Brothers Bo and Scott Butler have been slowly building their design/development company since 2003. But it wasn't until this week that the duo made a major splash on the social scene with an evening dubbed "The Ultimate House Party."
In tandem with Todd Events, Butler Brothers (you've probably seen their distinctive double B signs across the Inner Loop landscape) erected a 3,000 sq.ft. party tent in lifelike design of a real home. Todd Fiscus' team worked its magic bringing in flooring, carpeting, rich furnishings, artwork and sophisticated lighting to create an environment reflective of the quality of Butler Brothers projects.
"This is the celebration of our company," Bo Butler said. "We just wanted to have a celebration that kicks off all of the Butler Brothers products that we have right now. We're just celebrating all the products and introducing ourselves to Houston."
"This is our biggest project and we wanted to put a really great party together that would capture what we are doing here at Audubon."
The PR splash took place in Audubon Hollow, the firm's 22-home development site tucked into a pocket between River Oaks and Tanglewood. The Butler brothers are native Houstonians, sons of well-known community leaders Penny and John Butler. Both earned undergraduate degrees at Texas A&M and masters degrees in architecture from the University of Houston.
"This is our biggest project and we wanted to put a really great party together that would capture what we are doing here at Audubon as well as all the other projects," Bo Butler said.
The unique party tent featured a dining room where guests could fill up on party foods from Lucille's chef Chris Williams, Fusion Taco treats courtesy of chef David Grossman and dessert offerings from Ruggles Black's chef Ryan Ng. While waiters circled with trays of wine and champagne, Reserve 101's Michael Raymond mixed sophisticated cocktails in the study. On the back terrace, complete with rose bushes and outdoor furnishing, elaborately constructed bars at each end offered Tito's Vodka drinks and 8th Wonder Brewery beers.
Throughout the home setting, guests could view renderings of the Butler Brothers' various projects, pick up brochures and chat with Bo and Scott about their business.
Among the 250 who turned out for a tent party despite rainy weather were Michael Chabala, Lilly and Thurmon Andress, Martha Turner and Glenn Bauguss, Saba Jawda, Sarah Jawda, Melissa Zarikian, Monique Mannke, Neal Hamil and Kim Turner, director of Dallas-based Dwell With Dignity, beneficiary of the event.