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First Ball of the Season by the Family Circle Dancing Club: 1-3-1881
The Family Circle Dancing Club took entire possession of the upper portion of Delmonico's last night, and seldom has that famous establishment been the scene of a so grand gathering of the representatives of the first society of New York. Since eight years ago, when the club was organized, its parties have been among the most quietly elegant affairs of the season, and that of last evening the first in a public place was no exception to the others. Formerly the club had met at the residences of each of the following people: Mr. William Astor, Col. Delancey Kane, Mr. Butler Duncan, Mr. Ward McAllister, Mr. George Henry Warren and Mr. Louis C. Jones. These parties were always exceedingly select, but of late years the attendance has been too large for any private residence, and this year it was decided to give a series of parties at Delmonico's. Those to follow will occur on Jan. 31, Feb. 28, and April 19. The last will be a fancy or "powdered" ball. The cards for that of last evening were limited to 225, and the efforts to secure admission beyond that number met with unqualified failure. The decorations, though not extensive, were in rare good taste. The profusion of hand bouquets was only equaled by the choice varieties of flowers used in their construction. The reception-rooms and the supper-room on the second floor were set about with handsome ferns and fine tropical plants and no attempt at elaborate decoration was made even in the ball-room. The chandeliers were gracefully draped with smilax and bunches of roses. The balcony was hung with garlands of green, while opposite, in an advantageous position, appeared the letters "F.C.D.C." in artificial flowers.
The dancing began before 11 o'clock, the collation was worthily enjoyed in due course, and the scene had lost none of its brilliancy at an early hour in the morning. There were present a few over a hundred ladies. Several Parisian dresses were greatly admired during the evening. The elegance of the diamonds was another remarkable feature of the occasion. Among those whose costumes aroused particular interest were Mrs. Astor, Mrs. Wetmore, Mrs. D'Hautville, Mrs. Paran Stevens, Mrs. Howland, Miss Livingstone, Miss De Ruyter, Mrs. Bird ,Miss Lanier, Mrs. Kane, Mrs. Neilson, Miss Vanderbilt, and Miss Rutherford. Artificial floral trimming was a feature of the costumes, as well as the absence of anything in the way of ornamentation, except diamonds, even on the part of those who wore few of those gems. A list of those present includes the following: Mrs. William Astor and Miss Astor, Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Astor, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Goelet, Mr. and Mrs. Ogden Goelet, Mr. and Mrs. George Peabody Wetmore, Mr. and Mrs. Ward McAllister.
Mr. and Mrs. F.S.G.D'Hautville,
Mr. and Mrs. Pierre Lorillard,
Mrs. Paran Stevens, Mr. and Mrs.
Cavendish Bentick, Mrs. Pierpont
Morgan, Mrs. Byam K. STevens, Mr.
and Mrs. William Rhinelander
Stewart, Mr. and Mrs. George Henry
Warren, Mr. and Mrs. S. W.
Bridgham, Mr. and Mrs. S.S.
Howland, Mr. and Mrs. John
Steward, Jr., Gen. and Mrs.
McClellan and Miss McClellan, Mr.
and Mrs. F.Sheldon, Mr. and Mrs.
Edwin A. Post and Miss Post, Mr.
Johnston Livingstone and Miss
Livingstone, Mr. and Mrs. M.
Morgan and Miss Morgan, Mr. and
Mrs. E. Morgan and Miss Morgan,
Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Lee, Mr. and
Mrs. John J. Kane, Mrs. and Miss
Marie, Mr. Peter Marie and Miss S.
Marie, Mr. and Mrs. Bayard
Cutting, Mr. and Mrs. Delancey
Kane, Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Morgan,
Mr. and Mrs. James B. Potter,
Viscount Lymington, Mr. Herman R.
Leroy, Baron Blanc.