Fun in the Sun

Chic Dallasites party poolside at CultureMap's Summer Soiree in the sky

Dallasites party poolside at CultureMap's Summer Soiree in the sky

Under a perfect evening sky, about 150 guests gathered for the CultureMap Summer Soiree hosted at The 23, a beautiful new luxury apartment high-rise in Dallas' Victory Park.

Upon arrival, partygoers excited about CultureMap's annual summer social were handed a glass of chilled bubbly and whisked up the elevator to the eighth-floor, indoor-outdoor amenity deck. There, the glistening infinity pool stretched out along the balcony and reflected nearby buildings, making for some stunning architectural photo opps. A few people even kicked off their summer wedges and dipped their toes in the cool water.

While DJ Blake Ward played upbeat party tunes outside, attendees mingled around high-top tables adorned with gorgeous seasonal blooms by Simply Elegant Dallas. They tried their luck at a giant Connect Four game and mugged for the interactive photo booth provided by the aptly named My Event Is The Bomb.

For those who preferred the comfort of air-conditioning, there was plenty of room to relax around TVs, a pool table, and a wall-mounted Scrabble board in the game room.

Bartenders from Sourced Craft Cocktails kept cups full with refreshing summer drinks from Tito's, Deep Ellum Brewing Co., Austin EastCiders, On The Rocks Cocktails, Topo Chico, and more. The two signature cocktails were the talk of the thirsty crowd — "Midnight in Victory Park," made with Tito's Vodka, homemade blackberry syrup, fresh lime juice, and sparkling water; and "Summer of 23," which mixed Casamigos Tequila with fresh grapefruit juice, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, and grapefruit sparkling water.

With spreads set up by favorite Victory Park restaurants, guests certainly did not go hungry. Noshes included flautas, ceviche nachos, and brisket nachos from Mesero; brown-rice Pangoa bowls and energy balls from Freshii; and thin-crust pizza, bruschetta, meatballs, charcuterie, and signature Chocolate Salami from Olivella's.

PopBar provided sweet relief from the heat with their famous gelato and sorbet pops; cookies-and-cream and strawberry were the most-requested flavors.

Spotted in the crowd and donning their chic summer best were Nicole Collins, Travis Reams, Andria Jackson, Valde MarLauren Almand, Tiffany GeorgeVivien Jordan, Melanie TownsendVanda Ungureanu, Meghana MoyaMarilyn Flennings, Olga NikoliniJessica JadeGerald Collins, Deja SandersCraig Morson, Ben YagerTanesha TylerShijen Feng, Leandra Contreras, Brittnee Lemmond, Mckennan Wright, Melissa Gray, Gayle Evans, and Stephanie Sims.

Throughout the evening, representatives of The 23 led private tours through one of the luxury apartment homes. The 1,329-square-foot, two-bedroom model was outfitted with modern amenities and luxe touches. Think quartz countertops, closets with Elfa shelving and custom lighting, and a big-as-your-first-apartment shower.

When it was time to fetch the car from valet, guests went home with fab swag bags that included restaurant gift cards and coupons, and a tasty treat — Moscow mule-flavored gummy bears, infused with Tito's, made by Sugarfina.

