The master makeup artist and founder of Westman Atelier, Gucci Westman, on all things hosting.
Email — you can customize really nice ones and there’s no paper waste. For super close friends where I need to know an RSVP pretty soon, I might shoot a little text.
Mostly cook, sometimes cater.
Yes. I don’t know, but I wish I could learn!
It only takes me seven minutes! It’s often the last thing I need to do, so I’m good!
It depends on the season, but I love anemones, sweet peas, and jasmine for the fragrance. [Other favorites include] cabbage roses, peonies, ranunculus, cherry blossoms, and poppies. I like to get flowers from the Chelsea Flower Market, so I can make my own arrangements. They feel more personal and you can create your language with them — sometimes wild, sometimes more groomed.
With a hug! I like to offer a drink, too. It’s nice to have little bites out — passed or strategically placed. I’m always starving when I go to someone’s house for dinner, and I don’t want to drink without eating a little something.
I personally like champagne as a pre-dinner drink, but a good tequila or a Japanese whiskey is nice, too. Really, it’s just nice to have options! If I’m doing something non-alcoholic, I like for it to be a bit festive — something infused with fruit and/or fresh herbs.
It’s nice to have a playlist that’s of a certain era. It’s good if it starts out a bit gentle and transitions accordingly through the night.
Depends on the guest list! If most people don’t know each other, I like to keep couples together, so they’re not forced apart.
Family style is really nice.
Frozen wild strawberries with warm vanilla sauce that hardens. It’s not too sweet and it’s delicious.
Good conversationalists at the table are a must. And a good seating chart — no one wants to feel like they’re sitting at the kid’s table.
We used to host a summer party around our daughter, Gray’s, birthday. Everyone keeps asking us to do it again. There’s good music, good food cooked by my brother and sister-in-law, and just all-around good fun!
More simple in terms of color scheme and patterns.
Easy, catered, beautiful, and delicious!