Any excuse to dress in costume — Houstonians love it, even when a children's book is the inspiration. And so it was that Schlumberger assistant general counsel Michael Pearce arrived at Tootsies dressed to the hilt in tux and top hat with pink marabou feather accents.
Pearce had been tapped to serve as emcee for the launch of Debbie Pakzaban's debut children's book, Lord Fancy Pants, on the evening that doubled as a fundraiser for Texas Children's Hospital.
More than 200 guests joined the playful champagne reception that was invigorating enough for adults but tame enough for the handful of kiddos who accompanied their parents. Among the youngsters were Pazkaban's daughters, Ashley and Lexy. Of course, the author's proud husband, neurosurgeon Dr. Peyman Pakzaban, was on hand.
Partygoers picked up copies of the whimsical children's book in Vivian Wise's Velvet Slipper Divine luxury Airstream trailer before moving into Tootsies for book signing, bubbly and cake. No ordinary cake, mind you. Edible Moments created a dazzling, 5-foot-tall Lord Fancy Pants confection complete with Swarovski crystals.
In the contest of who dressed in the fanciest pants of the night, Dr. Romy Morello was winner for her swirling black beaded evening slacks.
The party crowd included Matthew Burrus, Elena and Greg Davis, Jonathan Blake, Jeff Shell, Jennifer Roosth, Theresa Roemer, Beth Muecke, Cody Soutar, Christine and Dr. Matt Tabrizi, Susanne Behrens, Dr. Jenny Segal and Christine Kearns of Chellew Productions, which organized the event