Thursday, May 10, 2012

Mrs. Keppel returns to society

May 10, 1912

Mrs. George Keppel "made her first appearance as a hostess on a grand scale since her return from the tour of the Far East," reports the new York Times.  She started her travel to the Far East shortly after the death of King Edward VII.

Earlier this evening, Mrs. Keppel gave a ball at her new home at 16 Grosvenor Street in London.  The ball also "marked the opening" of her new house, "which she has transformed from a piano warehouse into a handsome, commodious dwelling."

The dance was in honor of her younger daughter, Violet, who is being introduced to society, 

The dancing "took place in two large rooms on the first floor," which were "charmingly decorated with pink carnations and smilax."  Supper was served at "numerous round tables" in the rear of the ground floor, with similar decorations of pink carnations.  This "harmonized delightfully with the room's color scheme, as the walls have been painted a "delicate shade of light green and the hangings being of pale rose color."

Before the dance, Mr. and Mrs. Keppel hosted a dinner party for sixty guests, including the Duke and Duchess of Roxeburghe, the Duchess of Westminster, Duchess of Rutland, Lady Diana Manners,  Lord and Lady Dudley, Prime Minister and Mrs. Asquith and the Marquis de Soveral.

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