"Here come the guests! I always like to invite people who may not know each other well — it's nice to get a good mix, have new conversations, and maybe spark a friendship. Michelle Siwy, the creator and designer of Siwy Denim, is one of the nicest people I know, but still has a sense of humor (they don't always go hand-in-hand!)."
"Yale Breslin is always fun to have over. He's an awesome writer (he has his own blog, The Malcolm, and works for Jay-Z at Life + Times). Plus, he lives at the exact same address, two streets down. A lot of my friends live in the East Village, meaning impromptu get-togethers like this happen all the time."
"When the apartment's all lit up and looking pretty, people are surprised at how big it seems despite being so little. I think this is Yale's happy/shocked face."
"I only lasted three days when I tried to wait tables one summer, but I was impressed by how steady I kept the tray despite Michelle's questionable skills with the cheese knife. Yale's expression says it all."
"That first cheers is always my favorite part of the party. Or really, any cheers."
"Group shot! Especially when you live in a studio, putting food in different places—like this bowl of grapes on my side table—helps hide the fact that you're in a bedroom. Flowers, too, are so, so important. These orchids usually last me a month and are from Ovando, arguably the best floral boutique in NYC. Sandra de Ovando and her team can dream up anything, and for my small-space situation, they created arrangements that weren't overwhelming while still making a statement."