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Carla McDonald
Carla McDonald is the founder of The Salonniere, the premier dossier of all things fête fabulous. A former CMO, CEO, magazine columnist and television host with a passion for parties, Carla has hosted and attended hundreds of high-profile soirées ranging from parties for celebrities to elaborate galas, events at the White House and internationals balls. Carla has appeared in and on media outlets including Town & Country, Women’s Wear Daily, Veranda, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, CNN, NBC’s “Today” and “Entertainment Tonight.”

Entries by Carla McDonald

Social Butterflies: Born or Bred?

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 12:39 PM

Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's

Are social butterflies born or bred? Are parties a mere frivolity or do they serve a vital human need? To find out, we turned to Professor Mark Leary, one of the world's foremost social and personality...

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The Five Best Wines for Summer Entertaining

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 12:45 AM


Whether you're planning an al fresco dinner party, backyard barbecue or pique-nique pour deux, warm weather gatherings beg for vibrant sparklers, crisp whites and vivid reds with supple tannins. Let's listen in as world-renowned wine educator and master sommelier Tim Gaiser shares his...

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10 Tips for Fall Entertaining

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 6:25 PM

Fall is officially upon us, and it's not just the leaves that are turning. Our thoughts are also turning, from barbecues and pool parties to fall soirées and Thanksgiving Day feasts. Looking for some ways to spice up your fall fetes? Then feast your eyes on my 10 entertaining tips...

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Fashion Designer Peter Som's Legendary Minestrone Soup Recipe

(1) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 3:42 PM

Award-winning fashion designer, Peter Som, who wowed the New York fashion world last week with his spring 2015 collection, has an uncanny ability to find cohesion with all kinds of seemingly disparate ingredients. His style aesthetic ranges from classic and elegant to quirky and colorful. What many don't know that...

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The 10 Best Warm Weather Party Wines

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 10:52 AM

Now that we're in the thick of the summer heat with Labor Day parties around the corner, we at The Salonniere, the leading dedicated source of entertaining tips from party experts, decided to ask 10 of the country's top food and wine experts to share the name of...

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The Secret Language of Flowers

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 4:08 PM

At The Salonniere, we adore flowers. The appeal goes far beyond their beauty and fragrance. Flowers are a historically significant part of human social interaction. In fact, the custom of giving flowers dates back to early civilization, and the earliest known depiction of a mixed arrangement is a...

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10 Tips for Perfect Party Lighting

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 11:27 AM

One of the best ways to ensure that your guests enjoy your party is to make them feel attractive. When people feel gorgeous, they relax, become less self-conscious and take more joy in themselves and others.

An easy way to make your guests feel attractive is to light them...

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10 No-Fail Dinner Party Conversation Starters

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 11:56 AM

Welcome to another installment of Tipsy Tuesday, The Salonniere's Tuesday feature that provides tips from top salonnieres on all things party-related. Today, we're getting tipsy with the no-fail questions these 10 expert hosts ask to kick-start a conversation at a cocktail or dinner party.

Alexa Hampton, interior designer...

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