Dreamy Tea Party

Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen captivate young Houston Ballet fans at dreamy tea party

Sugar Plum Fairy captivates young ballet fans at dreamy tea party

News, Houston Ballet Kingdom of Sweets , Dec. 2015, Jenna Cope
The Sugar Plum Fairy (Karina Gonzalez) signs ballet slipper for Jenna Cope.  Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Houston Ballet Kingdom of Sweets , Dec. 2015, Nick
Nick, William, Kate and Beth Zdeblick. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Houston Ballet Kingdom of Sweets , Dec. 2015, LaShawne Backstrom, Noah Grace Backstrom
LaShawne Backstrom, Noah Grace Backstrom. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Houston Ballet Kingdom of Sweets , Dec. 2015, Genevieve Gooch
Genevieve Gooch. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Houston Ballet Kingdom of Sweets , Dec. 2015, Ruben Galvan
Emcee Ruben Galvan with The Nutcracker stars. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Houston Ballet Kingdom of Sweets , Dec. 2015, Mary Patton, Violet Patton
The Sugar Plum Fairy with young Violet and Mary Patton. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Houston Ballet Kingdom of Sweets , Dec. 2015, Sloane Tsai, Janae Tsai
Sloane Tsai, Jane Tsai. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Houston Ballet Kingdom of Sweets , Dec. 2015, Scarlett Sugulas
Scarlett Suguless gets a hug from the Sugar Plum Fairy at Houston Ballet's The Kingdom of Sweets Tea Party. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Houston Ballet Kingdom of Sweets , Dec. 2015, Milana, Divya and Chris Brown, Mia and Gina Bhatia
Milana, Divya and Chris Brown with Mia and Gina Bhatia. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Houston Ballet Kingdom of Sweets , Dec. 2015, John, Fisher, Ting, Jack Bresnahan
John, Fisher, Ting and Jack Bresnahan. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Houston Ballet Kingdom of Sweets , Dec. 2015, Snow Queen Scarlett Suguless
The Snow Queen (MacKenzie Richter) reads to youngsters at Houston Ballet The Kingdom of Sweets Tea Party. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Houston Ballet Kingdom of Sweets , Dec. 2015, Sarah High, Lucy High, Hudson, High, Jordan High
Sarah, Lucy, Hudson and Jordan High. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Houston Ballet Kingdom of Sweets , Dec. 2015, Kate Zdeblick
Kate Zdeblick. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Houston Ballet Kingdom of Sweets , Dec. 2015, Jenna Cope
News, Houston Ballet Kingdom of Sweets , Dec. 2015, Nick
News, Houston Ballet Kingdom of Sweets , Dec. 2015, LaShawne Backstrom, Noah Grace Backstrom
News, Houston Ballet Kingdom of Sweets , Dec. 2015, Genevieve Gooch
News, Houston Ballet Kingdom of Sweets , Dec. 2015, Ruben Galvan
News, Houston Ballet Kingdom of Sweets , Dec. 2015, Mary Patton, Violet Patton
News, Houston Ballet Kingdom of Sweets , Dec. 2015, Sloane Tsai, Janae Tsai
News, Houston Ballet Kingdom of Sweets , Dec. 2015, Scarlett Sugulas
News, Houston Ballet Kingdom of Sweets , Dec. 2015, Milana, Divya and Chris Brown, Mia and Gina Bhatia
News, Houston Ballet Kingdom of Sweets , Dec. 2015, John, Fisher, Ting, Jack Bresnahan
News, Houston Ballet Kingdom of Sweets , Dec. 2015, Snow Queen Scarlett Suguless
News, Houston Ballet Kingdom of Sweets , Dec. 2015, Sarah High, Lucy High, Hudson, High, Jordan High
News, Houston Ballet Kingdom of Sweets , Dec. 2015, Kate Zdeblick

Houston Ballet has a winner on its hands with the first annual "Kingdom of Sweets Tea Party," which launched at the Four Seasons Hotel in a flurry of characters from The Nutcracker.

What is sure to become a holiday tradition, the brunch fete was hosted by the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Nutcracker and the Snow Queen much to the delight of all 200 parents and children, who ranged in age from toddlers to 12. Nick and Beth Zdeblick with their youngsters, William and Kate, chaired the event that raised $50,000 for Houston Ballet.

Houston Ballet principle Karina Gonzalez charmed both young and old as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Snow Queen Mackenzie Richter read from story books. Rounding out the cast of fully-costumed characters were the prince represented by Jack Thomas, James Kirby Rogers as the Nutcracker and Chandler Dalton Hulsey portraying a toy soldier.

Party diversions included face painting, food and drink, photo opps, mingling with the ballet characters and a silent auction.

Joining the festive gathering were Divya and Chris Brown, Pamela Ferguson, Gina Bhatia, Sara and Jordan High, Janae Tsai, Mary and Ben Patton and Kelly Lubanko.

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