Carla McDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Salonniere, the nation’s leading website dedicated to the art of entertaining. Carla founded The Salonniere in 2013 after a successful career in public relations, first in Manhattan, where she served as an executive vice president at one of the world’s largest PR firms, and then in Austin, Texas, where she founded and ran her own agency. Carla also brings to The Salonniere decades of party experience, including chairing more than 20 fundraising galas and events that have raised tens of millions of dollars for non-profit organizations.
Dubbed “Austin’s Queen of Entertaining,” Carla served for several years as the host of a television segment about the Austin arts scene and has been quoted as an entertaining expert in media outlets, including Town & Country, Women’s Wear Daily, Southern Living, Real Simple, Veranda, Elle Decor, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Bloomberg Business Week, and The Wall Street Journal. In addition, Carla is one of the hosts who will be featured in Entertaining at Home: Personal Reflections from Seasoned Hosts (Rizzoli), a book by Ronda Carman due out in 2019.
Carla enjoys entertaining at her homes in Austin and on Nantucket, wishes she could go back in time to attend Truman Capote’s legendary “Black and White Ball,” calls gin her giggle water of choice, and analyzes handwriting as her party trick—just ask her about George Clooney’s.