Southern Tastemaker’s Affair dinner party with our friends at Black Southern BelleYOJ Events and the delightful, Jennings King. It was a spectacular evening to introduce some Charleston A-listers and influencers to the new Market at Hamby and showcase a curated menu made especially for them.

As summer approaches with parties and events galore, we thought it would be a good idea to share a few of our best entertaining tips!

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Consider the weather and your guest list

The lighter fair in our culinary approach was due in part to the fact that we were entertaining women. We kept their palettes in mind when designing this menu and made sure to balance the flavors to keep everything cohesive.  We also made note of the weather and opted for lighter options, instead of the heavier entrees we had considered in previous months.

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The evening was filled with wonderful round-table discussions and intimate conversations. Those in attendance varied from wedding planners, lifestyle bloggers and Charleston influencers. It was a special opportunity to mingle with friends and meet others for the first time.

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Pass the Bubbly

Greet guests with a glass of prosseco or wine, not only does it get guests in the mood for a cheerful party but it pairs well with hors d’oeuvres served during cocktail hour.

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Head over to the Black Southern Belle blog to read the rest of our entertaining tips on how to effortlessly host a catered event this summer.

Special thanks to the evening’s vendors who made the night a success:

Photography: Jennings King

Decor + Florals: YOJ Events

Rentals: EventHaus

Wine: Curated Selections