Made it, Ma! Top of the world!
Mix yourself a Cream of the Crop, and join us as we toast the crème de la crème in the party business, the Les Pages honorees. A year in the making, Les Pages (French for “the pages” and pronounced “lay pahj”), is the first and only entirely merit-based list of the best event companies in America. Among the Les Pages honorees are event designers David Stark, Mindy Weiss, and Colin Cowie; floral designers Eric Buterbaugh, Diana Gould, and Jeff Leatham; and caterers Susan Gage and Le Basque.
Los Angeles honoree Eric Buterbaugh. Photo: Los Angeles Times
To determine who would be listed in Les Pages, our editorial team spent 10 months conducting research and interviewing members of The Salonniere 100, our annual list of America’s 100 best party hosts, as well as event experts and local influencers who attend events regularly. Anyone planning an event—or simply wishing to send a breathtaking floral arrangement or delicious treat to a friend or colleague—will find Les Pages to be a welcome resource.
An event designed by honoree Victoria Dubin of New York
Unlike existing vendor guides that will list any company willing to pay a fee, the companies listed in Les Pages have been selected for inclusion based solely on merit and reputation. As a result, Les Pages enjoys a reputation as the most useful, credible, and trusted list of party partners in the country.
“In a world of pay-to-play vendor directories, Les Pages is a refreshing departure,” said David Pressman of David Pressman Events, an event planning company listed on the Los Angeles page of the directory. “As an event professional, it’s a meaningful honor to be listed, and for people planning important events, it’s a much-needed and trustworthy resource.”
Deborah Keyser of The Parador, an event venue that made the Houston list concurs. “It’s refreshing to receive an award that is based on merit, as opposed to a ‘pretend award’ that is based on purchasing advertising or getting dozens of friends to bombard a voting site.”
The delicious work of honoree Federal City of Washington, D.C.
The city pages are also fun to peruse. Each city page features a vintage party photo that relates to that region. For example, the Chicago page leads with a kitschy photo from a 1963 dinner party in a Windy City suburb, and the Los Angeles page includes a rare photo of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio at a 1953 party at Bob Hope’s California home.
Les Pages is a natural follow-up to The Salonniere 100, a best-of-the-best list also based on months of research and interviews. Together, The Salonniere 100 and Les Pages shine a light on the people in America who are exceptional at leveraging the power of social gatherings to enrich the lives of others. The Salonniere 100 celebrates the gifted connectors who host parties, and Les Pages honors the exceptional professionals who bring events to life.
Flowers by honoree Sullivan Owen of Philadelphia
Click the links below to see which event companies earned a rare spot in Les Pages.
Denver and Aspen
Les Pages Welcome Mashup
Photo: Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire
Quote: White Head, 1949