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Houston’s Best Party Photos of 2020 — Pre-Pandemic and in COVID-19, This Year Was Like No Other

When Partying Forever Changed

BY // 12.23.20

The sheer joy that lighted the face of Ballet Ball chair Beth Zdeblick as she danced with Harper Watters and Oliver Haklowich at the Wortham Theater Center in late February marked one of the final truly celebratory evenings of 2020. Within weeks, society fundraising was called to a halt due to COVID-19.

Galas were canceled. Charity luncheons rescheduled. Ball gowns remained in the closet. And our beloved event planners, caterers, florists and valet parkers were put on ice.

So it wasn’t so easy searching our files this December to find the playful party pix that we traditionally revisit at the end of the year. There was only so much “before” and loads of  “after.” Masks and no masks. Drive-by events. Virtual events. Some big.   Some small.

Of course, we missed the colorful tableau of the River Oaks tennis tournament luncheon, the fashion glory of Hermann Park Conservancy’s Hats in the Park, the Opera Ball, the Symphony Ball, the Best Dressed Luncheon, the Nutcracker Market and so much more.

In any event, it was a year to remember good and bad. Colorful and dark. Herewith, we look back at it all through PaperCity‘s society photo files. These are the best party photos of 2020 for Houston.

FERN FREEMAN

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