Nicole Collins, Travis Reams, Andria Jackson, Valde Mar, Summer Soiree 2018
Nicole Collins, Travis Reams, Andria Jackson, Valde Mar Photo by Ashley Gongora
Lauren Almand, Tiffany George, Summer Soiree 2018
Lauren Almand, Tiffany George  Photo by Ashley Gongora
Vivien Jordan, Melanie Townsend, Summer Soiree 2018
Vivien Jordan, Melanie Townsend Photo by Ashley Gongora
Vanda Ungureanu, Meghana Moya, Summer Soiree 2018
Vanda Ungureanu, Meghana Moya Photo by Ashley Gongora
Popbar, Summer Soiree 2018
Popbar provided sweet relief from the heat. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Summer Soiree 2018
Sourced Craft Cocktails kept cups full. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Olivella's bruschetta, Summer Soiree 2018
Bruschetta from Olivella's. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Summer Soiree 2018
It was hard to resist the urge to dip a toe in the water. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Summer Soiree 2018
Outdoor games were part of the fun. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Freshii, Summer Soiree 2018
Freshii served fresh fare. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Marilyn Flennings, Olga Nikolini, Summer Soiree 2018
Marilyn Flennings and Olga Nikolini try out the step-and-repeat. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Summer Soiree 2018
Guests shoot pool indoors. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Mesero ceviche nachos, Summer Soiree 2018
Ceviche nachos from Mesero Photo by Ashley Gongora
DJ Blake Ward, Summer Soiree 2018
DJ Blake Ward spins tunes. Photo by Ashley Gongora
On the Rocks, Sumer Soiree 2018
On the Rocks cocktails were served on the rocks. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Summer Soiree 2018
Guests pose for the interactive photo booth. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Jessica Jade
Jessica Jade  Photo by Ashley Gongora
Brooke Dowdy, Taylor Pass, Summer Soiree 2018
Brooke Dowdy, Taylor Pass Photo by Ashley Gongora
Gerald Collins, Deja Sanders, Summer Soiree 2018
Gerald Collins, Deja Sanders  Photo by Ashley Gongora
Melissa Gray, Gayle Evans, Stephanie Sims, Summer Soiree 2018
Melissa Gray, Gayle Evans, Stephanie Sims  Photo by Ashley Gongora
Shijen Feng, Leandra Contreras, Brittnee Lemmond, Mckennan Wright, Summer Soiree 2018
Shijen Feng, Leandra Contreras, Brittnee Lemmond, Mckennan Wright Photo by Ashley Gongora
Tanesha Tyler, Summer Soiree 2018
Tanesha Tyler Photo by Ashley Gongora
Craig Morson, Ben Yager, Summer Soiree 2018
Craig Morson, Ben Yager Photo by Ashley Gongora
Summer Soiree 2018
Everyone went home with a fab swag bag. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Leslie Clampitt, John Harrison, Summer Soiree 2018
Leslie Clampitt, John Harrison  Photo by Ashley Gongora
Viri Diana Medallion, Berenice Medallion, Summer Soiree 2018
Viri Diana Medallion, Berenice Medallion  Photo by Ashley Gongora
Luis Garrett, Natasha Garrett, Lina Bird, Summer Soiree 2018
Luis Garrett, Natasha Garrett, Lina Bird  Photo by Ashley Gongora
Gina Carpio, Emily Tamlyn, Summer Soiree 2018
Gina Carpio, Emily Tamlyn Photo by Ashley Gongora
Nicole Collins, Travis Reams, Andria Jackson, Valde Mar, Summer Soiree 2018
Lauren Almand, Tiffany George, Summer Soiree 2018
Vivien Jordan, Melanie Townsend, Summer Soiree 2018
Vanda Ungureanu, Meghana Moya, Summer Soiree 2018
Popbar, Summer Soiree 2018
Summer Soiree 2018
Olivella's bruschetta, Summer Soiree 2018
Summer Soiree 2018
Summer Soiree 2018
Freshii, Summer Soiree 2018
Marilyn Flennings, Olga Nikolini, Summer Soiree 2018
Summer Soiree 2018
Mesero ceviche nachos, Summer Soiree 2018
DJ Blake Ward, Summer Soiree 2018
On the Rocks, Sumer Soiree 2018
Summer Soiree 2018
Jessica Jade
Brooke Dowdy, Taylor Pass, Summer Soiree 2018
Gerald Collins, Deja Sanders, Summer Soiree 2018
Melissa Gray, Gayle Evans, Stephanie Sims, Summer Soiree 2018
Shijen Feng, Leandra Contreras, Brittnee Lemmond, Mckennan Wright, Summer Soiree 2018
Tanesha Tyler, Summer Soiree 2018
Craig Morson, Ben Yager, Summer Soiree 2018
Summer Soiree 2018
Leslie Clampitt, John Harrison, Summer Soiree 2018
Viri Diana Medallion, Berenice Medallion, Summer Soiree 2018
Luis Garrett, Natasha Garrett, Lina Bird, Summer Soiree 2018
Gina Carpio, Emily Tamlyn, Summer Soiree 2018