Throwing a dinner party summons a certain form of anxiety. Who will you invite? What will you serve? And crucially, what will you serve it on? The average person’s mismatched dinnerware has its own special charm to be sure, but it’s not exactly the stuff of a Martha Stewart spread.
Then again, who has the time to orchestrate the perfect set up of name cards, runners, plates, and napkins? That conundrum is the premise behind Social Studies, a new startup hawking Instagram-ready rentable dinner party setups delivered straight to your door.
Started by Jessica Latham and Amy Griffin, the on-demand service provides everything you need to host a kitted out dinner party—think: full place settings, name cards, and table decorations, and flower—in a variety of themes.
Each kit adheres to a very specific look. There’s the minimalist Gossamer ($40 per guest) which comes with a flowing garland of eucalyptus. Joshua Tree ($30 per guest), which sports brightly colored outdoor settings fit for a desert dinner. A Halloween Hero ($30 per guest) kit comes with stylishly spooky plates and decorations. While something like Holiday Hygge ($40 per guest) is exactly as Scandinavian as it sounds.
As you can tell, the price isn’t exactly cheap (kits ranges from $30 to $50 per guest), but there are a few key logistical perks to consider. Social Studies will drop off a padded box of decorations on the day of your party, which include hand-written name cards if you provide them with a guest list. The kits include instructions for how to set a table if you don’t already know how—handy. And the kicker is that they’ll pick up everything and clean the dishes for you—perhaps priceless.
The delivery service is launching on October 3 in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and, of course, the Hamptons.