Javier & Lucinda Loya at their Super Bowl party
Larry Izzo's four Super Bowl rings
$4,000 champagne donation earns a grand presentation
Larry Izzo, Andre Killiam
Tina Douglas, Franco Harris, Ashanti (Douglas), Lydell Mitchell
Henry Richardson, Lauren Dupuis, Heidi Kashani, Monsour Taghdisi
Amy Lee, Lucinda Loya
Julian Cain, Marcellus Wiley, Rory Wilfork
Annie Taylor, Hank McCort, Becky Duca
Sparklers part of the champagne-fueled fun
DJ Triarchy, Lorena Gonzales, Veronica Faubert, Greg Galimberti, Zak Banks
Cyndra Robinson, Odessa Hambric
Tina Douglas, Lucinda Loya, Ashanti, Javier Loya
The Amir, Kiki Dikmen
Joi Lipson, Mike Chabala, Aly Miller, Claire Asmann
Girl in a bubble provides overhead entertainment
Abel & Lorena Gonzales, Veronica & Greg Faubert
The half moon aerial entertainer
DJ Amy Robbins
Ashanti, Tina Douglas
Party girls with John Boni
Best Entertainment characters rock the party scene
Uber hosts Javier & Lucinda Loya
Javier Loya and friends
Characters from Best Entertainers
Part St. Tropez Club 55 and part St. Bart’s Nikki Beach, the chameleon party space Life HTX rocked with a wicked disco vibe Saturday afternoon when Lucinda and Javier Loya took over with a Super Bowl bash that was more midnight mischief than daytime frivolity.
“It’s total chaos,” said event planner Debbie Elias as she surveyed the wild party scene three hours into the five-hour bacchanal. Table-top dancing had already begun and drinking straight from magnums of champagne was a right of party passage.
More than 250 were invited to frolic in St. Tropez tradition which meant a three-course Mediterranean-inspired lunch from Amalfi Ristorante, interspersed with a parade of bikini-clad models draped in jewels and swathed in furs. The Saks Fifth Avenue fashions were for sale with a portion going to one of three charities that would benefit from the deliciously raucous afternoon.
Further proof that this was no cheesy football fete — each table was centered with ice buckets filled with bottles of Cristal and Dom Perignon. Likewise, magnums of Veuve Cliquot floated around the room.
Each time one of the heavy-hitters ponied up for a champagne package (starting at $4,000), the bottle delivery was a show of costumed characters (Ninja Warriors, Super Woman, etc.), sparklers and music suited for heroes. Proceeds were also earmarked for charity — The Woman’s Home, Ronald McDonald House and MS Houston.
Disco balls, LED light shows, larger-than-life streaming videos, aerial entertainers and killer DJs Amy Robbins and Triarchy, who kept the music blasting for all five hours, contributed to the scene.
Headliners included NFL star Franco Harris who told the crowd, “This is what Super Bowl is all about — getting together, having a good time and getting ready for the game. You sure are ready!”
Mixing in the crowd was Ashanti, who had performed at Lucinda’s 50th birthday party; four-time Super Bowl winner Larry Izzo, sporting each of the honking diamond rings; retired NFL star Lydell Mitchell; retired Houston Dynamo Mike Chaballa and Luke Bryan, who would sing the national anthem on Sunday.
The Houston crowd included Life HTX owners Monsour Taghdisi and Henry Richardson, Amy and Jim Lee, Katie and A.J. Brass, Stephanie and Ernie Cockrell, Tama and John Klusek, Al Ansary, Heidi Kashani, and Lauren Dupuis.