It finally happened. After eight months of being a super fan and attending three dinners, I finally had the opportunity to host my very own Dwell Dinner! I co-hosted actually, with an amazing photographer and videographer named Shane Anderson. Funny part is, I met Shane at my very first Dwell Dinner! That just goes to show how amazing the relationships can be that form at these dinners.
So, this is how it all went down. Brooke (creator of Dwell Dinner) and I met up to talk about collaborating. She told me she was kind of separating her dinners into different themes. One of the new themes was called “Wise Ideas”, and its purpose was for people who kind of had a story to tell or a specific experience they wanted to share.
I don’t necessarily think I have this massive story to tell, but I did make some pretty big career moves this year and I absolutely love talking about my journey and hearing about where others are at in theirs. And as it turns out, Shane (my co-host) is on a pretty crazy journey with his career as well. So, we decided it was the perfect time to collab!
The people, conversation and food was a million times better than I ever could have ever hoped for. I’ll admit I was a tiny bit nervous about hosting nine strangers in my home (12 people total including Brooke, Shane and I), but Brooked knocked it out of the park with the food and conversation couldn’t have flowed better. I really felt like I was in my wheelhouse between the entertaining and talking about taking risks with our careers.
Of course, I want to share with you all about the conversation during the dinner, but because Shane does video, we decided to create both a prelude to show at the dinner to jumpstart the conversation, which you can watch here, and also use footage from the dinner itself to have a real takeaway from everything shared. Stay tuned for that!
In the meantime, stay up to date with Dwell and I highly recommend jumping on the opportunity to attend and/or host a dinner. Entertaining is something I’m growing to really love and being able to do it in this way—with complete strangers and creating a video—was SO much fun!
Photography by Shane Anderson