Parties, Etc. for Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018
BRAVO, COMPLIMENTI, WINTER BALL!
Una festa bellissima: The 2018 Winter Charity Ball was elegant! The Venetian theme for the formal event was carried out throughout the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club. There was a gondola with a pilot wearing a striped shirt and beret operating at the front door with water reflecting (via special lighting) on the floor. There was an Oklahoma City University opera singer greeting guests with beautiful music. There were incredible flowers and decorations by Genea Vallion and her crew from Trochta's Flowers. The huge bouquets, in earthy jewel tones, were in Venetian colors of giallo (yellow) rosso (red) rosa (pink) and porpora (purple) and arancione (orange). They were on all the tables and featured roses, peonies, orchids, and plum-colored hydrangeas. Tall candles provided beautiful lighting for the tables. Dance music was by The Project.
Cantante: OCU singers also serenaded the 400 guests from a flower-wrapped staircase in the Country Club's Great Hall. They sang a rendition of "Don Giovanni" and traditional Italian songs.
Cocktails: Before the seated dinner in the ballroom, cocktails were served from a long bar set up in the Great Hall. Clusters of grapes hung from the top, and roses, hydrangeas, peonies, pomegranates and artichokes were arranged to add to the Italian decor.
Baroque banquet: The menu for dinner was truffle cheese sacchetti pomodoro, arugula, baby golden beets, pomegranate seeds, taleggio cheese, hazelnut, vinaigrette, Parmesan toast, filet of beef tenderloin with pecorino roasted red pepper risotto, red onion marmalade, grilled artichokes, asparagus, bishop rolls with Italian herb butter and ricotta cheesecake. The printed menu was written in Italian.
Grazie: Joan Frates was ball chairman and Karen Browne was co-chairman. Committee members were Marilyn Balyeat, Barbara Beeler, Leigh Bentley, Connell Branan, Kristine Browne, Katherine Buxton, Sody Clements, Peggy Duncan, Christy Everest, Shirley Everest, Mary Fitzsimons, Julia Hall, Aimee Harlow, Seyan Hefner, Millie Hightower, Whitney Hooten, Carol Joullian, Lynn Kelly, Sherrie Kite, Sally Lenz, Bebe MacKellar, Susan McPherson, Marilyn Meade, Polly Nichols, Susan Parker, Libby Payne, Lisa Pierce, Marianne Rooney, Sally Starling, Marion Story, Lela Sullivan and Kathy Walker. Honorary members were Libby Blankenship, Janell Everest, Mary Ruth Ferguson, Dannie Bea Hightower, Sarah Hogan, Carolyn Mee, Nancy Records and Martha Williams. The committee has been working on this ball for two years. The Winter Ball has been held every other year, beginning in 1957.
Ospiti (guests): Among the partygoers were Candy and Chuck Ainsworth, Kathy and Russ Walker, Judy and Tom Love, Katie and John James, Bebe and Bruce MacKellar, Coe and Bill London, Terri Cooper, Cherry Kay and Hal Clifford, Cindy and John McCharen, Lela and Dr. Mark Sullivan, Helen and Bobby Sullivan, Barbara and Bud Beeler, Shirley and Pete Everest, Joan Gilmore, SoRelle Fitzgerald, Gennie and Bob Johnson, Susan and Dr. Jay Johnston, Vicki Clark Gourley, Dick Sias, Kitty Champlin, Rose and Bob Lane, Marilyn and Bud Meade, Polly and Larry Nichols, Connell and Cliff Branan, Marsha Zahn, John Henry, Kathy and John Griffin, Leigh and Nick Bentley, and Holly and Clay Healey.
Raccolta fondi (Italian for fundraiser, I think): The Winter Ball proceeds benefit the Allied Arts Foundation.
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Ciao: (With apologies for English to Italian translations. HFW)
Occasion: Callie Athey was the honoree at a recent baby shower in the home of Laurie Givens. Hostesses were Givens, Louise Bennett and Katie McClendon.
The baby: Callie and Matthew Athey's baby boy, Cameron, is due this month.
Gifts: Oversized plush zoo animals greeted guests at the front door as they arrived and the darling zebra, giraffe, lion and elephant went home with the honoree as a gift from the hostesses, along with a baby bassinet. Jane Athey Brown, Matthew's aunt, painted some watercolor paintings (elephant, lion and zebra) for the baby's room.
