20-40-60 Etiquette: Society columnist shares party tips from hostess

Society columnist shares party tips from hostess.
by Helen Ford Wallace Published: May 5, 2014
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Society editor’s note: We asked the men how they would plan drinks for a cocktail party for 75 people, and we received some great answers.

Then we heard about the party that Debby and Paul Dudman and Mary and Bill Price had recently for 28 people. It was a two-hour cocktail party.

They served three bottles of Champagne, four bottles of white wine, a whole bottle each of vodka and gin, and a half-bottle each of bourbon and scotch. They used Chandon Champagne, Joel Gott Chardonnay, Johnny Walker Black Scotch, Ciroc Vodka, Beefeater Gin and Jack Daniel’s whiskey.

“Everyone seemed to be drinking more cocktails than wine and champagne, lots of gin and tonic, vodka and tonic and a few martinis,” Debby Dudman noted.

If Debby Dudman wrote a food blog, her latest party would be on it. She and husband Paul Dudman and Mary and Bill Price honored their dear friend and neighbor, Rita Dearmon, at a cocktail party. Dearmon recently received the Lee B. Brawner award at the Literary Voices dinner.

“We wanted to honor Rita and have her friends over for a party,” Debby Dudman said. The women planned the menu, arranged the flowers (using quince from the backyard) and took photos. Dudman prepared most of the food, and the two friends were the perfect hostesses.


by Helen Ford Wallace
Society Editor
Helen Ford Wallace is a columnist covering society-related events/news for The Oklahoman. She puts local parties online with daily updates. She creates, maintains and runs a Parties blog which includes web casts. She is an online web editor for...
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