Create Dinners hosts events fueled by intentional conversation and authentic connection. Keep on reading to learn more about Kate and Create Dinners!
Kate, the founder of Create Dinners, has thrown over 60 dinner parties to date. If you haven’t been to a Create Dinners event before, do yourself a favor and keep an eye on their event calendar. We aren’t kidding when we say their events are absolute magic.
We’re so excited to chat with Kate today about her background, love for hospitality and great company, and how she manages to do all she does while staying inspired.
Hi! I’m Kate, a photographer and the founder of Create Dinners. Create Dinners started with an email to a small group of friends, asking them if they were interested in bringing their different creative talents to the table, quite literally—a florist made the arrangements on the table, a ceramicist made the vases, a stylist set the table, a designer printed menus, a chef cooked the meal, and I documented everything. We all posted photos, and enough people asked us about it that we decided to host another one and open it up to more friends. I built a website and it kind of took off from there by word of mouth.
I honestly cannot remember a time when events and special experiences weren't present in my life. This is certainly not the first memory I have when it comes to food and hosting, but a pivotal one… For my boyfriend’s birthday in high school, I told him I had booked a table at a new restaurant in town. I picked him up and drove him to “Café Pauley,” aka my parent’s living room transformed into a restaurant with custom printed menus, a very Create Dinners-esque (albeit less elevated circa 2007) table setting, Italian music playing, and the real cherry on top—my mom acting as the waitress all night. So yeah, I was super cool in high school, and nothing has really changed.
Definitely. So much of my job is looking at different textiles, textures, colors, and art. I worked at an agency for nearly a decade before running Create Dinners full-time and made mood boards for clients and projects weekly. I do the same for Create Dinners all the time, as I’ve found it to be one of the easiest ways to convey a visual concept to someone.
I was recently introduced to Lane Walkup, who is a delight—she’s a sculptural artist based out of Brooklyn. She makes small and large-scale creations that merge 2D and 3D, which are all so rad. I’m also in awe of everything Sarah Espeute makes. Her embroidery is *chef’s kiss*!
Nature, family, and friends.
I get a lot of my creative energy from cooking, which I’m surrounded by all the time with Create Dinners, but something I personally rarely do at our events. Few things bring me to life like a thoughtfully curated (some may say bougie) grocery store and new recipes.
Ask yourself these questions: How can I create a meaningful or memorable experience for the people I’m hosting? How can I make people feel at home in my home? How can I prepare ahead of time to make our time together as stress-free as possible and to allow myself to be a warm, present, generous host? I could write a million tips about setting a pretty table and ideas for food and beverages, but the best gatherings start with the host and their heart/mindset towards hosting.
There are always things in the works over here! In 2023, there will be more Sourdough dinners, more women’s dinners, custom events for brands, and a few collaborative events. We’re planning our first-ever full-day workshop for International Women’s Day in March—it’s going to be really special.
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