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Art Van -- Party Perfect

We’ll keep it simple and sweet. no one gives a party as elegantly as Art Van – professionally and personally. First, on Thursday, July 30, he celebrated the opening of his eighth Art Van Furniture store in Illinois with a grand opening bash to rival all others. In addition to wonderful food and cocktails and a first preview of the magnificent 112-square foot structure, some 1,000 invited guests were treated to a private mini concert from none other than Academy Award winning actress/singer Jennifer Hudson.

During the performance, Van and his family and top execs sat in a plush living room type setting right in front of the stage. As Hudson performed, she made many references to her great admiration for Art Van. In fact, “I’m moving to New York soon and I’m going to need some of this beautiful furniture,” she announced. “I’m serious!” The evening culminated with Art Van and his crew dancing wildly on stage as Hudson wrapped the show on a jubilant note. The store is beautiful. The party was simply magnificent and Jennifer Hudson was beyond amazing.

On August 8, Van and his lady, Sarah Cuyler hosted their annual white party at the impeccable Bay Harbor home that they call “The Boat House.” This was party perfection. A couple hundred beautiful guests (some famous, some not) in beautiful white outfits, were greeted in the spacious drive with  a waitstaff offering sparkling champagne cocktails. Once inside, the delectable butler-passed hors d’oeuvres were just a taste of what was to come – jumbo shrimp, crab cakes and succulent lamb chops.

We could go on and on about this one – two fully stocked, fully staffed top shelf bars, a banging deejay, dinner that was a complete culinary delight, all in an environment that dripped faultless style from every corner.

We thank Art and Sarah’s House Manager, Daniel Hall for always knowing just what every guest needs and tending to it. And Art and Sarah – simply, the best!

Chuck Bennett

The Social D

Photos by Martin LeFlore








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