What is your role at Kim Starr Wise Floral Events? I’m the head honcho, flower slinger, ladder climber, creative director, owner, boss lady, visionary and designer of all beautiful things. What events do you design in addition to weddings? Bar and bat mitzvahs, private dinner parties, debutante balls, birthday parties, corporate events, micro-weddings and micro-events. […]
What is your role at J&J Exterminating? I’ve worn many hats throughout my time at J&J Exterminating. Having grown up in our family business, I’ve had the opportunity to work within all of our departments. Currently, I’m the regional operations manager over our southeastern region. What is the most common extermination problem? One of the […]
It is a distant memory now, but not too long ago baby paraphernalia – including an overwhelming numbers of diapers – monopolized my life. Diapers were sprinkled throughout every room in our house, stuffed in my purse, in the center console of our cars, in the jogging stroller and anywhere our brigade of babies roamed […]
I am fortunate that walks around my neighborhood these days come with socially distanced visits with neighbors as well as weekly music played by extremely talented musicians – from their porches, of course. My son recently turned 3, which means that our walks tend to be at his pace now. This slower ambling means that I […]
Note that federal, state and local guidelines are continually in flux; before solidifying your plans for entertaining or enlisting the following ideas, make sure to follow the current rules for maintaining safe distances, wearing masks and limiting group sizes. Now, let’s get to some local suggestions for fueling friendly fun. A city of action and […]
For restaurants, creativity and quick pivots have also been a necessary part of moving forward and continuing to elevate the gatherings of families and friends. Briquette, located in the former Rodd Brothers Molasses Factory in the CBD, is known for its coastal cuisine with an emphasis on whole fish, craft cocktails and its award-winning […]
“Sugarplum Ball 2020” transported guests to the whacky and whimsical world of Wonderland. Hedge walls created a maze that led to the rabbit hole filled with oversized flowers and greenery. The main ballroom featured tables covered in an array of vibrant colors and atop the tables for guests were teapots, top hats and flowers ready […]
We are so proud to feature YAYA on our cover and they’re so proud that they haven’t missed a single day of programming – moving all classes online! YAYA (Young Aspirations Young Artists) empowers young people through visual arts education combined with entrepreneurial leadership and life skills training to thrive as leaders in their schools […]
The French Quarter Fest kicked off what would usually begin the 2020 festival season on Friday, March 6, with its annual gala fundraiser at The Fillmore New Orleans, setting a glamorous evening for the more than 500 guests in attendance. The gala featured a full open bar, dinner and a silent auction. Honorees included musician […]
For the average New Orleanian, August means more hot weather and going back to school. However, this school year – or at least the first half of it – promises to be a very different experience. Be it fully online, hybrid or even a socially distanced in-person classroom, finding ways to keep kids indoors and occupied is […]
We may not all be gathering in Champion’s Square, sitting elbow-to-elbow at Tiger Stadium or tailgating in typical fashion this year, but we can still showcase the love of our favorite teams with spirited accessories. Vintage-inspired onesies, tees and short sets make for darling Sunday ensembles. Banbury Cross, 100 Atherton Drive, 837-0447, BanburyCrossKids.com […]
During the COVID-19 outbreak in the Greater New Orleans area, Jasmine Araujo noticed that people living unhoused were being neglected and left to their own devices during the quarantine. Araujo quickly mobilized a group of educators and activists who were interested in helping distribute food and other basic needs, and the Southern Solidarity team was […]
Tara Madden, Jessica Graber, Betty Trachtman, Ribby Fergusson, Jenny James, Elizabeth Pearson, Amie Bond, Louise Saenz, Lesley Brown and Alisha Serement enjoyed a night of James Bond-themed fun at the Friends of the New Orleans Public Library’s fundraising event, “The Spy Who Read Me” in November 2019, which benefited the library’s 2020 Summer Fun […]
