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Neither youngsters nor their parents will soon forget Sunday’s adventure at Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, a midday fête that included a whimsical, snowy lunch on stage in Zilkha Hall, a matinee performance of Elf The Musical, and photos with a Buddy the Elf character.

The festive alternative to Sunday blues was hosted by Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital (CMHH) and Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) and chaired by a quartet of fashionable young moms — Shannon Addison, Amanda Boffone, Elizabeth Dwyer and Stephanie Fleck — with a trio of influencer moms serving as honorary chairs — Christine Falgout, Melissa Juneau and Rachel Regan. (All except for Dwyer were reprising their roles from the CMHH “Illuminate the Night” event at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in early November.)

We would guess that only the sets for Houston Ballet’s The Nutcracker could best the setting for this luncheon that found the Zilkha stage wrapped in a wintery cloak of oversized snowflakes, billowing white florals (think orchids and amaryllis), a Big Ass Balloons wall of white and a “snow” station with a backdrop of a shimmering winter forest. Kudos to DeMartino Design Group for the dreamy execution.


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