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Best Party Staffing

  • The Butler Did It


    You’re not a kid anymore, and a party at your place means more than a keg and a wastebasket full of ice. Next time, take being a grown-up seriously and call John Reginald Sullivan’s The Butler Did It. Sullivan supplies parties with everyone from bartenders to tap-dancing waiters and opera-singing maître d’s (the latter aren’t recommended for tiny apartments, though he does suggest a maître d’ if you’re having more than 50 guests). The least costly staff are coat checkers and junior waiters, at $25 per hour; senior waiters and bartenders are $35 and up; and a maître d’ or chef is $50 an hour. (The minimum is five hours per fête plus car fare after midnight and tips.) He’ll dress his staff in anything from oxford shirts to classic tuxes.

From the 2006 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine