Camilla Kampmann’s Colorado-Themed Debutante Party In San Antonio

By Alexandra Del Lago          Photography by Jenna Beth Lyde

For German Club debutante Camilla Kampmann, her parents, Abigail and George A. Kampmann, Jr., hosted a Christmas in Colorado-themed party to honor their daughter. Held on a beautiful evening the weekend before Christmas at the Principle Auto BMW dealership in San Antonio, the venue was transformed for the evening into a holiday ball. This magical night, full of dancing and fun provided lasting memories for a lifetime for Camilla, a student at the University of Texas, and her friends.

Walking into the venue, anyone familiar with the BMW dealership can agree it was completely transformed. From its usual backdrop that catered to top-of-the-line German engineering, the tone had dramatically changed with the large lighted Camilla sign, the waterfall of lights over the drive, and red carpet into the main entrance. As guests entered, hundreds of Aspen leaves flanking the corridor inside set the stage for the size and scale of the main ballroom.

The great room, with its 32-foot ceilings, was grounded by the centerpiece: massive hand-carved ice sculptures on each of the four sides of the J Bar with twenty-foot tall birch trees. Other bars included the Little Nell, Mountain Social at the St. Regis, and Cloud 9 at Highlands, all keeping with the Colorado theme. Another highlight of the room was the twenty-foot cherry tree, bathing the Cloud 9 bar in a pink glow. This pink theme was cleverly played throughout, with the bar only serving champagne and rosé champagne. In fact, in every glass of the No.3’ Grand Cru Rosé from André Clouet, fresh sliced strawberry and cherry garnishes completed the libation. Rosemary’s Catering provided the evening’s cuisine.

For entertainment, the Piano Punch dueling pianos set the tone for the night’s festivities, with the pianists taking crowd suggestions. Across from the pianos, guests lounged on leather chaises and enjoyed coffee, hot chocolate and warm desserts from Paradise Bakery. Later in the evening,  the Limelight band entertained over 800 guests with their high-energy approach and style. This 13 piece party band out of Dallas provided a musical range that spans decades of standards and classics, to the current hits of today, which guests danced to until the party closed.

while guests dined with Rosemary’s Catering. The food areas featured exquisite cuisines like fried quail and fried oysters from Jimmy’s Bodega. Meats from the Pine Creek Cookhouse including oryx, elk, and Père David from the Double G Ranch & Niglai from the King Ranch, were carved to order along with exotic mushrooms and grilled vegetables. The St. Regis area featured salmon, imported cheeses and a walking salad display. In addition, Mezzaluna served various pizzas and La Cantina hosted enchiladas to round out the dinner offerings.

For the late-night options, stations from Boogie’s, Ajax Tavern & Hickory House featured sliders, truffle fries, and biscuits with sausage. Trays full of Brandy Freezes and milkshakes circulated for guests interested in sweeter drinks. The photo booth, complete with a full-sized ski lift chair and ski equipment as props, made every guest feel a little closer to the slopes of the Rocky Mountains.