Carla McDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Salonniere, an online magazine designed to promote the joys of planning, hosting, and attending parties. From the time she was a young girl in London hosting tea parties for her friends, Carla has always loved a great party. She parlayed her passion into a successful career in Manhattan’s public relations industry, planning news-making special events for the world’s top luxury brands. While in New York, PR Week magazine named Carla “one of the 50 best PR people in the country” and Crain’s New York Business called her one of the “40 under-40 business people to watch.”
Today, Carla lives in Austin, Texas, where she has been dubbed “Austin’s queen of entertaining” and “Austin’s favorite hostess,” and Nantucket, Massachusetts. An active philanthropist, Carla has chaired, hosted, and attended hundreds of parties, from celebrity fêtes and elaborate galas to events at The White House. Soon to be featured in an entertaining book published by Rizzoli, Carla has been quoted in media outlets, including Town & Country, Women’s Wear Daily, Southern Living, Elle Decor, Real Simple, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Her favorite party trick is to analyze handwriting, she wishes she could go back in time to attend Truman Capote’s Black & White Ball, and gin is her giggle water of choice.