Happening Happy Hour

Young professionals party in posh penthouse at CultureMap’s Hello Summer Social

Young professionals party in posh penthouse at CultureMap Social

More than 170 young professionals gathered at luxury apartment building Marq 31’s swanky roof-top sky lounge to mix, mingle, sip, and shop at CultureMap’s happening happy hour event, Hello Summer Social.

Inside the uber-modern interior space surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows, partygoers were treated to a mouthwatering buffet from Damian’s Cucina Italiana featuring savory meatballs, penne pasta with pesto, baby bruschetta, biscotti, and Italian wedding cookies.  The interior beverage bar staff served Lawnmower and Summer Pils beer from Saint Arnold Brewery, Chloe Wine Collection rosé and prosecco, and Theoni artesian water.

Lifestyle blogger Natalie Harms of It’s Not Hou It’s Me was stationed at a colorful lifestyle booth to chat with guests about all things stylish, summer, and social, offering clever tips on how to host the picture perfect picnic.

The outdoor wrap-around terrace wowed partiers with panoramic views of inner-loop Houston and provided ample space for meeting new friends, grooving to tunes from DJ Bizonee, and striking a pose at Lucky Shot's Magic Mirror photo booth that cleverly combined a full-length gold gilt-framed mirror with state-of-the-art touch screen technology. Refreshing specialty cocktails hand-crafted courtesy of Dulce Vida Organic Tequila included the Perfect Paloma, Mexican Mule, and Texas Ranch Water.

For those with an eye to buy, local boutiques Baanou, Kissue, and Stag Provisions displayed a snazzy selection of summer essentials featuring sunglasses, clothing, handbags, and jewelry. Yard games rounded out the entertainment and sweet frozen treats from Kicpops refreshed any parched partygoer.

Event ticket sales benefited Memorial Park Conservancy, and as an added perk, complimentary one-year memberships to the conservancy's young professionals group, Urban Wild, were given to select luck-of-the-draw swag bag recipients, along with Kendra Scott baubles and Damian’s gift cards. 

Guests also toured a two-bedroom apartment in the new chic new midrise, where chocolate brownies from ​Tastemaker Pastry Chef of the Year nominee Johnny Wesley's HTX Nitro Creamery awaited.

Joining in the fun were Jodi Patterson, Tony Zamora, Tiffany Halik, Jennifer Barcelo, Mark Hoffman, Amy Hufnagel, Briana Thompson, Corey Weiderman, Jesse Frank, Jessie Davis, Johnston Farrow, Erika Courade, Lara Vartivarian, Tiara Hudaya, Krupali Laxmidas, Jessie Davis, Maryam Afshari Khreibani, Kailey Tissue McCollum, Kaygan Tissue. and Valerie Halfon.

