Clap hands and call in the clowns! It’s that time of year again. Here’s the latest on this year’s Coconuts New Year’s Eve party at the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach. Bob Leidy is now the "head Coconut" and he has suggested a less formal and more light-hearted party and attitude than those of years past, which some people — probably missed because they weren’t invited — have referred to as superannuated.
It began with the invitation. Gone are the stodgy engraved cards. In their place, an actual coconut shell that zips open to reveal the folded invitation. The reaction has been overwhelmingly positive! Well, I should hope. When was the last time you received an actual coconut shell with a zipper?
For the decor, Steven Stolman is thinking "Gilligan’s Island" — an uncharted desert isle full of social swells and eccentrics (not so far from the real PB). He’s making tropical-print tablecloths and towering centerpieces of citrus fruits and palm fronds mimicking actual palm trees. The Neal Smith Orchestra will play and a DJ will start spinning at midnight. When "the kids" from parties all over town flock in to be with their parents for the countdown, there’ll be the usual midnight breakfast — bacon, eggs, chicken hash — although everyone is usually so full from Pauline Pitt’s earlier buffet supper.
Speaking of Pauline, she was the glamorous guest of honor at Carroll Petrie’s dinner party at her Fifth Avenue apartment, complete with marble halls and a newly decorated dining room, all petal pink walls and curtains. Pauline wore silver gray charmeuse and silver slippers. Brilliant. So good with petal pink.
The beautiful hostess wore a short jade green vintage Dior. "It’s 30 years old," she said. Brilliant. And so good with petal pink. Floating about in various stage of couture were the likes of: Princess Firyal of Jordan, Carol McFadden, Hilary Geary, Gail Hilson, Jamee Gregory, Hillie Mahoney, Carol Mack, Kathleen Hearst, Patricia Patterson, Joanne de Guardiola, Anna Mann, Serena Boardman, Toby Roosevelt, Jessie Araskog, Dana Hammond, Kay Meehan and Audrey Gruss. Of course, there were men there. Someone said you need them at a party. Among them was investment banker Lionel Pincus wearing a purple tie and a blue shirt, his favorite colors and the only ones he wears. Brilliant and pretty good with petal pink.