Helen Ford Wallace
Features 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 the Peope/Events page on NewsOK. She also has a Twitter and Facebook presence about Oklahoma City parties and maintains party photo galleries on NewsOK.She has written feature articles for The Oklahoman since 1957 (except for two years when she lived out of state) when she became a teen correspondent for the Oklahoma City Times. She was one of the first people, if not the first person, at The Oklahoman and throughout the country, to set up a modem at home to send columns on an Apple II computer. In the late 1970’s when she did this, the trend had not yet become a major part of the workplace.Current community activities include: Junior League of Oklahoma City board of directors sustaining advisor; Touchdown Club member, Oklahoma Heritage Association member, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum member, Sooner Club. Past activities are: Past Junior League President, Beaux Arts Ball Chairman, Associates Council member, Membership rush advisor for Delta Delta Delta and President of OU Mothers Club. Worked on Public School Foundation dinner events. Awards: Journalism Hall of Fame; Tri Delta Panhellenic Women of the Year; Oklahoma City Public School Foundation Annual Wall of Fame Humanitarian Award; Women In Communication Byliners Award; Dulaney Browne Libraries Award at Awards of Excellence for Oklahoma City University; Oklahoma Hospitality Club Ladies In the News honoree.


  • Parties Extra! Video---Molly Shi Boren and Tripp Hall---OU, end of school activities, Arbor Day

    Helen Ford Wallace | Yesterday

    Molly Shi Boren and Tripp Hall

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: March 29

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@Oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Flowers, Red Earth Reception, Colonial Dames,

  • Parties Extra! Video---Positive Tomorrows---Cork & Canvas

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    [brightcove]4124920022001[/brightcove] Susan Agel and Dawn Byram talk about Positive Tomorrows and the Cork & Canvas fund-raiser on Parties Extra! Susan Agel, Dawn Byram and Todd Fraser in The Oklahoman’s video studio. (Photo by Helen Ford Wallace).  

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---She said no!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE!   By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace   QUESTION: How about when someone regrets an event? One of my good friends told me she could not come to my dinner party, and it was all that I could do not to ask her why. I felt like […]

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: Should I ask why friend declines dinner invitation?

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE, For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    One of my good friends told me she could not come to my dinner party, and it was all that I could do not to ask her why. I could not believe that she could not come. Should I have asked her why she was unavailable?

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: March 22

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@Oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    President's Ball, Art By The Lake, Order of the Owl, Luncheon,

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Tips included?

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

          YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace   QUESTION: We traveled to an-all inclusive resort over the holidays. Typically, most everything is included from meals to drinks. I felt it necessary to reward employees like servers and bartenders who went above and beyond to make […]

  • Parties Extra! Video---Entertaining and B.C. Clark

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    [brightcove]4109563263001[/brightcove] Coleman Clark and Terri Benear talk about the history of B.C. Clark and about the inventory in the stores for entertaining on Parties Extra! Coleman Clark, Terri Benear and The Oklahoman’s video producer Paige Dillard. (Photo by Helen Ford Wallace).

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: What to tip at a resort?

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE | Published: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    Is there a guideline or percentage in how much money to tip at an all-inclusive resort? Kathy Walker has the guest answer!

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: March 15

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    Wedding Shower, Baby Shower, Cocktails, Norman Party, Reception

  • Parties Extra! Video---Judy Love and Lisa Reagan Love talk about Lisa's new album and Love's Stores

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    [brightcove]4105539720001[/brightcove] Judy Love and Lisa Reagan Love visit The Oklahoman’s new video studio for Parties Extra!

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Here's to you!

    By Helen Ford Wallace, Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman | Published: Mon, Mar 9, 2015

    To ask an etiquette question, email helen at hfsok@aol.com YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace. Christina Nihira has the guest answer.

  • 20-40-60: A toast to the host?

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE, For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Mar 9, 2015

    20-40-60: I am pretty good at making toasts. I think a toast makes any party very special. Is there a set rule as to when toast should be given? How about dinners, or cocktail parties? Should I rehearse?

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---No cuts!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    To ask an etiquette question, email Helen at hfsok@aol.com YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: My family and I have traveled extensively. We have observed an interesting phenomenon: that some people feel no regard for lines. At the airport, we experienced complete disregard for equality and […]

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: Mind the queue while traveling

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE, For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    How to handle cutters and those who can’t keep in queue while traveling. Chuck Ainsworth has the guest answer.

