Palm Beach High Society Celebrated in New Book

By Paul Joseph

Some of Palm Beach’s most exclusive private residences have opened their doors to the world in a lavish new book that celebrates the art of entertaining.

Written by event organiser and philanthropist Annie Falk, widely considered one of America’s most accomplished society hosts, “Palm Beach Entertaining” offers a glimpse into the glamorous world of some of America’s luxurious homes, including tips on crowd-pleasing dishes, setting personalised tables and creating a warm mood.

More than twenty of Palm Beach’s most celebrated hosts and their impeccable homes are featured, including fashion icon Arnold Scaasi, Spanish aristocrat Victoria Amory, and interior designer Celerie Kemble.

“Since the gilded age and the era of Henry Morrison Flagler, Palm Beach has had an aura of mystique, wealth, and glamour,” the book’s author, Ms Falk, told

“It has also been heightened to mythic proportions by the likes of the Kennedys, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and even photographer Slim Aarons. However, what makes it such a wonderful place to live and work is the spirit of volunteerism that is the essence of this small but benevolent community.

“While many of the book’s featured party givers have homes around the globe and yachts that dock in distant ports, when they are here, in Palm Beach, they entertain in and effortless yet elegant fashion; and usually for their favourite charity. It is a style and generosity of spirit that is uniquely Palm Beach, and captured on the pages of “Palm Beach Entertaining”.

The book also features a foreword written by world-renowned French chef Alain Ducasse, and places a strong focus on food throughout its pages, with more than 100 tried-and-tested recipes lavishly illustrated by glossy photography.

The proceeds from the book will go to the Children’s Home Society of Florida, a charitable organisation that raises money for adoption, early childhood development and family support services.

“Palm Beach Entertaining: Creating Occasions to Remember” is published by Rizzoli New York.

By Paul Joseph