The Garden of Fun Party Spot was all in Pink as Barbie Dolls and Bright Pink Throughout Ruled the Evening

(Featured photo: Lori Routh, Hostess; Jolie Humphrey, Hostess; Karen Sargent, President, Women’s Council; Mari Epperson, Co-Chair, A Writer’s Garden. Not pictured: Sharon Ballew, Co-Chair, A Writer’s Garden.)

There was no doubt Jolie and Bart Humphrey’s home was the location of the Barbie-themed party happening as one of the Garden of Fun Party Spot pre-parties leading up to A Writer’s Garden Symposium and Luncheon in November. Gold Crown valets sported pink bowties in support of the theme and also very generously donated their services.  

Even some passers-by stopped and took photos of the entry which included Barbie-themed pool toys scattered throughout the lawn, a colorful small pool and the doorway covered in a grand arch of pink balloons.

Hostesses Jolie and Lori Routh, were decked out in pink outfits, including pink polka-dotted aprons and welcomed guests, along with Mari Epperson, who is chairing A Writer’s Garden Symposium and Luncheon along with Sharon Ballew. Women’s Council president, Karen Sargent, reminded everyone to put their names in for the raffle drawing and guided guests towards the delightful and colorful buffet display and bars manned by Bart and Keith Routh, also wearing pink bowties and pouring custom refreshments.

 Judith Hanson, Jolie Humphrey, hostess

Supporters included Carole Ann Brown, Giana DePaul, Sarah Jo Hardin, Dorothea Meltzer, Connie Rhoades, Therese Rourk, Susan Scullin, Dyann Skelton, C’Mone Wingo and more. Guests enjoyed taking selfies as they stepped inside the huge, oversized Barbie box covered with flowers. Keeping with the theme, Preston Hollow Catering provided the buffet of light bites and appetizers, including watermelon mint lollipops. The buffet was accented with beautiful flower arrangements and included Barbie-cuterie, and a candy bar with pink and white popcorn, chocolates covered in pink as well as candies, mini-cupcakes and sweet desserts.

Jolie gave special thanks to everyone for their support and recognized Judith Hanson, an avid Barbie doll collector who had placed many of her collectible Barbies in unique displays all over the house.      

Mari thanked honorary chairs Ann Barbier-Mueller, her daughter Niña Tollett, and daughters-in-law Bridget Barbier-Mueller and Katelyn Barbier-Mueller.  Then came the time for the perfect door prizes drawing of pocket pruners as well as flower and fruit snippers … with pink handles of course! Since the Women’s Council raises money for A Woman’s Garden at the Dallas Arboretum, multiple attendees were delighted when their names were called, exclaiming that their husbands would know these tools belong to them!       

Everyone was reminded to purchase their tables and tickets for the upcoming Writer’s Symposium and Luncheon happening on Tuesday, November 7th at the Dallas Arboretum’s Rosine Hall. The event is themed Homes, Hospitality & Heavenly Gardens and features speakers Kate Markert, Executive Director of the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, speaking on A Garden for All Seasons about the exquisite Washington D.C. garden of businesswoman, socialite, and philanthropist Marjorie Merriweather Post and Paolo Moschino and Philip Vergeylen, International designers based in London, speaking on An Entertaining Life: Designing Town & Country.  

Tickets begin at $275. Individual Patron Tickets start at $500 and have more benefits. Sponsorships and Underwriting start at $3,000 up to $25,000 with different levels of benefits. Visit the website for tickets, underwriting and sponsorships at

This Barbie-themed evening ended with the perfect parting gift: A Barbie logo bag containing an OPI Barbie pink nail polish.  

ABOUT THE WOMEN’S COUNCIL: Celebrating its 41st Anniversary.
Since 1982 the major goal of the Women’s Council has been the design, construction, funding and endowment of A Woman’s Garden, a principal garden at the Dallas Arboretum. A Woman’s Garden is the only public garden in the United States conceived by women, funded by the efforts of women and dedicated to the spirit of women. Celebrating its 41st year, the support of over 500 members of the Women’s Council makes possible the continued expansion and development of A Woman’s Garden. The Women’s Council is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

ABOUT A WOMAN’S GARDEN: Celebrating its 26th Anniversary.
A Woman’s Garden is the only public garden in the nation conceived, constructed and maintained by the funding efforts of women. Ablaze with color in every season, A Woman’s Garden sits majestically as a living testament to the passion and vision of the Women’s Council founders and the boundless energy and devotion of its members whose commitment to creating a garden dedicated to the universal spirit of women across generations is realized in its inspired design. Our beautiful garden celebrates the power, creativity, resourcefulness, passion and unwavering commitment of the women who came before us and those entrusted with its care now, and into the future.      

(Photos by Rob Wythe/Wythe Portrait Studio.)

(Sharon Adams, Adams Communications Public Relations, is honored to represent the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and post this Philanthropy Lifestyles Scene.)


Principal of Philanthropy Lifestyles (formerly, the award-winning eBuzzNewsletter and Adams Communications Public Relations, a boutique PR firm specializing in media and community relations for small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Sharon is also a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in Dallas Business Journal, Katy Trail Weekly, People Newspapers (Park Cities People and Preston Hollow People/North Dallas People), Preston Hollow Life magazine, The Park Cities News, White Rock Lake Weekly, numerous blogs and websites and more.