THE SOCIAL SPHERE
Observer, Volume XXV, Issue 15, 24 December 1904, Page 8
THE SOCIAL SPHERE
THE custom of having one's Christmas cards specially printed has co me much into vogue in Auckland of late years. In order to meet the demands of customers, the proprietors of the Observer have this year provided a large and well-assorted supply of cards in artistic designs. By all who have seen them they are acknowledged to be the finest and most beautiful stock ever offered to the public here. The special advantage of the new system is that the purchaser is able to send a Christmas message that expresses his own ideas. Already there has been a run upon our stock, so that it behoves those who wish to have the widest possible range of choice to make their selections at the earliest moment.
NO more successful social function has taken place this season than the garden party given on Saturday afternoon by His Worship the Mayor (the Hon. E. Mitchelson) and Mrs Mitohelson at their beautiful home " Waitaramoa," Remuera. Nearly 2000 guests were invited, the list being a thoroughly representative one of the citizens of Auckland. His Excellency the Governor and Lady Plunket were present with a party from Government House, amongst whom were the Hon. Kathleen Plunket, Miss Aird, the Hon. A. M. K. Binghani and Captain Braithwaite, A.D.C's. The extensive and beautiful grounds looked their best, and dotted amongst the trees were prettily-arranged marquees, one being reserved for the Governor's party. Everything that was possible for the entertainment and enjoyment of their guests had been planned and arranged with admirable forethought by the host and hostess, and ably carried out by the large staff of attendants. The guests were received and welcomed by Mr, Mrs and Miss Mitchelson, the hostess wearing a very elegant gown of Ffenth grey silk chiffon over pink glace silk, and trimmed with grey panne and grey silk Yak lace, black picture hat with ostrich plumes ; Miss Alitcbelson was charming in lovely grey embroidered voile, made with lace ? r oke, and relieved with a crimson silk olded belt and cluster of carnations tucked into the bodice, smart white hat with long ostrich feather. ••• ■.••». • ••• Lady Plunket wore an exquisite gown of blue silk figured voih over glace silk, the skirt finished witt corded bands of silk to match, and th< dainty bodice made with lace yoke black picture hat with ostrich plumes ana" white ostrich feather stole; Th< Hon. Kathleen Plunket was daintii] f rocked, in oreme voile finished wit! lace, and pretty burnt straw ha trimmed with tulle and tiny pink roses white ostrich feather stole ;"**■- Mia Aird wore a stylish sage greeiffWTe 1 trimmed with handsome ecru Ruifiuc trimming, and burnt strawy %&. wreathed with shaded, pink roses. ..:'■. ... '•: /■ ■ .-■ ■;'■-■ .bQ<
As the occasion was the first out- i door event of importance this summer the dresses of the guests were fresh and tasteful, many biting exceptionally rich and beautiful. Lady Gampbell wore a gown of black silk embroidered' voile; the sleeves and vest finished with fine lace> black bonnet, relieved with pink; Madame Boauf oe, i lovely frock of grey voile over pale i green, green silk sash, and white hat with black lace and pink roses ; Lady Tangye (England) gown of heliotrope silk, 'the bodice finished with lovely 1 lace, pretty toque to correspond; her | daughter, Mrs John Chambers/ wore < grey voile trimmed with black velvet, and white bat ; Mrs J. Kirker, gown of grey and white figured silk, and pretty toque ; Mrs Thome George, black, relieved with white, black toque with pink roses ; Misses George both wore dainty creme frocks and flower trimmed hats ; Mrs R. Bedford, grey voile and black picture hat. •«. ■«• ••• Mrs E. W. Alison, elegant creme and violet gown trimmed with lace, and black picture hat, feather stole ; Miss Alison, graceful white embroidered frock, pale blue belt, and black picture hat ; Mrs P. M. Hansen, dainty creme gown with lace, and pretty floral hat; Miss Gore Gillon, dainty bine and white frock with lace yoke, flowertrimmed hat ; Mrs (Dr) Parkes, elegant black crSpe de chine gowq, the bodice finished with white chiffon and a touch of tangerine, white hat with ostrich plumes and roses ; Mr 3 Virtue, handsome grey voile and violet-wreathed toque ; Miss Virtue, white frock trimmed with lace and pale green hat. •«• .