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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Today Is The Day!

Today is the big day! The annual Willow Manor Ball!
You know everyone is invited, so go on over and join
in...you won't be disappointed! I'm going early so I can
watch everyone arrive with their dates. I hear Clark
Gable is going to be there...along with hundreds of other
celebrities. Many friends from the bloggyhood are going!
I can't wait to see all the Bentleys coming down the driveway!
I was so happy when Don Knotts
invited me to be his escort! I've always had a little
crush on him! There's just something quite
attractive about this skinny, nerdy man! How could I
turn him down? I'm sure he will give us all lots of laughs!
Don't you think he'll be the perfect gentleman?
I hear he's a great dancer, too!
Just look at this gorgeous gown I'm wearing! It's a 1949 Dior called "Venus". This beautiful strapless pink ball gown, embellished with sequins, was the perfect dress for me! I can't wait see it sparkle and move in the candlelight! Mr. Knotts expressed mailed me these earrings as a gift! They are 14KT rose gold and diamond dangles from the 1920's! He accidentally left the price tag on the box ~ $995.00! Wow! He has very good taste! I have my dance card ready to go! I have a few gentlemen in mind that I have pencilled in for a dance! I left a few spaces open for some of my favorite blog gentlemen! Hopefully they'll ask me for a dance! (hint, hint!) And of course I wouldn't show up to Willow Manor without a gift! (in cyber land or real life!) I'm bringing this bottle of Bollinger 1988 vintage champagne ~ $400.00! Don't you love cyber balls? Money is just no object! hee-hee! Wasn't it thoughtful of Queen Elizabeth to ring me up and offer her horse drawn carriage to Mr. Knotts and me? It's the finishing touch! So, I hope to see you all there! At least stop over and have an hors d' oeuvre or two! Click here. See you there!

65 comments:

  1. Oooo...daaaaling! You look devinein that vintage gown! And Mr. Knotts is such a charmer. Mind if I take a turn with him on the dance floor?

    Hey, let's pop open that Bollinger right now!

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  2. Well all i can say is if you are going in that carriage it better be a lot warmer than it has as of late or you are going to be awfully cold in that pretty in pink gown.

    Don knots! You're kidding?! I love him. He is soooo funny.

    And may I ask, will there be a john Travolta dance grooves corner anywhere for those of us who can;t quite get down formal dancing as well?

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  3. Sounds amazing, Betsy! I must check it out!

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  4. I hope you have a wonderful time, dear, and do come home with both slippers on!

    xoxo
    Jane

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  5. Ah, this sounds like an event made for me.;) Although no one can beat the dress you will be wearing.;)
    xo

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  6. I didn't know that willow manor was in Mayberry??? hehehe!

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  7. Beautiful diamond earrings!!I love them and the enchanting Dior dress so much more floaty than mine, but like you, I do so love Dior.You looked divine, There you were with that charming Mr Knotts taking a turn on the dance floor, I do believe the other ladies were a tad jealous but I am not one to gossip. lol
    www.susiehemingway.com

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  8. I'd love to see the look on the Valet parking guys faces when you arrive in that carriage Betsy!! Your dress is sublime, & those earrings - just perfect. DK won't be able to take his eyes off you all night!
    Millie ^_^

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  9. Hoo boy! My date is still getting ready but I fear I may have to go stag-ha! Save me a spot on your dance card luv (if DK doesn't trip you up, that is,heh, heh )...

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  10. Mmm ~ OH, yes, I want to see those John Travolta moves! I'm sure we'll all join in after a few more glasses of champagne! hee!

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  11. Subby ~ boy, after all those hints about my dance card, I thought you'd never ask! LOL! Absolutely...give me a twirl out there. Hopefully DK hasn't stepped on my feet too many times! ha!

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  12. Sorry, I'm not as skinny or neardy, as that Don Knotts guy, but could you save me a spot on your dance card.

    Perhaps after Paul Newman?

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  13. Barry ~ After Paul Newman...you got it! I've been eyeing you on the dance floor and also standing over there by the seafood crepes! I'm glad you wore that hat...you look irrisistable in it! OH...here we go....it's our turn to dance....

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  14. Your dress is amazing. I am now running from the ball weeping with despair because Paul has given you four dances. Damn dress!

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  15. Your vintage Dior is breathtaking! You will have the best time at the ball with Don Knotts. Would he be free for a dance or two? Send him round to "Linda #53" and I'll send him right back after. Promise. Come round for a martini if you get a chance. =D

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  16. Suzanne ~ oh dear, here...take my antique linen hanky and dry your eyes before your mascara runs! I'll return Paul...promise! Why don't you dance with Don until Paul is back. (watch your toes!) LOL!

