Garden Glamour

“This wedding is best described by the bride as boho with a side of fancy, fancy which translates into equal parts killer style and vendor dream team. From design by Yifat Oren & Stefanie Cove, to richly hued florals by The Velvet Garden and Gia Canali behind the lens. In the full gallery you’ll find a moonlit ceremony so enchanting followed by a ballroom reception with glamour tucked into every nook.”

http://www.stylemepretty.com/2014/09/09/glamorous-garden-wedding-at-the-beverly-hills-hotel/

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Always, YO, Stef & Co.

Monkey Magic – Brooks’ 2nd Birthday Bash

It has become a June highlight to  to work with our dearest, Molly Sims, for her sweet boy Brooks’, 2nd birthday. This year, we worked with Molly and her team to come up with creative projects that we could all make together.  Brooks’ current obsession du jour (it goes in spurts with the wee ones) Curious George,  for obvious reasons, who doesn’t love that mischievous primate?  So Molly decided to create a party with some monkey magic. Some of the elements were:

A colorful paper flower sign to welcome the guests.

Flower Sign Brooks

A real live  Curious George! And a make-your-own yellow hat station -sponsored by Yoobi, an amazing new company that donates school supplies to classrooms. For every Yoobi product purchased, a Yoobi item will be donated to a classroom in need across the US.

Brooks-bday-4

One of our favorite elements was a recent new discovery by the YOA team.  What better to accompany a Curious George party than mini frozen bananas?!  Or any party for that matter. Hannah’s Bananas, a mini food truck available for private events in Los Angeles and surrounding areas, is the most  adorable vintage truck, called the “Boho-Nana”, get it??   With an attached end table and banana shaped stools, Hannah’s Bananas was a hit!

Brooks Banna

molly banana

Spring has Sprung.

Once again, we have braved the rough winter of LA (ha!) and are standing at the threshold of spring.   Say farewell to the creamy, dark liquors of winter’s past and welcome the fresh onset of spring’s light refreshments. Here are a few that we love, selected for YOA by one of the top mixologists in his field, Beverage Director Nick Meyer of Sprout LA, well known for their bar programs at Bestia LA, Vibiana, Pettycash Taqueria, Sotto aand Picca, and of Soigné Group -whose bar program at Acabar is ranked second amongst the top bars in all of America.

As with all we do, we love to embrace the season through seasonal ingredients. We believe they are a healthy start to any proper celebration.  Alas, our spring libation station below:

Gordon’s Cup –Delightfully refreshing, would love one now.

4 lime wedges

2 slices cucumber

3/4 ounce simple syrup

Muddle gently in a cocktail shaker

Add 2 ounces gin, and a scoop of ice

Give it a quick shake, and dump all contents into a tumbler glass. Garnish with a pinch of kosher salt in the drink. (PS – gin is the new vodka don’t ya know?)

Gordons Cup

Gold Rush –Bourbon is not always for everyone, but this one is a winner. Named for the gold miners in the late 1800s in California…

3/4 oz fresh lemon juice

3/4 oz honey syrup (3 parts high quality honey to 1 part water)

2 oz bourbon

Build in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake for about 10 seconds; strain over fresh ice in a tumbler for super refreshing whiskey cocktail.

Gold Rush shadow

Cucumber-Lemonade Mocktail –For those of you on the straight-and-narrow, we here at YOA suggest this choice beverage if you are looking for something with a little less kick.

3 large cucumbers peeled and chopped (leave 12 slices of cucumber for garnish)

1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary, plus 4 sprigs for garnish

1 cup water

1/2 cup lemon juice

3 tablespoons agave syrup

In a food processor, puree rosemary and cucumber. Strain and press on the solids to extract all the juice. Add water, lemon juice and agave syrup to the cucumber/rosemary juice and stir until the agave dissolves. Pour over ice-filled glasses. Garnish with cucumber slices and rosemary sprigs.

mocktail

Let us know what you think.

Cheers… L’chaim… Kampai… Salud… Prost  to spring!

YO, Stef & Co.

Ancient Location, New Inspiration.

Today, Yifat & Danielle had a site visit at the oldest Jewish congregation in Los Angeles. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, the purpose of a “site visit” is to scout out a venue to feel for the look, layout and, of course, design of the space. Well, scout we did. Built in 1872, before cars were even in existence, the newly remodeled Wilshire Boulevard Temple is truly breathtaking. With its restored murals lining the sanctuary walls, beaming panels of the refurbished dome above and metallic detailing of the temple gates –the temple imbues life, culture and history. What a wonderful way to start a Wednesday and get our event minds turning.

Always, YO, Stef & Co.

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