I love a summer garden party — really, I love any excuse to throw a party but gorgeous summer weather, BBQ food, and a theme of flowers is one of my favourite excuses. Matt and I host an annual summer garden party for all of our friends; it’s one last hurrah before everyone disappears on summer vacation in August. We hosted our party last week and though most of our friends had serious headaches the next day, everyone had a good time. Any gathering of friends is cause for celebration but if you want to really make your event special, here are some tricks I’ve picked up over the years:
Born and raised in Orange County, California, Marissa worked in New York City, where she launched several fashion, luxury, restaurant, and nightlife brands. She met Matt Hermer, a British restaurateur and nightclub owner, while in the city and relocated to London in 2008 to be with him. Now married, the couple has two sons together. Marissa uses her own luxury public relations and brand management expertise to grow the family businesses, including Eclipse Bars, Bumpkin restaurants, and Boujis nightclubs.
She's currently writing a British food cookbook, launching a children’s party program at Bumpkin, planning the annual Boujis Summer Party, and finalizing plans for an American-concept restaurant, which will open in London and other European cities this fall. Her sons, Max and Jake, keep her busy in Hyde Park, and often accompany her to Bumpkin food tastings; they are the official tasters of the Bumpkin kids' menu!