What if when you look back on this time 10 years from now, the first thing that comes to your mind is a feeling of happiness, not fear? What if you choose to remember a series of celebrations of life and living, more than moments of trepidation and awkwardness? To cap off our series […]
This is our second installment on celebrating at home. As Phase 1 continues to roll out other options will begin to open, but for most of us “safe at home” will continue to be the rule for the following months. Below you’ll read about how St. Charles Avenue’s Executive Editor Bev Church’s grandson spent […]
Celebrations are important rituals. Happy events that we commemorate with parties, gathering with loved ones and things like cakes, balloons and presents. They create moments that we replay in our memories. However, during this time celebrations are much different, and we often have to be content with drive-by waving and much smaller gatherings – sometimes […]
Date night these days looks a bit different than it used to, but it’s just as important. It is a time to reconnect as people instead of Mommy and Daddy, to see each other without a screen between us and to find a bit of familiarity in the midst of this uncertainty. I reached […]
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Angelo Brocato immigrated to New Orleans from Sicily in the early 1900s, following a long apprenticeship at an ice cream and pastries parlor in Paloma. He opened his own shop in the French Quarter, introducing New Orleans to Italian-style ice cream. The first flavor he debuted was torroncino: vanilla gelato with cinnamon and almonds. Following […]
At the High Level Speech and Hearing Center, over 25,000 patients received help with their speech and hearing issues in the past three years alone. By treating and diagnosing speech, hearing and dizziness disorders, the center helps people across the city safeguard their health. A conversation with the High Level Speech and Hearing Center’s Founder […]
Boasso + Duplantier Recently graduated architect Hunter Chase Duplantier was having a going away party for a friend at his house when some of his guests introduced him to a friend they had brought, Adrienne Michel Boasso. She was focused on working on her real estate license and he was focused on working on a house, […]
May 9 DBE Silver Tea Benefits: DBE Event Info.: DBE is a national philanthropic organization of women of British ancestry. This event will raise funds for Mountbatten House assisted living facility. Tickets: $40/Ticket Location: St. Augustine Episcopal Church, Byrd Hall Contact: 367-4116, DBEinLa.com 9 Champagne Stroll Benefits: Magazine Street Merchants Association Event […]
Debuting an entirely new annual event, Poydras Home hosted their first “Holiday Tree Lighting & Music Festival” on December 5, 2019. This burgeoning Uptown tradition featured a majestic, 30 foot lighted tree, which shone brightly until January 1, 2020. More than 300 attendees enjoyed the Patron Party inside Poydras Home’s historic 1857 Hall. Musical entertainment […]
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The primary fundraiser for Ladies Leukemia League is the annual “Fete de Noel,” which ushered in the Christmas season in early December. Celebrating 50 years, the Past Presidents in attendance were recognized before the start of the Fete. LLL Co-Presidents Melba Bruce and Jacquelyn Milan could be seen around the room. Children honored were Maryam […]
The grounds and gardens of the New Orleans Jazz Museum were transformed for the “Improvisations Gala.” The fundraiser enabled the museum to globally promote jazz as one of the most innovative, historically pivotal musical art forms through highly-interactive exhibits, as well as support ongoing musical and educational programming. Randy Fertel, Gianna Chachere, Rosalind Hinton and […]
American Cancer Society’s Junior Executive Board brought in $281,000 during their second annual “Shuck Cancer” event in partnership with Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar and Latter & Blum. The event was held on the two blocks of Napoleon Avenue’s neutral ground from St. Charles Avenue and Prytania Street. Twenty young professional cancer advocates and fundraisers […]
St. Charles Avenue magazine is committed to honoring the exemplary philanthropic efforts of New Orleans citizens and nonprofits whose community activism strengthens the core of our community. For the 23rd year, our “Activists of the Year” awards event invited patrons to honor the generous contributions of time, passion and resources by six Activists in 2019: […]
A new exhibition of the Louisiana State Museum, entitled “Chasing the Butterfly Man: The Search for a Lost New Orleans Cabinetmaker, 1810-1825,” celebrates the genius work of an unknown New Orleans cabinetmaker for the repetitive use of a butterfly-shaped joint. Guests at the “Founders Ball” were the first to see the exhibit before its public […]
The Holiday Home Tour and its Patron Party serve as fundraisers for the Preservation Resource Center, which supports the organization’s mission of preserving New Orleans’ historic architecture, neighborhoods and cultural identity through collaboration, empowerment and service to the community. The 2019 Patron Party was presented by Regions Bank, while the Holiday Home Tour was presented […]
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From his open kitchen Chef Antonio Saladino presides over a culinary operation devoid of mood lighting, fine linen, courtly tableside service or soothing music. The floors of his establishment are polished to a high shine offset by megawatt overhead lighting. If this were a restaurant this would be a most undesirable environment. But this is […]
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For me, Gov. John Bel Edwards’ March 20 announcement that all schools would be closing for at least three weeks (and likely longer) now feels like it was years ago. Overnight, a new world entered my household and words like “social distancing” and “pandemic” came out of my 7-year-old’s mouth, and we were faced with […]
In mid-March my children reluctantly arrived home after their college campuses decided to move to online instruction for the remainder of the semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Understandably, nearly every campus in the country followed suit and millions of college students and their families began adjusting to this uncharted territory. My children definitely miss […]
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While sitting at your favorite bar and partaking of a carefully crafted, perfectly balanced cocktail remains a dream, you can still pick up a pre-mixed version without booze. Or, better yet, mix up a batch of your own specialty! I met Quinn Richard a few years ago, and have had him create cocktails for […]
I’ve recently found myself wanting to do something fun and uplifting for friends and neighbors, and since I can’t drop in or take them to dinner, I’ve discovered the perfect alternative: care packages! These can be as simple or over-the-top as you’d like, and I’ve found that there’s something exciting about ringing a doorbell […]
For more than a decade, I’ve had twice-weekly Pilates sessions with Juan Williams of Uncle Joe’s Pilates Studio (UncleJoesPilates.com). During tough times in my life – and my pregnancy – Juan was a lifeline. He knows what my body needs and helps me move it correctly into the movements and positions that will most […]
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What if when you look back on this time 10 years from now, the first thing that comes to your mind is a feeling of happiness, not fear? What if you choose to remember a series of celebrations of life and living, more than moments of trepidation and awkwardness?
