Marguerite Hoffman and Cindy Rachofsky
Sheridan Williams' Valentine's Day dinner table a masterpiece of inventiveness. Her fabulous parties have earned her a place in The Salonnière 100. (Photo by Shelby Hodge)
Nantucket by Design chair Phoebe Tudor welcomes guests to a party at her Nantucket home.
Phoebe Tudor's Houston dining room just part of the incredible buffet scene for the family's annual Chirstmas party. (Photo by Shelby Hodge)
Cindy Rachofsky, Hamish Bowles at Two X Two, held in the Rachofsky home. (Photo by Kevin Tachman)
Hosts with the most Sheridan & John Eddie Williams at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Grand Gala Ball (Photo by Michelle Watson)
One of Sheridan Williams' Christmas dinners ws awash in red and white tulips. (Photo by Shelby Hodge)
Lynn Wyatt in her home where entertaining is done on an elegant and intimate scale. (Photo by Gittings)
Becca Cason Thrash in Alexander McQueen at the Houston Grand Opera Ball (Photo by Priscilla Dickson)
Brian Bolke, Nancy Rogers at the Dallas Art Fair Celebration
Allison Sarofim, Valentino brand ambassador Carlos Souza at the Valentino boutique in the Houston Galleria
Derek Blasberg joins The Salonnière 100
A detail of Phoebe Tudor's dining room just part of the incredible buffet scene for the family's annual Christmas party. (Photo by Shelby Hodge)
Aaiter takes an unplanned dip at a charity benefit in the home of Becca Cason Thrash, joining a number of guests who through the years have inadvertently taken the plunge. (Photo by Michelle Watson)
Howard and Cindy Rachofsky
The accolades come and the accolades go. So it is no surprise that The Salonnière‘s list of the 100 best party hosts in the country is a fluid mix that this year has added a few and subtracted a few so that the number of those applauded for their entertaining talents remains at 100.
The Austin-based blog of all things fabulous in society and entertaining, the brainchild of uber-elegant Austinite Carla McDonald, has released the fourth edition of the annual poll. Social A-listers, philanthropists and event planners from across the country nominated talented party-throwers, who fit McDonald’s criteria of leveraging the power of parties to enhance the lives of others. No superficial canvassing this.
“Social gatherings play a vital role in our lives and communities, whether to connect people, advance ideas, support causes, or promote joyfulness, and those who host them provide a great gift to humanity,” she says in a statement. “The Salonnière 100 is our way of honoring the people in America who are the absolute best at hosting parties with passion and purpose.”
Texans new to the list this year are Austin’s Kirstin and Joe Ross, an IT mogul, and Mary Herr Tally; Fort Worth’s Cami Goff, wife of billionaire real estate investor John Goff, and philanthropist Mercedes Bass; and Ronda Rice Carmen, lifestyle blogger, author and owner of a ranch, near Corpus Christi, where her entertaining talents are highly praised.
Along with Houston’s Becca Cason Thrash, Phoebe Tudor, Sheridan Williams and Lynn Wyatt, Dallasites include Brooke Davenport, Cindy Rachofsky and Nancy Rogers. That brings the total to 12 for the Lone Star State. You could make that 13 if you wanted to count native Houstonian Allison Sarofim, but she lives and entertains most often in New York so that city won her place among the hostesses with the mostest.
To find out which Texans did not make the list this year, you’ll have to check our 2018 report on The Salonnière 100. I’m not talking about it.
Among those making their debut on the national list are Jennifer Aniston of Los Angeles, the adorable fashion journalist and bon vivant Derek Blasberg, and billionaire Los Angeles real estate developer Mike Meldman, recently declared “real estate’s party boy” by the Wall Street Journal.
The Salonnière this year recognizes 15 “super hosts,” those who have made the list since its inception in 2016. They are:
Aspen: Amy and John Phelan
Atlanta: Annette Joseph, Danielle Rollins,
Dallas: Cindy Rachofsky
Houston: Becca Cason Thrash, Lynn Wyatt, Phoebe Tudor
New York: Ashley McDermott, Lela Rose
New Orleans: Julie Reed
Newport: Bettie Bearden Pardee
Palm Beach: Annie Falk
San Francisco: Ken Fulk
Washington D.C.: Hilary and Wilbur Ross, Katherine and David Bradley