Times may be tough, but some people can still afford to do things in style.

Out on the West Coast, they're still talking about a party for 187 guests last month that reportedly cost more than $1,000 per person. Hotelman William Weinberg and his wife, Hermine, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with a "Jewell Ball."

The garden was covered by a tent, and floored in snow-white carpet. There were mirrored tables and thousands of mirrors and orchids hanging from piano wires.

Favors included replicas of czarist Russia's Faberge Easter Eggs and silver boxes engraved with guests' names.

The party was catered by Milton Williams, whose services are so exclusive in Los Angeles that he has an unlisted phone number. Williams is currently doing two books for Doubleday. The first is "How to Cater Your Own Party" and is aimed at entertaining that anyone can afford. (One secret he imparts is how to take Kentucky Fried Chicken and turn it into a gourment dinner no one will recognize unless they also read his book."

The second will be a $100 cocktail table book, with color illustrations of the most expensive fantasy parties he has ever staged. Included in addition to the Weinbergs' celebration in April will be a birthday party given by a member of the Max Factor cosmetic family a couple of years ago in which a $56,000 Chinese export punch bowl centered the table and a Kowloon street was reproduced, right down to 19 rickshaws manned by UCLA students.

Williams has done only a couple of Washington parties and is so disdainful of our local resources that he once dispatched a plane for parsley from California.

Rep. Paul N. McCloskey Jr.'s wife divorced him in 1972 and married another man in 1974.

Still the California Republican who ran against Richard M. Nixon in the 1972 primaries hasn't given up hope of winning her back. He keeps pictures of Caroline ("Cubby") Rayfield, the former Mrs. McCloskey, on his office walls. And in December 1979, he put her on his payroll for $500 as a temporary employe for nuclear energy issues.

"I make no apology for it," he has told a reporter. "I don't care how it looks," he said.

He continues to hope for a reconciliation, he said.

Attorneys for White House staffer Harolyn Landow, daughter of builder-developer Nathan Landow, have filed a $5 million libel suit in Manhattan against The New York Post in connection with a gossip column item in March. The story linked her romantically with Chip Carter, a man she has never dated, and involved her being in a private family part of the White House where she has never set foot. . .

Former President Richard Nixon had a magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean from his office in San Clemente, which he hated to leave behind when he moved to New York -- so he had an artist paint the scene and took it with him to hang at eye level in his new quarters . . .

For Rose Kennedy's 90th birthday in June, all the magazines are revving up big family photo layouts and tapping photographers all over the country for unpublsihed material and anecdotes. A Palm Beach photographer came up with a sequence of pictures of Mrs. Kennedy being handed her first great-grandchild to hold for the first time.The expressions on her face show that she didn't want to take the baby until everyone assured her it was not going to dampen her frock. . .

Ruth Montgomery, the psychic journalist who discovered seeress Jeane Dixon and made her famous, has been telling lecture audiences around the coutry that the Democratic presidential candidate is not going to be Carter or Mondale or Ted Kennedy. Her spiritual guides, she says, claim that the 1980 election is going to "be thrown into the House of Representatives" and a "Democrat who is fiscally irresponsible" will be elected. Montgomery is a Republican. . .

The latest White House movie requests are "Kramer vs. Kramer," The Tin Drum" and "Breaking Away". . .

According to news reports, deposed Ugandan director Idi Amin is living in Saudi Arabia. It isn't known whether "Big Daddy" has received any morale-boosting messages from other important people. He himself never forgot to send a cheery cable when someone famous was having trouble. He offered Richard Nixon a job as chancellor of Uganda University when he lost the one in Washington. And when Princess Margaret's marriage to the Earl of Snowdon broke up, Amin proposed making her a member of his harem.