Mar 19, 2024 - News

The Raleigh company creating picture-perfect dinner parties

Photo: By Emily Bennett, courtesy of Beth Nash

Photo: Emily Bennett, courtesy of Beth Nash

A Raleigh startup is helping millennials and Gen Zers take their dinner parties next level.

Why it matters: Entertaining at home is one way to get the connection people crave, on a budget.

  • Increasingly, millennials and Gen Zers are leaning into hosting home parties with an emphasis on creative tablescapes and themed experiences — in part to share on TikTok and Instagram, Axios' Brianna Crane writes.

State of play: Raleigh-based Canary is helping younger adults host impressive parties — especially at a time when dining out is still expensive and many have soured on drinking.

  • The business aims to make food-focused festivities more stylish and easier to pull off, offering menu ideas, plate rentals, Spotify playlists and other services.

Zoom in: A lover of parties and pretty tableware, Canary founder Beth Nash launched her local tablescape rental company in November 2023. Think Rent the Runway but for plates, napkins, cutlery, etc.

What they're saying: Today's hosts are ditching formal fêtes and embracing casual themes like backyard hibachi or experimenting with mismatched plates and layered table linens, Nash tells Axios.

  • "Dinner parties are about bringing people together and having fun. You can't do that if you are stressed," she says.

The big picture: Searches for "dinner parties" on Evite increased 148% from this time last year, per data the online invitation company shared with Axios.

  • Thought bubble from Axios' What's Next reporter Jennifer A. Kingson: The dinner party hype may be a cultural nod to the revival of 1970s fun, when pants were flared, the fondue flowed and life was groovy.

Related: How to make the most of your dinner party

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