Check out the Holiday Dinner We Threw in the Middle of Rustan’s

What is the ultimate luxury? We at Zee Lifestyle have been trying to answer that question for as long as this writer has been on the staff–and probably for a lot longer. A handcrafted designer bag, sure. Having a private island all to yourself, of course. The chance to sleep in on a Monday, definitely. A lot of people seem to agree that luxury often comes from a sense of exclusivity–whether it’s an experience or a product, something becomes a luxury is knowing that not everyone has a chance to have the same thing.

This became the inspiration for the dinner we hosted to kick off the holidays–after all, does anything feel as exclusive as sitting down for a five-course dinner on an intricately decorated table in the middle of a bustling department store, while other customers are rushing through their holiday shopping?

The shop floors of Rustan’s Department Store became host to a unique dinner experience that began with cocktails on the first floor. Amidst glittering Christmas decorations, guests enjoyed appetizers while sampling the selection of drinks–specialty ginger ale, a blueberry vodka cocktail and bottles of Moët & Chandon. In the middle of the refreshments and light chatter, the group was also treated to pampering sessions from the brands of Rustan’s Beauty Source.

After hors d’oeuvres, guests were escorted to their respective tables. Our dinner hosts Regal Oliva and Divine Maitland-Smith had invited a select group of friends for their respective tables.

Basil Cabaral of Rustan’s visual merchandising department had come up with luxurious and modern holiday table settings for the event. Divine’s table on the second floor is decorated with avian accents, golden details and pops of green. The highlight of the table is a golden spiked star sculpture, which guests had re-imagined as statement accessories. Upstairs for Regal’s table is a more traditional take, with Christmas trees featuring in the chargers and as sparkling centerpieces. 

A more modern approach to holiday table settings

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The conversation was quick-witted and interesting, with topics that range from addressing the traffic problems in Cebu at Regal’s table (Margot Osmeña says the answer is discipline–not to kill the drivers next to you, the others added) to the best thing about holidays in Cebu at Divine’s (Butch Carungay and Jon Medalla got into a light argument about how happy we really are during Christmas). 

As the night slipped into the later hours and Rustan’s shut its doors, the conversation and the wine continued to flow–the full story will soon be out in Zee Lifestyle’s next issue!

In the meantime, check out our teaser for what went on during the night here:

Shari Quimbo
Shari Quimbo

Shari Quimbo is the managing editor of Zee Lifestyle. In her spare time, she likes cooking for family and friends, and escaping to the beach on weekends. Follow Shari's adventures on Instagram at @sharinuh.

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