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Oscar party: 75 theater actors and art lovers turned out for the annual black-tie Oscar party at Will Rogers Theater despite snowy weather conditions. Previous parties have been held at Grand House, both Rococcos, Picasso Cafe, the Prohibition Room and Cafe Nova.
Movie-themed foods: On the menu were Ginger orange pork skewers (“The Hobbit:” The Desolation of Hog); meatloaf sliders (Despicable Meatloaf for “Despicable Me 2”); club sandwiches (“Dallas Buyers Club” Sandwich); scones (The Scone Ranger for “The Lone Ranger”); Brussel Sprouts (American Brussel Sprouts for “American Hustle”), and Waldorf Salads (Wolf of Waldorf Salad for “the Wolf of Wall Street”) and Oscars in a Blanket. Oscartini drinks were served.
Selfies The group had fun during the party re-creating Ellen Degeneres’ Oscar Show selfie.
Shower: Kellie Hefner was the honoree at a baby shower in the home of Carol and Robert Hefner IV. Hostesses were Iman Berglan, Alexis Burckart and Gabrielle Hefner. Kellie and Robert Hefner V are expecting twin sons in May.
Twice the fun: The honoree received two of everything including baby bedding from Restoration Hardware. Guests played games to guess the babies’ arrival date and names.
Décor/menu: A four-tiered diaper cake was the centerpiece and blue and white hydrangeas in crystal vases wrapped with blue organdy ribbons decorated the house. A rubber duck floated in the silver punchbowl. Iced blue and white baby buggy cookies were served along with croissant sandwiches and fruit skewers.
The men arrive: The baby’s dad and grandfathers came in at the end of party and celebrated with the group.
Celebration: To celebrate National Women’s History month, the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women had the second annual High Tea OKC in the home of Judy Love. About 100 women and three men attended the event.
Program: On the program was Terry Neese, founder/CEO of IEEW, and Mary Melon who talked about her experience as a mentor with the institute’s “Peace Through Business” program.
Committee: Judy Love and Susan Chambers were co-chairmen and other hosts were Jan Hill, Pat Carr, Freda Deskin, Jacqueline Fox, Linda Haneborg, Gail Huneryager, Nancy Hyde, Lou Kerr, Sandy Meyers, Jeaneen Naifeh, Kim Neese, Marion Paden, Natalie Shirley and Dawn Welch. The Tea was sponsored by Love’s Travel Stop and Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling Co.
Why: This event was started as a way to raise awareness in the community about IEEW and to empower business women.
Seen: Among the people at the tea were Lou Kerr, Patti Mellow, Joe Dorman, Noma Gurich, Vicki Gourley, Ann Felton, Jeaneen Naifeh, Joan Gilmore and Marion Paden.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MANDA
Party: Manda Ruffin celebrated her 50th birthday with friends in the Heritage Hills home of Lori and Ty Tyler. It was a surprise dinner party.
Dinner: Sam Salinas, executive chef of Stella Modern Italian Cuisine, planned a six-course dinner with wine pairings.
Guests: At the party were Mark Ruffin, Scott Davis, David Leader, Lori and Brent Brewer, Anna Browning and Rick Geren. There was a children’s table and seated there were Caymus Tyler and Tyler Davis-Leader.
Roses: Long-stemmed red roses were in every room.
Event: The Winter Ball for Expeditions in Etiquette classes was held at Gaillardia Golf and Country Club. It was a formal white-tie party complete with a six-course European-style instructional dinner. Carey Sue and Ricardo Vega are in charge of the program, which includes high school students from the metropolitan and state areas. Carey Sue Vega instructed the 75 students on formal dinner etiquette and walked them through some of the challenges of navigating a formal setting. Dinner music was by harpist Jill Justice.
Ball: The dancing began at 8 p.m. Boutonnieres and corsages for the boys and girls were white orchids.
Head of the class: There were 11 high school seniors who have been with the program since fifth grade. They are Evelyn Blount, Scooby Eppler, Emily Darrow, Emily Faulkner, Catherine Harlan, Kelsey Jennings, Mary Alice Kelley, Little Martin, Dillon Noble, Maci Ratliff and Shelby Wilkinson.
BON VOYAGE FELLOWS
Occasion: Barbara and Ralph Thompson were hosts for the reception honoring the fifth annual group of American Fellows who were selected by the Alliance Francaise to go to Chauny, France, for a two-week home stay with their French peers and conduct research on their chosen topics. They are the 2014 Eleanor Kirkpatrick Franco-American Fellows.
Flowers/food: On the table were flowers and French and American flags, and the desserts had a French flavor.
Greeter: Karen McChesney, Alliance Francaise d’Oklahoma City president, greeted guests. She teaches French at Mustang High School and she accompanied the students to France.
Guests: At the event were students and their parents, Alliance Francaise board of directors and members, Desa Dawson, director of World Education for the Oklahoma State Department of Education, Visionary Oklahoma Women members and former Franco-American Fellows. The students were Genesa Cefali, Erin Melton, Alex Meyers, Caroline Shepard, Samantha Waters, Alexa Lihyaoui.
Luncheon: The annual George Washington Luncheon was held at the Gaylord Center of Oklahoma Christian University. Members of the Oklahoma City Regent’s Council, Daughters of the American Revolution, Edmond, were hostesses.
Theme: Theme was “Military Through The Ages” and speaker was (Ret.) Col. James Wilhite who spoke on “Answering The Call.” He was instumental in setting up a military academy in Afghanistan.