Newspaper Article – A Private Ball


One of the most delightful private halls of the season was given by Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Nelson Smith, of “Olrig,” in the Foresters’ Hall, Napier. About 200 guests were invited.

A feature of the evening was the floral scheme of decoration, which combined massed colour effects, with soft shaded lights, the whole being very beautiful. Near the doorway, chairs and carpets, with tables on which were sweets and cigarettes, made a comfortable lounge for the older guests, while the younger ones danced to music from the Denza band. This was screened in by palms and quantities of pink flowering hot-house blooms with pink ribbons around the pots themselves.

In the supper room, where a champagne supper was served, orange shading to tangerine was chosen for the colour scheme, and sunshine poppies, ferns, palms, and lights with golden shades gave a brilliant effect. After every dance ices were served to the guests.

Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Smith received their guests in the lounge. Mrs. Smith was wearing a frock of sea-green georgette, beaded in silver, and a white fur wrap. Mrs. Smith’s parents, the Very Rev. Dean Mayne, and Mrs. Mayne, were also present. Mrs. Mayne was in black georgette beautifully beaded.

Mrs. B. Dinwiddie, the hostess’ sister, wore apricot-maize georgette, with a large taffetas hip bow.
Mrs. Hector Smith wore black, beaded in silver, and the Misses Smith came in pretty blue and pink frocks.
Mrs. Monte Turnbull, black, crepe-de-chene and draped lace.
Mrs. Harold Russell, black ring-velvet with an effective shawl.
Mrs. Oswald Nelson, black frock.
Mrs. John Lane, black satin charmeuse.
Mrs. J. Lowry, fringed frock of deep geranium red georgette.
Mrs. Noel Beamish, champagne and bronze-toned frock.
Mrs. Eric Beamish, black ring-velvet.
Mrs. George Cotterill, pretty rose
Mrs. Leahy, black and silver.
Mrs. Ian Simson, her lovely white bridal frock of tulle and satin.
Miss Gleeson, becoming black frock with skunk fur.
Mrs. Alan Avery, maize satin.
Mrs. Sam Williams, black model taffetas with charming rose pink shawl.
Mrs. Gilray, embossed chenille in golden tones.
Mrs. H. Glazebrook, rose-pink and silver georgette, with a drooping back, and darker pink rose-buds on the
Mrs. Dudley Kettle, soft pink – maize taffetas, with a lace flounced skirt.
Miss P. Nairn, green frock, cut longer at the back.
Miss M. Nairn, pretty red frock.
Miss S. Russell, ivory taffetas, with bouffant hip bow.
Miss Elsa Loudoun, beautiful golden frock with tinsel leaf-effect.
Miss Una Loudoun , powder-blue georgette.
Miss Nancarrow, saxe blue georgette draped frock.
Miss Jean Nelson, pretty ivory frock.
Miss Janet Nelson, rose pink georgette.
Miss Joan Landels, effective rose pink ring-velvet and georgette.
Miss Veda Halse (Marton), sweet royal blue velvet model.
Miss M. Canning (Waipukurau), black beaded dress.
And many others.

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