For the first installment of our NYC Entertaining series, we threw a rooftop dinner party!  See how you can do it, too.

When Clara and I (Jen) started talking about how we both like to entertain, it was pretty clear we were on the same page.  It isn’t about waiting for a special occasion or having the perfect table setting, it is about taking the time to gather friends for a fun evening. As summer comes to an end, we wanted to welcome fall with open arms.  With a glass of wine and a delicious one pan dish, we combined our entertaining forces to transform the space and pull together a straightforward guide with everything you need to set the scene for an evening that won’t have you running around all day preparing. From the grocery list to using what you have around the house; download the planning materials below and you will be ready, with wine in hand, to welcome guests in less than two hours!

All photographs by John Dolan

  1. this chicken dish by nigella happens to be one of my favourites for when i have friends round but i am definitely going to try the sea salt chocolate chip cookies; they sound amazing! this is going to be a great series — can’t wait to pick up some new tips :) xx

    • Clara

      The sea salt chocolate chip cookies will blow your mind :).

  2. Wow, this is the yummiest roof party I’ve ever seen!

  3. This looks amazing! I really want to try that chicken recipe :)

  4. Great menu, simple but beautiful. Love it! I must try the chicken with chorizo recipe.

    • Clara

      It’s so good and shockingly easy!

  5. I love entertaining (with no “reason” other than spending time with friends), so this is right up my alley! That view is incredible and the menu sounds spot on. So fun!

    The Glossy Life

    • jen

      we kept double checking to make weren’t missing a big step because it just seemed too easy. Has become one of my top entertaining recipes!

  6. So fun! The food looks delicious and the guests look happy! Lucky guests!

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