When Stephanie Elhayani answered a help-wanted sign at her neighborhood flower shop as a high-school sophomore, she hardly imagined that floral arrangements would become her life's work. Several years and scores of bouquets later, Stephanie’s Seed Floral Couture artfully nestles local and organic blossoms into unique vessels-—such as teacups, wooden boxes, and overturned tricorn hats—to celebrate weddings, parties, and other special events. Custom centerpieces and tablescapes situate objects such as coral and fruit amid lush bouquets of orchids, hydrangeas, dahlias, and chrysanthemums. The boutique also hosts a series of classes designed to equip novice florists with a wealth of firsthand botanical knowledge. Lessons cover the vast spectrum of seasonal blooms, review complimentary colors and species, and demonstrate how to fend off jealous honeybees in a relaxed classroom setting.
Chef Brian Hill started his culinary career by catering friends' parties on the side. Food quickly became his only job, and he landed gigs catering for celebrities such as Eddie Murphy, Mary J. Blige, and Mariah Carey. His love of exotic spices and bold flavors boosted him to stardom: In 2006, he competed against other culinary masterminds on Top Chef and has also appeared on Private Chefs of Beverly Hills.
In 1981, college roommates Cheryl Krueger and Caryl Walker opened a bakery called Cheryl’s Cookies. Over time they began to use their ovens for more than just those eponymous cookies, and seven years later they opted to simplify the name to Cheryl's. These days the versatile bakery churns out an assortment of cakes and brownies alongside their signature happy-face cookies. Most of the treats are certified kosher and come in a variety of flavors, from snickerdoodle to buttercream. Sugar-free options sate sensitive teeth, and treats can be combined to create gift baskets, tins, and boxes for informal or formal occasions.
DJ Derek keeps LA entertained, whether it’s through his full-service DJ and MC services, or by renting out his deluxe photo booth. DJ Derek’s professional photo booth is a throwback novelty equipped with modern technology, offering partygoers high-quality prints full of fun memories and undisputable proof that you look awesome in an oversize hat.
A good mixologist can create a drink for any occasion, whether it’s a special cocktail for a wedding, a classic sidecar for poker night, or an alcohol-free invention for a kids’ party. The crew of drinkmakers at Royal Blue Bartending goes one step further, mixing and pouring the drinks themselves behind their mobile bar. They craft a custom menu for every client, consulting over the phone before the event to put together the drink list and determine if they need to wear any special outfits. On the big day, they arrive one hour before the party to set up their bar and touch base with the host. Then, they begin up to five hours of drink duty, inundating the get-together with beverages and providing friendly conversation and tiny straws to anyone with a mouth. Afterward, they break down their temporary bar as efficiently as they constructed it, leaving behind only the heady memory of the drinks they served.