Best Party Photos of 2015

Best party photos of 2015: Houston's top society scribe looked through thousands to pick her faves

News, Shelby, Touchdown for TEACH, Nov. 2015 Shelby Kibodeaux, Michael Strahan, Bruce Padilla
© Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, Shelby, Tootsies Love's in Fashion, Feb. 2015, Brad Marks, Joanna Marks
Photo by © Michelle Watson/
News, Shelby, Hotel ZaZa Halloween, Oct. 2015 Trini and Jeff  Hurley
Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Michael Pearce and Matt Burrus kick off the after party at the Stages Repertory Theatre Gala April 2015 FULTON
Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
News, Shelby, Best Buddies, Kevin Spacey, Nov. 2015, Elizabeth Petersen, Kevin Spacey, Joyce Echols
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News, Shelby, Laura Spanian farewell party, Kathy Hubbard, Susan Christian, Mayor Annise Parker, Laura Spanjian
Photo by Richard Carson
News, Shelby, Museum of Fine Arts gala, Oct. 2015, Lynn Wyatt, Shirley McClain, Duchess of York
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News, CultureMap Social, B&B Butchers, Sept. 2015  entertainers
© Michelle Watson/
24 Lucinda Loya, from left, Kim Moody, Tracy Hale, Rachel Reagan and Linda Bosarge at the River Oaks Tennis Tournament luncheon April 2015
Photo by © Michelle Watson/
Tony's at 50
Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLight Group
News, Shelby, Chopard opening, Oct. 2015, Tattinger champagne
© Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group
News, Mayor's Hispanic Advisory Board party, Dec. 2015, roland Garcia, Annise Parker, Sylvester Turner
Photo by Roswitha Vogler
News, Shelby, Hotel ZaZa Halloween, Oct. 2015 Lady Bunny
Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Omega Apollo 13, Gene Cernan, George Clooney, Stephen Urquhart, Jim Lovell and Tom Stafford.May 2015
Courtesy of Omega
0117 Jim McIngvale and Deborah Duncan at the Spring Chick luncheon April 2015
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285 The crowd and venue Houston Grand Opera Ball April 2015
Photo by © Gary Fountain
News, Shelby, Hospice Dinner, Oct. 2015, Janice Brown, Tad Brown, Liz Brown, Leslie Alexander
Photo by Alexander's Fine Portraits
News, Shelby, Pet Set Gala, Sept. 2015,  Bretagne & Denise Corliss
© Michelle Watson/
Houston, Tastemakers, May 2015, Madeline Little, Brittany Koger
Photo by © Michelle Watson/
218 Jeff Gorski and party-goers at the Patient Financial Services 10th anniversary party April 2015
Photo by © Morris Malakoff
17 Dancing at the gala at the Mercury Gala 2015 March 2015
Photo by John Wilson
News, Shelby, Museum of Fine Arts gala, Oct. 2015, Peter Copping, Lynn Wyatt
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Bun B performs at Southern Smoke
Photo by © Michelle Watson/
MD Anderson Halloween at the Galleria Emmy Wallace
Photo by Dave Rossman
News, Shelby, Nau Party, Spiegeltent, Dec. 2015, Jana Arnoldy, Scotty Arnoldy
Photo by Wilson Parish
229 David Robertson and Kimi Bainter at the Art Car Ball April 2015
Photo by © Morris Malakoff

It's been a year of glamorous, wacky and sublime partying, all of it captured on CultureMap. Join us as we take a look at the year in party photos.


Shelby Kibodeaux and Bruce Padilla get a mega hug from Michael Strahan at the Touchdown for TEACH benefit. Kibodeux, a huge Strahan fan, initiated the group bear hug.

Not long before the birth of their baby boy, Brad and Joanna Marks took the runway at Tootsies' annual "Love's in Fashion" event. Brad paused mid-way to kiss the baby bump much to the crowd's delight.

There just aren't enough words . . . Hotel ZaZa Halloween bash. Trini and Jeff Hurley.

Michael Pearce and Matt Burrus kick off the after-party following the Stages Repertory Theatre Gala. The Astorian event began with a huge confetti blast and champagne poured by aerial artists suspended upside down.