CM Hello Summer Social Emily Tamlyn, Chad Mozingo, George Dodd
Emily Tamlyn, Chad Mozingo, George Dodd. Photo by Emily Jaschke
CM Hello Summer Social Tiffany Halik, JenniferBarcelo
Tiffany Halik, Jennifer Barcelo Photo by Emily Jaschke
CM Summer Social Jesse Davis, Johnston Farrow
Jesse Davis and Johnston Farrow check out the Lucky Shots Magic Mirror photo booth. photo by Emily Jaschke
CultureMap Social at Lucky Shot Magic Mirror photo booth
Guests get into the flamingo spirit at the Lucky Shot's Magic Mirror photo booth. Lucky Shot Magic Mirror Photo Booth
CM Hello Summer Social Natalie Harms
Lifestyle Bologger Natalie Harms shares tips on entertaining. Photo by Emily Jaschke
CM Summer Social Briana Thompson, Corey Weidman, Jesse Frank
Briana Thompson, Corey Weidman, Jesse Frank. Photo by Emily Jaschke
CultureMap Social Meagan Shumate
Meagan Shumate. Photo by Jacob Power Photography
CultureMap Social at Lucky Shot Magic Mirror photo booth
How high can you jump at the Lucky Shots Magic Mirror Photo Booth? Lucky Shot Magic Mirror Photo Booth
CM Hello Summer Social Kailey Tissue McCollum, Kaygan Tissue
Kissue owners Kailey Tissue McCollum, Kaygan Tissue.  Photo by Emily Jaschke
CM Hello Summer Social Mark Hoffman, Amy Hufnagel
Mark Hoffman, Amy Hufnagel Photo by Emily Jaschke
CultureMap Social Maryam Afshari Khreibani, Jessie Davis
Bannou owner Maryam Afshari Khreibani shows some new styles from her store to Jessie Davis. Photo by Jacob Power Photography
CultureMap Social at Lucky Shot Magic Mirror photo booth
Guests clown around at the Lucky Shots Magic Mirror Photo Booth. Lucky Shot Magic Mirror Photo Booth
CM hello Summer Social Johnny Moon, Gabriela Martinez
Johnny Moon, Gabriela Martinez of Stag Provisions. Photo by Emily Jaschke
CultureMap Summer Social at Marq 31 roof-top sky lounge
Guests enjoyed the nice spring evening from Marq 31’s swanky roof-top sky lounge. Photo by Jacob Power Photography
CultureMap Social at Lucky Shot Magic Mirror photo booth
Guests clown around at the Lucky Shots Magic Mirror Photo Booth. Lucky Shot Magic Mirror Photo Booth
Kicpops at CultureMap Summer Social
Kicpops kept the crowd refreshed. Photo by Jacob Power Photography
CM Hello Summer Social Erika Courtada, Lara Vartivarian, Tiara Hudya
Erika Courtada, Lara Vartivarian, Tiara Hudya. Photo by Emily Jaschke
Guests tour Marq 31 apartment at CultureMap Summer Social
Guests toured a new two-bedroom apartment at the Marq 31 midrise during the CultureMap Summer Hello Summer Social. Photo by Jacob Power Photography
CM Helo Summer Social Jodi Patterson, Tony Zamora
Jodi Patterson, Tony Zamora. Photo by Emily Jaschke
CultureMap Summer Social Swag Bag
Lucky CultureMap Swag Bag winners took home such items as Kendra Scott baubles, Damian’s gift cards, and memberships to the Memorial Park Conservancy's young professionals group, Urban Wild. Photo by Jacob Power Photography
CultureMap Social at Lucky Shot Magic Mirror photo booth
Guests enjoy the Lucky Shots Magic Mirror Photo Booth. Photo by Jacob Power Photography
CM Hello Summer Social Emily Tamlyn, Chad Mozingo, George Dodd
CM Hello Summer Social Tiffany Halik, JenniferBarcelo
CM Summer Social Jesse Davis, Johnston Farrow
CultureMap Social at Lucky Shot Magic Mirror photo booth
CM Hello Summer Social Natalie Harms
CM Summer Social Briana Thompson, Corey Weidman, Jesse Frank
CultureMap Social Meagan Shumate
CultureMap Social at Lucky Shot Magic Mirror photo booth
CM Hello Summer Social Kailey Tissue McCollum, Kaygan Tissue
CM Hello Summer Social Mark Hoffman, Amy Hufnagel
CultureMap Social Maryam Afshari Khreibani, Jessie Davis
CultureMap Social at Lucky Shot Magic Mirror photo booth
CM hello Summer Social Johnny Moon, Gabriela Martinez
CultureMap Summer Social at Marq 31 roof-top sky lounge
CultureMap Social at Lucky Shot Magic Mirror photo booth
Kicpops at CultureMap Summer Social
CM Hello Summer Social Erika Courtada, Lara Vartivarian, Tiara Hudya
Guests tour Marq 31 apartment at CultureMap Summer Social
CM Helo Summer Social Jodi Patterson, Tony Zamora
CultureMap Summer Social Swag Bag
CultureMap Social at Lucky Shot Magic Mirror photo booth
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