Editor’s Choice: The Top Ten Parties of 2017

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Some of the best parties of 2017, like Blackstone mogul Steve Schwarzman’s 7oth Birthday weekend in Palm Beach, Dana Hammond Stubgen’s end-of-summer party at home in Southampton and Katharina Otto and Nathan Bernstein’s recent 20th Anniversary black tie dinner at Doubles, were resolutely private.  But AVENUE’s intrepid team of editors and photographers were able to infiltrate others and report from inside.  Here are our editors’ choices of the ten best semi-public parties of the year, including one (Hi, Steve and Christine) we told you about first and then, most fully, even though we weren’t invited :


The Upper East Side elite came out to Save Venice: 

Beatrice Santo Domingo, Annette de la Renta


The babes of ballet danced at YAGP’s Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow Gala:

Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen


PEN America worried about the homeland at its annual Literary Gala:

Ron Chernow with George Orwell


Liz Smith headlined Literacy Partners Evening of Readings & Gala Dinner Dance shortly before her death:

Elizabeth Peabody, Liz Smith, Sheila Nevins


The New York Bontanical Garden stunned guests with a Dale Chihuly garden at its annual Conservancy Ball:

Barbara Tober with a Dale Chihuly backdrop

Ken Burns was honored at National Trust for Scotland USA’s Tenth Anniversary gala:

a picture-perfect sporran and ghillie brogues


Stephen A. Schwartzman celebrated his birthday in Palm Beach and AVENUE got the scoop before and after:

Stephen and Christine Schwarzman


Lang Lang, Chick Corea and George Gershwin got the joint jumping at Carnegie Hall’s Gala Opening:

Mercedes T. Bass, Barry Diller, and Terry Lundgren

New York City Ballet’s Fall Gala was a feast for the senses:

Owen Hoffmann/PMC
Sarah Jessica Parker, Arthur Elgort, Grethe Barrett Holby


The Central Park Conservancy’s Belvedere Ball honored its departing leader, Doug Blonsky:

Neil Rasmus/
Gordon Davis, Doug Blonsky, Commissioner Mitchell Silver

NBC’s biggest stars twinkled but stayed silent at the American Museum of Natural History’s Annual Fall Gala:

Ronald Perelman, Lorne Michaels







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