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  17. M'lady. (bows) Thank you for that delightful dance. You move with the grace of an angel. (kisses your hand.)

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  18. very elegant betsy...i particularly like you carriage...just adds the right touch. don is a choice for a date...he has given me many the laugh over the years. will be fun to run into him at th punch bowl. will be dropping by the manor in a bit.

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  19. I too have a few gentlemen in mind..what a coincidence! Your escort..what can one say? The most suave of all..always playing against type!
    The gown..really quite a treasure..won't you model it for us?

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  20. I think Fred Astaire would like to dance with you too.
    I vote that your dress is the dreamiest there.
    Totally loved it!

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  21. Ewix ~ why thank you! I feel like a princess in it! I love how it moves on the dance floor! Come with me out on the patio for some truffles....we can chat more out there!

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  22. I do love the Dior dahling! And I've always had a soft spot for Don too ever since "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken", "Atta boy, Luther!"
    I do hope your dance card gentlemen can spare me a moment (over on the divan).

    Kitty

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  23. Hello Betsy,

    May I say how much I enjoyed dancing with you. And Miss Piggy managed to keep her temper in check just long enough!

    That dress of yours really is delightful; a wonderful find. And the earrings? Mr Knotts is a very generous man! Everyone is having such a great time. Though I notice Nancy's date has everyone's heads in a spin!

    I also love the ceramic pumpkins in your side bar, not to mention pecan pie, cookies and toffee apples!

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  24. Derrick ~ you look simply dashing! What a wonderful date with Miss Piggy! You know, before the ball comes to an end, we really should get Don and Miss P to dance together. That would be quite a sight, huh?!

    Speaking of pecan pie...I think I saw some little pecan tarts on Willows dessert table...let's go take a look...

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  25. Your dress is to die for! You look absolutely fabulous!

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  26. Positively gorgeous!!! props on the date.

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  27. You were simply smashing arriving in that carriage with Don! Your gown was stunning, and so were you! I just can't thank you enough for sharing some of your wonderfu Billingerl champagne with Hugh and myself. Yummmmmm

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  28. I regret only that my name did not appear on your dance card. You looked breathtaking, Madame!

    Thank you for visiting my weblog.

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  29. Why Mr. Mozart, all you have to do is ask! I'd gladly have a dance with you...a waltz perhaps?

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  30. oh betsy...your gown, what can i say, it's gorgeous. and yes, please do have a dance or two with howie. and may i have a twirl with don? your diamond earrings are divine, he was so thoughtful.

    see you.

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  31. The Good Life ~ oh, absolutely...let's trade dates for a dance or two! Then we can all meet up over there beside the caviar and and champagne! You look devine, btw....

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  32. Your date certainly made for some amusing moments. But you and your gown were breathtaking... and I so enjoyed our dance, as much as I'd expected.

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  33. Why thank you, Mr. Fox ~ let's have another dance before the night is over....do you do the fox trot? Mr. Knotts is showing off his single bullet to some of the ladies...I'll just stay on your arm for a bit longer, if you don't mind!

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  34. Such a small bullet... especially compared to my sword. Poor Don.

    Fox trot? Years ago, in my honor, they created the Silver Fox Trot. Allow me to show it to you... for you may have as many dances as you'd like...

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  35. Oh, I knew you had a thing for me, Mr. Fox...ever since I showed of my pedicure early in the summer! LOL!

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  36. Oh nice, that dress is beautiful. That Willow is a real hostess. I might share Tom Jones with you for a dance. That is disco and I see...mmm...likes the disco.I love your jewelry too. Come over and reminesce with me.
    QMM

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  37. Lurve the date, dress, jewels, giftie and carriage! Oh to live it for a day would be soooo much fun!

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  38. So that was you in the carriage...you looked like Cinderella (beautiful gown) and your date is a charmer and so nice he lavishes money on gifts. This is all so exciting!

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  39. Oh your dress is absolutely divine, and those earrings are to die for.....
    You have the perfect gentleman for your escort, do tell Mr. Knotts hello for me.
    Well perhaps I will see you on the dance floor. I hear the doorbell, Sam is here.

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  40. Your dress is absolutly beautiful! I enjoyed watching you and Mr. Knotts make your entrance, it was quite charming!

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  41. you make a great cuppa, btw.

    I;m getting ready for a dance off with Cuban. Cheeky monkey. Fancies himself the best dancer after Willow's comment. Just you wait.

    And hey, what with your 5 men and the score of others who want to dance with the kin of the manor the rest of us are gonna have to wait a long time! ...Errr...any of those ginger bics left then? do hope you gave some to Willow and know where they are in this kitchen of theirs.

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  42. Mmm ~ you'll just have to show Cuban some competition! I'm sure he's getting a little tired by now! ha!

