Love blooms at Baulkham Hills dinner parties

CUPID has found his mark at least twice at North West Disability Services.

And who knows, maybe love will blossom out of last night's Table of Eight dinner party, too, said Deanna Jones.

She is quietly optimistic.

As the co-ordinator of the monthly dinner-party program, which runs out of North West Disability Services' Conie Avenue home at Baulkham Hills, she has already seen it happen.

"The idea of Table of Eight is it's a dinner party for our [more than 400] users to make friends, learn about dining etiquette and have a fabulous three-course meal, including mocktails," Ms Jones said.

Dinner is served in a room made up to look like a restaurant.

"The night is made possible with volunteers and carers who help with the food preparation," Ms Jones said.

The dress code is smart casual and there are dinner-party games during the night.

Numbers range from 40 to 24 — the average.

Regulars include Oliver Hull, of Baulkham Hills, and Bree Boltwood, of Cherrybrook, who met through the service's Community Participation Program.

The service also provides social support and day programs for people with disabilities.

Dinner Parties cost $25.

■ Details: www.nwds.org.au.

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