Burch has built a lifestyle empire (that includes runway shows and boutiques across the globe) based on the desire for the classically preppy—imbued with a sense of fashion. Because she so perfectly embodies her own brand, women not only want to dress like her, but follow her party etiquette as well.
HOLIDAY PARTY LOOK:
I love to wear color in the winter. Rarely black....
BEST HOSTESS GIFT RECEIVED:
Most recently, a monkey planter—a present from a great friend.
GO-TO HOSTESS GIFT TO GIVE:
Anything from our collaboration with Dodie Thayer.
THANK YOU NOTE OR THANK YOU EMAIL?
A note. Always.
FAVORITE HOLIDAY PARTY ATTENDED:
My mother’s. Growing up, it lasted from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve. She loves all holidays and traditions.
WHO GIVES YOU HOST ENVY?
Bunny Mellon—she had the most exquisite taste...in every sense of the word.
If there is anyone who knows her way around a classic New York party it’s Volandes. She grew up in Manhattan, currently lives on the Upper East Side and helms a glossy magazine dedicated to the life of the one percent. She definitely knows how to thank her host properly.
SIGNATURE HOLIDAY PARTY LOOK: Black pants, silk blouse, Manolos with a bit of glitter, long earrings and always my Sidney Garber rolling bracelets.
BEST HOSTESS GIFT RECEIVED: The chocolate chip cookies from Petrossian.
GO-TO HOSTESS GIFT TO GIVE: Candied ginger from Maison du Chocolat
THANK YOU NOTE OR THANK YOU EMAIL? I do an email right away because I know I love hearing from my guests right after the party for a bit of post-mortem and gossip. But then follow up with a note.
FAVORITE HOLIDAY PARTY ATTENDED? Favorite party is my brother's annual Christmas Eve. Huge tree, lots of nieces and cousins. Fabulous food.
WHO GIVES YOU HOST ENVY?My friend David Monn. Every detail at his parties has a meaning, which elevates even the simplest dinner into a magical evening. (He just wrote a whole book about it!)
PIECE OF PARTY ETIQUETTE ADVICE: Susan Fales Hill just started an etiquette column for us and we both agree on the importance of the on time (or within 30 minutes of start time) arrival!
Sylvana Ward Durrett
Co-Founder & CEO Maisonette.com, Vogue Consultant
There are parties and then there are parties. Ward Durrett has spent the last five years planning the latter to perfection as Vogue’s Director of Special Events. If Anna trusts her to orchestrate the Met Gala, we trust her taste completely.
SIGNATURE HOLIDAY PARTY LOOK: Always Dolce and Gabbana—whether it's a lace pajama set ( my current obsession) or one of their adorable cocktail dresses ( polka-dots, floral-prints...it all works!) they are my go-to for holiday party wear.
BEST HOSTESS GIFT RECEIVED: Anything Astier de Villete
GO-TO HOSTESS GIFT TO GIVE: John Derian ashtray or anything Astier de Villete
THANK YOU NOTE OR THANK YOU EMAIL? NOTE!!!
FAVORITE HOLIDAY PARTY ATTENDED: The Vogue Holiday party of course.
WHO GIVES YOU HOST ENVY? AW - the most impeccable taste and the most thoughtful hostess.
PIECE OF PARTY ETIQUETTE ADVICE: Get organized. Get more organized. You're never too organized.
Martina Mondadori Sartogo
Founder, Cabana Magazine
Hailing from one of Italy’s most famous publishing families and having founded the world’s coolest interiors magazines, Mondadori Sartogo is a natural choice for something chic for the home.
HOLIDAY PARTY LOOK: Patterns + Vintage + a touch of gold.
BEST HOSTESS GIFT RECEIVED: It's an intangible gift I received a few years ago: a custom playlist for dinner parties at my home! Never has a gift been so useful! It was the final touch missing to create the right atmosphere.
GO-TO HOSTESS GIFT TO GIVE: Something for the home, be it table linens or a gorgeous vintage ceramic vase or colorful glasses for the bar.
THANK YOU NOTE OR THANK YOU EMAIL? Thank you note! I am stationery obsessed so any excuse to buy more cards or to use the ones I already have are more than welcome.
WHO GIVES YOU HOST ENVY? My mother! She's always been impeccable and has been my constant go-to person for advice and my source of inspiration for all my table settings and dinner parties.
PIECE OF PARTY ETIQUETTE ADVICE: Mix it up! This is true both for the table setting and for the guest list. I find matching colors and tableware slightly boring. And the mix is crucial also for the guest list. Don't stick to your usual gang: everyone is always happy to meet new interesting people.
”This book is the perfect hostess gift for Cabana's art director to use for some inspiration.”
Mary Lynn Van Wyck
Mary Lynn Van Wyck
Founder, Van Wyck & Van Wyck
For Van Wyck, incredible taste runs in the family: she and son Bronson (the company’s second Van Wyck) have been enlisted to plan out of this world, spectacular events for everyone from Madonna to the President. Well-versed in the significance of every detail, she certainly sees the importance of arriving with the right gift.
HOLIDAY PARTY LOOK? For the home, I like a natural look, with rustic elements and fragrances of the season. I’m also always inspired by the runways. This season’s passimentrie, brocade, embroidery and even the prints of Bengal cats from Dolce & Gabbana feel festive.
BEST HOSTESS GIFT RECEIVED: One year on the farm, a friend gifted us a miniature horse as a thank you for his stay. We named him Spiro and he is still with us! If social media was around then, it most certainly was worth a regram.
GO-TO HOSTESS GIFT TO GIVE: I like to give something personal. Maybe I will whip up a batch of Bloody Marys and package it with some great highball glasses or roast some pecans or homemade cheese straws and present them in a beautiful vintage silver bowl.
THANK YOU NOTE OR THANK YOU EMAIL? Nothing is more personal and gracious than a handwritten note.
FAVORITE HOLIDAY PARTY ATTENDED: My son Bronson throws a big bash every year. Every year is wild and different but my favorite was the year when all the trees were hung upside down from the ceiling—a last minute design change to make room for extra guests!
WHO GIVES YOU HOST ENVY? Julia Koch
PIECE OF PARTY ETIQUETTE ADVICE: A considerate guest always arrives 15 minutes late. Your host will thank you as she will inevitably have something come up at the last minute.