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House party packs a Punch with 18th century cocktails, pompadour wigs and playful masks

House party packs a punch with big wigs, masks and old world cocktails

Colleen Nash, left, and Alex Landon at the Rienzi Punch Party October 2014
Colleen Nash, left, and Alex Landon. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Stephanie Niemeyer, from left, Stacey Havel, Michelle Barnes and Sara Edwards at the Rienzi Punch Party October 2014
Stephanie Niemeyer, from left, Stacey Havel, Michelle Barnes and Sara Edwards. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Brian and Chrissy Blank at the Rienzi Punch Party October 2014
Brian and Chrissy Blank. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Sabah Ratani, from left, Afsheen Ali and Saba Valliani at the Rienzi Punch Party October 2014
Sabah Ratani, from left, Afsheen Ali and Saba Valliani. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Manny Gonzales, from left, Sandy Trevino, Rakhee Sharma and Joe Maxwell at the Rienzi Punch Party October 2014.
Manny Gonzales, from left, Sandy Trevino, Rakhee Sharma and Joe Maxwell. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Alex Flores and Milisa Alexis at the Rienzi Punch Party October 2014
Alex Flores and Milisa Alexis. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Marty and Martha Kaminsky at the Rienzi Punch Party October 2014
Marty and Martha Kaminsky. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Matt Blakeslee, left, and Justin Ploof at the Rienzi Punch Party October 2014
Matt Blakeslee, left, and Justin Ploof. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Sarah Brents, left, and Emily Brents at the Rienzi Punch Party October 2014
Sarah Brents, left, and Emily Brents. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Trevor and Maria Sharon, from left, with Mark Wulfe at the Rienzi Punch Party October 2014
Trevor and Maria Sharon, from left, with Mark Wulfe. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Julian Ong, from left, Ambica Tarakad, Sarah Cloots and Navdeep Sekhon at the Rienzi Punch Party October 2014
Julian Ong, from left, Ambica Tarakad, Sarah Cloots and Navdeep Sekhon. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Jon Vague and Adriana Rubio at the Rienzi Punch Party October 2014
Jon Vague and Adriana Rubio. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Emily and Judson Hermans at the Rienzi Punch Party October 2014
Emily and Judson Hermans. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Bridgett Blank, left, and Mara Mauze at the Rienzi Punch Party October 2014
Bridgett Blank, left, and Mara Mauze. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Amanda Myres, left, and Marilee Myres at the Rienzi Punch Party October 2014
Amanda Myres, left, and Marilee Myres. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Colleen Nash, left, and Alex Landon at the Rienzi Punch Party October 2014
Stephanie Niemeyer, from left, Stacey Havel, Michelle Barnes and Sara Edwards at the Rienzi Punch Party October 2014
Brian and Chrissy Blank at the Rienzi Punch Party October 2014
Sabah Ratani, from left, Afsheen Ali and Saba Valliani at the Rienzi Punch Party October 2014
Manny Gonzales, from left, Sandy Trevino, Rakhee Sharma and Joe Maxwell at the Rienzi Punch Party October 2014.
Alex Flores and Milisa Alexis at the Rienzi Punch Party October 2014
Marty and Martha Kaminsky at the Rienzi Punch Party October 2014
Matt Blakeslee, left, and Justin Ploof at the Rienzi Punch Party October 2014
Sarah Brents, left, and Emily Brents at the Rienzi Punch Party October 2014
Trevor and Maria Sharon, from left, with Mark Wulfe at the Rienzi Punch Party October 2014
Julian Ong, from left, Ambica Tarakad, Sarah Cloots and Navdeep Sekhon at the Rienzi Punch Party October 2014
Jon Vague and Adriana Rubio at the Rienzi Punch Party October 2014
Emily and Judson Hermans at the Rienzi Punch Party October 2014
Bridgett Blank, left, and Mara Mauze at the Rienzi Punch Party October 2014
Amanda Myres, left, and Marilee Myres at the Rienzi Punch Party October 2014

What: Rienzi's annual Punch Party.

Where: Rienzi, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston house museum in River Oaks.

The 411: Always a lively event, this year's party celebrating 18th century cocktails inspired young professionals in the mix to payfully don pompadour wigs, masks and period hats. It was the perfect fashion statement for the night of vintage cocktails and modern punches created by mixologists from Midtown bar Mongoose versus Cobra.

While Divisi Strings' contemporary quartet AMP'D performed in the ballroom, guests sampled drinks such as Admiral Halsey’s Exceptional Apple Whiskey Cure, laced with paper-thin apple slices, and Chatham Artillery Punch, garnished with lemon and pomegranate seed.

Who: The cast of characters included Chrissy and Brian Blank in hat and mask, respectively, bewigged in pink and purple Colleen Nash and Alex Landon, Julian Ong in king's crown, Kelly Wheeler and Sabrina Schroeder in period dress, plus Maria and Trevor Sharon, Sabah Ratani, Justin Ploof and Marty and Martha Kaminsky, she in pink wig.