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Peggy Gandy: Social Scene: Sept. 15

Ball, Benefit Dinner
By Peggy Gandy Modified: September 13, 2013 at 5:13 pm •  Published: September 15, 2013


Event: 38th Annual Renaissance Ball.

Where: Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club.

To benefit: Oklahoma City Museum of Art

The evening: A beautiful evening created by Jim Vallion, who made this black-tie ball appear “ethereally elegant.” The theme “Heaven On Earth” was inspired by the museum's exhibit “Of Heaven and Earth: 500 years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums.” A draped canopy of shimmering white gossamer-like fabric covered the entrance to the club. The table in the foyer was draped with cream-colored cloth draped in beige lace with an undercloth of white damask. Cherub epergnes holding large bouquets of mixed white and purple flowers, large candle holders and elaborately decorated pillows graced the top. Pots of lush greenery circled the table. Harpist Jill Justice added celestial music.

Guests dined at tables covered with white crushed iridescent cloths. Chairs were white cane with matching pillows. Centerpieces repeated the white and purple flowers, some in epergnes and others circled around hurricane shades. The same shimmery white cloth was repeated in hangings from the ceiling on one end of the Great Hall to hide the band. These were drawn later in the evening after the seated dinner to reveal the Groove Merchants band.

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