The Bayou Preservation Association annual fundraiser is one that seasoned partygoers always look forward to and for good reason. It's always held in the spectacular gardens of a home overlooking one of the city's dreamy waterways.
The weather is almost always perfect. And there is usually something creative going on with the theme.
So it was Thursday night when Brian James opened his gardens (and art-filled home) to a throng of more than 300, who turned out to celebrate BPA's "Funk Shui" soirée overlooking Buffalo Bayou.
Benefit co-chairs Minnette and Peter Boesel, Cindy Bishop, John Gaston, Jamie Mize and Dan Tidwell divined the playful Asian theme that inspired "Chinois chic" dressing. The loads of colorful Asian attire included Mandarin shirts and jackets, plus beautiful silk and satin cheongsams (those sexy, body-hugging dresses). Other styles featured dragon motifs and inspired hair treatments.
Chinese lanterns floated overhead while staff from Gigi's Asian Bistro and Dumpling Bar served her signature dumplings. Gigi Huang was on site to ensure the best in service and food. More substantial fare was offered at food stations and bars scattered across the grounds. Dance of Asian America presented several routines rooted in Chinese tradition.
McLemore Avenue provided the cool jazz sounds that wafted across the party scene.
BPA leaders in the mix included executive director Kathy Lord and husband Tom Lord, chairman Kevin Shanley and wife Evelyn, and president Ty Kelly with wife Lynn.
Strolling the gardens were Cecily and Rick Burleson, Meredith and Fielding Cocke, Ryland Holmes, Jana and David Phillips, Laurie and Doug Vander Ploeg, Viviana and David Denechaud, Carol and John Brejot, and Verna and Dan Breaux.