Dejuan Stroud Interview By Eric Goldie
LIFE! PARTY! ENJOYMENT! ARE THESE WORDS
FASCINATED YOU THE MOST? AFTER QUITE A LONG
PERIOD ARE YOU PLANNING TO COME TO A PARTY
FOR ALL TIME AND SEEKING PERCEPTION OF AN
EVENT, PARTY ORGANIZER, AND DESIGNER THAT PUT
SPECIAL EFFECTS TO MAKE THE PARTY ADORABLE?
SO, DO NOT WAIT ANYMORE AND RUSH OF
PREPARATION FOR ALL TIME PARTY BLASTS AS FOR THE
FIRST TIME, ERIC GOLDIE HAS TRIED TO FILM AN
INTERVIEW ON EVERLASTING, FABULOUS DEJUAN
STROUD. HE IS BEING AN APPLE OF MANY TOP NEW
YORKER EYES, INCLUDING CULTURAL FIGURES,
LEADERS, BUSINESSMEN, SOCIAL REPORTS WHO TRY
TO THROW A TREMENDOUS PARTY ONCE IN A YEAR.
THIS PARTY INVESTS TREMENDOUS TIME, THOUGHTS,
ENERGY, MONEY TO BRING ENJOYMENT AND
DIFFERENT OPPORTUNITIES TO OTHERS.
Question: Dorothea Bon Jovi characterizes you in the foreword to your new
book as tasteful, elegant, and fun. How would you describe yourself?
Question: You’ve designed parties for just about every notable New Yorker.
Who are your favorite clients and why?
Ans. Dorothea and Jon Bon Jovi, Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan, Katie
Couric, Vanessa Williams, Gloria Vanderbilt, and Anderson Cooper because
they are all so, so nice.
Question: If you could design a dinner party for anyone, who would it be and
Ans. Angela Lansbury because she’s my wife Debra’s favorite actress. Decorating
a party for her would make Debra so happy.
Question: I know Donald Trump is a client. What kinds of parties do you think he
and Melania would host in The White House if he were to get elected?
Ans. In a word, lavish.
It’s time to get tipsy. What are your
best tips for…
Question: Making a party memorable?
Ans. Have live entertainment, serve out-of-the-ordinary food, and include
lots of visual surprises, like a swing filled with flowers at a baby-naming party,
a chocolate snail on a dessert buffet, or an industrial tool cart used as a
Question: Throwing the perfect dinner party?
Ans. Plan, plan, plan. Don’t leave anything to chance.
Question: Creating a last-minute centerpiece with flowers from the grocery store?
Ans. Buy roses in one color and create several small bouquets. And, of course, add lots
and lots of candlelight.
Question: Making flowers last longer?
Ans. Change the water and recut the stems every other day, and keep the flowers out of
Question: Being a great host?
Ans. Have a generous spirit and make your guests feel welcome and comfortable. This
comes with planning a party so well that you can just relax and have fun.
Question: What’s your signature party detail?
Ans. Making sure that the lighting is perfect.
Question: What are the major floral trends for spring and summer entertaining?
Ans. Natural, garden-style designs. For last week’s New York City Ballet Spring
Gala, we filled the room with lilacs, and the centerpieces were relaxed
arrangements of hybrid lisianthus, anemones, roses, and more lilacs. I’m loving
the color purple right now.
Question: What is your greatest party design victory?
Ans. We had to completely erase the interior of the Waldorf Astoria’s ballroom
as well as four other large event spaces in the hotel and transform them into an
entirely different environment using fabricated walls, carpet, chandeliers,
furniture, flowers, and draperies. And we did it all in 15 hours.
Question: What’s the best party that you’ve ever attended?
Ans. It’s a three-way tie: the wedding receptions of my children, Rob, Molly, and
Let’s play favorites. What’s your
Ans. Camellias in all colors
Question: Resource for containers?
Ans. Flea markets and antique stores. I love vintage vases.
Question: Dinnerware brand?
Ans. Raynaud for a dressier table and Jered’s Pottery for casual dinners.
Question: Stemware brand?
Ans. I love vintage glassware as well as Simon Pearce stemware.
Question: Linens brand?
Ans. Sferra and Le Jacquard Français
Question: Resource for place cards?
Ans. I usually make them myself, but when I buy them, I go to John Derian.
Question: Powder room candle?
Ans. I’m not a fan of floral candles. The one that I always keep at home is
Cire Trudon’s Ernesto Scented Candle.
Question: Powder room soap?
Ans. Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash by Aesop.
Question: Finally, how would you describe the New York party scene?
Ans. Always looking for something new.
Well, I don’t think there’s any doubt that fresh and new definitely describes
one of your magnifique soirées. Thanks, DeJuan, for stopping by and
sharing your party secrets with us.