    Yes,...ginger biccies....they multiply in cyberspace, you know!

    Where did Juliette go off to? I'd like to have a nice chat with her before you go....

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  43. I am in love with your Dior, my dear.

    And Don Knotts! Why, I completely see the appeal.

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  44. So glad to meet you. You look beautiful. What an event!

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  45. Betsy,

    You arrived in such style. Your gown is gorgeous. Did you know, your Mr. Knotts is from my home state of WV. He's quite the gentlemen. You, two make a delightful couple.

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  46. Dear Kevin Costner was explaining to me that he was number 6 on someone's dance card after Fred Astaire.Must have been yours. He said it would be a hard act to follow.Beautiful dress!

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  47. oh that dress is just gorgeous, just simply gorgeous.. and your date.. what a honey of a man.. although I do think my date is best.. and yes, I most probably must share him, although my heart does not want to.

    I couldn't care less if he sung all night to me .. just to have him by my side is enough... did you enjoy the 'little help from his friend'?

    must run.. I have to go and sit with John!! make sure you get some of that wine !!

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  48. Hey, I wondered where Mr. Fox had been hiding all evening. He's over here flirting with my little sister!

    Mr. Knotts got so scared when Reya brought out her crystal ball. He did that nervous "Mr. Chicken" thing and his eyes almost bugged out of his head. I think he needs a nice shot of vodka.

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  49. Pam ~ Mr. Costner was my date to the Manor Ball last year! Yes, I have to have one dance with him! What a lovely couple you make...enjoy!

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  50. Uh oh....poor Mr. Knotts! I do hope he's alright...I better go find him before he wanders somewhere and falls down your coal shoot! ha!

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  51. You in that Dior gown is a stunner. Don's not bad either! -J

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  52. I love your dress! I think I own one like that! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and saying hi :)

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  53. I cannot get past the earrings. They look perfect with that vintage Dior dress. Don is a perfect gent. He has kept Gilles and I in stitches all night. Do you mind if I steal a dance with Don? I know Gilles would love to whirl you about on the dance floor, as well.

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  54. MW ~ Why yes...that would be fun...let's trade dates for a dance or two! You look absolutely radiant, btw....

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  55. you do the tango very well. I will ahve to practice more for next year's ball. Still, I;ve got good old Don Knotts beat I think. (I'm still laughing over his chicken face expressions. Can;t beat those.)

    For now, I'm off to sleep land for a bit. I've danced my feet off with the most exquisite company. Thanks for helping me in Willows' kitchen too btw. IT was so nice to just lounge there. Shhhh....I've tucked some dark choccie digestives here and there for her and WT to to find later. Take some for your boys and the hubs too, my compliments. Cheers.

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  56. Those earrings are simply breath taking. Mr. Knots must have quite a crush on you. It is so clever of you to find yourself such a charming and witty man. You are certain to have the most entertaining conversation in the room.

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  57. Oh my yes, I did feel like Cinderella as I entered the room. And Herr Mozart looked so terribly handsome in his blue suit! No wonder he grabbed the attention of all the ladies in the room!

    Your gown was so lovely. I adore pink!

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  58. Lynette ~ you did look like Cinderella! I think some of the ladies were a little jealous of your date! ;)

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  59. Mmmm~ oh, thank you! It was so great to finally meet you...just as charming as I expected! Thanks for the cookies, too! And those John Travolta moves....wow...you're good!

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  60. FUN! FUN! FUN!
    I cannot wait for the weekend to run around and catch up on ALL the fun! LOVE your gown and ADORE those earrings!!!

    How I would like a little sip of that lovely champagne too!!! ;)

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  61. Dearest Betsy! Thank you for SO much for being the FIRST to drop by my party. Unfortunately, family obligations kept me unexpectedly occupied and I will have to enjoy the parties a tad more than fashionably late! But isn't that the joy of cyberspace? Our parties never end!

    You gown was devine and your taste in escort immpecable. Don Knotts is an OLD family friend. Why, our family has watched nearly everything he has been in, Andy Griffith and the Ghost and Mr. Chicken being our favorites. I'm sure he must realize how close we are!

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  62. Robynn ~ oh yes, it was a fun time, wasn't it! I didn't realize you knew Mr. Knotts personally. He was such a gentleman and a fun date! He kept me in stitches all evening...along with quite a few other ladies! Stepped on my toes a couple of times, but that's alright! hee!

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  63. Hi Betsy ... thanks very much for taking time to visit my blog. I don't know how you manage to do so much around the house, especially with looking after all the men in your household.

    I've just been catching up on all the news at Willow Manor. It all sounds really fantastic, but I get the impression that Willow is a bit of a temptress, given that so many film stars wish to meet and dance with her. I think I'll have to do my 007 impression, to get her attention.

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