Saturday, April 18, 2015

Tea Party at Debra's

They should bottle this...
What do you get when you combine a group of women "of a certain age," in one room, add large dollops of creative energy, smarts and fashion sense, stir and voila! You get a Tea Party at Debra Rapoport's pied à terre, which is actually her boyfriend's apartment in the storied Westbeth.

It's dangerous to get so many women (and a few men) together, who are all creative, makers, artists, free spirits -- mainly released from the saddle of corporate life, or a life in which they were beholden to something else, probably a career. Now they are free, and the cat is out of the bag, and they can create, and dream and think and do. It's dangerous because they may become drunk on creative energy and do something crazy like jump out the window.

We had no window jumping yesterday at Debra's Tea Party which was in honor of two new friends who Debra has befriended on Facebook and on her film tour of London for Advanced Style, the movie. Debra is the kind of person who attracts people like a magical magnet as she trails her crinolines along the curb.

But thank you, Mark Zuckerberg, for making it possible for we ladies to connect across continents and states within the U.S. If no one else will, we are creating a club of like-minded, creative thinkers who appreciate each other and want to be FRIENDS!
 What I am wearing:
Hat of my own design, Tucker dress, blue, silk
jacket (probably handmade) and coat
repurposed by Madame Matovu.
 The inimitable Sue Kreitzman, of London and New York.
Necklace by Anothai Hansen.
 Debra's wilted Rose centerpiece.
 Sue Kreitzman and a friend catching up.
Claudia Bergs, a visitor from Australia.
Debra met her at the Easter Parade!
 Nonnie Balcer and Richard.
They complement each other.
 The Countess of Glamour, Lynn Dell Cohen.
 Richard choosing a maccaron from the Meow Parlour.
He took the purple fig one.
The Meow Parlour is a place on the Lower East Side
where one may interact with cats.
 Mary James, of Maryland, with her friend, Janet.
Mary is Debra's Facebook friend.
The party was in honor of Mary
and Monica Boxley of London.
 Mary James and Monica Boxley of London.
Monica is a jewelry designer and you can
see her work here.
Artist Shelita Birchett Benash 
 Debra in motion.
 Monica Boxley's daughter, Martha.
She lives in Berlin.
Wonderful Elke Kuhn.
We went around the room and each person
told who they were and what they did.
Here I am listening intently to the introductions.

Creativity Rules!

À Bientôt!


  1. This is wonderful! I would want to be there too. In fact I can just feel it while reading and sense the movement and laughter in each photo. I especially love your writing, "Debra is the kind of person who attracts people like a magical magnet as she trails her crinolines along the curb."
    Thanks for inviting us along!

  2. Hi Joni,
    Thanks so much. Join the club!

  3. ne vous vieille dire jamais.

  4. This is just superb party!! Hope you all enjoyed in this party! Well dear, I also want to host a get together party. I am thinking to reserve one of the domestic party halls in Bay area for this party. Actually my home is quite small to host such a party.

  5. We had a lot of last minute decorations to add, and the staff was eager and willing to help. The food was amazing. They have extremely unique and tasty food. Also the place for best boozy brunch nyc has great views and beautiful big rooms.