Party on the bayou

Houston's social set ushers in spring at prettiest event of the season

Houston social set ushers in spring at prettiest event of the season

Houston, Bayou Bend Garden party, April 2017, Ali Gray, Lauren Barrett, Laura Murphy
Ali Gray, Lauren Barrett, Laura Murphy. Photo by Wilson Parish
Houston, Bayou Bend Garden party, April 2017, Kitch Taub, Anne Hamman, Eliza Stedman, Stuart Stedman
Kitch Taub, Anne Hamman, Eliza Stedman, Stuart Stedman. Photo by Wilson Parish
Houston, Bayou Bend Garden party, April 2017, Bayou Bend Garden Party decor
Bayou Bend Garden Party decor. Photo by Wilson Parish
Houston, Bayou Bend Garden party, April 2017, Laurie Morian, Reed Morian
Laurie Morian, Reed Morian. Photo by Wilson Parish
Gary Tinterow, Amy Purvis at Bayou Bend Garden Party 2017
Gary Tinterow, Amy Purvis Photo by Wilson Parish
Jim and Sharyn Weaver at Bayou Bend Garden Party
Jim Weaver, Sharyn Weaver. Photo by Wilson Parish
Bayou Bend Garden Party 2017 Leslie and Brad Bucher
Leslie Bucher, Brad Bucher. Photo by Jenny Antill
Jeanie Kilroy Wilson Wally Wilson at Bayou Bend Garden Party
Jeanie Kilroy Wilson, Wally Wilson. Photo by Wilson Parish
Houston, Bayou Bend Garden party, April 2017, Jerry Ann Woodfin-Costa, Victor Costa
Jerry Ann Woodfin-Costa, Victor Costa. Photo by Jenny Antill
Houston, Bayou Bend Garden party, April 2017, Ali Gray, Lauren Barrett, Laura Murphy
Houston, Bayou Bend Garden party, April 2017, Kitch Taub, Anne Hamman, Eliza Stedman, Stuart Stedman
Houston, Bayou Bend Garden party, April 2017, Bayou Bend Garden Party decor
Houston, Bayou Bend Garden party, April 2017, Laurie Morian, Reed Morian
Gary Tinterow, Amy Purvis at Bayou Bend Garden Party 2017
Jim and Sharyn Weaver at Bayou Bend Garden Party
Bayou Bend Garden Party 2017 Leslie and Brad Bucher
Jeanie Kilroy Wilson Wally Wilson at Bayou Bend Garden Party
Houston, Bayou Bend Garden party, April 2017, Jerry Ann Woodfin-Costa, Victor Costa

More than 320 guests ushered in spring at the annual Bayou Bend Garden Party, one of the prettiest events of the social season.

Cocktails took place on the lush grounds of Bayou Bend under a large tent that was transformed into a stunning floral oasis, including chandeliers intertwined with pink roses and elaborate tablescapes set with roses, hyacinths, ranunculus, and succulents, an undertaking that  The Events Company/Richard Flowers began a day earlier to make sure everything looked perfect. 

Before being seated for dinner, attendees marveled at the property’s gorgeous views, from the beautiful formal garden at Bayou Bend to the former mansion of Houston civic leader and philanthropist Ima Hogg that serves as the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s home for American decorative arts and paintings.

Underneath the tent, guests feasted on a decadent meal catered by City Kitchen, featuring jalapeno-cheese grits soufflé, grilled red snapper, and molten chocolate cake with vanilla bean ice cream, and danced to music by the David Caceres Orchestra.

Enjoying the evening were Anne and Charles Duncan, Nancy and Rich Kinder, Jeanie Kilroy Wilson and Wally Wilson, Susanne and Bill Pritchard, Anne and Albert Chao, Laurie and Reed Morian, Leslie and Brad Bucher, Karol Barnhart, and Eliza and Stuart Stedman.

Also spotted in the crowd were Whitney Wheeler and Jim Crane, Kitch Taub, Pamela and David Ott, Debbie and Gary Gibson, Jay Jones and Terry Wayne Jones, Diane Lokey Farb, Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel, Carol and Michael Linn, Pat Breen, Ann and John Bookout, Mary Lynn and Steve Marks, Lisa and Downing Mears, and Aliyya Stude