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A show-stopping mansion, beautiful people & gorgeous weather make for a fine Rienzi spring fling

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Rienzi Spring Party April 2013 crowd venue
The back gardens of Rienzi overflowed with the spring party crowd. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Rienzi Spring Party April 2013 Stewart Smith and Mary Smith, Katie Stanton and Bobby Stanton
Chairs Stewart and Mary Smith, left, and Katie and Bobby Stanton at the Rienzi spring party. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Rienzi Spring Party April 2013 Christopher Gardner, Gary Tinterow, Isla Reckling and T.R. Reckling
Christopher Gardner, from left, Gary Tinterow and Isla and Tommy Reckling  at the Rienzi spring party. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Rienzi Spring Party April 2013 Sheri Gross, Elizabeth Darnall
Sheri Gross, left, and Elizabeth at the Rienzi spring party.Darnall Photo by © Jenny Antill
Rienzi Spring Party April 2013 Carol Ballard and Fran Fauntleroy
Carol Ballard, left, and Fran Fauntleroy at the Rienzi spring party. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Rienzi Spring Party April 2013 Kathleen Jennings and James Jennings
Kathleen and James Jennings at the Rienzi spring party. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Rienzi Spring Party April 2013 seating venue
The decor at the Rienzi spring party was all about East Coast sensibilities. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Rienzi Spring Party April 2013 Ashley Sneed, Dana Sneed, Kitty Strain
Ashley Sneed, from left, Dana Sneed and Kitty Strain at the Rienzi spring party. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Rienzi Spring Party April 2013 Mary Smith,Melissa Epley, Nicole Zarr, Cindy Witmer
Mary Smith, from left, Melissa Epley, Nicole Zarr and Cindy Witmer at the Rienzi spring party. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Rienzi Spring Party April 2013 Marjorie Horning and Donna Rybiski
Marjorie Horning, left, and Donna Rybiski at the Rienzi spring party. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Rienzi Spring Party April 2013 Bob Pulitzer and Carroll Goodman
Bob Pulitzer and Carroll Goodman at the Rienzi spring party. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Rienzi Spring Party April 2013 Anne Carl and Noble Carl
Anne and Noble Carl at the Rienzi spring party. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Rienzi Spring Party April 2013 Francine Ballard, Elizabeth Young
Francine Ballard, left, and Elizabeth Young  at the Rienzi spring party. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Rienzi Spring Party April 2013 Cindy Witmer, Lars Olrick
Cindy Witmer and Lars at the Rienzi spring party.Olrick Photo by © Jenny Antill
Rienzi Spring Party April 2013 crowd venue
The weather was perfect for the al fresco Rienzi spring party.  Photo by © Jenny Antill
Rienzi Spring Party April 2013 crowd venue
Rienzi Spring Party April 2013 Stewart Smith and Mary Smith, Katie Stanton and Bobby Stanton
Rienzi Spring Party April 2013 Christopher Gardner, Gary Tinterow, Isla Reckling and T.R. Reckling
Rienzi Spring Party April 2013 Sheri Gross, Elizabeth Darnall
Rienzi Spring Party April 2013 Carol Ballard and Fran Fauntleroy
Rienzi Spring Party April 2013 Kathleen Jennings and James Jennings
Rienzi Spring Party April 2013 seating venue
Rienzi Spring Party April 2013 Ashley Sneed, Dana Sneed, Kitty Strain
Rienzi Spring Party April 2013 Mary Smith,Melissa Epley, Nicole Zarr, Cindy Witmer
Rienzi Spring Party April 2013 Marjorie Horning and Donna Rybiski
Rienzi Spring Party April 2013 Bob Pulitzer and Carroll Goodman
Rienzi Spring Party April 2013 Anne Carl and Noble Carl
Rienzi Spring Party April 2013 Francine Ballard, Elizabeth Young
Rienzi Spring Party April 2013 Cindy Witmer, Lars Olrick
Rienzi Spring Party April 2013 crowd venue

It was a perfect evening for Rienzi's annual spring party and that was a good thing as chairs Mary and Stewart Smith and Katie and Bobby Stanton had organized the fundraiser on the terrace of the John Staub-designed dwelling and around the swimming pool. 

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston house museum of European decorative arts served as a compelling backdrop for the 375 well-heeled guests, who poured in to pay homage to spring, to the museum and to the late Carroll and Harris Masterson, who bequeathed the property and its contents to the MFAH.

For the cocktail attire evening, the theme followed an East Coast sensibility with shabby-chic covered couches and coffee tables spread through the garden and with  antique buoys bobbing in the pool.

A Fare Extraordinaire provided the New England-themed party food that included fresh Blue Point and Northern Cross oysters shucked tableside. Not stopping there, the party buffet included Oysters Rockefeller, Maine lobster rolls, lobster salad, East Coast crab cakes, Boston baked beans, hush puppies and more.

While the Blue Monks entertained those socializing included Elise Reckling, Isla and Tommy Reckling, Angie and John Reckling, Christiana and Luke McConn, Maggie and Rob Vermillion, Margaret and Bill Larkin and Michele and Glenn Clements.

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