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Marriage proposal and Super Bowl predictions take center stage at sexy Leather and Laces party

Marriage proposal and predictions at sexy Leather and Laces party

Leather and Laces Friday night
Leather and lhannahace was the dress code at the Leather and Laces Friday night party at Hughes Manor. Makes sense to us. Photo by © Chuck Cook Photography
Leather and Laces Friday night Cirque performers
Inside, performers from Cirque USA dazzled the crowd. Photo by © Chuck Cook Photography
Jenny McCarthy, Donnie Walhberg at Leather and Laces Friday night
Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg hosted the party. Photo by © Chuck Cook Photography
Leather and Laces Friday night
Revealing black attire is a Leather and Laces trademark. Photo by © Chuck Cook Photography
Victor Ortiz, right, and friend at Leather and Laces Friday night
Victor Ortiz, right, and friend strike a pose Photo by © Chuck Cook Photography
Leather and Laces Friday night
Red was the second most popular color on the red carpet. Photo by © Chuck Cook Photography
Bryan Braman at Leather and Laces Friday night
Bryan Braman. Photo by © Chuck Cook Photography
Hannah Ferguson at Leather and Laces Friday night
Model Hannah Ferguson. Photo by © Chuck Cook Photography
Robozao robot character at Leather and Laces Friday night
The sexiest individual on the red carpet was Robozao. Photo by © Chuck Cook Photography
La’Roi Glover at Leather and Laces Friday night
La'Roi Glover. Photo by © Chuck Cook Photography
Leather and Laces Friday night
Leather and Laces Friday night Cirque performers
Jenny McCarthy, Donnie Walhberg at Leather and Laces Friday night
Leather and Laces Friday night
Victor Ortiz, right, and friend at Leather and Laces Friday night
Leather and Laces Friday night
Bryan Braman at Leather and Laces Friday night
Hannah Ferguson at Leather and Laces Friday night
Robozao robot character at Leather and Laces Friday night
La’Roi Glover at Leather and Laces Friday night

“Love is In the Air” might sound more like a phrase best saved for Valentine’s Day, but it managed to find a place at the 14th Annual Leather and Laces Super Bowl party Friday night.

Actress Jenny McCarthy and husband Donnie Wahlberg co-hosted the event at Hughes Manor on Washington Avenue, but the couple turned the spotlight over to their friends shortly after the clock struck midnight. Wahlberg, who is the star of CBS’ Blue Bloods, handed the microphone to his friend, Tony, so he could propose to his girlfriend (and for the record, she said, yes).

That was probably the most surprising moment at the party, which is making its return to Houston after being founded here in 2004.

But let’s not forget one of the main reasons bringing partygoers out this weekend: Super Bowl LI. Predictions for who will win leaned more in the New England Patriots’ favor than the Atlanta Falcons, with the most notable push for the Pats coming from Wahlberg, a Boston native.

Special guest and NASCAR driver Kyle Busch also threw his support behind the Bill Belichick-led team, while former Houston Texan Marcus Spears elected to stay neutral saying, “We’ll let the chips fall where they may.”

Even if some fans didn’t outwardly show their love for the Falcons, they did have a chance to take home some memorabilia from the team's quarterback. A silent auction featured a Matt Ryan autographed jersey, along with signed guitars from Pink Floyd and Paul McCartney, movie posters with cast signatures on them, and other items from NFL teams. But when paying to play in auctions gets too expensive, you can always get the autographs from the athletes and celebrities in the flesh. And there were plenty opportunities to do that.

La’Roi Glover, Roy Williams, B.J. Johnson, Victor Ortiz, Bryan Braman and Ryan Klesko were among the former and current professional athletes to walk the red carpet. Sports Illustrated model and Texas native Hannah Ferguson also made an appearance.

But dancing was the main theme of the night as popular music blared from a room with white cabanas and a lit-up dance floor. Performers with Cirque USA dangled from the ceiling as open bars throughout the venue kept the drinks flowing. DJ Michael Jerome entertained in another area, where guests could feast on macarons, chocolate and strawberries from Dolce Delights, or briefly play dress-up at the photo booth.

For those interested in watching the scene rather than being part of it, covered seating on the deck was an option, complete with a big screen airing NFL Network. One of the lushest rooms was a lounge with a Moulin Rouge flair, including red curtains and velvet ceilings.   

Friday was the first of a two-night event. The party continues Saturday with models Emily Ratajkowski and Sara Sampaio expected to headline. Parking seemed limited on the Hughes Manor campus, with valet being the closest option if you plan to navigate the streets yourself on the night before the Super Bowl. Otherwise, you can grab an Uber right outside the club.

A lounge ticket starts at $400 and goes up to $20,000 for a celebrity cabana. You can find more information on the Leather and Laces website.