Hone Your Craft

How to Throw a Kid-Friendly Soirée That's Fun for Adults, Too

Hone Your Craft BY courtney conway 03/16/2018

 

Running her own textile biz and being a new mom to baby boy Orion hasn’t put a damper on Dana Haim’s fondness for entertaining. But now that she has a little one to look after, she has had to tweak her San Francisco get-togethers to make them a little more rugrat-welcoming. Below, her seven tips for getting the music, food, and cocktails just right.

 

SET THE MOOD WITH LOTS OF LIGHT AND FRESH AIR

“I’ve been throwing more parties during the day because of the baby, so I like to think a lot about the lighting and to bring in as much natural light as possible if the weather allows. Also, just cracking the windows and trying to let the outdoors in makes a difference. I think bringing in the outdoor component makes people more comfortable, and they just want to stay longer. I also like to set up a place that’s designated for the kids outside, which is great if your space allows.”

 

DITCH THE FULL BAR—MAKE ONE COCKTAIL INSTEAD

“I like to make a cocktail ahead of time in a big glass jug filled with ice. I always make a big batch so I can just have that ready and can enjoy my time without rushing around.”

 

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RELY ON A COMBO OF STORE-BOUGHT AND HOMEMADE

“I usually like to cook and make things, but it can save some time to get at least a few things that are prepared. Get your cheese shop to put together a plate of really nice cheese and dried fruits and nuts so you don’t even have to think about it. If the party is more of a lunch, then I like to make something that I can make a big batch of, so my go-to is this warm farro salad with tons of vegetables—it’s super quick to make. I also like doing a whole roasted cauliflower head: You basically drench it in olive oil and cook it in a cast-iron skillet for about an hour and half at 375 degrees, and I usually serve it with a fresh tahini sauce with garlic, lemon, and parsley.”

 

DON’T FORGET ABOUT KIDDIE SNACKS

“For the kids, I like to make some English-style finger sandwiches—something about that is really fun to them. I recently made some fresh egg salad versions as well as cream cheese and cucumbers ones, and the kids were happy. It’s okay to keep it simple!”

 

PAY ATTENTION TO THE TABLE LINENS

“I really like the decorating part of entertaining, and, of course, textiles have to be a part of it. I always rotate in different tablecloths or napkins so it looks different from the last time people were over. I also like to line the cracker baskets with napkins for some color.”

 

CREATE AN ALL-AGES PLAYLIST

“If it’s going to be a kids’ party, think of a playlist that’s going to be conducive to their dancing and playing but something that also won’t drive the parents crazy. I find that vintage Persian music is great, and you can’t go wrong with old Louis Armstrong. Also, setting up a really long playlist on Spotify is a great thing to do so you can just hit play and not worry about it running out.”

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