Among the best moments of 2016, were the Creative Womens Dinners that we hosted in New York, Los Angeles, and Charleston. These dinners were born a few years ago when Kathryn and I moved to Brooklyn and finally had proper tables to gather friends (and friends of friends) around.
They have since blossomed into bigger affairs where we connect different female artists, entrepreneurs, and creative thinkers around the table. The result is great food, new friendships, and even collaborations.
Part of the joy of these dinners is that they started around my dining table, so they were never overly formal or “perfect”. My sister made a meat lasagna for our very first one and people trekked out to Clinton Hill for the get-together. These dinners are meant to be welcoming; a place where women can trade ideas, empathize, and help one another.
Our Charleston, SC Creative Women’s Dinner was held in the beautiful office of one of our oldest and closest friends, Kate Towill. This late-November dinner was just days after the 2016 Presidential Election and many of us were filled with emotion. It was an evening where we articulated our hopes, fears, and ideas for the future. It was a time when many of us were distressed, but an evening that was buoyed by hope and support. Kathryn toasted this dinner and noted how more than ever, it’s important to surround ourselves with positive women who inspire and encourage us. I couldn’t agree more.
A huge THANK YOU to the hosts, caterers, helpers, and most of all the women who have made these dinners come to life. What started as a humble gathering in my kitchen has transformed into tremendous evenings where I consistently find myself in awe of the creative females around me. Here’s to #GirlPower and many more #CreativeWomensDinners in 2017.