There was no excuse for staying home last Thursday night. It was a valet parker’s delight — lots of cars to park and beautiful weather throughout the area.
Chick Lit Patron Party @ Barney’s
On the eve of Friday’s Chick Lit Luncheon, the Community Partners of Dallas had a Barney’s version of a pep rally. Center of attention wasn’t the football team. It was author Allison Winn Scotch. Within seconds of arriving she felt right at home among the size two outfits hanging around the upper level and never-met-a-stranger Luncheon Chair Mary Gill, CPD’s Paige McDaniel and her running buddy Joanna Clarke.
The talk of the night ranged from Paige’s wearing a yellow slicker to Anne and Steve Stodhill‘s annual Dallas International Film Festival screening of “Singin’ in the Rain.” On the other hand, Joanna was sounding like a salesgal for NeuLash. She’s been on it for four months, and “probably will for the rest of my life.”
Meanwhile Allison, who lived in Dallas for less than a year back in 2000, told of her move to LA from NYC come this August. Because the family Lab is a nervous Nellie type, Allison is thinking that she’ll fly with the kids, while her husband will drive cross country with the pooch.
Girls (Only) Night @ Nancy Carlson’s home
The Dallas Children’s Theater invitation for Girls (Only) Night may have been a warning to men that it was the girls night to party at Nancy Carlson‘s fabulous home in the Volk Estates, but Carlson son Julian didn’t take it seriously. How could he? With an incredible backyard with gargantuan trees and a lawn that went on forever, he tried riding his bike but gave up to sample the trees of candy. Pretty soon those trees were surrounded by an array of additional treats with nary a veggie or celery stick in sight.
The decorations by Grange Hall amounted to a scene that Willie Wonka would have killed for. Ah, and the signature cocktail for the night — watermelon lemonade.
DJ Jennifer Miller was juggling both the pace and bubbling about her business bud Paul Paredes, who was in the ASCAP finals for one of his songs.
Among the guests were Maggie Cooke Kipp and Angela Choquette, who just arrived from the Chick Lit party only minutes before.
If Girls (Only) Night sounds familiar from years past, you’re right on target as usual. After a lapse of four or five years, this was a relaunch for the ladies to have a night out, dress up and celebrate a good cause.
Crystal Charity Ball Theme Announcement Party @ Kelly and Norman Green’s home
One of the only parties during the year that the Crystal Charity Ball gals allow themselves is the theme announcement party for the December ball. While the theme is kept a secret until the official unveiling, hints were being dropped upon arrival in the circular drive of Kelly and Norman Green‘s magnificent French estate thanks to Theme Announcement Party Co-Chairs Delilah Boyd and Claire Emanuelson. In addition to the valets was an accordionist with red beret playing. Then upon entering the mansion, they were immediately served French champagne. Then there were those marvelous silver trays and that amazing buffet with all types of French cuisine by Cassandra. And to add the very French feeling was the perfect weather . . . April in Paris? It was so perfect that the Greens opened the doors to the terrace allowing the capacity crowd to spill out onto the terrace.
Ah, the assembly was for the announcement. With husband Jack looking on, CCB Chair Aileen Pratt admitted that it “feels like we’ve been transported to a beautiful chateau,” when in reality the room was transported from a French chateau! She thanked the Greens and Bank of Texas’ Fred Ball for underwriting the evening.
She then recognized Ball Decor Chair Ashley Tripplehorn Hunt, special advisor Jill Smith, Lambert Landscape Co. and event producer extraordinaire Tom Addis for their help in preparing for the mega-fundraiser. With the suspense building, Aileen asked, “Who doesn’t love Paris? [The ball will] celebrate this magnificent city and all its elements.” As Aileen and Tom removed the drop cloth from the logo revealing, “Le Grand Bal Parisien,” the accordionist and pianist played “I Love Paris.”
Don’t worry. You won’t need your passport for the December 1 gala at the Hilton Anatole with a goal of $4,420,489 for the seven 2012 beneficiaries.
Told ya it was a Round Robin night.