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Rienzi "Punch Party" draws modern-day revelers and 18th-century spirits

Rienzi "Punch Party" draws modern-day revelers and 18th-century spirits

Rienzi Punch Party, October 2012, Heather White, Kathleen McPhaul, Mark Pedersen
Heather White , Kathleen McPhaul , Mark Pedersen Photo by Kim Coffman
Rienzi Punch Party, October 2012, Nadia Nassaj, Sarrah Zadeh, Natasha Sarah, Lina Panahi
Nadia Nassaj , Sarrah Zadeh , Natasha Sarah , Lina Panahi Photo by Kim Coffman
Rienzi Punch Party, October 2012, Brent Frazee, Hannah Powell
Brent Frazee , Hannah Powell Photo by Kim Coffman
Rienzi Punch Party, October 2012, Kathleen McPaul
Kathleen McPaul Photo by Kim Coffman
Rienzi Punch Party, October 2012, Elizabeth Santikos, Mark Santikos
Elizabeth Santikos , Mark Santikos Photo by Kim Coffman
Rienzi Punch Party, October 2012, Daniel Glover, Leah Mayo
Daniel Glover , Leah Mayo Photo by Kim Coffman
Rienzi Punch Party, October 2012, Sara Brents, Emily Brents
Sara Brents , Emily Brents Photo by Kim Coffman
Rienzi Punch Party, October 2012, Christine Ussher, Brian Ussher
Christine Ussher , Brian Ussher Photo by Kim Coffman
Rienzi Punch Party, October 2012, Caroline Cole
Caroline Cole Photo by Kim Coffman
Rienzi Punch Party, October 2012, Heather White, Kathleen McPhaul, Mark Pedersen
Rienzi Punch Party, October 2012, Nadia Nassaj, Sarrah Zadeh, Natasha Sarah, Lina Panahi
Rienzi Punch Party, October 2012, Brent Frazee, Hannah Powell
Rienzi Punch Party, October 2012, Kathleen McPaul
Rienzi Punch Party, October 2012, Elizabeth Santikos, Mark Santikos
Rienzi Punch Party, October 2012, Daniel Glover, Leah Mayo
Rienzi Punch Party, October 2012, Sara Brents, Emily Brents
Rienzi Punch Party, October 2012, Christine Ussher, Brian Ussher
Rienzi Punch Party, October 2012, Caroline Cole

It's hard to say which was more entertaining at the Rienzi "Punch Party"—  the concoctions created by bartenders from Mongoose vs. Cobra or the costumes provided by Houston Grand Opera (powdered wigs, anyone?) for photo opps in the Smilebooth.

The second annual salute to 18th-century English libations (spirits, spices, citrus and sugar) and to fall fun welcomed more than 100 partygoers who were game for a taste of the past. 

Simply walking through the antiques-filled home is intriguing in itself, but there was more. While sipping and schmoozing on Rienzi's romantic back terrace, guests were entertained by Divisi Strings. 

Getting into the spirit of the 18th century were Michael Pena, Vaidehi Godhania, Barbara Goedeck, Helga Aurisch, Julia Oettinger, Sarah Hendershon, Rachel and Bret Harper, Casey Monahan, Sara Brents, Emily Brents, Brian Rod, Sarah Fanelli, Kat and James Borden and Elna and Todd Griggs.