Spotlight on Tessler Events

Eyal Tessler of New York City-based Tessler Events knows exactly what makes an important day a most memorable one. Recently, Dempsey & Carroll’s Austin Ackles asked him to reveal some of the secrets of his successes.

 

AA: What should fill our heads when we think of Tessler Events?

ET: When thinking of “Tessler Events” I would like people to think of us as more than just event or party planners. I want you to think about us as your partners in creating memories for life and making dreams come true. We don’t just look at the end result because we like to think of ourselves as your event architects; we take you through the journey of the planning so you can enjoy and learn every step of the way.

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AA: Is there a venue in New York that you long to design for but have not yet had the chance?

ET: One of my dreams is to do a midsummer night alfresco dinner in Central Park.

 

AA: You’re capable of beautifully expressing a variety of aesthetics and I’ve seen you do very clean and modern spaces that are still very lush and opulent in mood. Your work seems so new, but where in your journeys do you find inspiration?

ET: I love just walking around the city and getting ideas and inspiration from theater, movies, fashion, architecture, art and more.  It’s not always about the big things — the right small element that can sometimes deliver the biggest impact.

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AA: To you, what makes or breaks a dinner party?

ET: I think a dinner party should be a reflection on the hosts, together with the art of entertaining. It’s all about putting together the right group with the right menu in the right atmosphere and with the right seating scheme. If you don’t have all of these elements, you can unwittingly create a recipe for disaster.

 

AA: How large can a dinner party be until place cards are necessary?

ET: I think any size dinner party can have place cards. Part of the art of entertaining is making sure the right people sit next to each other to fuel conversation and, sometimes, new relationships.

 

AA: And how large can a dinner be before escort cards are needed?

ET: I think any dinner party with more than two tables should have escort cards so it’s easy for your guests to find their seat.

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AA: Do you care to share any pet peeves about tablescapes? What are you fussy about and most relaxed about?

ET: I don’t like tabletops that are too crowded and fussy because a table setting should be comfortable and welcoming. I don’t think you need five different glasses for each place setting at all times; you can always reset silverware and glassware. A big no-no for me is to have a centerpiece that prevents conversation between people across the table. I think for small dinner parties, sometimes less is more.

 

AA: When the day is done, how do you like to wind down?

ET: I like to exercise, listen to music and just separate the work day from the private life. Disconnecting is a very hard task as a business owner, but I try my best!

 

AA: And when you’re traveling for pure pleasure, what kind of adventure are you hoping to find?

ET: My happy place is the ocean, so the best adventures for me include a beautiful beach with lots of time to relax and recharge.

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How to Set the Perfect Table

Delicious food and delightful company make for a wonderful dinner party, but a perfect dinner party is made complete by a perfectly set table.  The pieces you choose for your table set the tone for the evening.

 If it’s a Comfort Food type of night, with dishes like Mac and Cheese, Chicken Soup, and Grandma’s Meatloaf, and old friends and family, a casual table setting is most appropriate.  Try setting up the meal in the family room, rather than at the dining room table.  Serve the drinks in any and every glass you have available, and use paper napkins.  Encourage your guests to come over in their sweatpants, and turn on an old movie in the background.  The casual tone of the evening will make for easy, relaxed conversation.

However, a more sophisticated and elegant evening (an evening filled with dishes like Filet Mignon, Foie Gras, and Crepes Suzette…) calls for a different type of table.  If you’re hosting a finer meal, a more elaborate table setting will help execute that message.  For starters, set the meal up in the dining room.  For many people, the dining room is one of the least frequently used rooms in the house, so actually employing it means it must be an important occasion.  Think about the guests that you’ve invited over.  You’ll want to set up the table bearing in mind which guests will get along and carry on pleasant conversations with one another.  Once you’ve decided how to pair off your guests write their names on gilded place cards in holders to match your décor or you can use tented place cards and set up the table accordingly.  Cloth napkins, beautiful napkin rings, your finest china and thin taper candles will help effectively convey the idea of a refined and elegant evening.

Obviously, there are hundreds of other ways to set the perfect table, but these are just a few ideas to get you started!