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Bayou Bend Garden Party takes a turn east, breaking from Southern traditions to raise $650,000

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Bayou Bend Garden Party, April 2013, Rolanette Lawrence and Berdon Lawrence
Bayou Bend Garden Party chair Rolanette Lawrence and husband Berdon Lawrence on the grounds of Bayou Bend. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Bayou Bend Garden Party, April 2013, Brandt Bowden, Mary Kay Bowden
Brandt and Mary Kay Bowden at the Bayou Bend Garden Party. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Bayou Bend Garden Party, April 2013, Meredith Long, Cornelia Long, Gary Tinterow
Meredith and Cornelia Long, left, with Museum of Fine Arts Houston director Gary Tinterow at the Bayou Bend Garden Party.  Photo by © Gary Fountain
Bayou Bend Garden Party, April 2013, Centerpieces, table decorations, table settings
Decor at the Bayou Bend Garden Party reflected a salute to the arts of Asia, thus the Japanese lanterns and bamboo-laced centerpieces. McDugald-Steele did the decor and In Bloom the tabletop decor. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Bayou Bend Garden Party, April 2013, Bonnie Campbell, Wally Wilson, Jeanie Kilroy
Bayou Bend director Bonnie Campbell, left, Wally Wilson and Jeanie Kilroy at the Bayou Bend Garden Party. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Bayou Bend Garden Party, April 2013, Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel
Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel  at the Bayou Bend Garden Party. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Bayou Bend Garden Party, April 2013, Franci Crane, from left, Stacey Porter and Celina Hellmund
Franci Crane, from left, Stacey Porter and Celina Hellmund at the Bayou Bend Garden Party. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Bayou Bend Garden Party, April 2013, Mary Haus and Willard Holmes
Mary Haus and Willard Holmes at the Bayou Bend Garden Party. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Bayou Bend Garden Party, April 2013, Shannon Swyka, Nick Swyka
Shannon and Nick Swyka at the Bayou Bend Garden Party. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Bayou Bend Garden Party, April 2013, Diane Lokey Farb and Mark Sullivan
Diane Lokey Farb and Mark Sullivan at the Bayou Bend Garden Party. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Bayou Bend Garden Party, April 2013, Greg Kenney, Jean Kenney, Amy Walsh, Joseph Walsh
Greg and Jean Kenney, left, with Amy and Joseph Walsh at the Bayou Bend Garden Party. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Bayou Bend Garden Party, April 2013, Victor Costa, Jerry Ann Costa
Newlyweds Victor and Jerry Ann Costa at the Bayou Bend Garden Party. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Bayou Bend Garden Party, April 2013, John Nau, Bobbi Nau
John and Bobbie Nau at the Bayou Bend Garden Party.  Photo by © Gary Fountain
Bayou Bend Garden Party, April 2013, Carol Linn, Mike Linn
Carol and Mike Linn at the Bayou Bend Garden Party. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Bayou Bend Garden Party, April 2013, John Daugherty, Debbie Daugherty, Cheri Fama, Alan Fama
John and Debbie Daugherty, left, with Cheri and Alan Fama at the Bayou Bend Garden Party.  Photo by © Gary Fountain
Bayou Bend Garden Party, April 2013, Dancie Ware, Jim Ware
Dancie and Jim Ware at the Bayou Bend Garden Party. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Bayou Bend Garden Party, April 2013, Elizabeth Grzebinski, David Grzebinski
Elizabeth and David Grzebinski at the Bayou Bend Garden Party. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Bayou Bend Garden Party, April 2013, Heather Mitchell, left, and Christy Jennings
Heather Mitchell, left, and Christy Jennings at the Bayou Bend Garden Party. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Bayou Bend Garden Party, April 2013, Alice Burguieres, Tricia Dewhurst, David Dewhurst
Alice Burguieres, left, with Tricia and David Dewhurst at the Bayou Bend Garden Party. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Bayou Bend Garden Party, April 2013, Rolanette Lawrence and Berdon Lawrence
Bayou Bend Garden Party, April 2013, Brandt Bowden, Mary Kay Bowden
Bayou Bend Garden Party, April 2013, Meredith Long, Cornelia Long, Gary Tinterow
Bayou Bend Garden Party, April 2013, Centerpieces, table decorations, table settings
Bayou Bend Garden Party, April 2013, Bonnie Campbell, Wally Wilson, Jeanie Kilroy
Bayou Bend Garden Party, April 2013, Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel
Bayou Bend Garden Party, April 2013, Franci Crane, from left, Stacey Porter and Celina Hellmund
Bayou Bend Garden Party, April 2013, Mary Haus and Willard Holmes
Bayou Bend Garden Party, April 2013, Shannon Swyka, Nick Swyka
Bayou Bend Garden Party, April 2013, Diane Lokey Farb and Mark Sullivan
Bayou Bend Garden Party, April 2013, Greg Kenney, Jean Kenney, Amy Walsh, Joseph Walsh
Bayou Bend Garden Party, April 2013, Victor Costa, Jerry Ann Costa
Bayou Bend Garden Party, April 2013, John Nau, Bobbi Nau
Bayou Bend Garden Party, April 2013, Carol Linn, Mike Linn
Bayou Bend Garden Party, April 2013, John Daugherty, Debbie Daugherty, Cheri Fama, Alan Fama
Bayou Bend Garden Party, April 2013, Dancie Ware, Jim Ware
Bayou Bend Garden Party, April 2013, Elizabeth Grzebinski, David Grzebinski
Bayou Bend Garden Party, April 2013, Heather Mitchell, left, and Christy Jennings
Bayou Bend Garden Party, April 2013, Alice Burguieres, Tricia Dewhurst, David Dewhurst

In a colorful break with genteel southern traditions, the annual Bayou Bend Garden Party on Sunday celebrated not only the house museum's 14 acres of lush plantings but also the arts of Asia. Thus, the festive paper umbrellas, the orchid and bamboo centerpieces, Japanese lanterns floating overhead and the performance by Lee's Dragon Dancers.

Rolanette Lawrence, on the arm of husband Berdon Lawrence, chaired the festive soiree that drew a light-hearted crowd of 650, all dressed in their finest spring frocks and light-weight suiting. Their efforts brought in $650,000 for Bayou Bend's general operating budget, a handsome sum surely appreciated by Bayou Bend director Bonnie Campbell and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston director Gary Tinterow, both of whom attended.

As principal underwriters, the Lawrences and as grand underwriter, IBERIABANK had the primo tables with splendid views of the lavish decor (abundant floral chandeliers comprised of forsythia and orchids) by McDugald-Steele and open sight-lines to the John Staub-designed home that serves as centerpiece of the MFAH's collection of American antiques.

Scott McCool's In Bloom provided the Asian-themed centerpieces, City Kitchen the always-exceptional dinner and Yvonne Washington the music that enticed more than a few to the dance floor.

Bayou Bend supporters included Cornelia and Meredith Long, Bobbie and John Nau, Cherie and Jim Flores, Carol and Mike Linn, Martha Long, Ann and Kevin Rafferty, Jeanie Kilroy, Wally Wilson, Lynn and Joe Hudson, Ann and John Bookout, Tina and Joe Pyne, Aliyya and Herman Stude and Nancy and Butch Abendshein.

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