Swan Ball Patrons Party: Getting the Party Started

A few nights before the Swan Ball, Jean and Denny Bottorff threw open the doors to their magnificent new home to welcome guests to the Patrons Party. Jean graciously greeted nearly every person in the foyer and ushered them inside the palatial pad where Latin trio Serenatta provided festive background music during the cocktail hour. The weather could not have been more perfect for revelers to mingle on the beautiful back patio, overlooking the reflecting pool and the verdant property, fondly referred to as “the meadow.”

Several ladies hung back inside to peruse sparkly goodies from Swan Ball Jeweler John de Jong, including co-chair Jana Davis who nabbed a killer pair of drop earrings that perfectly complemented her floral cocktail dress. She had been eyeing a bracelet before discovering the earrings and joked, “I was having a dalliance with this bracelet, but I’m marrying these earrings.” May they live happily ever after.

When it was time for dinner, guests wove through the boxwood garden to a shuttle that transported them down the hill to the grand tent. Jenny Richter Corts waved her magic wand and created a truly breathtaking scene outfitted in peacock blue and spring green with help from The Tulip Tree. Every inch of the tent presented a whimsical new treasure to behold, from vibrant peacocks flanking the entrance to antique birdcages filled with florals to a makeshift forest of trees dripping with wisteria.

The dreamy dinner setting was the perfect accompaniment to a heavenly meal from Kristen Winston of watermelon and heirloom tomato salad, herb-crusted sea bass and chocolate crème brûlée. Following dinner, local entertainment producer Matt Logan introduced a surprise appearance from singer-songwriter (and former star of The Voice) Patrick Thomas. Patrick dazzled the crowd with a performance of “Southern Nights,” “The Music of the Night” and “Time to Say Goodbye,” a selection of Jean’s favorite songs.

The night eventually had to come to an end, but the promise of the upcoming Swan Ball hung in the air, thrilling everyone with the reminder that this party wasn’t over quite yet.