Spring Fling

Good times roll at lavish River Oaks garden party that draws the young and the established

Lavish garden party in River Oaks draws the young and the established

News, Shelby, Rienzi Spring Party, April 2015, Will Booth, Kaherine Bookout, Kate and Anthony Fazio
Will Booth, from left, Katherine Bookout and Kate and Anthony Fazio. Photo by Jenny Antill
News, Shelby, Rienzi Spring Party, April 2015, Tommy and Isla Reckling, Joy and Edward Randall
Tommy and Isla Reckling, left, and Joy and Edward Randall. Photo by Jenny Antill
News, shelby, Rienzi Spring Party, April 2015, Debbie Simon, John Luke, Rachel McConn, Isla Jornayvaz
Debbie Simon, from left, John Luke, Rachel McConn and  Isla Jornayvaz. Photo by Jenny Antill
News, Shelby, Rienzi Spring Party, April 2015, Gary Tinterow, Christopher Gardner
Gary Tinterow, left, and Christopher Gardner. Photo by Jenny Antill
News, Shelby, Rienzi Spring Party, April 2015, Parker and Crossley Mears, Elizabeth Wilhite, Brett Ashley Longoria
Parker and Crossley Mears, from left, Elizabeth Wilhite and Brett Ashley Longoria. Photo by Jenny Antill
News, Shelby, Rienzi Spring Party, April 2015, Lauren Parsons, Stuart Rosenberg, Amy and Adam Johnston
Lauren Parsons, from left, Stuart Rosenberg and Amy and Adam Johnston. Photo by F. Carter Smith
News, Shelby, Rienzi Spring Party, April 2015, Jason Reeves, Diane Lokey Farb, Mark Sullivan
Jason Reeves, left, Diane Lokey Farb and Mark Sullivan. Photo by Jenny Antill
News, Shelby, Rienzi Spring Party, April 2015, Luke McConn, Rosslyn and Marshall Crawford
Luke McConn, left, with Rosslyn and Marshall Crawford. Photo by Jenny Antill
News, Shelby, Rienzi Spring Party, April 2015, Katie and Whitney Mears, Devon Liedtke
Katie and Whitney Mears, left, and Devon Liedtke. Photo by Jenny Antill
News, shelby, Rienzi Spring Party, April 2015 Bill Pugh, Lisa Santos, Kristen and David Buck
Bill Pugh, from left, Lisa Santos and Kristen and David Buck. Photo by Jenny Antill
News, shelby, Rienzi Spring Party, April 2015, Brooke and Whitten Stuckey, Courtney and Christian O'Neill
Brooke and Whitten Stuckey, left, with Courtney and Christian O'Neill. Photo by Jenny Antill
News, Shelby, Rienzi Spring Party, April 2015
Rienzi all dressed up for the spring party. Photo by Jenny Antill
News, Shelby, Rienzi Spring Party, April 2015, Will Booth, Kaherine Bookout, Kate and Anthony Fazio
News, Shelby, Rienzi Spring Party, April 2015, Tommy and Isla Reckling, Joy and Edward Randall
News, shelby, Rienzi Spring Party, April 2015, Debbie Simon, John Luke, Rachel McConn, Isla Jornayvaz
News, Shelby, Rienzi Spring Party, April 2015, Gary Tinterow, Christopher Gardner
News, Shelby, Rienzi Spring Party, April 2015, Parker and Crossley Mears, Elizabeth Wilhite, Brett Ashley Longoria
News, Shelby, Rienzi Spring Party, April 2015, Lauren Parsons, Stuart Rosenberg, Amy and Adam Johnston
News, Shelby, Rienzi Spring Party, April 2015, Jason Reeves, Diane Lokey Farb, Mark Sullivan
News, Shelby, Rienzi Spring Party, April 2015, Luke McConn, Rosslyn and Marshall Crawford
News, Shelby, Rienzi Spring Party, April 2015, Katie and Whitney Mears, Devon Liedtke
News, shelby, Rienzi Spring Party, April 2015 Bill Pugh, Lisa Santos, Kristen and David Buck
News, shelby, Rienzi Spring Party, April 2015, Brooke and Whitten Stuckey, Courtney and Christian O'Neill
News, Shelby, Rienzi Spring Party, April 2015

It was a lesson in Houston's social heirarchy as scions of the old guard as well as a sprinkling of newcomers to the social ranks mixed with those of well-established credentials at the annual Rienzi spring party. Reckling, McConn, Liedtke, Bookout and Masterson were among the surnames of note.

Rienzi has long been the provenance of the city's most respected families. And the recent gathering of notables raised more than $151,000 for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's house museum for European decorative arts.

Joy and Edward Randall chaired the evening that followed a "Laissez les bons temps rouler" theme.

And that New Orleans mindset provided inspiration for A Fare Extraordinaire which served a menu of taste sensations that included seafood gumbo, boudin balls, fried oysters, crawfish etouffee, red beans and rice and more. Add Bananas Foster bread pudding, bourbon pecan balls and miniature beignets. No late-night stops at Whataburger required.

The Zydeco Dots kept toes tapping as guests mingled outdoors on the terrace and around the pool while sipping on Bayou Breezes and Sazerac Cocktails.

Grand underwriters contributing to the evening's success were Laura and Tom Bacon, Diane Lokey Farb, Eliza Lovett Randall, Roy and Edward Randall, Isla and Tommy Reckling and Barbara W. Winston.

The party crowd included Gary Tinterow and Christopher Gardner, Eliza Lovett Randall, Mary Eliza and Park Shaper, Angie and John Reckling, Cliffe Reckling and Annie Amante, Debbie and John Daugherty, Molly and Ken Delery, Fran Fauntleroy, Isla and Joseph Jornayvaz and Matt LeBlanc.

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