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.


  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Please don't ask me about the wig!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! QUESTION: For my son’s play recently he needed a wig. I found the right one at a large big-box store. When I checked out, the checkout clerk quizzed me thoroughly about the wig. She wanted to know who was wearing it and why. I found myself explaining the reasoning […]

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: I don't want to talk about my wig

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE | Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    How can I get the checkout clerk to stop asking questions?

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: Jan. 25

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    Retirement Party, Private Concert, Pi Phis and Kappas, Receptions,

  • Parties Extra Video!---Luncheon set by Friends of the Capitol!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    [brightcove]4007160527001[/brightcove] Ginny Bass Carl, Friends of the Capitol Chairman, and Kelley McGuire, Board member and luncheon committee member, talk about Friends of the Capitol on Parties Extra!

  • Who is invited to the wedding?--- 20-40-60 Etiquette team answers

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: I am facing an issue currently with my daughter’s wedding. We sent out formal invitations with the specific names of people invited on the inside envelope. We also included a response card and a place for the number attending. However, […]

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: How do I say who is not invited?

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE, For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    The women of 20-40-60 Etiquette answer a readers’ question about how to handle uninvited guests for a wedding.

  • Parties Extra! Video---ArtNow Gala at the Contemporary Arts Center

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Wed, Jan 14, 2015

      [brightcove]3976375911001[/brightcove] Julia Kirt and Donna Rinehart-Keever talk about the ArtNow Gala at the Contemporary Arts Center on Parties Extra!

  • Gov. Mary Fallin at the Inaugural Prayer Service

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Tue, Jan 13, 2015

    Gov. Mary Fallin, with the Crossing Community Choir and Orchestra and the Ambassadors Concert Choir in the background, at the Inaugural Prayer Service at Crossings Community Church. (Photos by Helen Ford Wallace). On the Inaugural Schedule of Events for Gov. Mary Fallin was the Prayer Service at Crossings Community Church. It was held Sunday and […]

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: Should old friend get invitation to wedding?

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE | Updated: Mon, Jan 12, 2015

    20-40-60 Etiquette: I asked my friend to be in my wedding as it felt like the right thing to do. She declined and said she didn't feel like she knew my fiance and would not feel comfortable being a part of it.

  • Parties Extra! Video---Bill Hickman and the Warren Spahn Award Gala and Clayton Kershaw

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Jan 11, 2015

    [brightcove]3974405576001[/brightcove] Bill Hickman, Chairman of the Warren Spahn Award Gala, talks about the event and best left- handed pitcher in major league baseball, Clayton Kershaw, on Parties Extra!

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: Jan. 4, 2015

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Jan 2, 2015

    Beaux Arts Ball Supper, Beach Party, Holiday Brunch, Foundation Board Celebration, Soup Luncheon, Christmas Party, Holiday Gala, Award, Holiday Fashions

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: When should holiday decorations come down?

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE, For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Dec 29, 2014

    20-40-60 Etiquette: Is there an ordinance that regulates this or is it up to the dweller's discretion? Is there a polite way to suggest that the decorations be removed?

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.:Dec. 28

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Dec 28, 2014

    Lotus Club Dance, Birthday Party, Holiday Open House, AfterGlow Party, Tea, Alum Party,

  • Poinsettias and holiday flowers from Trochta's on Parties Extra! Video

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014

    [brightcove]3957287015001[/brightcove] Genea Vallion talks about holiday flowers on Parties Extra!

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: Dec. 21

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Dec 21, 2014

    Birthday Dinner, Christmas Parties, Holiday Events, Holiday Cocktails, Open House

  • Parties Extra! Video---Joy Reed Belt at JRB Art at the Elms

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    [brightcove]3946180486001[/brightcove] Joy Reed Belt shows her Christmas exhibit at JRB Art at the Elms on Parties Extra!

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Fun gifts for all? Should we give gifts to children only?

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: As our extended family has grown, the cost of everyone getting presents for everyone has risen. Is there a certain number at which you should shift to a “kids-only” or “Secret Santa” type gift exchange? What’s the best way to […]

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: Should we have a secret Santa?

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE, For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    What’s the best way to keep Christmas fun and affordable?

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: Dec. 14

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    Lobster Luncheon, Country Club Parties, Kappa Alpha Theta Party, Art League,

  • Parties Extra! Video---American Cancer Society's first annual "Birthdays and Bubbly"

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    [brightcove]3935189836001[/brightcove] Mary Allen, Devyn Smith and Lesa Foster talk about Birthdays and Bubbly on Parties Extra!




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