More Inauguration Plans Fall Into Place, Alma Powell Declares "Times Too Serious" for Parties

By Courtney Thompson November 25, 2008, 2:33 PM EST

Washington socialites Buffy Cafritz and Ann Jordan will once again be co-hosting an inaugural party at the recently renamed Fairfax at Embassy Row (formerly the Westin Embassy Row), reported yesterday. The Cafritz-Jordan fete is expected to reel in some 250 guests and will be produced by Carolyn Peachey of Campell Peachey and Associates. The duo announced their plans at a reopening reception for the hotel's Jockey Club restaurant last week, where guests like Colin Powell's wife, Alma, and former Reagan chief of staff Ken Duberstein speculated on how the inaugural festivities would unfold.

“You’ll see a renaissance of people coming back to the White House, even with a difficult economy, because people want our president to shine,” said Duberstein. But Powell countered, saying, “I don’t expect there to be more parties. The times are too serious to have parties. That would be frivolous.”

In other inauguration news, reported that The Huffington Post is throwing a late-night bash for 1,000 guests at the Newseum (following the public party we told you about here); Oprah is now considering a Walter E. Washington Convention Center fete; Google is said to be throwing its hat into the hosting ring; and Duberstein, The Washington Post publisher Donald Graham, and Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty are among the co-hosts of Rima Al-Sabah’s inaugural party at the Embassy of Kuwait on January 18.

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