Valentine’s Day can be tough, so I wanted to throw a Saint Valentine’s party where couples and singles would have a special occasion-y evening in a beautiful and engaging setting.
The evening was hosted by Vivian Brodie and Ahmet Civelek in Ahmet Civelek’s studio loft in Lower Manhattan. We ate below his paintings, and he talked about his work. The table was crowned with a big balloon customized for Victory Club by Robert Moy of the Brooklyn Balloon Company.
The dress code? Black tie. Why? Because though the evening was intimate (12 people), I wanted it to feel festive and special.
In Victory Club style, all invited guests were encouraged to bring someone who had not been invited. For this holiday, however, bringing a date (a friend date or date date) is sensitive, so I adjusted the verbiage to say: "Please bring your dearest." I was touched by everyone's interpretation of "dearest": one guest brought her brother; another brought her best friend; and the rest brought date dates of varying seriousness. The warmth of every pair radiated to the entire party.
The playlist was singsongy and familiar: Diana Ross and the rest of the Motown canon. It was perfect: relevant and fitting from 8pm and 3am, the entirety of the party.
The menu and its corresponding pictures follow below. And yes, I did fry the cauliflower in my Valentino gown ;)
Champagne, White Wine, Red Wine
Crimini Mushroom Soup with a Porcini Marshmallow
Roasted Haricots Verts
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries