For the Daily News
The Southern Debutante Assembly’s 2010 Presentation and White and Gold Ball were held on the evening of Dec. 29 at the Greenwood Country Club in Greenwood. Thirty-three debutantes were presented to society at the event.
Candles flickered inside crystal hurricane shades that lined the drive to the clubhouse entrance, where a swag of pine garland laced with twinkle lights and gold silk ribbon framed the double doors. Each door held a matching door piece of white hydrangeas, dendrobium orchids, enchantment roses, genestra and English boxwood. Laced with twinkle lights, evergreen topiary in garden urns flanked the entry.
In the foyer, members of the assembly’s Governing Board greeted the honorees’ guests. Several hundred attended from around Mississippi and other states.
On opposite sides of the foyer, consoles held complementary arrangements of mint green Fuji mums, enchantment roses, bells of Ireland, genestra, berried eucalyptus and assorted greenery in fluted urns. Festive pine garland laced with twinkle lights framed the mirrors above the consoles.
Centered between the two sets of double doors leading from the foyer to the ballroom was a massive arrangement of dendrobium orchids, lacy white mums, mint green Fuji mums, white hydrangeas, white gladioli, pussy willow stems, gypsum, bells of Ireland, eucalyptus, palm fronds and English boxwood in a tall wrought iron garden urn.
Inside the ballroom, lighted wall sconces held casual arrangements of white lacy mums with greenery of areca palm fronds, asparagus fern and plumosa fern.
The honorees were presented before an imposing arrangement of white gladioli, dendrobium orchids, lacy white mums, mint green Fuji mums, white hydrangeas, bells of Ireland, pussy willow stems, baby’s breath, eucalyptus and palm fronds. Contained in a large terra cotta urn on a fluted column pedestal, the arrangement stood before a lattice screen lined with greenery and twinkle lights, between the two sets of double doors opening onto the foyer. Two fluted columns wrapped in gold silk ribbon flanked the arrangement.
At the opposite end of the ballroom, the debutantes stood on a dais in front of a garden trellis lined with nandina, English boxwood and eucalyptus and laced with twinkle lights. Four tall columns stood at intervals before the trellis, each topped with an arrangement of white spray orchids and nandina.
Flanking the dais were wrought iron garden urns holding complementary arrangements of dendrobium orchids, lacy white mums, green Fuji mums, white gladioli, pussy willow branches, gypsum, white hydrangeas, bells of Ireland, eucalyptus, English boxwood and nandina.
The officers of the Cavaliers were introduced to the assembled guests. Serving this year are John Harrison Rule Ballard of Nashville, Tenn., son of Mr. and Mrs. Warner Burchfield Ballard; Robert Allen Glenn Jr. of Columbus, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Allen Glenn; and Mitchell Hester Lowe of Mooreville, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Lacey Lowe Jr.
Hugh Anslum Warren III of Greenwood introduced the master of ceremonies for the presentation, Jay Gore III of Grenada.
Dressed in white formal ball gowns, the debutantes carried bouquets of ivory enchantment roses hand-tied with gold silk embroidered ribbon.
The pages wore long gowns of holly berry red silk and carried nosegays of holly greenery interspersed with white enchantment roses and hand-tied with gold silk ribbon.
Throughout the introduction of the honorees, the Sessions of Jackson played traditional favorites. The band later played for dancing during the appointed hours.
After the presentation, the honorees and their guests enjoyed dancing and visiting at tables positioned around the ballroom floor at the White and Gold Ball. Covered in white linen, the tables were centered with clusters of votives atop a mirrored base.
In the Garden Room, opening from the ballroom, buffet tables were skirted in white linen overlaid with gold embroidered silk organza. The focal point of the center table was a massive arrangement of white dendrobium orchids, enchantment roses, white and mint green hydrangeas and Fuji mums, genestra, bells of Ireland, baby’s breath, berried eucalyptus, nandina and English boxwood in a burnished Tuscan urn.
At either end of the center table, a multi-tiered epergne held a smaller complementary arrangement.
In another area of the clubhouse, Johnny Jennings of Greenwood played current favorite tunes as the pages and page escorts enjoyed refreshments, dancing and visiting. Tables skirted in red linen were positioned around the dance floor. The buffet table was centered with an array of white lacy mums and areca palm fronds in a fluted terra cotta garden urn. Individual tables held centerpieces of white lacy mums, baby’s breath, magnolia leaves, English boxwood and Formosa fern.
Debutantes with Starkville connections introduced
The debutantes introduced to society included Laura Robertson Polk, daughter of Mrs. Neal Denton Rogers Jr. and Mr. Mark Christopher Polk, both of Indianola. She was presented by her father and escorted by her brother, Mr. Mark Christopher Polk Jr. of Indianola.
Pages with Starkville connections
Pages to the debutantes included: Eliza Taylor Barrow, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Vernon Wyatt Barrow III of Tupelo, Mary Adele Rackley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Perry Calloway Rackley of Starkville