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Friday, March 2, 2007

A Memorable Moment

I love parties. But, not for the reasons you may think.

The invitation, the venue, the music, the decor, the flowers, the food.....All of those wonderful details (that have been painstakingly orchestrated) do not make a great event - they simply set the stage. And, with every event, the stage is different.

What makes an event memorable is what happens on that stage. Parties give us unique opportunities to create memories with family, friends or even with strangers.

This photo taken by Ben Watts reminds me of why I love parties. It is from an editorial in
Style & Entertaining (New York Times, Spring 2004) and it captures beautifully what I know was a memorable moment.


Anonymous said...

I think this is a great way for me to hear about what's going on in NY when I'm not there (which happens a lot since I live in Amsterdam). Curious to hear more soon! And in the meantime, here's a questions: what is the single most important element to a party? Music, guestlist, food, venue? Any thoughts??

Celia Chen said...

That would depend on which of your senses you found to be the most influential. Hard to pick one, right? An event is a total sensory experience so each element, however big or small, affects that experience. If I had to pick one, I would say THE CONCEPT because all of the other elements stem from there. You have to start with a clear idea of why you are having the event and a creative vision for bringing it to life.