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Rich Wilkie and Steven Stolman
“Serial entertainer” Steven Stolman illustrates party-hosting advice from his latest book By liza Grant Smith | Photography by jerry rabinowitz
n a town built on lavish soirees, themed bashes, and large gatherings, Steven Stolman keeps playing the classic party tricks that never go out of style. The designer and author of three books—including, most recently, Confessions of a Serial Entertainer (Gibbs Smith, $30), released in March—takes a decidedly old-school approach to entertaining. Think: the party scene from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, with cuisine from a 1970s Junior League cookbook. No frills, but plenty of fun. In their cozy one-bedroom condominium on South Ocean Boule-
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vard, Stolman and husband Rich Wilkie throw annual “town sweeps,” gathering friends old and new with the policy of “guest of guests are welcome to bring guests.” As a result, typically 90 to 100 partygoers fill their 1970s home to capacity—and spill onto the terrace, the hallway, and occasionally the neighbor’s living room. Their bashes are boisterous and packed, and Stolman wouldn’t have it any other way. “Nothing gives me a greater sense of joy than when the party reaches that critical mass and you actually have to turn up the music because the buzz is so loud,” he says.