The Los Angeles Party Planning Guide
Pulling together the right event mix—whether it’s a wedding, a birthday, or a party for no real reason at all—is all about a certain special sauce. Great food and drinks, spot-on music, maybe a few extra shenanigans and flowers for fun, plus a great photographer to capture it all. Below, our Los Angeles Rolodex of great vendors.
Eric Buterbaugh7001 Melrose Ave. | 310.247.7120
Eric Buterbaugh arranges the most beautiful bouquets from quality flowers that last. He's a pleasure to work with, and has long been one of our go-to florists in Los Angeles.
Empty Vase9033 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood | 310.278.1988
From everyday flowers and plants to bouquets for weddings and other special occasions, The Empty Vase has been reliably churning out stunning bouquets of exceptional quality for years. It's worth a walk into the store, but they do also deliver.
Bloom & Plume[email protected] | 323.515.2928
Bloom & Plume arrangements are pretty much unlike anything else out there: Maurice Harris has a telltale flair for the artistic, which results in bouquets and centerpieces that are more botanical sculpture than traditional arrangement. (Take a peek at his Instagram feed to see what we mean—he also did the flowers for our first Cookbook Club.)
Twig & Twine Flowers716 N. Virgil Ave., Hollywood | 323.660.4100
Equal parts floral boutique and adorable gift shop, Twig & Twine is best enjoyed in person rather than over the phone. Owner Heather Williams' calling card is incorporating unexpected elements into her arrangements, be they succulents or rare, alien-looking blooms.
The Original Los Angeles Flower Market754 Wall St., Downtown | 213.627.3696
Downtown's wholesale flower market (it takes up close to two city blocks) is a DIY goldmine. Yes, there are fresh flowers and succulents—both locally and globally grown—literally as far as the eye can see. But you can also come here to snag supplies like vases, gardening tools, and ribbon for a song. Pros get first dibs daily; during designated times, the general public can pay a $1 admission fee during the week; $2 on Saturdays.
The Velvet Garden Flowers622 S. Anderson St., Downtown | 323.852.1766
Kimm Birkicht is a beloved LA-based floral designer with deep industry roots, which translates to an innate understanding that every arrangement—whether it's for a wedding, family gathering, or work event—needs to speak to the client's individual aesthetic.
Founded by Sophia Moreno-Bunge and named after Sophia's two Argentine grandmothers (both named Isabel), ISA ISA is an exquisite floral design studio based in LA. Every arrangement is a piece of artwork, making them the most welcome of gifts.
Yasmine Floral Design323.240.8140
Southern California native Yasmine Mei has a magical touch when it comes to flowers. Her vintage-inspired designs are romantic and earthy, but elegantly so. She primarily delivers on the east side but will bring pricier arrangements west. The best way to place an order is via phone, and in advance, as Mei can get booked up.
BRRCH is a floral design studio that operates out of the Lower East Side of Manhattan as well as in LA. It was started by Brittany Asch, who got her start in the flower industry with an internship at Saipua. A never-ending wealth of flower inspo, Ash's style is timeless; her arrangements are often reminiscent of an oil painting, meaning they are masterfully done. Seasonal arrangements (and slots at occasional workshops) can be purchased online.
My Secret Garden5500 W. Franklin Ave., Los Feliz | 323.469.1514
Located near the base of Griffith Park, this flower shop also carries gift-y items like candles, jewelry, and handmade cards. Even if you haven't been in the shop or perused My Secret Garden's website, chances are you've seen one of their arrangements in the background of a TV show or movie, as they do a lot of set work, too.
Honeycomb Affair[email protected] | 310.663.4707
A combined florist and event services boutique, Honeycomb Affair is known for lush, whimsical bouquets, gorgeous greenery, and arrangements that romantically spill out of their vases. They also offer a day-of package to ensure that everything goes off without a hitch.