The Las Vegas Philharmonic pipes torrents of audience-focused tunefulness into the desert with the help of conductor David Itkin, praised by the Las Vegas Review-Journal for "his ability to guide the orchestra's contribution to the community." This holiday season, the masterful ensemble continues its upbeat Pops series, inflating the grand Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall with a lineup of Christmas and Hanukkah melodies that form a fonder tradition than annual family eggnog-chugging contests. Backed by the orchestra's lush harmonies and the soaring sounds of the Las Vegas Master Singers, singer Kristen Hertzenberg from Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular lends her gold-plated vocal cords to the performance, and Jersey Boys star Travis Cloer channels his time spent on Broadway to charm listeners and hail postshow cabs with dazzling grace.
While hopeful revelers wait in line outside a club, guests of Good Times VIP are already congregating around a reserved table as servers begin pouring drinks from reduced-price bottle service. The special treatment is a result of Good Times' personal relationships with clubs around Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Whether for a bachelor party, birthday, or extraspecial Department of Sanitation inspection, its prearranged club crawls guarantee clients skip lines or sneak in through private entrances at reduced or free admission. A staff member is assigned to each party as a personal concierge, planning every detail ahead of time and staying on as a contact throughout the celebration. To supplement club crawls, the staff can also use their list of contacts to investigate special rates on limo service, concert tickets, spa days, and recreational activities such as jet skis or party boats.
The balloon artists at Ms. Balloon LV must also dabble in science, or at least reckon with one scientific principle: High temperatures make gases expand. In Las Vegas’s arid climate, this means latex balloons are prone to popping in the middle of summer block parties.
Luckily, the savvy team has invented ways around this conundrum. Their balloon arches and canopies last until even stragglers leave the party. Their children’s balloon figures—complete with friendly smiles and occasional hair bows—are equally long-lasting. The secret is inflating latex balloons only most of the way, leaving room for expansion if the weather heats up or all the area toasters start toasting at once. In other cases, they incorporate Mylar, or foil, balloons, which react well to heat.
At We Luv Flowers by Faith, FTD florists coalesce fresh blossoms into artful arrangements suitable for any occasion. Popular buds, such as roses, tulips, and orchids, show off teamwork in bouquets large and small, housed in classic glass vases and whimsical containers, such as baskets and candle jars. To discourage daffodil munching, buyers can customize flower-filled gifts with add-ons, such as Godiva chocolates and Mrs. Fields cookies. The florists’ talents also bloom at large events, such as weddings, graduations, and the Miss America pageant, which has showcased the shop’s designs since 2010. We Luv Flowers’ distinctive orange van speedily delivers arrangements to a variety of locales, including homes, offices, and underproducing beehives.
A Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas's name doesn't fully capture the eclectic array of weddings it hosts. With five chapels to choose from, the team offers ceremonies in a traditional chapel, but its most distinct unions take place outside the stained-glass-accented confines. Under the iconic "Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada" sign, one of the ceremonies features an Elvis impersonator who croons romantic classics such as "Love Me Tender," and couples depart with a copy of Elvis and Priscilla's marriage license. Or eschew Vegas proper altogether and exchange vows on destination weddings at scenic locales such as Valley of Fire, Red Rock, and the Grand Canyon.