Could there be a dreamier trio than two of Houston's most beautiful — Elizabeth Petersen, left, and Joyce Echol — with Kevin Spacey in town for a Best Buddies fundraiser at the home of John and Becca Cason Thrash.

Girls just wanna have fun and surely this group did at Laura Spanjian's going away party as she bid adieu to her post as director of the Office of Sustainability. Enjoying a light moment at the bittersweet farewell were Kathy Hubbard, Susan Christian, Mayor Annise Parker and Spanjian.

What could be more fun than the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Grand Gala Ball, chaired by Lynn Wyatt and attended by such notables as Shirley MacLaine and Sarah Ferguson.

Members of Fly Dance Co. take to the air during the CultureMap Social at B&B Butchers and Restaurant, entertaining a load of young professionals.

Although the River Oaks Country Club tennis tournament luncheon is the height of see-and-be-seen on the spring social calendar, not everyone takes it drop-dead seriously. Having a little fun in the sun — Lucinda Loya, Kim Moody, Tracy Hale, Rachel Reagan, Linda Bosarge.

Before his marriage last New Year's to Susan Krohn, billionaire financeer Fayez Sarofim was rarely on the social scene. Since the wedding "the sphinx" as he is affectionately called has been about and about and smiling more than he has in the last 15 years.

The champagne fountain at the Chopard opening at River Oaks District was quite the show-stopperl

The crowd of 350, including Roland Garcia,  went wild when Mayor-elect Sylvester Turner announced that he would continue the Mayor's Hispanic Advisory Board when he takes office from Mayor Annise Parker in January.

We have to say that DJ Lady Bunny seems to be channeling Adele at the Hotel ZaZa annual Halloween bash. Except for the petticoat on her head.!

NASA astronauts join Hollywood astronaut at out-of-this-world Omega salute to the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission — Gene Cernan, George Clooney, Stephen Urquhart, Jim Lovell and Tom Stafford. When we say killer party, we mean it.

Did he really? Yes. Jim  "Mattress Mac" McIngvale donned a chicken suit for the WorkFaith Connection Spring Chick luncheon in which he led the River Oaks Country Club crowd in the chicken dance. Little did they know it as Mattess Mac until he removed his chicken head.

There is no gala viewpoint lovelier than on the balcony of the Grand Foyer at Wortham Theater Center when the city's top event designers transform the cavernous into  grand gala venue. Here, Richard Flowers and The Events Co. translated the Houson Grand Opera ball Espana theme into a stunning red canvas.

Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander, right, makes a rare social appearance, making this a photo worth noting, taken at the Houston Hospice dinner where he was accompanied by Janice and Tad Brown, Rockets GM,  and Liz Brown. 

Bretagne, the last surviving rescue dog from 911, with owner Denise Corliss special guest at the Pet Set Gala at the Astorian.

At the CultureMap Tastemakers awards evening Madeline Little and Brittany Koger make their way through the party space on a bicycle beer trolley.

PFS Group's Jeff Gorski leads the unforgettable partying at this over-the-top office party at Silver Street Studios. KC and the Sunshine Band rolled in to make this party swing.

"Roaring Twenties — Mercury Style" was the theme of the Mercury gala that had the stage a Wortham Theater Center hopping with guests including Janine Iannarelli and Luc Messier.

With a budget underwritten by Richard Flowers and The Events Co., the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Grand Gala Ball, chaired by Lynn Wyatt, was the most beautiful ever. Flowers dressed vast exhibition hall in thousands of yards of black and white silk fabric to mimic the chairwoman's dining room at home. Thousands of white orchids completed the picture.

Bun B rocks the night at Southern Smoke event.

Emmy Wallace greats a very big bird at the M.D. Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital Trick and Treat Halloween Spooktacular at the Galleria.

Could there be a prettier holiday party setting than at the Cristal Palace Spiegeltent at Bayou Bend Gardens. Jana and Scotty Arnoldy were among the many having their photos snapped amid the millions of holiday lights spread across the historic gardens.

David Robertson and Kimi Bainter step out in full costume for the annual Art Car Ball. What more can we say?