To cap off our series on “Celebrating at Home,” I’ve reached out to five local experts. Though they all share different tips and tricks, they all have the same goal: Use this time to come together with the ones you love and make some happy memories that will last you for years to come.
“Take the time to clean the house and prepare as if your least favorite nosy aunt were coming; she’s not. Act like this is the most important party ever; pretend it’s the biggest holiday: The celebration that we can be safe,” says Dunn and Sonnier Antiques, Flowers & Gifts’ Managing Principal and Owner Stephen Sonnier (3433 Magazine St., 524-3235, DunnAndSonnier.com).
“Set the table with the best china, silver, crystal and linens. If you can’t call the shop for flowers, then pick something form your garden or balcony planters – have some type of natural fresh decorations. Light candles in the appropriate locations.
“Prepare a great dinner or order take out form one of the amazing restaurants in New Orleans (they all need our help). Now get dressed up; no sweat or yoga pants. Put on a tie, a jacket and some jewels – the very best you have – and enjoy. Life at every turn should be celebrated.”
“Entertaining at home has never been so popular – or required!” says Owner, Lead Planner and Creative Director Susan Zackin of Z Events Co. (508 Metairie Road, 510-5838, ZEventCo.com) and The Event Glossary (EventGlossary.com).
“Now that we all have a little more time on our hands, pull out some of your favorite recipes or try one you’ve wanted to experiment with for a while. There are lots of ‘how-to’ videos available on the internet, so find something that will inspire you. You can take lessons from well-known floral designers, event planners and even make a custom playlist with your favorite musical artists.
“Become a DJ in your home. Take requests from your guests, order a pulsating light that beats to the music and turn your den into a disco. For another fun twist, pull out your vinyl and a turntable and let everyone pick their favorite album to spin.
“Or have a progressive meal through your home. Make each room representative of a country. Start the first course in one room and progress to a different room for each following course with a different food and wine pairing. Each room could be decorated differently like the country you’re pretending to be in!”
Monique Chauvin, owner of Mitch’s Flowers (4843 Magazine St., 899-4843, MitchsFlowersNola.com), suggests creating a bouquet or centerpiece out of wildflowers and greens you can find in your backyard or while on a walk. “Picking ginger leaves, peppergrass, buttercups and clover blooms make it nice. Loquat, ginger and palms (which can be braided and manipulated) look great with wildflowers and wild grasses.” (Editor’s Note: City Park has an abundance of beautiful wildflowers right now! Just remember to wear your mask and practice social distancing outside of your quarantine group.)
“A great way to recycle newspaper, old maps and wrapping paper is to make an ‘artichoke’ lantern of paper (learn how here). And flowers made from plastic spoons and odd items around house look great when decorated with bottle caps and plastic bottle caps.”
With 48-hours of planning, you can order a 9-inch round cake or pie from Gracious Bakery (GraciousBakery.com). Jay Forman, Co-Owner and “3rd-string Dishwasher” says that the Coconut and Passion Fruit and Chocolate Caramel cakes are his favorite, but that the Gluten-Free Flourless Chocolate Cake is also delightful. Choose from 15 flavors and add writing for $5 more, just choose the location nearest you for pickup.
And here’s a hot tip: On their online pickup/delivery menu is an amazing Chocolate and Cinnamon Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting in a “Self-Pity Size” that’s not meant to be shared!
Desiree Ontiveros, Owner of Badass Balloon Co. (BadassBalloonCo.com), shared the following fun party ideas:
“Let's put that backyard to good use with a ‘Backyard Glamping Party!’ There is nothing we love more than a chance to costume in New Orleans, so whether we’re pushing the 'Troop Beverly Hills' look or 'Moonrise Kingdom,' turn your backyard into a magical campground for your family. Every party needs a photo moment, so build a fort with that Mardi Gras fabric you never used and drape a Badass Balloon Co. DIY Balloon Garland Kit down the side with holographic tassels down the other. Arrange those parade chairs and picnic blankets around your fort and pepper loads of throw pillows around, which are key to the GLAM in Glamping. Cocktails, a perfect picnic from a local restaurant and S'mores makes this backyard party an enviable Instagram moment.
“A Full Home Balloon Installation is the ultimate way to celebrate in style. Bring joy to your family and community with a large-scale balloon installation cascading across the front facade of your home. For those who can ‘treat yo self’ these original art installations by Badass Balloon Co. will set you back $3,000 or more. But it’s the perfect scene setter for a drive-by birthday party and also truly raises up the community. Your home will be the center of your neighborhood that week and your wine cellar will mysteriously grow with all of the lovely gifts left at your porch as a thank you from your neighbors.
“Virtual Activities can include: ‘Great American Bake Off: Zoom Edition’ – all your friends bake you a cake and you judge them, which is my favorite pastime; Drag Queen-led Virtual Bingo – hire a drag queen to host you and your friends though a game of bingo for your birthday; and House Pageant – a fashion show with your best gals.”
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