An Artfully Inspired Dinner Party in Charleston

Bellafare Co-Hosts an Intimate Soiree Showcasing Local Artists

An Artfully Inspired Dinner Party in Charleston | Design, Styling and Planning by Kristin Doggett of Bellafare | Photo by Marni Rothschild | Paper Design by 42 Pressed | Florals: Flowershop | Event Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals | Chargers, Napkins and Decanters: Open Door Shop | Tablecloth by artist Dorothy Shain | Modern Sanctuary | Modern Tablescape Inspiration | Modern Organice Tablescape | Wedding Inspiration | Black and White Tablescape | Black and White Wedding Decorations
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Marni Rothschild
02/18/2017

Creating community is a beautiful and powerful thing, which is why we love nothing more than to see creatives coming together to support and celebrate each other’s work. And that is exactly what event designer Kristin Doggett of Bellafare sought out to do when putting together this thoughtful “Artfully Inspired” dinner in Charleston, South Carolina. Kristin felt immediately welcomed and impressed by Charleston’s community of local artists and designers after having made a big move there from NYC. Her desire to gather and celebrate these local creatives who deeply enrich the life of the city, resulted in an intimate stylish dinner party showcasing the works of talented local artists such as Way Way Allen, Dorothy Shain, Teil Duncan and Kate Long Stevenson.

“Charleston has a robust community of creatives in the events space who I’ve had the pleasure of meeting upon my recent move from New York”, says Kristin. “The opening of Gadsden House seemed like the perfect opportunity to collaborate with these other entrepreneurs on an exciting dinner that celebrates one of Charleston’s greatest treasures, its artists”.

Photo by:
Marni Rothschild
Photo by:
Marni Rothschild

“Prior to moving to Charleston, I put together a list of vendors and artists I was inspired by and wanted to collaborate with, including Hillary from Brandshop (above right), whom I co-hosted the event with”, says Kristin (above left). “Once the ‘Artfully Inspired’ concept was finalized, I immediately started contacting my wish list of vendors knowing they could help bring my vision to life in the most artistic way possible.”

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Marni Rothschild

A couple of  Kristin’s favorite party details were the hand-painted invitations made by 42 Pressed, which perfectly matched the hand splatter-painted linens by local artist Dorothy Shain.

An Artfully Inspired Dinner Party in Charleston | Design, Styling and Planning by Kristin Doggett of Bellafare | Photo by Marni Rothschild | Co-Host: Hillary Crittenden of Brandshop | Paper Design by 42 Pressed | Florals: Flowershop | Event Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals | Chargers, Napkins and Decanters: Open Door Shop | Venue: Gadsden House | Tablecloth by artist Dorothy Shain | Modern Sanctuary | Modern Tablescape Inspiration | Modern Organice Tablescape | Wedding Inspiration | Black and White Tablescape | Black and White Wedding Decorations
Photo by:
Marni Rothschild
Photo by:
Marni Rothschild
Photo by:
Marni Rothschild
Photo by:
Marni Rothschild

By hand-selecting every tableware element from the chargers to the flatware, Kristin was able to mix together organic and modern pieces that you wouldn’t ordinarily see together to create a visually intriguing tablescape that beautifully complemented the evening’s artistic motif.

When setting a table, don’t try to match too much. My favorite designs stem from an eclectic mix of pieces that effortlessly blend together and offer depth and interest throughout the design. Kristin Doggett 

Photo by:
Marni Rothschild
Photo by:
Marni Rothschild

The food perfectly carried out the evening’s theme as Salthouse Catering prepared each dish with a featured artist’s work in mind. The beet carpaccio salad was inspired by Way Way Allen’s geometric work, the roasted cauliflower and kale soup emulated Dorothy Shain’s paintings, and the tuna with fresh herbs and sweet potato strings was made with one of Teil Duncan’s beach scenes in mind.

Photo by:
Marni Rothschild
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Marni Rothschild
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Marni Rothschild

And to top off the evening’s delectable culinary display, Twenty Six Divine made an Almond Dacquoise with Blueberry Bavarian, which was inspired by Kate Long Stevenson’s abstract art.

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Marni Rothschild
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Marni Rothschild
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Marni Rothschild
An Artfully Inspired Dinner Party in Charleston | Design, Styling and Planning by Kristin Doggett of Bellafare | Photo by Marni Rothschild | Co-Host: Hillary Crittenden of Brandshop | Venue: Gadsden House | Modern Sanctuary | Featured Artists: Kate Long Stevenson, Tell Duncan, Way Way Allen and Dorothy Shain
Photo by:
Marni Rothschild
Photo by:
Marni Rothschild

Beach Scene painting (above) by Teil Duncan.

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Marni Rothschild
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Marni Rothschild

Painting (above) by Teil Duncan.

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Marni Rothschild
An Artfully Inspired Dinner Party in Charleston | Design, Styling and Planning by Kristin Doggett of Bellafare | Photo by Marni Rothschild | Co-Host: Hillary Crittenden of Brandshop | Venue: Gadsden House | Modern Sanctuary | Featured Artists: Kate Long Stevenson, Tell Duncan, Way Way Allen and Dorothy Shain
Photo by:
Marni Rothschild
Photo by:
Marni Rothschild

Figurative painting (above) by Kate Long Stevenson.

Kristin leaves us with some of her expert entertaining advice that is sure to be helpful when planning your next dinner party:

  1. More is less and preparation is key. Mix and match décor elements and don’t overthink it too much. I always try to prepare easy and fool-proof dishes ahead of time, cut fresh flowers from my garden, and set the table before guests even arrive. This way, you can be a guest at your own party.
  2. If you fall in love with something that you have to have, buy it now and figure out where it will go later. My mother-in-law taught me this and it always resonates with me whenever I am traveling or casually perusing boutiques. Because of this philosophy, my husband and I have lots of art, artifacts, and treasures that we like to mix and match and rotate throughout our home or tablescapes whether decorating or entertaining.
  3. Go with what makes you feel good. I am drawn to many different styles and appreciate various forms of art though I always seem to go back to what brings me great happiness but might not be as much of a risk.

 

Meet the designer Kristin Doggett: Owner & Creative Director of Bellafare
Bio:

About Bellafare

Bellafare is a boutique event and wedding planning company dedicated to creating curated and memorable events. With offices in New York City and Charleston, South Carolina, we cater to clients throughout the country.

Our mission is to create events that are seamless, stress-free and beautifully crafted. We are proud to have established relationships with the best vendors in the industry and, together, we will collaboratively bring your vision to life. We draw inspiration from interior design, fashion, art, and travel and strive to create events that will leave a lasting impression for years to come.

About Kristin

Kristin feels that event planning perfectly suits her meticulous yet fun loving personality. No matter the size or scale of the event, she approaches each event with her signature creativity and style.

Married to her high school sweetheart, Kristin and her husband, Drew, are excited to call Charleston, SC home. Though Kristin attended College of Charleston, the city has changed dramatically since she graduated and she is grateful to be part of the city’s new creative renaissance. Kristin is also an avid traveler and is always open to adventure. Her go-to style is chic and sophisticated with a bit of an edge.

 

What is your Modern Sanctuary?
My home. I am drawn to soft neutral tones, which offer me a sense of calm and serenity after a long day.

When living in NYC, outdoor space was hard to come by. Now that we are in Charleston, we are fortunate enough to be able to enjoy our garden when entertaining or relaxing, which has brought us great joy over the past year. We now know a beautiful mature garden and outdoor space is essential for any place we call home.
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