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Art, Entertaining and Libations

Two hosts with two different approaches to hosting

Ben Jaffe blowing out the candles on his birthday cake.

Ben Jaffe photos Alexa Pulitzer; select photos linda reese bjork

This month I’m taking you to two very different settings to explore how different couples handle entertaining and where they serve libations. Alexa Pulitzer and Marianne Mumford are both designers who entertain very spontaneousl, but are set up so they can have a get together very easily. The bar, of course, is where everyone congregates.

Many of you are familiar with Alexa Pulitzer [AlexaPulitzer.com] and her passion for design! Her collections can be found in antique and home furnishing boutiques all over the world. She loves entertaining and New Orleans – our music, food and culture. She and her husband recently had a party for Ben Jaffe, Creative Director of Preservation Hall, and her invitation featured bar essentials. She says that her whole living room serves as her “bar area,” with two spaces where guests can serve themselves whatever spirits they desire.

Marianne and Alan Mumford are landscape architects who own Landscape Images. They have an annual party for local artists where friends can meet the artists and even buy their work.

A small area has been set aside in which to serve libations, so they keep it simple and offer red and white wine from an antique bar. They added a Dr. Bob Coca-Cola table, complete with a “Be Nice or Leave” giclée, to serve red wine. Swanson wine is “a must” for guests to enjoy! 

Invitation by Alexa Pulitzer

Alexa’s bar area


Coca-Cola table by Dr. Bob


Marianne and Alan Mumford’s antique bar



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