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Met Gala Party Planning Secrets

The costume institute Gala is a major fundraising benefit that services as an opening celebration for the Institute’s annual fashion exhibit. This year’s theme was MANUS X MACHINA: FASHION IN THE AGE OF TECHNOLOGY. As a high-tech events venue, we were inspired by the dichotomy between handmade haute couture and machine-made fashion – which are increasingly blurring as both disciples have embraced the practices and techniques of the other.

What’s even more inspiring is Vogue’s recent article about how Sylvana Ward Durrett, Vogue’s Director of Special Projects oversaw the entire event from invitation to furniture. Read on to discover some of her tricks of the trade:

1. Make an Epic To-Do List “I’m a big fan of a one-sheet. We have sort of a running to-do list that just gets longer and longer as we get closer—and we literally go through [it] every day, even if it’s redundant.”

2. Prioritize a Memorable Invitation “The invitation for this event has sort of become a keepsake.”

3. Consider Investing in Furniture “If you’re somebody who likes to entertain, it’s worth investing in a few things that you can reuse.”

4. The Right Icebreakers are Key “My new favorite tip for dinner parties is to write on each table setting a fun question that each guest should ask their dinner partner.”

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