Gazillion Holiday Lights Set Party Ablaze

Even the millionaires and billionaires were blown away by this amazing holiday party

Even millionaires and billionaires blown away by amazing holiday party

News, Bayou Bend Spiegeltent, Dec. 2015, John Nau, Bobbie Nau, Elise Joseph, Russell Joseph
Party hosts John and Bobbie Nau with guests Elise and Russell Joseph. Photo by Wilson Parish
News, Bayou Bend Spiegeltent, Dec. 2015
Champagne cocktails for all their guests. Photo by Wilson Parish
News, Shelby, Nau Party, Spiegeltent, Dec. 2015, Jana Arnoldy, Scotty Arnoldy
Jana Arnoldy, Scotty Arnoldy. Photo by Wilson Parish
News, Bayou Bend Spiegeltent, Dec. 2015, Jim Weaver, Tina Pyne, Sharyn Weaver, Michelle Hevrdejs
Jim Weaver, Tina Pyne, Sharyn Weaver, Michelle Hevrdejs. Photo by Wilson Parish
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The Cristal Palace Spiegeltent plays host to a grand holiday party. Photo by Wilson Parish
News, Bayou Bend Spiegeltent, Dec. 2015, Gary Tinterow, Christopher Gardner
Christopher Gardner, Gary Tinterow. Photo by Wilson Parish
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A brass quartet performs Christmas songs throughout the night. Photo by Wilson Parish
News, Shelby, Nau Party, Spiegeltent, Dec. 2015, Kathy Goossen, Mary Goossen
Kathy Goossen, Mary Goossen.  Photo by Wilson Parish
News, Shelby, Nau Party, Spiegeltent, Dec. 2015, Steve Mach, Joella Mach
Steve Mach, Joella Mach. Photo by Wilson Parish
News, Shelby, Nau Party, Spiegeltent, Dec. 2015, Jeanie Kilroy Wilson, Wally Wilson
Jeanie Kilroy Wilson, Wally Wilson. Photo by Wilson Parish
News, Nau Party at Bayou Bend, dec. 2015, Kelley Lubanko, Bobbie Nau, Ellie Francisco
Kelley Lubanko, Bobbie Nau, Ellie Francisco. Photo by Wilson Parish
News, Bayou Bend Spiegeltent, Dec. 2015, John Nau, Bobbie Nau, Elise Joseph, Russell Joseph
News, Bayou Bend Spiegeltent, Dec. 2015
News, Shelby, Nau Party, Spiegeltent, Dec. 2015, Jana Arnoldy, Scotty Arnoldy
News, Bayou Bend Spiegeltent, Dec. 2015, Jim Weaver, Tina Pyne, Sharyn Weaver, Michelle Hevrdejs
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News, Bayou Bend Spiegeltent, Dec. 2015, Gary Tinterow, Christopher Gardner
News, Shelby, Nau Party, Spiegeltent, Dec. 2015, brass quintent
News, Shelby, Nau Party, Spiegeltent, Dec. 2015, Kathy Goossen, Mary Goossen
News, Shelby, Nau Party, Spiegeltent, Dec. 2015, Steve Mach, Joella Mach
News, Shelby, Nau Party, Spiegeltent, Dec. 2015, Jeanie Kilroy Wilson, Wally Wilson
News, Nau Party at Bayou Bend, dec. 2015, Kelley Lubanko, Bobbie Nau, Ellie Francisco

Bayou Bend never looked more dazzling than it did Saturday night when Bobbie and John Nau launched the holiday season with a swank party in the Cristal Palace Spiegeltent, an elaborate portable dance hall brought in from Belgium and erected in the Diana Garden.

The private party, hosted by the owners of Silver Eagle Distributors, was first in a series of holiday events to be held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston house museum and gardens. Getting a premiere glimpse of the lighted extravaganza, even the most sophisticated guests — millionaires and a sprinkling of billionaires — were clearly enchanted. 

Johnny Steele and his landscaping crew dressed seven acres of the renowned Bayou Bend gardens in colorful, fanciful lighting for the "Christmas Village at Bayou Bend" season. While the party action centered in the spiegeltent, guests such as Kathy and Marty Goossen and Soraya and Scott McClelland couldn't help but take a moment out to view the vibrant landscape of holiday luminescence.

"Being in the beer business, what could be better," Bobbie Nau explained of their venue choice for the party. "Beer people like to have fun in a relaxed atmosphere.  Seriously, there are so many great venues in Houston for parties I wanted something different and a new experience for people."

For the record, in addition to Budweiser, the Naus served wines and other libations and Bobbie's favorite champagne cocktail — bubbly with pomegranate juice and a raspberry.

Decorated with Christmas trees, poinsettias and holiday table decorations, the tent was filled with the sounds of Christmas performed by a brass quartet.  

City Kitchen pulled out the stops for the party with an amazing dinner spread that included a seafood bar of fresh-shucked Louisiana oysters and succulent boiled shrimp plus servings of beef tenderloin, fried quail, butternut squash and leek tarts, duck breast, cous cous pilaf, kale salad, chicken crepes, roasted beet and burrata salad and a dozen dessert offerings.

The festive crowd included MFAH director Gary Tinterow and Christopher Gardner, Bayou Bend director Bonnie Campbell, Nancy and Rich Kinder, Mindy and Jeff Hildebrand, Michelle and Frank Hevrdejs, Linda and Dr. Walter McReynolds, Pam and Dr. David Ott, Joella and Steve Mach, Tina Pyne, Roxann and Tim Neumann and Jeanie Kilroy Wilson and Wally Wilson.

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