In these times of dueling sensibilities, when we’re eager for a change of pace yet wary of ever more uncertainty, adventures close to home are welcome. Old Gretna was established as Mechanikham in 1836 when wealthy landowner, Nicholas Noel Destrehan, hired surveyor Benjamin Buisson to divide his swath of land on the river into lots. […]
Temple Sinai celebrated its 150th birthday on March 7, 2020, with a Roaring Twenties Gala presented by the Goldring Family Foundation. The Patron Party took place at the home of Joan and Julian Feibelman. Julian is the son of Rabbi Julian Feibelman, Temple Sinai’s senior rabbi from 1936-1967. Galatoire’s and Ruth’s Chris Steak House donated […]
Ann Valentino had just graduated from LSU and Dr. Harold Anthony “Tony” Fuselier Jr. had just started his internship at Charity Hospital on the LSU service. They met each other at a house party in Pass Christian on July 4th and it was love at first sight! Ann and Tony dated exclusively for the next […]
Image provided courtesy of The Historic New Orleans Collection, Charles L. Franck Photographers, 1979.325.5047 The Brass Rail opened at 1316 Canal St. in 1934. Taking its name from the brightly polished brass rail running along the mahogany bar, the Brass Rail was a 24-hour bar, package store and music club. Mike Gordon, a former distilling […]
This year’s “Red Tie Affair” on Friday, March 6, which took place on The Riverboat Louis Armstrong, welcomed more than 600 patrons to raise funds for the lifesaving work happening at the John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute (JOHVI). The program was presented by Gallagher, Chaired by Gina Khatib and emceed by retired news anchor […]
August 301 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans 504-299-9777 RestaurantAugust.com Restaurant August boasts historical architecture and luxurious detailing to offer the perfect setting for any holiday event. The Private Dining Room and the Chef’s Tasting Room offer different experiences for hosting up to 100 or a small table of 12. Briquette 701 S. Peters St., New […]
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What is your role at Kim Starr Wise Floral Events? I’m the head honcho, flower slinger, ladder climber, creative director, owner, boss lady, visionary and designer of all beautiful things.
What events do you design in addition to weddings? Bar and bat mitzvahs, private dinner parties, debutante balls, birthday parties, corporate events, micro-weddings and micro-events. I do it all!
What else do you offer along with flowers for your designs? Linens, candles, table rentals, plant rentals, chair rentals, event coordination, furniture rentals and large installations.
What is discussed in a design consultation? Color palettes, design styles, personality, design of your home (for insight into your vision), favorite flowers, least favorite flowers, favorite scents, inspirations – pretty much anything that I can glean about who you are and how that will impact the overall design.
What is the difference between floral design and event styling? A floral designer will put flowers in a vase (still a highly skilled trade) but an event stylist combines the many facets of “design” to create an overall look for a space. Event styling involves the curation of color palettes, linens, chairs, candles, flower varieties and vessel types, and controls the overall look of the event so that it’s a cohesive and immersive experience.
Is there anything else you’d like us to know about yourself or your business? I’m getting ready to open a flower shop on Magazine Street! I’m going to sell unique flower arrangements that you can pick up curbside or have delivered. I’ll also sell beautiful pillar and taper candles, hand-painted vases, locally made candle holders, flowers harvested from New Orleans farmers, ceramic containers, plants and all of their derivatives. The shop will also sell local artwork from Thread Paper Glue and I’m stocking some other floral-driven products like perfume, floral pins, books and scented candles. There is a need for unique flower shops in New Orleans that sell beautiful containers and unique vessels. It’s Paris-inspired, but with a twist on tradition. I’ll also feature petite nosegays that are fragrant and monochromatic, and can sit on a nightstand or on your desk without any fuss. I’m also designing direct-ship boxes of flowers from California farms so you can share the flower love and keep American farmers in business.
Kim Starr Wise Floral Events, 437 Philip St., 315-5607; KimStarrWise.com
Flower shop, 2036 Magazine St. – slated for opening August 1