On December 22, 2021, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Bright White invited guests to celebrate their daughter Elinor “Ellie” Pitot White at their Old Metairie home. Special family vacations around the world inspired the theme for the evening – “Club Elle.” Late family members “Jane White, Tita and Popsie” were there in spirit and included in photos of their trips.
Guests were greeted with rose champagne and Aperol spritzes as they walked the “pink carpet” with paparazzi. During cocktail hour, an electric violin group in pink gowns played from decorative “trees.”
Synchronized swimmers ushered guests from cocktails to the backyard, where they performed twice in the pool. An Annabel’s of London-themed tent off the living room was draped in pink velvet and floral fabric with a floral wall behind a mirrored bar, with Murano glass chandelier. In the main band tent, a nod to Maxim’s in Paris, Art Deco-inspired arches created seating alcoves lined in boxwood hedges and banquette seating. Framed Slim Aaron’s and family travel photos were featured throughout. The pool house was Mediterranean-inspired with rattan chandeliers and tropical wallpaper with palm patterns embellished by Fine Finishes by E. Lee. An ice room, inspired by a club visited in Prague, offered guests “Club Elle” parkas as they entered, where they were met with a martini ice bar and sofas, coffee tables, lamps and art made of ice.
Specialty drinks included Moscow mules and peach bellinis. A featured seafood ice bar, passed hors d’oeuvres of escargot, beignet au fromage, maple gold leaf egg shells filled with egg and caviar and much more delicious fare (including a late-night pizza station and F&Ms fries) delighted palates throughout the night.
Rhythm Collective lit up the dance floor, followed by Az-Izz, who played late into the night.
Guests included Hunter and Lynne White, Kathleen and Terry White, the Paxton and Evans Whites, John and Dathel Georges, Storey and Anne Lyne Charbonnet and Barry and Tina Kern.
Invitation: Angle Events
Catering: Joel’s Catering
Floral design: Lance Hay
Photography: Elizabeth Dondis