It was a cool December evening in Los Angeles. At the home of fashion and lifestyle blogger Tania Sarin, preparations were underway for her debut formal dinner party at home; a show-stopping event for eight close friends from the worlds of fashion, design, photography and style, hosted by Timothy Oulton: proponents of a great night in.


Guests were welcomed up a stairway of candles and rose petals to Tania’s front door, and once inside, like any great hosted event, it was all about the thought-out details. Of course the most important ingredient of any dinner party is the people, and the stylishly attired international crowd promised an evening of lively conversation.


Introducing the guests: Fashion photographer Cibelle Levi has had her work featured by the likes of Vogue and Vanity Fair, while Pam Hetlinger’s beauty blog The Girl From Panama has been featured in The New York TimesAlso round the table was Christopher R. King; entrepreneur, designer and founder of luxury brand CCCXXXIII. Parisian Jen Wonders began her career as a Fashion Stylist for ELLE Magazine, and is now a visual branding strategist, and also hailing from France, Javvy is a social media influencer traversing the worlds of tech, style, travel, beauty and art. A staple in the Los Angeles design community, Ryan Saghian is a tastemaker, interior designer, and furniture designer, and Armenian native Sona Gasparian is a leading beauty and fashion blogger. Not forgetting the host for the evening, Armenian-Lebanese blogger Tania Sarin, known for sharing her edgy style and darker themed photos.


Tania’s apartment had been transformed with her favourite Timothy Oulton pieces into an entertainer’s paradise brimming with drama. The dark and dramatic Scorched dining table in tactile charred timber was paired with Angeles dining chairs in lustrous Old Saddle Black leather, while the backlit Rex mirror and console illuminated the room with a perpetual dance of shimmer and sparkle. Hundreds of velvety red roses were arranged in a creative medley of champagne bottles, theatrical top hats and vintage sports trophies, and the room flickered with candlelight.


Cue the bartender: Mixologist Jason F. Yu was shaking up a storm on the Glacier console and created two bespoke cocktails for the evening. The firm favourite was the Black Heart Emoji which he describes as “delicate, floral, lightly sweetened, crisp, and as black as night!”


It was a fun, light atmosphere as the friends caught up and shared stories over their meal. Each course was served on British vintage china plates, and introduced by Chef Nicole from Nicole’s Kitchen. Guests tucked into little gem caesar salad, cacio peppe linguine, trout with butter caper sauce served with roasted truffle potatoes, with Nicole’s tiramisu providing the grand finale. No great evening would be complete without music and our specially curated playlist included some of Tania’s favourites from Bob Moses to Cautious Clay.  Tim Oulton always says, “Details are the most important thing”, and we topped the evening off with a thoughtful gift for each guest – one of our signature black bowler hats and a beautiful candle. It was unanimous, Tania’s first formal dinner party at home had been a roaring success.


Believing that hospitality is an ancient art that deserves revival, Timothy Oulton’s passion lies in the design of furnishings that support the creation of great hosted experiences. For more inspiration on hosting your next dinner party visit our Lost Art of Hosting pages.


Black Heart Emoji cocktail:

30ml Gin
10ml Lemon
15ml Black rose cordial
5 drops Black saline
45ml Champagne

Chin chin!