LOVE IS IN THE AIR

LOVE IS IN THE AIR

Heartfelt Debut Party For Caroline Kelleher And Maggie Kelleher

By Jake Gaines Photography by Jenna-Beth Lyde

THE SETTING: Valentine’s Day was the chosen theme and timing for this colorful San Antonio debutante party. The honorees Caroline Kelleher, a graduate of The University of Texas and the daughter of Lisa and Mike Kelleher, and Maggie Kelleher, a graduate of Southern Methodist University and the daughter of Kathy and David Kelleher, made sure the theme of love was in the air. The cousins and their families welcomed guests to a red-turfed entrance under a pathway of bronze star-shaped light fixtures hung from the trees at The Argyle.

 

THE STYLE: A red, six-foot LOVE sculpture, inspired by artist Robert Indiana, greeted the attendees. The main tent entrance included a red, white and pink floral wall with the honorees’ names in neon lights. A large red heart made from over one thousand fresh long-stemmed roses adorned the back side of the wall. Continuing into the main tent overhead were hanging structures adorned with hundreds of ribbons tied with inverted red long-stemmed roses. The floral ambience was orchestrated by Danny Cuellar and his team at Trinity Flowers, so there was no shortage of social media photo opportunities with it as a backdrop. The guest libations included a heart-shaped espresso martini ice luge, and a White Russian bar, as an homage to the Kelleher brothers’ favorite movie, The Big Lebowski

 

Red Southwest Airlines Co. heart-shaped drink stirrers honored the debutantes’ late legendary grandfather, Herb Kelleher, the airline’s founder. Guests grazed on exquisite Argyle cuisine that included a sushi and raw bar (oysters, crab legs and shrimp) with sparkling and regular sake options. Lobster bisque, tenderloin, chicken-fried quail, mini chicken-pot pies with heart-shaped cut outs in the crust were served. Champagne and desserts of biscotti, chocolate-covered strawberries and mini berry crumbles were found at other stations. Heart-shaped Linzer cookies with raspberry filling were offered as party favors. The dance floor remained packed into the night with live music by the talented Professor D Band. 

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HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD

HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD

A San Antonio German Club Debutante Honored In Classic Setting

 

By Jake Gaines      Photography by Jenna Beth Lyde Photography

With three years in the making, the Hollywood theme debutante party for Rita Calvert, hosted by her parents, Emma and Toby Calvert, implemented classic colors of red, black, and gold to fulfill the glamorous vision. With pandemic protocol in place, Rita, Emma, and Toby Calvert greeted their guests upon their red carpet entrance at the Argyle. The attendees’ eyes and ears were in for a treat with musical scores featured from OscarÓ award-winning movies like Casablanca, Star Wars, and Titanic. Rolling movie reels of old Hollywood movies, along with more modern films, played on either side of the stage in the tent for all to enjoy. Carlynne Fikes from Carbon Lily also entertained by singing tunes from the era.

 

For the décor, Danny Cuellar from Trinity Flowers used white roses, Hollywood-style lamps, and OscarÓ statuettes on the dining tables to create a classic Hollywood setting. Beautiful garlands adorned the balcony porch with red-illuminated stairs that led down to the tent where a red velvet marquise with two seven foot tall, 3D life-size OscarsÓ greeted guests, along with crystal chandeliers illuminating the tent for extra sparkle. A recreation of a lit Hollywood sign provided guests with a glamorous photo opportunity. Katherine Lopez of Sweet August Events planned the event.

 

Later, attendees were treated to the Argyle’s hors d’oeuvres, passed homemade chicken pot pies and stroganoff in tangine bowls. Dessert included bananas foster bread pudding, along with homemade popcorn. Then, guests danced into the wee morning hours to the Austin-based bands, Matchmaker and PDA.

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EASY DOES IT

EASY DOES IT

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, MEET NEW

OLD, MEET NEW

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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SOME LIKE IT HOT

SOME LIKE IT HOT

Over 600 Guests Revel With San Antonio German Club Debutante At Historic Hot Wells Hotel And Baths 

By Alexandra del Lago      Photography by Caroline Lima Photography

Recently, the place to be was at San Antonio’s legendary Hot Wells Hotel, which served as the dramatic backdrop for the party hosted by Kathy and Bill Johnson in honor of their daughter, Paige Johnson. With pandemic protocol in place, the historic ruins served as the site where guests honored the debutante under a constellation of clear tents surrounding the dramatically lit ruins.

The kaleidoscope of entertainment, festivities, and cuisine from around the world included sushi, beef wellington, chef manned Italian pasta areas and strolling oyster shuckers. The 20-piece Jordan Kahn Orchestra kept the dance floor rocking, while acrobats hung from the ceiling serving champagne, and historical characters mingled with the crowd. Alpacas and tarot card readers entertained alongside the 30 foot-diameter bar that was specially built to house Paige’s Liquid Fireworks.

From as far away as Japan, internationally known Flame Bartenders and top bartending performers, the Cup Bearers, brought specialty acts and drinks. A 22-foot-high LED clock tower was constructed, featuring rotating historical images of Hot Wells, along with New Year’s Eve celebrations from around the world. At the magic hour, revelers were treated to a dazzling fireworks display. Their vision was orchestrated by Wilkinson Rhodes Events.

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