  • Parties Extra! ---Chilton Marshall and Brad Purcell were married recently!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Chilton Marshall and Brad Purcell were married at a family wedding recently at the Chapel of Saint Mary at All Souls Episcopal Church in Oklahoma City and the reception hosted by Chris and Gary Purcell and Jimmie Marshall was held at the Chesapeake Club at the Gaylord Family Stadium in Norman. The televsions throughout the […]

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Is one thank you enough?

    BY Helen Ford Wallace, Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman | Published: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace and Hilarie Blaney has the guest answer!

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: How many ways should I say 'Thank You?'

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE, For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    The women of 20-40-60 Etiquette answer your questions about social ettiquette. Hilarie Blaney has the guest answer!

  • Helen Ford Wallace:Parties, Etc. : Feb. 22

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Valentine Party, Afternoon Tea, 50th Anniversary Reception, Pi Phis, DAR

  • Parties Extra! Video---Cuppies & Joe

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    [brightcove]4000973799001[/brightcove] Elizabeth Fleming talks about Cuppies & Joe, cupcakes, pies and cookies on Parties Extra!




Parties Extra! Today at 3:11 PM Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: March 29 LINK #TheOklahoman #NewsOk
Parties Extra! Sat, Mar. 28 2015 09:51:24 AM CST Parties Extra! Video---Molly Shi Boren and Tripp Hall---OU, end of school activities, Arbor Day LINK #TheOklahoman #Newsok
Parties Extra! Tue, Mar. 24 2015 05:32:42 PM CST Parties Extra! Video---Positive Tomorrows---Cork & Canvas---LINK #TheOklahoman @NewsOK
Parties Extra! Mon, Mar. 23 2015 09:27:40 AM CST 20-40-60 Etiquette: Should I ask why friend declines dinner invitation? LINK #TheOklahoman #NewsOk
Parties Extra! Sun, Mar. 22 2015 07:50:31 AM CST Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: March 22 LINK #TheOklahoman #NewsOk
Parties Extra! Tue, Mar. 17 2015 01:05:39 PM CST RT @TimStrangeCCIM: I'm Presiding @okcrotary today Kelly Dyer Fry speaker @TheOklahoman Clytie Bunyan Chair of the Day thx Kelly & Clytie
Parties Extra! Mon, Mar. 16 2015 07:58:12 PM CST Parties Extra! Video---Entertaining and B.C. Clark LINK #NewsOk #The Oklahoman
Parties Extra! Mon, Mar. 16 2015 07:31:50 AM CST 20-40-60 Etiquette: What to tip at a resort? LINK #NewsOk #TheOklahoman
Parties Extra! Sun, Mar. 15 2015 08:06:12 AM CST Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: March 15 LINK #TheOklahoman #NewsOk
Parties Extra! Fri, Mar. 13 2015 07:41:36 PM CST Parties Extra! Video---Judy Love and Lisa Reagan Love talk about Lisa's new album and Love's Stores LINK
Parties Extra! Sun, Mar. 08 2015 10:23:11 AM CST Paige Dillard, Lisa Reagan Love, Judy Love, Dave Morris in The Oklahoman's new video studio for Parties Extra! LINK
Parties Extra! Sun, Mar. 08 2015 10:18:25 AM CST Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: March 8 LINK #NewsOk #TheOklahoman
Parties Extra! Sun, Mar. 08 2015 10:17:39 AM CST RT @PartyGalaxy: March Madness is coming up! Here are a couple great tips to throwing a perfect party! LINK
Parties Extra! Fri, Mar. 06 2015 06:27:32 PM CST RT @peaches_nc: @thepioneerwoman @staceyjg314 Congratulations!
Parties Extra! Fri, Mar. 06 2015 06:21:53 PM CST Parties Extra! in the new Oklahoman video studio! Paige Gordon, Lisa Reagan Love, Judy Love, Dave Morris. #NewsOk LINK
Parties Extra! Tue, Mar. 03 2015 03:25:27 PM CST RT @TheOklahoman: Sooner family helps Mindy Corporon's dreams come true LINK LINK
Parties Extra! Sun, Mar. 01 2015 10:53:00 AM CST RT @CowanBrew: Love that I still get my paper delivered despite the bad roads. Thank you @TheOklahoman #oldschool LINK
Parties Extra! Sun, Mar. 01 2015 10:21:53 AM CST Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: March 1 LINK #NewsOk #TheOklahoman
Parties Extra! Sun, Mar. 01 2015 09:50:31 AM CST RT @PartyGalaxy: Ready to gear up for the game against the LA Lakers tonight?! Check out our wide selection of #THUNDER themed decor! http:…
Parties Extra! Wed, Feb. 25 2015 11:47:37 AM CST Parties Extra! ---Chilton Marshall and Brad Purcell were married recently! LINK #NewsOk #TheOklahoman

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