After The Jump: David Stark (MP3 + Book Giveaway)

This week’s radio guest is someone I’ve admired and been inspired by for years- event designer and author, David Stark. David has created some of the most incredibly creative parties for people clients like Anna Sui, Jean Paul Gaultier, House Beautiful, the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater and wonderful non-profits like The Robin Hood Foundation. One of the things I love most about David’s work is how socially and environmentally conscious it often is. It’s rare to find an event planner who tries to work with sustainable materials, found/recyclable materials or materials that can be taken down and donated to a good cause after the event- but David does all of that and more. He also has a new book out, The Art of the Party, so I was excited to talk to him about his career path from waiter to celebrated event designer what makes a good event and what he’s learned about life from event design. David is a seriously inspiring person so I hope you’ll all take some time to listen to his insight and feedback. Whether you’re a painter, printmaking, shop owner or just a design enthusiast, his work and life philosophy is one worth hearing and following.

LISTEN: You can download the podcast on iTunes here, or stream it here on Heritage Radio.

In addition to David’s interview, he was also kind enough to give away two books to lucky D*S readers. The Art of the Party is a beautiful 225 page peek behind the scenes of how David and his team do what they do. From intimate weddings to huge galas, David shows how the events are built from stat to finish, including detailed peeks into invitation, seating, food and flow planning. It’s such a visual feast and I think you’ll all really love it.

TO ENTER: Just leave a comment below with your guess of how many colored pencils were used in the photo shown above. The two people who come closest (if there are duplicate answers, it will be the first to leave their comment) to the correct number will win copies of The Art of the Party. Leave your comment below by next Thursday at 10pm EST and we’ll announce the winner on Friday. Good luck! xo, grace

Photos above by Susan Montagna

David’s top 5 obsessions of the moment (and photos of his work and book) continue after the jump . . .

A peek inside The Art of the Party:

Photo by Gustavo Campos

Photo by Gustavo Campos

Photo by Susan Montagna

Photo by Susan Montagna

Photo by Susan Montagna

Photo by Aaron Delesie (As appearing in Martha Stewart Weddings.)

  1. Kathy Kolb says:

    34, 237 pencils. So inspiring! If you have lots of something, you have an opportunity for decoration.

  2. msen says:

    25964 pencils

  3. Camille Rene says:

    Mmmm 1988. Love the book!

  4. Daisy Miles says:

    4,879 pencils??

  5. sydney85 says:

    How many pencils did David Stark use?

  6. Megan Stanton says:


    I loved this pod cast, listened to it twice. I’m curious, David mentioned a book written by a friend/consultant that helped frame great business practice for him. But never mentioned the author or title. Would love to know it/read it if you happen to have it.


  7. Leslie says:

    2,045 in the photo


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