Clearly the tradition of gifting the debutante with evening bags, cosmetic cases, memory books, fragrance, jewelry and assorted useful objects crowned and embellished with the regal symbols of Carnival is alive and well in New Orleans.


Velvet-lined presentation box at Judy at the Rink; Crown cufflinks, earrings and necklace at Mignon Faget.

Pink lace lingerie and quilted patent leather clutch at Sweet Pea and Tulip Boutique; Simply Sarah Cosmetic Kit at She Bop Cosmetics; The Deb’s Dictionary, “The Essential A to Z Guide for the Aspiring Debutante” by Oliver Herford and fabric-trimmed photo memory book at Little Miss Muffin.

Papillion Austrian crystal butterfly presentation boxes with fleur-de-lis bottle opener, spread knife and cheese pull at All the Best.

Decoupage “Stuff Kit” with vintage Carnival parade scene and beaded evening bags at Judy at the Rink; Hanae Mori Magical Moon Eau de Toilette at Rubensteins; Luscious Cosmetics “Starlet Glam” First Class Approved Beauty Kit and Julie Hewitt Camellia Balm at She Bop Cosmetics; and Coobie Intimates at Sweet Pea & Tulip Boutique.

Where to find it:
All the Best, 3216 W. Esplanade N., Metairie, 835-1499
Judy’s at the Rink, 2727 Prytania St., 891-7018
Little Miss Muffin, 244 Metairie Rd., 833-5321; 766 Harrison Ave., 482-8200
Mignon Faget, 3801 Magazine St., 891-2005; Shops at Canal Place,
524-2973; Lakeside Shopping Center, 835-2244
Rubensteins, 102 St. Charles Ave., 581-6666
She Bop Cosmetics, 802 Nashville Ave., 899-4044
Sweet Pea & Tulip Boutique, 802 Nashville Ave., 899-4044;
618 Chartres St., 523-4119; 3313 Severn Ave., 883-8002