You sorta know you have a successful event when the cars are creating a lineup 5 minutes after the doors open. That was the scene at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek today as Texas Ballet supporters, both current and future, arrived for the Sugar Plum Fairy Tea.
In its second year, the tea is part of the “warm” up for tomorrow’s Tutu Chic Fashion Show and Luncheon at the Winspear. Last year the afternoon tea for mums and daughters was held at Stanley Korshak, but because it grew in size, the decision was made to move it to the Mansion.
While the elegant Mansion may be known as the place for grownups to see and be seen, this afternoon it was abounding with little princesses dancing, hugging and being oh-so adorable. Needless to say, bows and party dresses were the call of the day. Tea Co-chair Kathryn Beach
and her daughters Katy and Lilly were all in soft pink. . . . Elizabeth Slates, Caroline Corrigan and Margo Touchstone wore just hints of pink on the tutu bracelets. . . Donna Arp Weitzman looked like a snow queen all in white with daughter-in-law Trish Arp and granddaughter Meredith Arp. Donna will be at the luncheon with 20+ of her gal pals. Unfortunately four-year-old Meredith won’t be able to attend. She has previous commitments.
In addition to mountains of cookies and sandwiches, there was everything from wine to hot chocolate. Needless to say, there was a line forming for tea and hot chocolate.
For entertainment, there were coloring books about the Sugar Plum Fairy with crayons within arm’s reach.
And what would a Sugar Plum Fairy Tea for the Texas Ballet be without ballerinas? Not to worry. They were all there — Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, Mouse King and Nutcracker himself.
The brilliant thing about the tea is that it’s hosted by the next year’s Tutu Chic co-chairs. Translation: today’s tea chairs — Munson sisters Kathryn Beach, Meg McGonigle and Merry Wyatt — will be chairing the fundraiser where “the champagne flows and the Korshak fashions dance on stage.”
BTW, Tutu Chic Co-chair Paige Slates reported that tomorrow’s fundraiser is sold out. However, you know how that goes. Write the right check and a place just might be found. Wink, wink.