But, let me make one thing PERFECTLY clear! I am still, and ALWAYS will be, Queen Olympus XLI !!! But, after as spectacular ball last night, Queen G is totally ready to pass the reign on to QOXLII !
As called for by protocol, after the Ball Captain is presented and seated, the show begins as the audience rises to welcome the reigning King and Queen- moi!
The ball theme this year was "Mythology", chosen by this year's captain, and the reigning King and Queen were presented as the Ice King and Queen from Norse Mythology, as chosen by last year's captain, the captain who crowned us! Queen G was thrilled with the choice and had a blast with the concept! Framed by wreaths of glittering snowflakes in a frosty-cool palette, we entered to greet our adoring guests and be toasted by this year's captain!
The presentation came off without a hitch, which is pretty miraculous, since, the week before the ball, Queen Ginger's MRI revealed that she has not 1, but 5 herniated disks in her spine!! Certainly, carrying all that snow on her back would not have been prudent, so a team of attendants was assembled to handle the issue. It's good to be a Queen! And, in a show of gallantry, as not to make his Queen feel singled out, King Tony chose to have his back piece carried as well, to keep the presentation balanced. Chivalry is not dead in the royal world of make believe!
Queen Ginger looked resplendent, if she does say so herself, in a gown of her own design and creation, made of sequined lace, faux ermine, and enough silver and blue satin to cover a quarter of a football field- seriously! There are 27 yards of fabric in that outfit, and it turned out EXACTLY like she wanted! Just goes to show- if you want something done right, sometimes you just gotta do it yourself!! Her makeup continued the icy theme, with blue lips and a blush of blue on the cheeks. BTW, they don't make blue blush, so the Queen had to make that herself, as well!
There was a face in the crowd that many of you will recognize! That's right, biotches- Chloe Dao, or Project Runway fame, was one of the many well-heeled Houstonians who came out that night to share the Mardi Gras madness with Queen Ginger and the Krewe!
What a time King Tony and I had watching the ball from our seats on the proscenium, as costume after costume parade down the floor solely for our entertainment! Of course, we shared the fun with a ballroom full of almost 1,000 of our closest, most personal friends! By the time the show was ending, we realized we could have partied all night, but soon enough if was time to reveal our successors, King and Queen Olympus XLI, who were presented at the Royalty of the Myans.
It is, of course, bittersweet, to hand over the realm to the new regime, but Queen Ginger was very pleased to bow to her new Queen and one of her dearest friends, who shall jokingly be referred to on these pages as QEXBF!
So, the new King and Queen will have their hands full running the day to day activities of the realm, and preparing their return to preside over Ball XLIII, while Queen Ginger will bask in her retired glory!!
Good news is, she'll have much more time to keep all of her loyal GingerSnaps posted on what's going on in her FABULOUS world!