Planning Music for an Elegant Event

by Robbie Schlosser · 1 comment

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Magnolia Jazz Band in Saratoga,  2012

Here we are last Thursday, entertaining at a stylish cocktail party in Saratoga.  What an elegant event!

Set in the lovely patio of the Preston Wynne Spa, the party benefitted Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence, a wonderful organization that provides support and education to end domestic violence.   Thank you to Bettina Kohlbrenner, the event chairperson, for the beautiful photos.

Our mission: Provide an upbeat, sophisticated musical atmosphere that will encourage people to feel comfortable and enjoy their conversations at this elegant event.

Easy.  This is something we do all the time.

How do we start?  As always, we chat with the hostess and some guests and judge (and ask) what their favorite music might be.  In this case, it sounded like a “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” kind of group, so we began playing elegant favorites like “The Way You Look Tonight”, “Moon River”, and “All the Things You Are”.

Bingo!  Everyone got right into the mood and the party was a great success from the start.  Between visits to the lavish buffet, the guests sat at cocktail tables and enjoyed wine, hors d’ouvres, and the late afternoon sunshine.

They loved all our George Gershwin and Cole Porter tunes.  Throughout the evening, we played a few requests, too.  Occasionally we spiced things up with a few Beatles, Elvis, and Sinatra classics and an occasional Bossa Nova.

Midway, our hostess made brief presentation about Next Door’s current work and awarded a fabulous raffle prize (donated by Deja & Co). Then we resumed with more of the same music, and eventually brought this wonderful evening to a close.

Here’s a tip for planning music for your next elegant event.  Ask your guests about their favorite tunes.


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Yvonne A Jones

I like the fact that you inquired of the hostess and the guests rather than assuming what they like. True professionalism!


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