There’s something about a magical entertainer—an eye for the elevated, unusual, unexpected—a gut instinct on how to make a chic occasion a total ball. Enter, Rebecca Gardner, creative director and founder of Houses & Parties, a full-service event and interiors design collective in Savannah and New York City.
Gardner has made a splash around the country as an event extraordinaire, designing jaw-dropping fêtes with giant red tassels hanging from ceilings and cascading paper butterflies on tables topped with hundreds of candles. She’s also been named one of the top event designers by VOGUE, Town & Country, and more.
In fall of 2020, she brought her party tricks to life with the launch of her retail destination Houses & Parties—selling everything from witty parlor games to pink silk faille table lampshades. In her words, her collection of tabletop and off-beat gifts, “uses jolts of irreverence to turn classic good taste on its head.”
We were lucky enough to sit down with the doyenne of elegant yet unusual event design to talk all things Mother’s Day—from the perfect chocolate cake to setting the table with chartreuse lady slipper orchids.