A confetti blitz at Una Notte in Italia. Photo by Quy Tran
Saba Jawda, Ceron, Sarah Jawda at The Webster. Photo by Johnny Than
Alyssa Kilpatrick, Michel Mullett, Lucas Somoza, Lindsey Love, Bevin Dubrowski at Armandos for Legacy Community Health Services. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Kevin Tofsky, Caitlin Ewing, Mollie Yarborough, Kaylen Burke, James Ewing at Miller Outdoor Theater for Hermann Park Conservancy. Photo by Quy Tran
Lynn Wyatt, Phoebe Tudor, Franci Neely cutting up at a private birthday bash. Photo by Dave Rossman
Julia & Will Robinson at the Children's Museum of Houston gala at the Corinthian. Photo by Emily Jaschke
Mayor Sylvester Turner, Doreen Stoller at Hermann Park Conservancy Hats in the Park luncheon. Photo by Jenny Antill Clifton
The ultimate party guys Shannon Hall and Marcus Sloan at Sloan/Hall 20th anniversary party. Photography by Johnny Than
Beth Muecke, Christian Miranda, Vivian Wise at the Houston Grand Opera Ball at The Post Oak Hotel. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Sue Smith, Travis Torrence at the Tilman Fertitta home for Hats, Hearts & Horseshoes
Brooke O'Neil, Isla Jornayvaz at the Corinthian for the Children's Museum Houston. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Julie Marin, Amanda Sedley, Cassie Wood at Miller Outdoor Theater for Hermann Park Conservancy. Photo by Quy Tran
Anne Hyde Smither & John Kerr Smither at the Orange Show Gala. Photo by Emily Jaschke
Tilman Fertitta and Ashley Longshore cutting up in her pop-up gallery at the Post Oak Hotel. Photo by Dave Rossman
Chairs Brian McCulloch, Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl at Opera in the Heights. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
Patrick Summers, Lynn Wyatt, David Gockley at the HGO & Placido Coming Home gala. Photo by Jenny Antill Clifton
Tony Bradfield, Marguerite Swartz, Kevin Black at a private birthday bash. Photo by Dave Rossman
Fady Armanious, Hallie Vanderhider at Hats in the Park. Photo by Jenny Antill Clifton
Margaret Alkek Williams, Placido Domingo at HGO & Placido Coming Home Gala. Photo by Wilson Parish
Edward Sanchez, Jessica Rossman at her 50th birthday bash. Photo by Steve Lee Photography
Phoebe & Bobby Tudor at the Asia Society Tiger Ball. Photo by Jenny Antill Clifton
Chairs Shelly & Brian Hendry, Sue & Lester Smith, Limor & Stuart Smith at Texas Children's Hospital Legacy of Motown gala in October. (Photo by Wilson Parish)
Ceron, Becca Cason Thrash at a private birthday bash
Bob & Gracie Cavnar, Dr. Roland Maldonado at Jessica Rossman's birthday bash. Photo by Steve Lee Photography
Tilman Fertitta joins Nobu founders Robert De Niro, chef Nobu Matsuhisa and Meir Teper in the sake ceremony at Nobu Houston. Photo by Rick Kern, Getty Images
Sara Beth & Pierce Bush for Project 88 at Ecclesia. Photo by CatchLightGroup.com
Lena Nguyen, Katherine Garcia at the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation Young Professional Group Tacky Sweater party. Photo by Hung L. Truong
Trish Millard, Marita Fairbanks, Valerie Dieterich, Aliyya Stude at the River Oaks tennis tournament luncheon. Photo by Jacob Power
Oh, how we do like to dress up — in costume, in black tie, in urban chic. 2018 was a year of partying with multi-million dollar blockbusters filling the coffers of Houston nonprofits and all manner of occasions for dressing up and dressing down.
For example, in October, Sue and Lester Smith gave $50 million to Texas Children’s Hospital and raised a jaw-dropping $83 million, plenty of reasons to step out in style.
Throughout the past year, Houston has hosted everything from tacky sweater parties, to white-tie-and-tails balls, from an outdoor young professionals party on a pedestrian bridge to a swank fête at Nobu. The cocktails flowed. The dollars poured in. And a good time was had by all.
Birthday parties provided a few spectacular nights including Jessica Rossman‘s 50th, Jeff Bagwell‘s 50th and Shafik Rifaat‘s 80th. And the party gods smiled on the Houston Area Women’s Center when the Una Notte in Italia 20th anniversary fashion parade rocked the Royal Sonesta Hotel.
Let’s take a look at some of our favorite Houston party pictures from the past year, all with the promise of many good things to come in 2019. Click through the slideshow above and below this story for the best party pictures of the year. Enjoy.