There's a Ford in Her Future: A Sweet Tea
這標題可以是"甜茶" 食品 或"美人兒"
By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Monday, February 4, 2008; Page C03
You know those nightmare stories about moms and daughters-in-law? Doesn't look like Harold Ford Jr. is going to have that problem. At the ladies' tea party she hosted in Bethesda on Saturday, Dorothy Bowles Ford, the mother of the former congressman, doted on her son's fiancee as if she were her own flesh and blood.
"My baby!" she cooed, stroking Emily Threlkeld's cheek and moving in for about the hundredth hug of the afternoon. "She's so pretty!"
For an outsider, it was a thrilling Jacqueline Bouvier-redux kind of moment -- a stylish young woman wins the heart of one of the most eligible bachelors in politics. For Mrs. Ford, the thrill was clearly more personal: "Oh, I want grandbabies!"
Saturday was a chance for Threlkeld -- a petite, blond 27-year-old who works in business development for the N.Y.C. designer Carolina Herrera -- both to meet about a dozen of Mrs. Ford's D.C. friends, and for her mom, Debbie Beard, to meet Mrs. Ford. The party was held at the home of Fannie Mae exec Stacey Stewart and her lobbyist husband, Jarvis, a friend of Ford's since both were "runny-nosed interns at the DNC," Stacey said.
"She's exactly every expectation of the woman Harold would have in his life," she said, toasting Threlkeld.
Threlkeld met Ford, 37, at her stepbrother's wedding three years ago; he then started calling and making excuses to come through New York on business. They dated through his crushing close loss in the '06 Senate race in Tennessee -- an experience that was devastating for her to watch -- and got engaged in Paris last fall.
The wedding is set for April 26 in Miami, where she went to college. She's trying to keep the guest list to 300. Threlkeld planned on six bridesmaids, but -- well, her future husband has a lot of friends, so there will be 13 attendants on each side.
As for Mrs. Ford, she compared herself to a little boy who's finally getting his trip to Disney World:
"I'm too excited to go to sleep. I've wanted this to happen so bad!"
SORRY, YOU'RE NOT ON THE LIST
One in an occasional series of dispatches from parties you should have crashed.
Host: Washington Life Magazine.
Occasion: Release of the third annual list of D.C.'s under-40 social elite.
Buzz: A guest list tightly trimmed to 350, as well as various crash-proofing tactics (secret locations, ID checks), caused a frenzy on local party blogs.
Venues: St. Regis Hotel, then Georgetown's Halcyon House, finally downtown's Josephine lounge.
Biggest "list" names present: Gymnast Dominique Dawes, newscasters Will Thomas and Pamela Brown, hottie explorer Philippe Cousteau (mobbed by the ladies).
Food: Sushi, Himalayan salt-slab beef, mini ice-cream sandwiches.
Bar: Open! Free-flowing Veuve Clicquot.
High spirits: Fun-loving lobbyist Juleanna Glover, on a dare, playfully pouncing on millionaire bachelor Mark Ein, who was a perfect gentleman about it.
Downside: The time spent in line to get wristbands and in transit on shuttles to Georgetown. "Extraordinary rendition," muttered one wag.
Swag bag: Designer perfume, high-end body wash and self-tanner, anti-aging potions, fancy tea bags, leather-bound datebook, gift cards and coupons to restaurants, salons and boutiques, mix CD, chocolates.
THIS JUST IN . . .
Britney Spears will likely spend another 14 days at UCLA's psychiatric hospital, People and TMZ.com reported yesterday, both citing unnamed sources. The troubled pop star was admitted early Thursday after weeks of erratic behavior and a reported intervention by her family.
HEY, ISN'T THAT . . . ?
John Edwards belting out a lusty karaoke version of Bon Jovi's "Who Says You Can't Go Home," with accompaniment by wife Elizabeth and daughter Cate, at his campaign's closing-out party Friday night at a Carrboro, N.C., bar called Milltown (no, really!).
Seemed to know all the words!
Laura Bush dining with Doreen Gentzler Friday night at the new restaurant Jackson 20 in Old Town Alexandria.
The first lady (in a mauve suit) ordered crab cakes and fried oysters; shared cheese fries with the NBC-4 anchor; and they sampled several desserts, sent out on the house.