How does the Soirée roaming dinner party work?
Each “Soirée” consists of six groups of four; three girl groups and three guy groups. For each event, the role of Host or Guest is assigned to a gender.
As Hosts, we ask that you prepare, cook and serve your Guests a three-course meal in your own home, where you will stay, and for each course a different group of Guests arrive.
As Guests, we ask that you provide the wine, bring the banter and impress your Hosts. You will travel to 3 pre-arranged Host houses to enjoy their delicious food and hospitality. It is the responsibility of the Guests to order their own Uber X Taxis between the houses which Soiree Events will refund following the event.
The event starts at 6:30pm and each course lasts 1 hour. There is then an afterparty at the end to reconnect with those you met at dinner + those from the other dinner parties.
What types of people take part?
We have a broad range of people take part including the following industries:
Most people who take part are open minded, fun and adventerous. They are people that want to do something different with their Saturday night and go out of their comfort zone
Most are young professionals (not tourists/travellers) who live and work in the city, aged between 22-40 (average age 29)
As Hosts, what kind of dinner / food should we prepare?
Something simple and tasty does the trick!
You don't need to go all out and cook a MasterChef winning meal. The emphasis is on the dinner party & social interaction as much as the food - especially the first course which we advise to be canapé based
Sharing dishes work well as they are more interactive and it's always a good idea to share the workload between all four of you
As Guests, what kind of wine should we bring and how much? Should we take any gifts/games for the Hosts?
We don’t want our Hosts to go thirsty, so we ask that each Guest group provides 12 bottles of wine. The wine remains at the first-course house for the evening (so guests don’t have to carry between houses).
Does each event have a different theme?
We often have a theme for our events as this allows each group to get creative and add a personal touch to the night. It also offers some structure and direction on what to cook, what to wear, how to decorate and what games to play. Themes are sometimes seasonal eg. Christmas, Easter, Valentines, but we’ve also had others such as a Mad Hatters Tea Party, 1920’s Great Gatsby and Rockabilly
How many people do you get taking part at each event?
It varies, but on average we see anything from 250 up to 600 people taking part.
How does the group matching work?
We match groups based on a number of attributes such as age, location, interests and ensure that all groups are meeting “new” people.
We do our best to bring like-minded people together to maximise the likelihood that you will reconnect post event, whether that is as friends, housemates, work colleagues or for romance.
What does the ticket price include?
Group tickets range between $300 - $360 for four people ($75 - $90 per person).
The ticket price covers all management and coordination of the event including group matchmatching, taxis between courses (for those roaming) and an exlusive after party with a free a drink on arrival
Who’s responsible for buying the ticket and organising the group?
Typically, someone will nominate themselves as “team leader” - and they book the tickets and round up three others to join them (sorting out the booking fees between themselves). They will be responsible for providing group details to us as well as being the main contact on the night of the event.
What additional costs are there?
If you’re a Host, then your group of four will be responsible for purchasing the food and any theming you want for the house.
If you’re a Guest your group of four will be responsible for purchasing the wine and any additional gifts/games you want to surprise your Hosts with. Often, we have partnerships in place with brands as an added-value for attendees such as alcohol or food offers and competition and prizes - watch out for these!
What happens if someone gets drunk and is abusive?
We do thorough checks on all attendees beforehand and communicate our policies around good behaviour to reduce the likelihood of this happening
What if I have any dietary requirements?
You will be able to let us know during the booking stage. We also double check this again a few weeks before the event and communicate all dietary requirements to Hosts to ensure they take this on board.
How old do you need to be to attend an event?
You must be 18 Years or older to attend one of our events, because alcohol will be served at the dinner parties. Age range is generally 24 – 40, however we match groups based on their age so if you are outside of this, it doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t attend.
How often do you run your events?
Typically, every 3 - 4 months.
What are the timings for the events?
The dinner parties start at 6:30pm, with the dinners finishing approximately 10pm, followed by the after-party from 10:15pm onwards.
What locations in Sydney do you hold your events?
Our events started in the Eastern Suburbs and have now expanded out to the City, Inner West and the Lower North Shore. Location only affects those who are Hosts for the evening as they must be in close proximity so Guests can roam between courses easily. Guests, however, are welcome to come from further afield.
What should I wear?
Whatever you like! It’s a special occasion though so you may want to put a little bit of thought into your appearance - smart casual is our standard dress code. It’s more important though that you feel comfortable in what you’re wearing so that you can be a great first impression. You’ll be heading to a bar/club afterwards, so no trainers/thongs and ID is a must!
What happens if our Host address changes or if I can’t make the event after I’ve purchased tickets? Do you give refunds?
It’s essential that you keep us informed as soon as possible if anything changes with your group booking. Correct Host addresses are crucial to the whole event running smoothly.
We only offer refunds if we can replace your group easily, and we are unable to offer any refunds two weeks before any event. Either way please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org for any changes
What should I do if I’m going to be late?
If you know in advance that you’re going to be late then email us to let us know. On the night of the event you will be given contact details should you need to get in touch with us immediately.
What’s good about your events and why should I attend? How successful are you for singles?
If you love socialising and meeting new people then our events are definitely for you. The beauty of our dinner parties is that you are socialising with different groups of new people but with the comfort of your own friends around, so there’s never a reason to feel intimidated. Our events are unique, exciting and most of all, really good fun!
There are a number of success stories from Soirée, and we’ve even had our first marriage!