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My Garden Party For Six




Hello dear friends! So many of you have asked that I share some of the incredible beauty in my life in San Francisco, New York, London and my suite at “La Grande Dame”, the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto. I revel within the beauty of the old and the new. This is a dream that I, many days of my life, make come true.


So, do come with me as I entice you to dine in sumptuous elegance and delicious simplicity with marvelous colleagues, friends and family.


I begin with one of my “Evening Garden Parties for Six”; a most wonderful setting for a conversation filled with convivial chatter. What better way to grow in mind and in the richness of beauty of your guests than to be surrounded in such coziness that you never want to get up?


If it can rightly be said that when we set the table we set the stage for a social performance, it could be said that few hostesses were better equipped than Gloria Vanderbilt to bring to the art of table setting all the talent to make the performance a smash hit.


Artist, actress, author, designer of textiles, clothing, interiors, greeting cards and stationery, and successful in all these diversely creative ventures, Ms Vanderbilt brought a happy combination of great style, quiet drama, invention, and professionalism to everything she undertook.


In the setting I portray, a graceful white inner-patio defines the boubary of a privileged and intimate dining spot. Ornate 19th century shell back wicker chairs from the Wicker Garden, placed as supporting actors, in the evening’s drama, give a fresh foundation to “night”. The Private Stock plates, Swag goblets, Audubon-Vermeil flatware, and fanciful napkin rings filled with the most demure fresh berries set the scene.


The title of this evening drama is unmistakably “Evening Wonder”, but how it will turn out is anyone’s guess until the end of the third course.


Creating an atmosphere that captures and titillates all our senses is like the art of painting. I take the beauty of those around my table and see it reflected in the shimmering crystal and soft flowers.


And so, from my Italian home to yours, Saluti e buon appetito! You too, can capture this, in your very own incomparable way.

“A thing of beauty is a joy forever:”

John Keats. 1795 ­­-1821



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