The Dallas Party Planning Guide
Pulling together the right event mix—whether it’s a wedding, a birthday, or a party for no real reason at all—is all about a certain special sauce. Great food and drinks, spot-on music, maybe a few extra shenanigans and flowers for fun, plus a great photographer to capture it all. Below, our Dallas Rolodex of great vendors.
Commissary1217 Main St, Downtown | 214.827.2927
Commissary is a bakery, a butcher, a gelateria, and a market all in one. Impressive, right? These are the people behind all of the Headington Companies restaurants—CBD Provisions at the Joule Hotel, Mirador at Forty Five Ten, and Sassetta and GoGo in the Design District. Everything down to the butchery is done on-site in the bakery and subterranean kitchen. The catering program is extremely popular among locals, and for smaller parties the experienced chefs will come and prepare the menu in your own kitchen.
Frosted Art Bakery1546 Edison St., Citywide | 214.760.8707
Bronwin Weber's award-winning confections are unapologetically over the top (she's a regular on The Food Network's Cake Challenge). She's masterful at intricate sugar art and fondant sculpting, which results in such awe-inducing, multi-tiered celebration cakes you'll feel kind of bad slicing into them. It's also worth noting that the bakery is Kosher.
Mi Cocina Catering214.217.3036
Much like its restaurant, Mi Cocina catering specializes in traditional, elevated, incredibly tasty Tex Mex food. Thankfully, whether you go for passed appetizers or a complete sit-down dinner, it can (and should) be accompanied by the killer margaritas.
This is the kind of old-school, full-service catering business that puts the same amount of effort into a basic breakfast buffet as they do an all-out holiday dinner. But Alberto Lombardi and his wife Vivian don't just stop at food: Their staff will gladly set up, serve, and then clean up any event, big or small.
The Joule Dallas214.748.1300
We've sung the Joule's praises for its nice rooms and fantastic restaurants, so it's really no surprise their catering department (they'll tweak the existing CBD Provisions menu to your liking or simply start from scratch) and event spaces are great as well. Oh, and they cater off-site parties, too.
Kent Rathbun Catering214.619.3555
In addition to his catering business, Kent Rathbun is also the man behind some of Dallas' best restaurants (Abacus, Jasper's, and KB's are all his). While his business runs the gamut from backyard BBQs to formal dinners, he really excels at in-home catering for clients hosting formal events. Kent's menus are incredibly creative (don't skip dessert).
Cassandra Fine Catering214.613.0131
These guys definitely rule when it comes to super-fancy, high-end catering (not everyone in town has served meals to both Presidents Obama and Bush). But it's about more than the food for Cassandra—clients rave about the impeccable service and reliability.
Fluff Pop Cotton Candy214.566.5715
While you can order Fluff Pop ahead of time, the best way to incorporate the made-for-grown-ups cotton candy into an event is to have it spun for your guests on-site. People go crazy for the flavors (guava, lychee, cotton candy).