Good-day, dearies! I trust you all had a lovely Christmas! Can you believe New Year’s Eve is tomorrow??? Anyways, our Church had the Yuletide Ball which I have been informing you all about in recent posts, and I thought you all would like to see the photos that resulted from the lovely, blissful evening.
Several ladies from Church volunteered with food, and the decorations were the work of one masterful young lady, with the meager help of the Boyer crew, of course. 🙂
Some of the “volunteers” for the ball started arriving around 7:00, and we all finished the final prep before the event truly began.
Well, at least some of us helped. 🙂 These two darlings were flitting about the whole evening. You never knew where they would pop up!
Everyone came dressed in their best, to the extent that some of the guys were even in uniform, and one gentleman was even wearing a tail coat!
We had posters of the Etiquette for the ladies and the gents. I think everyone was trying to figure out all evening why the ladies list was longer than the gentleman’s. Hmmm… Any ideas?
As promised, a picture of our outfits. I wore a thrifted (altered) skirt, a lace blouse (again thrifted), my homemade gloves, and some dance shoes that I bought as a Christmas present to myself. Oh, and also a necklace that I borrowed from Jessica, as well as some hair flowers I made prior in the year.
Charlotte wore one of our new performance formals, consisting of an altered thrifted skirt (used to be a dress), and a 1940’s peplum top made by Mom. Jessica wore the same outfit, but with a crinoline underneath, as well as a stole borrowed from Mom. For shoes, they both wore their performance (singing) pumps, and for gloves, Charlotte wore the ones provided by the Church, and Jessica brought her own vintage leather opera gloves.
Chairs just waiting for people to sit in them.
Oh, yes! Let the dancing begin!
We had an instructor teach us the American Box-step Waltz, and my Dad taught all the contra dances. both Jessica and I had the privilege of dancing (briefly) with the waltz instructor. Let me tell you, it’s something else to dance with a professional waltzer! You just glide across the floor, as long as you’re not stumbling over your own toes. Both Jessica and I did. We felt like such fools 😛
Oh, there was a question last week about our thoughts on such a, um, close contact dance with a guy whom you are not married to. Well, we were VERY unsure as to whether or not we would be waltzing that night. But when the instructor told us the proper hand positions, etc. and that you did not have to stand as close as you see on TV (you all should know what I’m talking about. Viennese Waltz, anyone?), we decided that it was appropriate, and that we could waltz. At long last! I haven’t waltzed properly since I was 8! And now I’m… Oh, no… you’re not going to get me to tell you how long it’s been since I was that age. 🙂
Typical commandeering me: Telling people what to do, counting how many couples are in the dance, or what-not.
Charlotte got such wonderful pictures, didn’t she? She was able to borrow our good friend Joanna’s lens for the evening, and boy, it certainly helped to capture the evening beautifully.
My wonderful Dad, teaching some dance or other.
Some of the gentlemen, who were busy the entire evening, dancing. We had a shortage of guys, so while some of the girls had to sit out a dance or two occasionally, the guys were on their toes all. night. long! Talk about gentlemen!
*Sigh* It was such a beautiful evening. It seemed like we came to the last dance all too soon. But there’s always next year, isn’t there?
P.S. If you don’t mind spending 20 or so minutes watching a video, you can view some of the dances, as well as my Dad teaching them here. Thanks to the K’s. for filming the video!