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---RSVP Please

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: 16 hr ago

    To ask an etiquette, email Helen—hwallace@oklahoman.com YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE!   By Callie Athey, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: I recently saw these wedding place cards attributed to theoverwhelmedbride on Facebook. "I didn't RSVP but I came anyways." There were at least four of them signifying the four people who did not RSVP for a seated wedding dinner. But, my husband and I recently were hosts for our daughter's wedding reception where 50 people did not RSVP. Luckily, the food was served buffet style, but we could not figure out the appropriate number to give to the caterer.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: Can I call when people don't RSVP?

    BY CALLIE ATHEY, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE | Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    The Oklahoman's 20-40-60 etiquette crew discuss whether it's OK to call when people haven't RSVP'ed for an event. Linda Miller has the guest answer.

  • If the shoe fits....Marion Parke at Balliet's

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Barbara Jansen, Marion Parke, Linda Garrett.   Luxury footwear designer Marion Parke brought her 2016 Spring/Summer shoe collection by the same name to Balliet's and friends dropped by to see her and the shoes. It was a pre-order event since the shoes are not yet in the stores and won't be for several months, but guests enjoyed seeing Parke and sipping champagne. "Balliets is the premier Oklahoma City retailer for luxury accessories. Bob, DeDe and Barbara (Jansen, Balliets footwear buyer) have a discerning eye and see luxury brands on a daily basis, so it’s a true honor to be invited into the store and to be in such good company," Parke, podiatric surgeon from Minneapolis, Minn., and a former Oklahoma resident,

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: Aug. 30

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@Oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Aug 30, 2015

    Couples Shower, Reception, Reunion, Rehearsal Dinner

  • Holiday and Fall Hair styles by Jennifer McCharen---Parties Extra!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    [brightcove]4448950083001[/brightcove] Jennifer McCharen with Rutz Salon talks about the hottest hair style trends for fall and the holidays on Parties Extra! Paige Dillard, Jennifer McCharen, Dave Morris at The Oklahoman's video studio for Parties Extra! (Photo by Helen Ford Wallace).

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Table manners for the nose

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    To ask an etiquette question, email Helen: hwallace@oklahoman.com YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! By Callie Athey, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: Your sensible feature on manners and etiquette is always enjoyable, addressing as it does so many often overlooked pleasantries that oil social discourse. A topic I’ve never seen mentioned is the repellent […]

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: That's snot funny

    BY CALLIE ATHEY, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE | Published: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    What should you do if you have to sneeze or blow your nose while at the dining table? Yvette Walker has the guest answer.

  • Patty Casteel celebrated her birthday recently in Oklahoma City

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    Patty Casteel in birthday glasses and hat, Linda Casteel, Jacob Ahpeatone, Jaxon Casteel. (Photos by Helen Ford Wallace).   Patty Casteel celebrated her 70th birthday at Sophabella's. A no-host Italian dinner was served and guests danced to the music of Denise Smith, Talk of the Town. Linda Gardner and Julie Sloan brought a huge chocolate birthday cake. Guests included Allison, Spence and Haley Kidney, Jim Lindsey, Julie and Phil Sloan, Nancy and Courtney Biddell, Carolyn Kinsley Bean, Allen Pease, Diane and Charlie Porta, Diana and John Harden, Karen James, John Gray, Marilyn and Jim Case, Carol McCroskey, Shirley Belcham, Claire and Aaron Ramberg, Dave Attalle, Suzanne Slyvester and Cynthia Whitaker

  • Parties, Etc.: Aug. 23: Helen Ford Wallace

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@Oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    Bridal Luncheon, Birthday, Reunion, Art Exhibit

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: Which tea for me?

    BY CALLIE ATHEY, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE For The Oklahoman | Updated: Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    The 20-40-60 Etiquette columnists share what they learned in response to a question about the difference between high tea and afternoon tea.

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: Aug. 16

    By HELEN FORD WALLACE Society Editor | Published: Sun, Aug 16, 2015

    HONORING LAURA Bridal shower/brunch: Laura Nauman was honored at a garden-themed bridal shower in the home of Kelly Pearson. Co-hostesses were Sally Boyd and Hannah Scandy. Menu: A mimosa bar featured juices and fresh fruits for mixing with Prosecco, and brunch was three varieties of quiche from the Plaza District’s Pie Junkie, fresh fruit and miniature cakes. Take-away treats: Party favors were miniature watering cans planted with tiny succulents in keeping with the bride’s wedding theme “Love Grows Here.” Gifts: The bride received many garden and kitchen-related gifts including a 6-foot garden art pole from her parents, Robin and Dennis Nauman. Guests:  Attendees included Robin Nauman, Andrea M.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: The game's afoot

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    The Oklahoman's 20-40-60 Etiquette columnists address a question about being asked to remove one's shoes at a friend's home.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: Who's coming to dinner?

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    20-40-40 Etiquette columnists answers questions of interest to Oklahomans.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: Mom wants help against splash attack at pool

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE | Published: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Mother wants to know how to stay dry when watching her children at the pool. Christina Nihira has the guest answer. Steve Boaldin is the illustrator.

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: July 26

    By Helen Ford Wallace, hfwallace@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Birthday Party, Wedding Shower, Bridal Luncheon

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: No thank-you note makes wedding gift giver wonder

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    20-40-60 Etiquette: Early wedding gifts should be acknowledged before the wedding day. It is good manners to respond promptly.

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: July 19

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@Oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    Altus Reunion, Orchestra League, Sip & See, Pi Beta Phi,

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---When can I have a cell phone?

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

     YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: What do you think is the appropriate age for children to have cell phones?   CALLIE’S ANSWER: There is no longer an “appropriate” age. It is when you feel comfortable giving your child a cell phone. There are many positives […]

  • How young is too young for a cellphone?

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    The Oklahoman's 20-40-60 Etiquette discusses whether there is a right age to give a child a cellphone.

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: July 12

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@Oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    Rotary Club Dinner, Quail Creek Parade, Summer Party, Travel Party, Ladies Luncheon, Art Opening




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