With some ladies channeling Frida Kahlo, others in tiaras and frilly party frocks and gents in guayaberas, we had thought that the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft had embodied just about all the quinceañera fun possible. But no. Because then J. Michael Solis arrived.
Taking the "Margarita Madness" waaaaay over the top, Solis dressed as the ultimate quinceañera drag queen. Think rhinestone mask, pink tulle skirt with flower appliques, hot-pink feather boa and an incredible hat filled overflowing with colorful flowers, purple feathers, and white lights.
As the center celebrates its 15th anniversary, organizers decided that rather than the traditional "Martini Madness" the party would celebrate the museum's coming of age Hispanic style. With that guests were encourage to dress for the party and the center on Main Street was decorated to the hilt with market lights and papel picado. Trio Fórte performed Latin fusion sounds that had the dance floor continually rocking. Guests lined up throughout the galleries to grab a plate of Mexican specialties from Green House Catering.
The Agavales Tequila flowed in various forms, poured into handcrafted margarita glasses which served as colorful keepsake party favors. On arrival, guests could chose the glass of their choice from tables loaded with creations from artists from Houston and beyond.
Karina and Carlos Barbieri chaired the evening that was the first social event for HCCC’s incoming executive director Perry Price and his wife, Rosemary.
Joining the zany fun were HCCC board president Edward Lane McCartney and David Gooding, Phyllis Childress, Gracie and Bob Cavnar, Eduardo and Maria Morales, Roxanne Newmann, Kara and Ulises Vidal, Cheryl and Percy "King" Creuzot, Selvin Jarmon O’Keefe, Minnette and Peter Boesel, Bill Morgan and Sara Morgan, craft center founder.
As Sara Morgan looked at the crowd of 200, several in billowing quinceañera style gowns, she noted, "Not too many people have shown up in one of those dresses. It's a good thing because there wouldn't be any room."