Little season opens with Garden Party at West Briar
The Governing Board of the Southern Debutante Assembly introduced the honorees for 2014 at a garden party in the late afternoon of May 23 at West Brier, the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Powell Litton of Greenwood.
The garden party is among the first events of the “little season.” The debutantes, pages and page escorts will be presented formally in December at the Assembly’s White and Gold Ball in Greenwood.
Modeled after The Briars, a historic Southern plantation home in Natchez that is now a bed and breakfast, West Brier is situated on the bank of the Tallahatchie River on nine acres carved out of the southern edge of Star of the West plantation immediately north of Greenwood.
Mrs. Litton, a certified Mississippi Master Gardener, and her husband created the garden retreat that was the setting for the party and enclosed it with a 10-foot wall of brick interrupted in several spots by arched wrought-iron gates. Within the enclosure, guest tables skirted in cream linen with pink overlays dotted the luxuriant landscape, each table centered with an arrangement of daisies, stargazer lilies, pink English pavilion roses and plumosa fern in a silver Revere bowl. Guests were drawn to the poolside patio, where Keith Sanders’ ensemble played jazz favorites for the gathering.
Assisting Mr. and Mrs. Litton with receiving their guests were Mrs. Richard Cunliffe McBee III of Minter City, advisor to the Assembly, and Mr. McBee and board member Mrs. Thomas Upton Black Jr. of Greenwood.
Wearing long afternoon dresses in pastel shades, the debutantes received carrying the traditional white wicker garden baskets of daisies and plumosa fern, accented with white satin ribbon. Each of the Assembly pages, similarly dressed, carried a single gerbera daisy with plumosa fern, hand-tied with white satin ribbon.
Debutantes for 2014 include: Elizabeth Herron Battle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Houston Battle of Tunica and Margaret Montgomery Gannaway, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Montgomery Gannaway of Tunica
Pages to the debutantes include: Georgiana Hood Brown, daughter of Mrs. Christopher Nathan Dickey and Mr. Walter Russell Brown, both of Columbus; Carolyn Jane Bush, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Joseph Bush of Hernando; Josephine England Redd, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Henry Mitchell Redd of Memphis and Mary Victoria Sullivan, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Warren Ware Sullivan III of Oxford.
Debutantes appreciating the late afternoon shade in the garden at West Brier included, from the left, seated, Savannah Layne Ward of Meridian and Julia Elizabeth Beacham of Jackson; standing, Mary Helen Kenyon Williams of Clarksdale, Elizabeth Herron Battle of Tunica, Anne Leland Graeber of Oxford and Margaret Montgomery Gannaway of Tunica. Not pictured is Caroline Janne Thomas of Meridian.
Pages enjoying the late afternoon gathering at West Brier included, from the left, seated, Carolyn Jane Bush of Hernando, Mary Victoria Sullivan and Sarah Elizabeth Mullen, both of Oxford, and Smith O’Neal Wolford of Starkville; standing, Reagan Kimbrough Chavers of Birmingham, Ala., Georgiana Hood Brown of Columbus, Jordan Steele Milligan of Marietta, Ga.; and Josephine England Redd of Memphis.