A bouquet of wildflowers and roses landed on the desk of a goop editor recently, and everyone in the office gaped. The light pink and yellow flowers were stunningly arranged and so fresh you could smell them ten desks away. It was the Platonic ideal of a bouquet—thoughtful and artistic and perfect. This was our first introduction to FLOOM, a relatively new online floral-delivery service. It was founded by Paris-born Lana Elie, who has held creative roles at high-end luxury brands across the globe. The service is incredibly streamlined. The site is easy to navigate and the arrangements come looking exactly how you order them. The service works with local floral designers in Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco to make sure everything is fresh and delivered intact.
Emma Feil Photography
Emma Feil is well-known around Los Angeles, and for good reason: She’s the master of candid occasion shots—be they weddings, home interiors, birthday parties, or a special portrait of your newborn. Feil manages the impossible with kids—unstaged, active shots of little ones in motion, often looking directly at the camera (not easy). Many of the pictures featured on some of our favorite websites, like Clare V and Ariel Gordon, are stellar examples of Feil’s product-based work.
We have often found that the realities of hosting an outdoor sleepover have a way of stalling plans. Camp’d Out is a full-service luxury tent company that accommodates off-the-grid locations with ease. Pick a patch of desert or an unoccupied hillside (with permission, of course) and this female-founded company will handle the rest. Tents are spacious and decked out with comfortable blow-up mattresses, organic sheets, rugs underfoot, and handy storm lamps. Camp’d Out will also tailor the campsite to your event with heaters, a camp butler to help with the drinks, a fire pit to ward off the chill (and toast a few s’mores), and an outdoor lounge area to maximize the under-the-stars experience. Go big and book Moonrise Standard to cook a feast. You won’t regret it.
Night and Market Song Catering
Kris and Sarah Yenbamroong have all of LA under the spell of their interpretation of Thai street food—served with their well-curated, biodynamic wine list. Kris Yenbamroong has no formal training, but no matter: He learned how to cook in both Bangkok and the kitchen of old Thai mainstay Talésai. Not a week goes by without a handful of goop staffers crowding a table at one of the couple’s three Night + Market restaurants in Silver Lake, West Hollywood, and most recently, Venice. Night + Market Song’s flavorful, vegetarian-friendly Thai food is also available for catering. One (very appealing) option is for chef Yenbamroong to come and set up kitchen in your home to personally cook for a dinner party or small event. For weddings and larger events, the whole team gets involved. Serving plates of crab fried rice; short rib curry with crisp, oil-slick roti for dipping; the sweetest coconut sticky rice; and eye-wateringly spicy papaya salad at your party is unexpected and significantly more exciting than boilerplate hors d’oeuvres. Available in the Los Angeles area only.
After bonding over a shared love of throwing parties and scouring Pinterest boards and Etsy for inspiration, Jessi Means and Lindsey Kauffman decided there must be a faster way to put together cohesive, beautiful events. With Celebrated, they do the legwork for you. The party-in-a-box kits cover both adult and kids’ parties and accommodate twelve guests or more. For kids, expect clever themes, like Happy Camper (stocked with fairy lights, buffalo plaid plates and napkins, scavenger hunt activity cards, and toy flashlights), plus staples like princesses and superheroes. For adults, garden parties, baby showers, margarita fiestas are covered. (They'll also send you party menu suggestions and a shopping list.) What we love: Each party type includes a "special touches" section where you can add extras to customize your event—be it confetti balloons, pool floats, or cake toppers. Attention procrastinators: There's an option for two-day shipping.
The Chain Press
The best businesses are born out of need. The Chain Press is one such example. Masterminded by Naoise McGee, an Irish émigré who missed handwritten letters, the company celebrates old-fashioned craft and encourages the simple gesture of sending a note or invitation on proper stationery. McGee works with clients to create designs and monograms that reflect their personalities and passions. Aside from bespoke personal stationery, the Chain Press also designs custom wedding invitations, announcement cards, even accent pieces for the home, all handmade by McGee—a one-woman show—on a midcentury Vandercook cylinder press in her new Los Angeles atelier.
This string ensemble, made up of four friends and music school grads, is a fun and elegant option for virtually any type of event. Musically, the Cattus repertoire ranges across classical, jazz, pop, and rock—and they're happy to take requests. (Read: they'll gladly play everything from Pachelbel's Canon to Guns N' Roses with equal aplomb.) A secondary passion for these players—aside from their music—is animal welfare, so a portion of the proceeds from their performances goes directly to charity. Photo: Morgan Hydinger
Model Meals is a lot of things at once: grain-free, Whole 30-compatible, local, and organic. (This is a good one if you're looking to avoid dairy and legumes entirely). Deliveries come on Sundays and Wednesdays, and you can easily customize your menu by simply choosing exactly what you want from the rotating list of paleo-friendly meals—plus, you can add Rx bars and other simple snacks to your cart, which really round the week out.
Kooshi lets you choose between paleo, pescatarian, vegetarian, detox, and signature gluten-free options, with opt-in packages ranging from five to forty days. Delivered each morning, all meals are organic and gluten-free, with ingredients sourced from local farms and fisheries; a vegetarian dinner might include roasted spaghetti squash with seitan bolognese, garlic broccolini, and Parmigiano Reggiano (with a really good mint chocolate cookie for dessert).
This waitlist-only service has a loyal following, and it’s easy to see why: The menu is full of cleaned-up comfort foods, like vegan eggplant caponata made with basil pesto, broccolini, and pistachio parmesan, or Spanish chickpea paella. (Their desserts are amazing, too, with matcha chocolate collagen balls and paleo dark chocolate brownies with avocado frosting on the menu.) You can mix and match your proteins and sides, and arrange for portions to be big enough for two servings. Meals arrive in glass jars, which travel well, and they'll pick up for easy reuse. Delivery is available in central and West LA, as well as much of the Bay Area.
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