Anyone who has ever hosted a party knows executing a flawless gathering is tough. No matter how much you plan, hiccups happen. But America's most notable entertainers make hosting a perfect party seem like a breeze.
Who are these party gods and goddesses putting our backyard barbecues to shame? surveyed over 1,000 in-the-know influencers across the country – think society darlings, philanthropists, and media icons – to find out who in their cities throw the most extravagant, elegant, and can't-miss events of the year. Their responses culminated in a comprehensive list of the 100 best hosts and hostesses in the U.S.
New York City is the most prominent entertaining hub, with 18 of the 100 top hosts located there. Among NY's notable entertainers are interior designer Athena Calderone, fashion designer Lela Rose, and actress Allison Sarofim, whose just counted Naomi Campbell, Donna Karan, and Demi Moore among its guest list.
But these aren't the only big names to make the cut. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are among D.C.'s top entertainers, thanks to their private White House dinner parties, likely held in the newly remodeled dining room, which have become the talk of the town.
A number of interior design powerhouses – including several ELLE DECOR favorites – were also acknowledged for their entertaining chops. Ken Fulk was honored for his San Francisco gatherings, while Danielle Rollins' celebrations are some of Atlanta's most memorable.
Here's hoping a few invitations show up in our mailboxes this holiday season (hint, hint).
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