At WM Events, we plan everything from small gatherings to massive functions for thousands of guests. When it comes to design assistant Latoya Johnson, bigger doesn’t always mean better. A chef and world traveler, Toya’s take on the perfect event is intimate and personal.

If I were an event, I would be … a dinner party! I would welcome guests to a relaxing seated dinner and offer them the most attentive table service.

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My purpose would be to … celebrate an annual occasion like an anniversary or birthday.

I would take place … in a warehouse, garden or courtyard. The venue itself would not be as important as the décor, which would begin with market lights strung across the ceiling to create that impression of a European bistro.  

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My colors would be … rich. With market lights in place, it would be time to choose décor colors. I would go for deep hues like blue and purple and complement them with warm copper. This combination of lighting and color would impart the intimate atmosphere that is key to my celebration.

My cuisine would honor … the tastes of the Caribbean. To complement this flavorful and sometimes spicy fare, I would offer a crisp sparkling wine.

My guests would enjoy entertainment, including … tunes from a special playlist I would create with my guests in mind. During dinner, I would offer topics of conversation to make sure there would be no lulls. Perhaps everyone would offer answers to the Proust Questionnaire. Following dinner, guests would have the opportunity to get to know each other and themselves even better with activities like psychic readings and henna body art.

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My guest count would be … just eight.

My “invitation” would be … formal. My eight special guests would receive a beautiful, handcrafted invitation in the mail.

Special features would include … a surprise location. I love events that astonish and delight guests with the unknown and take them on a journey through the experience of the event.

I would incorporate the latest technologies by … actually, no technology would be allowed. Sorry, Instagram and Snapchat, but my guests will talk to each other and smile for each other.

My guests will go home with … a custom bottle of wine or spice mix kit imparting the flavors of our dinner to remember the event during future meals.

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