How to Entertain: Inside a Dazzling Cocktail Soirée in NoDa

Capote’s grandest affair inspires this intimate party. The experts share what it takes to plan one of your own.


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"Hat and Beard" – Eric Dolphy​
"Solo Dancer" – Charles Mingus
"Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams" – Nico​
"Them There Eyes" – Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie
"Divino Maravilhoso" – Gal Costa
"The Girl from Ipanema" – Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz​
"Femme Fatale" – The Velvet Underground
"Wave" – Peter Duchin​
"Light My Fire" – Peter Duchin​
"Paint It Black" – Gabor Szabo​
"Under My Thumb" – The Rolling Stones
"Mellow Yellow" - Donovan
"Rumble" – Link Wray
"Summer Wine" – Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood
"Tomorrow Never Knows" – The Beatles
"Taxman" – Junior Parker
"Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day" – Stevie Wonder
"Dr. Feelgood" – Aretha Franklin


Playlist: Jay Kenney
Cream Puff Records
Yes, it’s easier to plug in an iPhone and play your favorite songs, letting one track bleed into another for the rest of the night. But Jay Kenney, who runs Cream Puff Records, loves the thrill of the hunt that vinyl offers. “I try to match the people and vibe of the event,” he says. When we asked him to create a playlist for this party, he turned to jazz great Charles Mingus for atmosphere and Astrud Gilberto for character. “Peter Duchin played at the original party, so I had to have him on there, as well,” Kenney says.


Architect Perry Poole envisioned this home, which he calls NoDa House, as a modern mill house inspired by the far simpler structures that lodged mill workers in Charlotte a century ago. Poole used the completion of the 2,400-square-foot NoDa House to launch a new architecture, design, and building collective this summer, with a philosophy rooted in 20th century modernism. The result is striking—intentionally understated with a restrained material palette—and the first in a series of case studies to prove Poole’s perspective and approach can work in an architecturally conservative city such as Charlotte. His team has already begun work on its latest venture, a modern home in Selwyn Park.  

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