New Orleans Serves As Theme Honoring Three San Antonio German Club Debutantes


By Alexandra del Lago    Photography by Lilianna Story

Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler (Let the Good Times Roll) was the mood recently at the celebratory party honoring three San Antonio German Club debutantes. With pandemic protocol in place, Abigail and George Kampmann, Jr., with their daughter Elizabeth Kampmann, Grace and Ted Liljenwall, with their daughter Emily Liljenwall, and Jennifer and Robert Shemwell, with their daughter Paris Shemwell welcomed guests into a Texas version of the best of The Big Easy.


The affair’s venue, San Antonio Country Club, was festively decorated like the famed Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans. Danny Cuellar of Trinity Flowers created the floral and décor themed Joyeux Noel Laissez Les Bons Temps Roulet, with the holiday theme taking center stage of the event.


The buffet and cocktails provided by the club served as a testament to the theme, while the attendees danced to the band, Limelight as the night progressed. The Boss Street Band, a five-piece brass jazz band from New Orleans, circulated from room to room throughout the party, providing even more flair to the evening. 

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Old San Antonio Was The Theme That Honored Five San Antonio German Club Debutantes

By Alexandra del Lago        Photography by Lilianna Story

An indoor and al fresco setting on the Riverwalk was an ideal party venue for five of this season’s German Club’s debutantes. The Old San Antonio theme was a classic for the parents who hosted their daughters’ event at the Briscoe Western Art Museum.


The duos were mighty proud of their daughters’ debut, and this fête honored the ladies in genuine Texas-style, and with pandemic protocol in place. Carl and Kelly Fellbaum, and their daughter, Libby Fellbaum, Raymond and Debi Flume, and their daughter Faith Flume, John and Leslie Greehey, and their daughter Erin Greehey, Brad and Susan Hardy, and their daughter Peyton Hardy, and Greg and Valerie Wright and their daughter Emery Wright all greeted the guests at the black-tie event, as they ushered in the night of fun ahead.


In keeping with the theme, the evening featured mariachis, burros, a barista bar with pictures of the debutantes’ faces for the coffee foam, and a delicious churro bar. Don Strange Events catered the affair with a mix of freshly made street tacos, gorditas, empanadas, avocado ceviche bowls, and hand-served appetizers. DPC Event Services handled the lighting, which cast a gorgeous glow on a perfect evening, and the other décor that featured the facade of the Alamo, giving guests that authentic Old San Antonio feel. This backdrop was also behind the band, Melange of Dallas, who entertained guests as they danced the night away.

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Truman Capote’s Famous Party Was Theme For Debutante Party Honoring Six San Antonio German Club Debutantes

By Jake Gaines  Photography by J. Violet Photography

The Argyle was recently the setting for a Black & White Ball, honoring the “Party of the Century” theme that author Truman Capote so famously hosted in 1965. With pandemic protocol in place, six of this year’s class of San Antonio German Club debutantes were honored by their parents: Carrie and Tom Green for their daughter Katherine Lloyd Green, Nancy and Rob Finney for their daughter Caroline Elizabeth Finney, Jessica and Joe Bakke for their daughter Brooke Winslett Bakke, Beth and Clif Douglass for their daughter Katherine Elizabeth (Kate) Douglass, Amy and De Miller for their daughter Elaine Averett (Avery) Miller, and Tisha and Kyle Beck for their daughter Jane Cameron Beck. The theme’s colors were indeed black and white, yet the debs changed into vibrantly colorful formal gowns after switching from their white presentation dresses.


When guests stepped onto the teal carpeted entrance to the Argyle, they discovered the event covered the entire footprint of the venue, with a focus on the outdoors. Nature did not disappoint with perfect weather that evening. Beyond the sumptuous cuisine catered by the Argyle, the décor was traditional, including black and white bars and lattice tête-à-têtes, with beautifully appointed lounges under a sea of teal and gold paper lanterns among the oak trees. No detail was spared, and many guests commented that they had never seen the Argyle look so beautiful. The dance floor, where guests boogied the night away, was a traditional black and white accented by a teal glitter stage facade, all finished off with flowers in antique blue and white chinoiserie vases in varying shades of pink. The theme was brought to life by the luxury planning and design company, Cloche Events.

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