If you live in the general vicinity of North Carolina, chances are you've crossed paths with Laura Vinroot Poole. The owner of Capitol and Poole Shop, two local boutiques that boast designers including Dries Van Noten, Gucci, and Rosie Assoulin, and daughter of former mayor Richard Vinroot, Poole is basically the Reese Witherspoon of the Tar Heel State—and she's got the Rolodex to prove it. At her outdoor dinner parties (most recently during Beach Week, a five-day-long event of parking lot parties, designer panels, trunk shows, and food), Poole has hosted the likes of Candice Bergen, Tavi Gevinson, and Busy Philipps over steaming plates of southern-style fare.
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Here, Poole shares five tips for hosting a dinner party to remember.