Girls in White Dresses, with White Satin Sashes

Hi everyone! I hope you are having a great Sunday! I attended something really special this weekend. I went to the 88th annual North Carolina State debutante ball!

My sister Maggie (or Margaret Elizabeth Fleishman) as she was called this weekend made her “debut” at the ball. Now I know that for some this whole thing may sound foreign and kind of strange… let me back up a little.

The State Debutante Balls are held annually, and are very traditional. They signify the ladies' introductions to society. The men still wear coattails, and both the men and ladies wear white gloves the whole time. I felt like I was in an episode of Downton Abbey!

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Each debutante has at least two “Marshals” who are expected to accompany her to all of the events for the duration of the weekend. Maggie’s Chief Marshal was my dad and her Marshal was Spencer, a family friend of ours I have known since I was 16.

  Spencer and I had a lot of down time since we weren't really key players this weekend. We just hung out.. and took random pictures in front of really nice cars :)

Spencer and I had a lot of down time since we weren't really key players this weekend. We just hung out.. and took random pictures in front of really nice cars :)

Another interesting part of the tradition is the “deb stool”. All of the girls have a stool custom made for them by their parents. It is decorated to show their individual personalities. They are made for the girls (ahem young ladies) to sit on while they wait backstage until they are announced. All of the young ladies also each receive a bouquet of red roses!

Despite how strange some of these traditions may sound, the ball is a weekend full of parties and special luncheons organized by the Terpsichorean Club to honor the debs.

The secret society behind it all

For me, it was a reason to dress up and see my family :)

Especially this girl

I hope you had some fun this weekend!

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Hannah