Author: Morgan Packard

Debutante Snapshots

Honorees Maggie Malone, Megan McGoey, Erin Tolar, Emily Hardie, Lucie Lanier and Lillie Kuhn are pictured at the party thrown in their honor by their parents at the Audubon Tea Room on June 15, 2018. The theme was “They All…

Morgan's Note

My first real visit to Storyland was on a Valentine’s Day date with my now-husband. We were both running fevers but he had created this amazing day full of surprises for me and I was determined that our being sick…

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I don’t know about you, but I’m still recovering from the holidays. While I enjoyed spending so much time with family and friends, I’m excited to get back to my routines, including diet, exercise and self-care practices – though I think…

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Happy (what I hope is) fall weather! My husband and I are celebrating by using our new backyard kitchen, which the entire neighborhood has seen throughout its permutations over the past eight months. (And a quick thank you to everyone…

Elegant Opulence

Beginning with a Preview Party on Wednesday, October 3 and culminating with a luncheon on Thursday, October 4, St. Charles Avenue and its parent company, Renaissance Publishing LLC and the Renaissance Foundation, together with Presenting Sponsor Royal Honda and Chairs…

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The nonprofit events season is in full swing as I write (I’m attending four events next week!), and it’s only going to get busier until the holidays roll in and a difference kind of time management has to happen. It…

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I am writing while my son takes a nap, which is pretty much the only time I can sit quietly and focus on one thing for more than three minutes. I don’t mind it as much as I thought I…

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Oh, August ... when we’re tired of sweating the moment we leave the house and cooler weather seems like it will never arrive. But students are headed back to school by the end of the month and though our Septembers…

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July is a big month for my family: Our son turns 1 the first week of the month! At this moment he’s “helping” me write this column while we practice throwing a ball back and forth, standing and pushing buttons…

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When the weather begins to warm, I want to go outside and spend as much time there as possible – before it gets too hot to do so, which in this town may be next week! I know I’m not…

St. Charles Avenue’s 2018 Courts of Carnival

St. Charles Avenue’s sixth annual Courts of Carnival reminds you that Mardi Gras really is the most wonderful time of year in New Orleans. Arranged in reverse chronological order from Mardi Gras to Twelfth Night, the Courts of Carnival march through our memories, complete with sparkling trains and glittering crowns. Long live the season!

Debutante Snapshots

On December 17, 2017 Mr. and Mrs. D. Conwill IV transported nearly 900 guests to Neverland via The Sugar Mill in downtown New Orleans, in celebration of their daughter Mary Elizabeth Conwill themed “Don’t grow up. It’s a Trap!” Pictured…

Morgan's Note

As I write this, Mardi Gras has  just ended and, while I had a wonderful Carnival time, I’m excited to get back to my usual routine. Living so close to the route, my husband and I have always gone to…

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With the first half of the month focused on Mardi Gras and the second half on recovering from it, there isn’t much time for our everyday schedules. But, as my six-month-old reminds me at his nap time, maintaining the parts…

A Guide to the St. Charles Parade Route

Porta-Potties The city of New Orleans offers free porta-potties (that I personally saw being cleaned twice on the Saturday before Mardi Gras 2017) on the neutral ground side of Napoleon Avenue, catty-corner to Superior Seafood, as well as on the…

Parade Schedule

Friday, Feb. 2 French Quarter Krewe of Cork 3:00 p.m. Uptown New Orleans Krewe of Oshun 6:00 p.m. Krewe of Cleopatra follows Metairie Krewe of Excalibur 7:30 p.m.   Saturday, Feb. 3 Slidell Krewe of Paws 10:00 a.m. Krewe of…

Inspired Designs

St. Charles Avenue’s “Wine, Dine & Design” 2017 tablescapes preview party and luncheon presented by Bryan Subaru and IBERIABANK benefited Bastion

Morgan's Note

July is hot, there’s no denying that, but with great heat come great opportunities for doing things in air conditioning! First, take some time to pamper yourself and find inspiration to do so in our “Summer Self-Pampering: 10+ considerations for…

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June is a time of camps, swimming and snow balls. With that in mind, turn to our “Taking the Kids” feature for more than 10 local ideas from entertainment to education to keep kids of all ages occupied for hours…

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It is only May but I’m already feeling the heat! Maybe that’s because I’m seven months pregnant, or because Jazz Fest is just over, or because so many nonprofits are having events before the real swelter of summer sets in.…

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April may be my favorite month of the year in New Orleans. The weather, by and large, is still beautiful; the flowers and flowering trees are in bloom; the city is full of music and musicians; and, while Carnival and…

2017 Courts of Carnival

St. Charles Avenue’s fifth annual Courts of Carnvial – the largest ever at more than double the size of last year – and reminds you that Mardi Gras really is the most wonderful time of year in New Orleans. Arranged in reverse…

Morgan's Note

Even through we’re just beginning to recover from Carnvial, as you can see, March is a very busy month for nonprofit events! Please look carefully at our calendar and attend everything that you can, because each of these fundraisers support…

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February is a fun-filled month with Valentine’s Day in the center and Carnival season running the entire month. In this issue, we’re making your shopping, planning and partying easier, with What’s Hot for Valentine’s Day, a feature on spring restaurant…

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I usually use this space to talk about the amazing features we have in this issue (Our 2016 Activists and a guide to New Year’s Eve!), or my thoughts on this month of the year (In my opinion, it really…

Motion to Table

St. Charles Avenue’s “Wine, Dine & Design” 2016 tablescapes Preview Party and Luncheon presented by Bryan Subaru benefited Bastion