Opening German Gala Presents Debutantes
By Leanne Raesener – Photography by Sam Pags
THE STYLE: The 139-year old San Antonio German Club recently hosted its annual Opening German gala in honor of the season’s debutantes. Held on a crisp, cool autumn evening at Venue Villita in La Villita, the home of the Opening German for 50 years, the ball offered a glorious night of dining and dancing in celebration of the club’s group of young ladies being presented to the city’s society.
THE SETTING: Resplendent in gorgeous white gowns, this year’s 26 debutantes (the most in the history of the club) sparkled as they were presented by their fathers, then led by their escorts. Following the presentation, the celebration continued as guests and debs alike danced late into the night to the various musical stylings of the Georgia Bridgewater Orchestra from Dallas. The gorgeous floral designs, comprised of fresh red and pink roses, filled the tabletop vases and fresh flower wall, all created by Danny Cuellar of Trinity Flowers. Also, tables of red and zebra print tablecloths added zest to the event’s decor.
Opening German guests arrived to a selection of passed hors d’oeuvres by Rosemary’s Catering, including South Texas chicken bites, pork belly Tostones, shrimp and grits, and steak frites. Then, a selection of eleven food areas were presented, including a Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail area around an handcarved ice sculpture, a station with meats carved to order, an oyster bar, a walking salad display area, and a fried quail area.
THE PURPOSE: Immersed in tradition, the organization was formed in 1880. Each year since its inception, the San Antonio German Club has presented its debutantes during San Antonio’s social season. Blake Stouffer is the German Club’s president, while David Aycock serves as the chairman.