Now that top White House aide Michael Deaver is going off to form his own firm and get his share of the seemingly endless shower of Washington public relations and consulting dollars, the going-away parties for him will soon be in full swing. Canadian Ambassador Allan E. Gotlieb and his wife Sondra hosted one of the first last night at the ambassador's residence with a guest list that included Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and her husband John Jay; Treasury Secretary James Baker III and his wife Susan; Sen. Paul Laxalt and his wife Carol; former CIA director Richard Helms and his wife Cynthia; public relations consultant Joseph Canzeri and his wife Tricia; Phillips Collection President Laughlin Phillips and his wife Jennifer; and Democratic Party power Robert Strauss and his wife Helen . . .

The Carmel (Calif.) City Council didn't make actor Clint Eastwood's day Tuesday when they refused to approve his design for a two-story retail office building next to his Hog's Breath Inn restaurant and bar. Eastwood was puzzled by the rejection because he felt he had taken the "genteel approach." Maybe it would have paid to kick over a few chairs and break a few glasses. . .

Royal Watch: Some people never learn. Princess Margaret, the younger sister of Queen Elizabeth, had a lung operation three months ago and was told to give up her two-pack-a-day habit. But she was seen Tuesday at a television awards ceremony in London smoking through a silver cigarette holder . . .