«. •». Mrs Neligan, handsome black and white spotted silk gown trimmed with wide black lace, black and white toque ; Mrs C. C, McMillan, elegant grey and pink silk chiffon inserted with black lace, bonnet to correspond ; Misses Thompson were dainty in pale blue frocks with transparent lace yokes, black and white picture hat and burnt straw hat wreathed with flowers respectively ; Mrs T. Morrin, stylish creme and red gown and black hat ; Mrs A. S. Russell, grey embroidered voile gown trimmed with lace, and flower-trimmed bonnet ; Miss Court, dainty green frock, and hat to correspond ; Mrs W. F. Massey, handsome dark blue gown, and hat to correspond; Mrs J. A. Tole, elegant black crepe de chine trimmed with niched ribbon, black and white toque ; Mrs Tewsley, lovely creme frock and black hat. — ##. : ••« Mrs Devore, graceful dress of black crepe de chine with creme yoke, tuscan and black toque ; Miss Devore, white crepe de chine inserted with lace, and burnt straw hat wreathed with flowers ; Mrs Suggate, handsome black crepe de chine with creme yoke, and black picture hat ; Mrs Dargaville, elegant black gown and toque relieved with white ; Miss Dargaville, pretty white embroidered dress, pale pink hat, and ostrich feathertstole ; Miss Dinniston, graceful creme frock and pink hat wreathed with roses ; Mrs Sidney Nathan, elegant grey voile inserted with lace over blue silk, white hat with blue feather ; Mrs Duthie, dainty creme dress and black hat. <«• •«. ••• The engagement is announced of Miss Annie Court, third daughter of Mr John Court, to Mr Samuel O. English, of Ponsonby, son of the late Rev. Mr English. ••» ••• .'«•>> Many friends were present in the Pitt-street Weeleyan Church on Thursday morning, the occasion being the marriage of Miss Emily Agnes Craig, daughter of Mrs Joseph Craig, of Symonds-street, and Captain C has. E. Hood, harbourmaster of New Plymouth, and formerly captain of the Huddart Parker s.s. Anglian. The Rev. C. H. Garland officiated. The bride was given away by her brother, Mr J. J. Craig, and wore a beautiful trained dress, of white Louisine silk the skirt finished at the foot witl billowy flounces of accordeon-pleatec chiffon edged with ruched chiffon, ovei which fell a shaped flounce, shirred, oi The bodice was made wit! transparent yoke, and both bodice am sleeves were finished with lovely lace She also wore a coronet of orang< blossoms, over which was becomingly
tf ranged an embroidered tulle veu, ana ihe carried an exquisite shower bouquet >f choice flowers and ferns, the latter presented by the bridegroom, who also presented her with a gold Nellie Stewart bangle. : "- : ) ■■.'■■ ■..■•*>■■'■:"...•:;. ••• ■ :^'-' / C «•.:;;■;':'■ .':.-.• . Misses Louis Kosser and Hazel 3ra|g a«ted as bridesmaids, both wearng dainty frocks of creme voile triinroed with lace, and' pretty pink iriinmed hats, their bouquets also jeing of pink blossoms finished with ibbon to correspond. The bridegroom's gift to each was a jpearl [agger brooch. Messrs H. Craig and H. C. Watson acted as beat nan and groomsman respectively. Mr Light, organist of the church, presided at the organ, and performed the Wedding March at the close of the service, and also appropriate selections while the guests were assembling. Mrs Craig, mother of the brjfte^wxjre a very handsome black merveilleux gown trimmed with silk passementerie and accordeon-pleated chiffon, pretty black and pink bonnet, and she carried a beautiful pink bouquet ; Mrs J, J. Craig, creme silk dress and burnt straw hat with roses ; Mrs (Captain) Campbell, gown of black silk embroidered . voile and black bonnet relieved with pink ; Mrs Laurie, pretty creme canvas voile gown and burnt straw hat wreathed with pink roses ; Mrs Arthur Brabant, black canvas voile gown, and burnt straw hat