Dance the night away
Chic setting defines Swan Ball Late Party
While guests cocktailed and dined in the Mansion, the next wave of The Swan Ball set arrived at Botanic Hall for the Late Party. The sold out crowd of 320 guests made this year the most attended Late Party ever. As the attractively garbed men and women arrived, they proceeded through the draped porte-cochere to be welcomed by adorable Late Party co-chairs Clark Rose Bivens and Laura Roberts Clay for a champagne reception served at mirrored bars.
After enjoying the bubbly, guests moved to the Robertson-Ellis Color Garden, where golden spheres hung from the branches of dramatically lit trees. Cocktails were served on the Color Garden lawn, which was scattered with bistro tables covered in shimmering gold linens and groupings of lounge seating.
Big Events, Inc. magically transformed Botanic Hall into a chic reception with modern elements of purple patterned walls and eye-catching florals. The long tables were covered with iridescent gold and violet linens, and centerpieces of allium and glass globes were suspended from silver trusses hanging above.
The menu from Kristen Winston Catering was equally sophisticated. As an appetizer, Kristen offered a buffalo mozzarella caprese salad of heirloom tomatoes with sea salt and cracked pepper, basil oil, arugula and Parmesan croutons. The entrée was just as impressive—red wine glazed short ribs of beef with lemon parsley gremolata, creamy white cheddar grits and sautéed spring vegetables. Chocolate Amaretto cake, frozen Brandy Alexander and fresh seasonal berries made up the trio of petite desserts.
After enjoying tunes from Dwanna and the Primetime Band during dinner, the Late Party crowd boarded trolleys for the ride up to the Mansion. They joined parents, aunts, uncles and bosses to dance until the wee hours of the morning to the disco funk fest known as the Right On Band.
—Holly Hoffman, Photographs by Sinclair Kelly