While the princess is here -- she arrives next week -- she will be the guest of honor at a smart dinner on March 9 given by Carolina and Reinaldo Herrera and Cynthia and Graydon Carter of the Vanity Fair Carters.
As for Queen Elizabeth's first cousin, that great music lover, the Earl of Harewood, he and Lady Harewood will be the guests of honor at a little dinner Arnold Scaasi is giving at his Beekman Place place tonight. Arnold's dramatic dining room holds 20, so coming to fill it up are such as Brooke Astor, Louise and Henry Grunwald, Gayfryd and Saul Steinberg, Blaine and Robert Trump, Carroll Petrie, Kenny Lane, Beverly Sills and Peter Greenough, Astrid and Kip Forbes, Nancy Lassalle, Robert Woolley, like that. But more of all this next week.
The only place to be on March 11 around about midnight is at the Plaza Hotel, where the one and only Kay Thompson, the dancing sensation of her day, is giving a "surprise" birthday party for Liza Minnelli, her beloved godchild. "Liza agrees it's a good idea," reads the invitation. The party is in the Terrace Room, and it's very black tie and intimate, too. A mere 600 are expected for cocktails and a piece of the birthday cake, which will be wheeled in at midnight on the dot, because Liza's actual birthday is on March 12. Liza will be 48, which is perfectly alright to mention, because she looks years and years younger, don't you think?
Liza's stepmother, Lee Minnelli, the widow of Liza's father, Vincente, the great director, is flying in from Los Angeles for the big night. She'll be wearing her white tuxedo by Adolfo at the party and staying with Eleanor Lambert while she's here. So say hello.