Notes on a Party


“Parties are the nightly ritual of the sophisticated society.”

- Dominick Dunne

Notes on a Party is an online magazine that celebrates the art of entertaining by covering Events from the Inside Out™. Written for the stylish and sophisticated audience, the site features daily posts or “notes” on the most talented vendors in New York, cool resources from the Web, original gift ideas and tips on party planning.

Fondly known as The Lazy Hostess, Founder Celia Chen subscribes to the philosophy that entertaining can be simple yet stylish with some savvy planning and a little help from “her friends.”

A nationally recognized entertaining expert, Celia blogs for the Style section of The Huffington Post and is a recurring guest on the show Hollywood Green.

Notes on a Party has quickly become the go-to resource for both professional party planners and social hostesses looking for inspiration and ideas.  The media company has grown to include an exclusive event series called “A Night of Eco-Chic Entertaining,” and The Venue Pages, a local directory of leading event spaces in New York.

Look for our content on our partner sites including online invitation company, and luxury cocktail mixer brand,

Founder & Editorial Director

Celia Chen Notes on a Party

Celia Chen has been planning parties since she was a young girl. With a degree in art history from McGill University in Montreal, Celia briefly contemplated graduate school and a career as an academic. It took 4 short weeks of a summer internship at a museum (archiving paintings and artifacts in the subzero basement) for her to realize that her finely tuned social skills would be wasted and she headed to New York City.

More than a decade later, Celia is a leading marketing and public relations executive having planned events for high profile clients including Prada, P. Diddy, Chrysler, Conde Nast Publications, MINI Cooper, Miss Sixty, W Hotels, FIJI Water, among others.

In 2007, Celia launched the online magazine, Notes on a Party, to share her knowledge and passion for special events with others. She relishes in the fact that she can now call herself an Internet entrepreneur, albeit one that wears Manolos.

Web site design and brand identity by Base Design.

In the Press

The Lambs Club Revives Dinner – Gotham Magazine 04.11

Former JP Morgan Trader Wins Naked Bartender Competition – Village Voice 06.24.10

We were there:  Naked Bartenders – Time Out New York 06.24.10

Party On, But No Tweets – Sunday Style Section, New York Times 08.09.09

Vital Spy:  Celia Chen – Vital Juice Daily 05.21.09

Partying Green in Tough Times – Mother Nature Network 03.27.09

The Lazy Environmentalist on a Budget – Josh Dorfman Book Party – The Daily Green 03.27.09

Just an Online Minute – MediaPost 03.26.09

The Big Chill For Holiday Parties? – CNET’s The Social 11.21.08

Summer’s Soiree – Celia Chen Shows Us How to Throw an Eco-Chic Party – Treehugger 08.24.08

Throw a Grand (and Green) Party – NBC Today Show 08.20.08

Digital Invites Suit Up for Black-Tie Affairs – CNET’s The Social 08.12.08

Eco-Chic in Silicon Alley – The Deal’s Tech Confidential 07.30.08

A Night of Eco-Chic Entertaining – Socially Superlative blog 07.30.08

Green Parties – Good Day New York (Fox News) 05.22.08

Eco-Chic Entertaining Tips – Treehugger 04.15.08

A Night with NY’s Green Who’s Who – Ecorazzi 04.12.08

Chicer Than Thou – New York Insider 04.11.08

Eco-Chic Entertaining – 04.09.08

A Night of Eco-Chic Entertaining – Lazy Environmentalist 04.08.08

Founders Club – Where the Bar is in the Elevator – The Social 02.20.08

Women Entrepreneurs Gather for a Different Kind of Brunch – Ground Report 01.23.08

Celia Chen’s The Party Queen – Fashion Week Daily 12.10.07

Hello Day Spa? This Order is for Delivery – New York Times 11.29.07

Live from New York, It’s Founders Club – Alley Insider 11.07.07

Notes on a Party Founder Blogs Founders Club – Alley Insider 08.09.07

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