UPDATED: Dinner Party Project celebrates anniversary at newly renovated Sanford event space Venue 1902


UPDATE: Due to Hurricane Irma, this event has been rescheduled to Saturday, Sept. 16.

The Dinner Party Project is one of those ideas that you know is true genius, because it seems so simple you wonder why you didn’t think of it yourself, yet you know you never would have. No, the genius who dreamed up TDPP is Dana Marie Roquemore, who managed to combine her two loves – food and conversation – into one dream job. The first Dinner Party happened when Dana threw all her friends’ names into a hat, pulled out seven, and invited them over for dinner. (As she says, eight is the perfect number for an intimate gathering: not so small it’s awkward, and not so big it’s overwhelming.) She learned more about those randomly assorted acquaintances than she had known before, and they about each other, and TDPP was born: a machine for making authentic relationships. The beautiful tablescapes, flowers, cocktails and food don’t hurt, either. In the intervening three years, TDPP has thrown 330 dinner parties and added larger-scale events, private events, lower-priced Community Dinners, and Making Conversations, which explores deep, pre-set discussion topics.

6:30-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 | Venue 1902 at Preservation Hall, 301 W. Seventh St., Sanford | thedinnerpartyproject.co | $100