At Frilly and Floral Rienzi Spring Party, Guests Raise a Glass to 25 Years

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At Frilly and Floral Rienzi Spring Party, Guests Raise a Glass to 25 Years

Julia Davis, Sophia Cantu, Christiana Reckling, Julia Hotze, Randa McConn

AN INTIMATE GATHERING of around 125 guests toasted the 25th anniversary of Rienzi, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's house of European decorative arts. Beautiful blooms in shades of pink, white and blue, complemented by blue-toile linens, were found all around the verdant grounds, illuminated by simply chic string lights hanging from above.


The annual al fresco fete included a dinner catered by City Kitchen, and an oh-so-sweet dessert spread that included sorbet, gelato, chocolate mousse shooters, fruit tarts, and gooseberries dipped in chocolate. Nick Serena provided a live poolside soundtrack for the evening, which took inspiration from the Portrait of Eleanor, Countess of Lauderdale painting in the Drawing Room at Rienzi.

Chaired by Meg and Nelson Murray, the Spring Party raised nearly $95,000 for Rienzi's operating budget.

Ann Weston, Mitchell Cox

Mary and John Craddock

Anna and Alan Chambers

Maddy and Harrison Schuhmacher

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Carroll and John Wessels

Natassia Horowitz, Monica Hoz de Vila

Celina Hellmund, Courtnay Elias

Gillian Sarofim, Selim Baysal, Lauren Gray

Chairs Nelson and Meg Murray

Eddie Allen, Eric Bing, Jeff Firestone

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