Wreathed with flowers and foliage. A reception was subsequently held by Mrs Craig, at " Spreydon,"' her residence in Symonds-street, where the bridal party were entertained at a sumptuous wedding breakfast. The customary toasts were duly proposed and responded to, and later Captain and Mrs Hood departed for TeAroha to spend their honeymoon. During the day most of the vessels in port were gaily bedecked with bunting in honour of the happy event. ' The wedding presents were numerous and valuable, and testified to the regard and esteem entertained for the bride and bridegroom by their many friends.. The engagement is also announced of Miss Chrisp, of Ponsonby, to Mr Willie Court, eldest son of Mr John Court, of Hamilton Road, Ponsonby. . ••• ■ ■ — ■• .«•• ' • The prettily-situated village church of St. Jude, Avondale, was en fete on Wednesday, 14th inst., when Miss H. 6. Bollard, youngest daughter of Mr John Bollard, M.H.R., was united to Mr John Milne, of Montreal, Canada. The church had been charmingly decorated by lady friends of the bride with white flowers and bush foliage. The Rev. W. H. Wilson officiated, in the presence of a packed congregation. A beautiful floral bell was suspended over the entrance door, and another over the chancel. The . bride was given away by her father, looking charming in a gown of ivory messaline silk, trained, and trimmed with goffered chiflon and silk insertion, true lovers' knots and chiffon roses bordering the skirt, with veil and orange blossom coronet to complete. She wore the gift of the bridegroom, a necklet set with pearls and a pearl star pendant therefrom, and carried a beautiful bouquet of white flowers and ferns with streamers of chiffon. ; .«. *•• ••• The bridesmaids were Miss M. B. Bollard (sister of the bride), in crepoline voile, accordeon-pleated, trimmed with silk insertion, mushroom hat of pastille shade, and heliotrope- coloured boa* quet ; also the Misses F.M. and M. B. Bollard (nieces), who were tastefully attired in tucked creme silk, with- hats to match, carrying bouquets of pink and white and apricot and white respectively. All three wore the bridegroom's presento^dianiond and ruby rings. The bridegroom was attended by Mr Ben Bollard as best man, Messrs C. Klette and H. V. Bollard acting as groomsmen. The service was fully choral, the bride having been a member of the church ohoir, and Miss Binsted played the Wedding March as the party left the choroh; The wedding breakfast was served in a ■ large marquee abutting Mr Bollard's : house. The number and variety of . the wedding presents excited much . admiration. Conspicuous among them was the clock presented by the Opposii tion members of the House to the bride, and many silver and other giffc rt
fc«atified to the wide popularity of the newly-married couple. Mr and Mrs Milne left for Auckland, en route for Rotorua, at a later hour. The bride's going-away dress was a tasteful costume of bluebengaline, with black and white hat. The engagement isr announced of Miss Ethel A. Whishaw, of Gisborne, to Mr G. D. Blakiston, Dannevirke. The marriage: [of Miss Mabel (May) Higgins, daughter of Mrs Thos. Higgins, to Mr W. J. McMillan, takes place on Wednesday, January 11th. . Roller-skating has had a long rest in Auckland, but its delights are well remembered. The pastime ha« been . revived with zest in the South, and Auckland is about to follow suit. Mr Reginald Webb, who has acquired a reputation in the successful management of rinks in Adelaide, Ballarat, Oaraaru, Invercargill, and Dunedin, has secured Paterson's Buildings, Coburb street, close to the Public Library, laid a special skating figor, and issued invitations for the opening of his Olympia Roller Rink on Friday night. The essence of success in other centres has been strictness in regard to the character of the persons allowed to frequent the rinks, and Mr Webb intends to apply in Auckland the same rigid rules that have secured and retained the patronage of the leaders of the community elsewhere. The Mayor (Hon. E. Mitohelson) has consented to perform the opening ceremony.