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The Art of Entertaining

dinner party ideas


Da Vinci had The Last Supper; Renoir, the Luncheon of the Boating Party. Even though these paintings were created some 400 years apart, the underlying theme reads the same: breaking bread with good company is a quintessential part of what it means to be human. While the dinner party is nothing new, today, the ways in which it is being presented is certainly becoming more elaborate – like one-night pop-up productions with lavish sets, big casts, and striking staging stirred by dramatic themes and settings.

In the case of Noble House’s Kona Kai Resort & Spa, the setting couldn’t serve as a more inspiring composition from which to draw. The property’s bleached-white facade topped with a red-tile roof pays tribute to the original Spanish colonial architecture, while the interior’s distressed beach wood and accents of gold, turquoise, and teal add a playful modern-day coastal vibe. We let that ambience drive the direction of a SoCal-cool inspired dinner party while presenting translatable tips to pocket for your next evening spent entertaining.

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