Garden Party Blowout
Bayou Bend Garden Party soars with perfect weather, blue bloods and serious greenbacks
What: Bayou Bend Garden Party.
Where: In a swank party tent on the tree-shaded grounds of the Museum of Fine Arts' house museum.
The 411: Applause, applause for chairs Tina and Joe Pyne, who led the night to proceeds of $717,000 and who commanded an extravagance of floral decor. Crystal chandeliers and floral rectangles soared overhead while in the center of the tent, above the dance floor, The Events Co. wrapped a large chandelier in what seemed like acres of orchids. The long rectangular tables were dressed in runners of garden flowers.
Guests dined on a French-inspired menu from City Kitchen and danced to the sounds of the David Caceres Orchestra. Many among the 440 guests represented some of the city's oldest and most prominent families with names like Josey, Jones, Duncan, Stedman, Stude, and Hudson.
Who: Nancy and Rich Kinder, Laurie and Reed Morian, Terry and Tommy Smith, Rosalie and Billy Hitchock, Nancy and Butch Abendshein, Elise and Russell Joseph, Linda and Dr. Walter McReynolds, Les Ballard, Karol and Paul Barnhart, Pat Breen, and Vivien and Scott Caven.