PASSING THE BAR: Memo to Presidential nephew Pierce Bush, age 17: Remember your twin cousins, Barbara and Jenna’s underage drinking troubles, and don’t swig your dad’s beer in public. When the elder Bush put his bottle of beer down to greet hostesses Becca Cason Thrash and Suzanne Saperstein at a party in Thrash’s home to honor Princess Ira von Furstenberg, his son quickly scooped it up and took a few swallows behind his father’s back.

Most of Houston society was there and had the chance to see von Furstenberg’s amber and marble candleholders topped with giant shells, serpents and ostrich eggs, “conversation pieces” that sell for between $500 and $35,000. Thrash predicted that Pierce, who chatted about his and his father’s upcoming trip to London, Paris and Dubai, would one day be president. The younger Bush blushed. Must have been the beer.

This story first appeared in the June 3, 2003 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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