Saratoga Hospital Flower & Fruit Mission Annual Snow Ball: Then & Now {style}

The Flower and Fruit Mission has been supporting maternity services at Saratoga Hospital since 1904. Through a variety of fundraisers and social events, Mission volunteers raise money to benefit the William J. Hickey Women’s Services unit and provide scholarships for advanced nursing education.

One of those fundraisers is the Annual Snow Ball, described in 1953 as "one of the most pleasing events of the early Christmas season". In 1955, 300 guests attended the event, then held at Newman's Lake House (at the time located on Crescent Avenue), and the halls were decked with "gilded pine cones, evergreens and colorful tree ornaments". Men wore black tie and women wore their holiday finest, and everyone dined and danced and caught up with friends.

Few things stay the same, but the elegance of The Flower and Fruit Mission Snow Ball has endured through the years and it remains a classic fixture on the yearly social calendar in Saratoga Springs. This year it will be held at The Hall of Springs on Saturday, December 6th at The Hall of Springs. Dinner by Mazzone Hospitality, music by Ria Curly, Chuck Lamb & The Swingland Players. For tickets, email Julie Johnson at, Junior tickets (35 and under) are just $90, and regular tickets are $125.

Now, for the dress details. Click through for our style choices for Saturday for the ladies, and stay tuned to The Saratoga Social for Part 2 coming tomorrow for the gents.

Go classic with a little cocktail dress in a tried and true flattering cut, but instead of the usual black make an ever so subtle change to a deep navy like this one from Alfred Sung. Pair it with some pretty gold accents (cuff + clutch + necklace + heels) and a fur shrug (or go faux with this one) and you have a perfectly classic holiday look for Saturday. If you need to pick up something new for your wrist or your ears, stop by our Holiday Party at Silverwood Home and Gallery this Wednesday where there will be plenty of holiday looks on hand.

Posted on December 1, 2014 .