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Monday, January 3, 2011

"Champagne, caviar and dancing dwarfs"

Posted By on Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Occupying a goodly amount of the front page of yesterday's Times-Picayune Sunday Living section was a story titled "Champagne, Caviar and Dancing Dwarfs." The subhed was "Snow White-Themed Bash Was a Deb Party for the Ages," and of that there is little doubt today around the Gambit office.

"The party still has New Orleans and Metairie social circles buzzing more than a week later," declared society columnist Nell Nolan, and of that there is no doubt whatsoever.

The good folks at still haven't seen fit to put the details of this decade-defining party online, so we'll have to excerpt it for you. (UPDATE: Here it is, posted late — with the comments feature disabled, for some reason.) Follow us under the jump for a tale of champagne, caviar, parking valets in beanies, a "seductive den of sensual pleasures" (!), a gazeboful of gravlax, Popeyes chicken and hired, costumed little people named Happy and Grumpy ...

Snow White-themed deb party said to be one for the ages.
  • Snow White-themed deb party said to be one for the ages.

... Once in a while a party defines a year, or vice versa. Once in a while a party defines a decade, or two. ...

... As the guests arrived, and after they dispatched their cars to valet parkers who sported red bowties and beanies, they were greeted by little people dressed as the fairy tale's dwarfs ...

... One station was at a gazebo that was completely covered in white feathers with a plume-orb encrusted with twinkle lights hanging above piles of shrimp, stone crab claws and gravlax ...

... From the 'White Magic' and its ambiance, guests moved to a decorative chiaroscuro, passing through a "dark forest" to the deep-toned Queen's Boudoir tent, a "seductive den of sensual pleasures" ...

... Party on the Moon's nine-piece band, which hit the stage at 9:30 pm to vroom up the White Magic "room" with kaleidoscopic lights, dancing dwarfs Happy and Grumpy, and a pulsating party pack; and Bobby Rush, who stepped into the music-making limelight at 1 am. Popeyes chicken was served at that time, as were hamburger sliders and French fries ...

The conclusion:

Throughout the 12-hour duration of the unparalleled partying, superlatives were trotted out to describe the bash, along with such adjectives as "gorgeous," "unbelievable," and "a true winter wonderland." Commented one individual who has observed many a social scene, "It was truly the most tasteful high-end deb party I've been to, the party of all time."

Happy and Grumpy were not immediately available for comment.

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