How did you get interested in throwing parties?
My parents entertained a lot when I was young. My favorite thing to do was to help my mom set the table. And I was obsessed with place cards. I loved figuring out where people would sit and writing down the names.
How do you set your table?
I have one 50-person setting of hotel silver that I use 80 percent of the time. It's really plain and really battered, and I love it. I found most of my hotel silver platters and place settings at Paris's Marché Aux Puces, in the 18th arrondissement, and at Manhattan's 26th Street flea market, around Sixth Avenue. I've been obsessed with hotels since I was a kid. Hotels and room service. My mom would freak when she'd see the room service bill when we checked out. I'd have done a taste test of the entire menu.
What's your favorite wine?
Laurent-Perrier rosé Champagne ($60). It's also my favorite thing to take to a dinner party, because not everybody knows about it. Once I invited someone over whom I'd just met and she brought me a bottle of Laurent-Perrier. I was like, "We are totally going to be friends."