How to Throw a Totally Outrageous Dinner Party

Textile designer George Venson and event planner Sam Masters divulge the entertaining secrets behind their Chinese take-out soirée.

Step One: Find inspiration. “The pop-up is so close to Chinatown that we just got inspired,” Masters says. “You can’t get soup dumplings anywhere but at a restaurant—they go bad in ten minutes, so you can’t have them delivered or anything. We thought, We’re having this party two blocks from Chinatown; let’s have a restaurant bring the food up the street. That was where I started in my mind, and then we came up with a custom cocktail from Casa Dragones that fit the theme. It has all these different flower extracts in the simple syrup for that whole Far East feel.”

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