Dinner: On the menu was baked chicken, quinoa side dish, green salad with apples, and decorated zoo animal sugar cookies and chocolate cookie bites.
Seen: Among those at the party were Sarah Geiger, Gaye Sherman, Susan Athey, Kate Gordon, Paige Dougherty, Debby Dudman, Jose Freede, Kim Joseph, Debbie Bolding, Joan Athey Brown, Mollie Bennett McCurdy, Katherine Nichols, Susan Drake and Cindy Heatly.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LORI!
Party: Friends Manda and Mark Ruffin, Scott Davis and David Leader, and Sandra and Dr. Michael Kirk were hosts for a 50th birthday party honoring Lori Burson. The event, at Stella's Restaurant, which is owned by Burson, was held on Monday, on an evening when the restaurant is typically closed. Chef Melissa Aust and General Manager Todd Davis coordinated the food and staff.
The food: The food table included Stella's signature pizzas, mini Cuban sandwiches with roasted pork shoulder, Caprese sandwiches, cheese trays, roasted chickpea puree with toasted pita chips, red velvet cupcakes and small custom cookies that included shapes of wine bottles with the vintage “1968” and the Stella logo. Trays of avocado and roast poblano shooters with citrus crab and radish were offered to the guests. There were also polenta basil crusted seared tuna, seaweed salad and sriracha aioli spoons. Guests were given a split of Haute Couture French Bubbles to take home.
The flowers: Vases of red roses, white hydrangeas and lilies with blooming branches were on the food tables and were set around the restaurant.
The people: Among the 100 guests attending were Anne and Alain Buthion, Michel Buthion, Annie Bohanon, Gina and Bobby Bennett, Polly Fleet, Lori and Bond Payne, Scott Davis, Lisa and Jim Bowers, Camilla and David Ostrowe, Aimee and David Harlow, Robert Painter, Amber Brock and Dr. David Kallenberger, Terri King, Davonna and Carl Milam, Marsha and John Funk, Suzie and Lee Symcox, Jana Drummond and Greg Castro, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Jayne and Kurt Fleischfresser, Peter Holloway, Jeffrey Holloway, Valerie Naifeh, Lisa Love, Gena Timberman, Jeanette and Rand Elliott, Kristen Zerger and Paul Seikel, Jamie and Joe Lewallen, Cindi and Mike Shelby, Tiffany Sullivan and Cliff Higgs, Dr. Joe Phillips, Newt Brown, Tiffany Talton, Michelle Tibbs, Lea and Mike Morgan, Stacy and Chris Bozarth, Sheryl and Johnny Pribyl, and Maria and David Braly.
The idea: “50 Days of Lori”: Burson celebrated her birthday for 50 days before the party. Manda Ruffin created the idea of the celebrations by emailing friends to invite them to pick a day to help celebrate the birthday. On the first day, the birthday group sent flowers and a card that read “Day #1 of 50.” A few of the days included dinner and a Thunder game from Kyle Muse; dinner in a friend's home, Lea and Mike Morgan; a three hour lunch at Stella's with rotating guests and the birthday song sung by Judge Chanda Graham and a toast by David Leader. Leader also gave every luncheon guest in the restaurant at the time a glass of prosecco, David Leader; Cookies representing things that Burson loves, including her dog, a stack of suitcases and an airplane, a cupcake, the logo for Stella and a wine bottle, Shelley Holt; a polar bear making a surprise visit to Stella's and staff that had the day off coming in with homemade signs saying how much she meant to them, Gena Timberman (she was the bear and also planned the day); and a surprise afternoon planned with her goddaughter Lydia Talton. She arrived at the Talton home to attend an already planned music recital, Tiffany Talton, and a visit for lunch at Stella's and a robe with a Coco Chanel quote on the back, Aimee Harlow.
“Every day that I was able to spend time with a friend meant so much. The greatest gift was the entire experience of having friends as a group put so much effort into coordinating 50 days for me to enjoy my birthday. I think all of us walked away from the experience more grateful for each other and committed to take a little more time each day to make someone feel special," Burson said.