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Mad Men and bottomless drinks: This sexy martini party tests the limits

Mad Men and bottomless drinks: This sexy martini party tests the limit

165 Jan Harrell, from left, Lyn Huck and David Harleston at the Craft Museum Martini Madness party January 2015
Jan Harrell, from left, Lyn Huck and David Harleston. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
337 Bobbie and John Nau, left, with Sara Morgan at the Craft Museum Martini Madness party January 2015
Bobbie and John Nau, left, with Sara Morgan. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
157 Carla Cotropia and Tom Edens at the Craft Museum Martini Madness party January 2015
Carla Cotropia and Tom Edens. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
430 Karen Nuqez-Wallace, from left, Miriam Mendoza and Petra Pilgrim at the Craft Museum Martini Madness party January 2015
Karen Nuqez-Wallace, from left, Miriam Mendoza and Petra Pilgrim. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
123 Ted Pinson and Paula Arnold at the Craft Museum Martini Madness party January 2015
Martini Madness chairs Ted Pinson and Paula Arnold. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
373 Bob Lordi and Julie Farr at the Craft Museum Martini Madness party January 2015
Bob Lordi and Julie Farr. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
407 Elizabeth Kozlowski, from left, with Heather and John Schiappa at the Craft Museum Martini Madness party January 2015
Elizabeth Kozlowski, from left, with Heather and John Schiappa. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
432 Crystal Schultea and Gage Bennett at the Craft Museum Martini Madness party January 2015
Crystal Schultea and Gage Bennett. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
325 Jesse Mussa, from left, Parissa Mohajer and Carlos and Karina Barbieri at the Craft Museum Martini Madness party January 2015
Jesse Mussa, from left, Parissa Mohajer and Carlos and Karina Barbieri. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
270 Will Walsh and Lindsey George at the Craft Museum Martini Madness party January 2015
Will Walsh and Lindsey George. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
249 Katwing Comby and Adrian Duenas at the Craft Museum Martini Madness party January 2015
Katwing Comby and Adrian Duenas. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
170 John de la Cruz, from left, Sandie Zilker and Patrick Palmer at the Craft Museum Martini Madness party January 2015
John de la Cruz, left, Sandie Zilker and Patrick Palmer. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
137 Betsy and Chuck Powell at the Craft Museum Martini Madness party January 2015
Betsy and Chuck Powell. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
104 Marshal and Victoria Lightman at the Craft Museum Martini Madness party January 2015
Marshal and Victoria Lightman. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
3 Artisan martini glasses at the Craft Museum Martini Madness party January 2015
Each guest received a glam martini glass, created by local and national artists. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
165 Jan Harrell, from left, Lyn Huck and David Harleston at the Craft Museum Martini Madness party January 2015
337 Bobbie and John Nau, left, with Sara Morgan at the Craft Museum Martini Madness party January 2015
157 Carla Cotropia and Tom Edens at the Craft Museum Martini Madness party January 2015
430 Karen Nuqez-Wallace, from left, Miriam Mendoza and Petra Pilgrim at the Craft Museum Martini Madness party January 2015
123 Ted Pinson and Paula Arnold at the Craft Museum Martini Madness party January 2015
373 Bob Lordi and Julie Farr at the Craft Museum Martini Madness party January 2015
407 Elizabeth Kozlowski, from left, with Heather and John Schiappa at the Craft Museum Martini Madness party January 2015
432 Crystal Schultea and Gage Bennett at the Craft Museum Martini Madness party January 2015
325 Jesse Mussa, from left, Parissa Mohajer and Carlos and Karina Barbieri at the Craft Museum Martini Madness party January 2015
270 Will Walsh and Lindsey George at the Craft Museum Martini Madness party January 2015
249 Katwing Comby and Adrian Duenas at the Craft Museum Martini Madness party January 2015
170 John de la Cruz, from left, Sandie Zilker and Patrick Palmer at the Craft Museum Martini Madness party January 2015
137 Betsy and Chuck Powell at the Craft Museum Martini Madness party January 2015
104 Marshal and Victoria Lightman at the Craft Museum Martini Madness party January 2015
3 Artisan martini glasses at the Craft Museum Martini Madness party January 2015

As a die-hard martini maven, I really hated missing Houston Center for Contemporary Craft's seventh annual "Martini Madness," the mid-century themed fundraiser awash in Deep Eddy Vodka.

By all accounts, it was a resounding success with 200 guests joining in the bossa nova motif that lent a Brazilian vibe to the night. The traditional Mad Men fashions — skinny ties, fur stoles, shirtwaist dresses — vied with Hawaiian shirts and other tropical threads for the spotlight. The varied looks were perfect for the Photobomb booth where fedoras, Carmen Miranda style headdresses and silk flowers were among the dress-up selections.

 Vessels of joy juice were filled over and over again as partygoers took advantage of the bottomless offerings. 

Paula Arnold and Ted Pinson chaired the event where tradition holds that each guest receives a stunning martini glass, created by either a local or nationally-recognized artist. Those vessels of joy juice were filled over and over again as partygoers took advantage of the bottomless offerings.

Providing sustenance to balance the vodka was Green House Catering which supplied the throng with roasted garlic meatballs, tomato bruschetta, blue cheese-stuffed dates wrapped in prosciutto and more.

Charlie Perez and his band, playing against a tropical backdrop of palm trees, kept the mood sultry and sexy with bossa nova and samba tunes. Among those swaying to the seductive sounds were honorary chairs Betsy and Chuck Powell, Bobbie and John Nau, Sara Morgan, Victoria and Marshal Lightman, Kara and Ulises Vidal, Phyllis Childress, Anne Lamkin Kinder, Minette and Peter Boesel and Lisa and Michael Pearson.