Parties, Etc.: Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017; Helen Ford Wallace
Event: The annual Christmas party given by Judy Love, Susan Johnston and Barbara Brou in the Love home was a highlight of the Christmas season. The threesome greeted their guests wearing matching red flowery blouses and happy hostess smiles.
Touched with sparkle: The Love home was exceptional this year — filled wall — to-wall with all sizes of Santas, glittering Christmas trees, pots of Poinsettias, Christmas carpets and paintings. The buffet table featured sparkly trees, berries, ornaments, flowers, greenery and leaves. All kinds of dips, cheeses, cranberry spreads, Christmas cookies (decorated with Santas, reindeer, wreaths, candy canes, trees and ornaments) were served. There was also the “annual” homemade fudge that attracted many of the guests. And by “exceptional” I meant there were not many places in the home that were left undecorated with fabulous and artistic holiday items.
Seen: Among the guests were Debby Dudman, Betty Crow, Harolyn Enis, Kay Oliver, Brenda McDaniel, SoRelle Fitzgerald, Mary Ann Harroz, Lela Sullivan, Joan Gilmore, Lil Ross, Sylvia Slater, Candy Reece, Pam Shdeed, Charlotte Richels, DeDe Benham, Eileen Williams, Sharon and Rachel Tonseth, Dana Hill, Jennifer Thielke, Sarah Piper, Kathy Payne, Jeanne Ann Van Horn, Nancy Coats, Linda Dunn, and Jan Smith.
CELEBRATING 125 YEARS
Holiday open houses: Three nights of Holiday Open Houses celebrated the 125th Anniversary of BC Clarks. Each of the Oklahoma City stores had its own party, which featured more than 1,400 guests.
Gold carpet welcome: The staff rolled out the gold carpet, rather than red, for customers to enter the stores.
Food/decor: The anniversary logo “BC Clark 125 Years Strong” was created in an ice sculpture. On the menu was Champagne, appetizers of smoked salmon on toast points, and beef tenderloin crostinis. There were jewelry truck shows for viewing, as well as door prizes.
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The gift to give: A special dinner gala at Will Rogers Event Center honored employees and was the kickoff for the anniversary celebration. During the party, Coleman Clark and Mitchell Clark gave a toast honoring Jim Clark's 41 years with BC Clark. The evening ended with a surprise visit and performance by ventriloquist Darci Farmer. The following week was Appreciation Week for employees. Each day they received small gifts.
The occasion: Kristine and Web Browne hosted their annual Christmas party. Guests, some of them from the Casady School community, feasted on an array of Mexican food prepared by Chef Marc Dunham and his wife, Jenny Townley Dunham.
The tree is up: The house was decorated for Christmas from the floor to the ceiling, and guests were served on Spode Christmas Tree china and stemware.
FOR THE LOVE OF ...
Evening event: Artspace at Untitled celebrated its 20th anniversary with an event called “For the Love Of ... Celebrating 20 Years of Art.” It was at the gallery in Oklahoma City's Deep Deuce District.
Musical guests: A jazz group called The Adam Ledbetter Trio performed.
The chef: Chef Andrew Black served at three separate food stations, which included stone baked pizza, cured meats, Jack Daniels candy bacon, crispy taco, Leslie Farm beef, jerk chicken, roasted scallop and a special signature cocktail.
Untitled board members: On the board of directors are Lissa Shaw, Laura Warriner, Robert Angelo, Jennifer Arlan, Barbara Crandall, Riccarda De Echer, Bill Goldston, Emily Nash Kitch, George Kravis, Vera Mann, Richard McKown, Matthew Shepherd, and Clint Stone. Staff members are Alexa Healey, Holly Hodge, Jessica Williams, Ellie Haynie and Rosella McDonald.
Champagne toast: Members of the Junior League of Oklahoma City's Mistletoe Market Committee were recognized with a Champagne toast at the opening night of the Oklahoma City's Philharmonic Christmas Show starring Elizabeth Stanley.
At the reception: Eddie Walker, executive director of the Philharmonic, and Susan Webb, marketing director of the Philharmonic, joined the committee in the lobby of The Civic Center for a reception before the inaugural performance.
Party: Members of the Kiwanis Club of Oklahoma City met at Andrew Johnson Elementary School for the 98th annual Children's Christmas Party.
Meeting Santa: 90 students from four Oklahoma City schools participated and Kiwanis members had lunch in the library. Afterwards, they met with teachers and students and Santa (Leo Portman, 101st President of Kiwanis). They passed out gifts and Christmas stockings and served cake and ice cream to everyone.