Holly & Friends


Hampton Classic Horse Show 2018

Holly had a wonderful day at the Hampton Classic Horse show with her family. Of course, they just had to stop by the Hermes booth!

Summer Dinner Party

Impromptu parties are oftentimes the most fun! The softness of this table setting is certainly complemented by the summer haze.

Director's Dinner at the New Britain Museum of American Art

In May 2018, Holly joined the Director of the New Britain Museum of American Art Min Jung Kim at the museum's Director's Dinner. As a trustee to the museum, this dinner is always a cherished event for Holly.


A Visit from Frances Schultz of The Bee Cottage

Holly enjoyed hosting the charming and extraordinary author of The Bee Cottage, Frances Schultz. Frances recently stopped by Fox Hall for some iced tea on the verandah after visiting Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington. If you have a chance, visit her lovely website!


Holly visiting Elizabeth Gage in London

Holly hosted a private meeting with the esteemed British jewelry designer, Elizabeth Gage, at her exquisite gem box showroom in London in June 2018. It has been three years since Holly hosted a dinner party in her honor at Fox Hall so the two adored catching up to view her newest collection of elegant jewelry. The collection will be showing in NYC in October 2018 if you wish to make an appointment for a viewing. Like a candy store, it'll be hard to leave empty handed! 

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A Meeting with Judy Woodruff

In June, Holly was honored to spend some time with Judy Woodruff, who has worked with public television since 1976 and is currently the Anchor  and managing editor of PBS News Hour. CPTV in Connecticut held an important fund raising event promoting dedicated women and Judy graciously left Washington DC, with just enough time to be the guest speaker, before returning to her post for the news that night! She is an inspiration. 



The Jockey Club Luncheon

Holly and Stuart were most graciously treated to a lovely luncheon at the prestigious and very historic Jockey Club in Newmarket by the Right Honourable the Lord Fairhaven, a Patron of the AHT Guardian supporter

75th Anniversary Dinner for the Animal Health Trust at Buckingham Palace

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal  hosted a stunning celebratory reception and dinner in honour of the AHT Animal Health Trust 75th Anniversary.

Animal Health Trust

Holly receiving a VIP tour of the Animal Health Trust (AHT) in Newmarket, England. The animal hospital and facilities for equine and small animals are of the highest caliber. The organization recently celebrated their 75th anniversary.

Hill-Stead Museum's 26th Annual Benefit Dinner Auction

Holly had a fabulous time bidding for the many goodies that were generously offered during the May Benefit live Auction gala for the museum.

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Holly adores entertaining with her husband...

And their guests can expect to enjoy her Stilton stuffed dates and prosciutto pinwheels! 

Ladies Luncheon in Paris

Recently, Holly and her daughter, Alexandra, were thrilled when the chef of Cinq, an exquisite Michelin starred restaurant at Hotel George V, came out to place a custom signed chef's hat on Holly's granddaughter! 

Ladies Luncheon to Welcome a New Granddaughter

Such a delightful occasion for Holly to be able to introduce her fourth granddaughter to her dearest friends, especially during the Christmas holidays. She placed two frames of her announcement and birth photo as the centerpiece. A dear friend delicately made shortbread cookies using all four of her initials... a labor of love! 

Holiday Entertaining

Entertaining during Christmas time is a favorite tradition for the Holden family. Here are some of their most cherished recent memories.

Wadsworth Atheneum Interview

In 2017, Holly hosted a stimulating and informative interview session recorded with Mr. Thomas Loughman, Director of the Wadsworth Atheneum, the oldest public art museum in America. 

Celebratory Luncheon in Honor of The Countess of Carnarvon

In May 2016, the Countess of Carnarvon graciously accepted Holly's invitation to visit her home in Farmington, Connecticut, Fox Hall. You can learn more about this visit here.

Meeting with Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill

During Holly's first meeting with Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, the two promptly discussed filming the Private Apartments, which she spent a portion of her childhood in when her father was the 11th Duke of Marlborough. 


A Delightful Sampling of Invitations

One of the best parts of hosting parties is creating the invitation to enhance the anticipation of the celebration. For example, Holly's husband, along with a few dear friends, share almost the same birthdate. They are all Aries (Rams) so Holly refers to them as the "Rambunctious Rams" for birthday fetes.