Digital fragments from Christina Balch's Dinner Party, an interactive performance, held at the Nave Gallery Annex on August 31, 2016 as part of Performing the Home exhibit
The public was invited to attend Dinner Party and participate in the performance - in addition to specific guests. The main invited guests were the artists featured in Performing the Home and gallery staff.
Pinterest Board for Recipes
I collected recipe ideas on Pinterest. I wanted the food at the Dinner Party to reflect the exhibit and installation so some of the food was a little unsettling (i.e. bright pink cauliflower mash).
Dinner Party Tips
Christina found many articles featuring tips and tricks about how to throw a dinner party and still have a good time! While the tips made sense to Christina, she did not implement any of them as she prepared for the big day.
When hosting a dinner party in 2016, a Facebook event often replaces a paper or email invitation. Facebook was the only invitation method I used for promoting the Dinner Party performance.
The Dinner Table
The dinner table before the dinner party.
The Monster Melon That Wasn't
I had big plans to create a monster melon puking up a fruit salad for the Dinner Party. Unfortunately, I ran out of time and didn't get a chance to carve the second watermelon. I carried around that huge watermelon in my car for 2 weeks before I finally brought it into the house and cut it up.
Menu: Wormy Hot Dogs
Inspired by food for kids and ingredients that were common to serve at a family dinner 60 years ago, wormy hot dogs were a hit with my guests!
Menu: Cauliflower and Beet Mash
Cauliflower mash with an unnerving pink hue from beets!
Menu: Gold Cookies
For dessert, I served gold Oreos. They were edible, and most guests enjoyed them.
Table Cloth Fragment 1
I set out raw canvas as the table cloth for the dinner table. Table Cloth Fragment 1 features stains from the beet and cauliflower mash.
Table Cloth Fragment 2
I set out raw canvas as the table cloth on the dinner table. Table Cloth Fragment 2 features a single watermelon seed.