COMMUNITY: Philadelphia Magazine’s Wine & Food Festival

May 9, 2016

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LOOKING BACK TO LAST WEEK’S PHILADELPHIA MAGAZINE’S WINE + FOOD FESTIVAL at Lincoln Financial Field.

Held in Lincoln Financial Field’s stylish SCA Club, this year’s #PHLWineFest was another exciting event for Philly foodies! With more than 650 samplings of exclusive wines from around the world and delicious food offered from Philadelphia’s most popular restaurants including 1100 Social, Amada, Bank & Bourbon, Birchtree Catering, Crow and the Pitcher, Davio’s, Fat Jack’s, Laurel, Revolution Taco, this was one of the biggest city celebrations of the year! A portion of the event proceeds benefited Daisy Days, a month long campaign to raise funds and awareness for research and patient care programs at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

As usual, Evantine Design was thrilled to be part of this exciting community event!

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Many thanks to our hardworking design team, led by Dean Springman, for all the detailed work this type of complex event required, most particularly, the graphic design and artwork. Well done #teamEvantine!


We Can’t Keep it to Ourselves, Our Flower Boutique is Moving!

March 30, 2016

Evantine Design Floral Shop and Gift Boutique is Moving to Washington Square Philadelphia

NOW YOU KNOW OUR EXCITING NEWS! Seems almost like a birth announcement, and frankly, it feels kinda like that!

AFTER TWENTY YEARS at The Rittenhouse Hotel, EVANTINE, our floral boutique and fine gift store, is moving across town to a BIGGER and BETTER location! Of course, we are grateful beyond words for the patronage and support of the residents of The Rittenhouse Hotel and Condominiums, as well as the Rittenhouse Square community. But it’s time to move on to something new on another square…

OUR NEW STORE will be located at 715 Walnut Street in the Washington Square neighborhood near trendy restaurants, swanky apartment buildings, historic townhouses, and other chic boutiques. Our new cool digs will offer more of what you love about EVANTINE, custom fresh florals and beautiful plants, as well as stylish novelty items and wonderful fine gifts for the home.

BUT WE’RE NOT OPEN JUST YET! Someday soon, VERY SOON! We promise. We’re still working hard, getting our amazing inventory on the shelves and our luscious flowers flown in from around the world. We’ll let you know when you can stop by for a visit. And, right about that same time we’ll be re-launching our EVANTINE DESIGN website! Everything at once! of course. Is there any other way?

Until then, watch for our updates on social media via hashtag #shopEvantine.

With much love and gratitude,

Brian Kappra, Creative Director


COMMUNITY: A Downton Abbey Evening Benefiting Breast & Prostate Health

December 8, 2015

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By Brian Kappra, Creative Director and Owner of Evantine Design

WHAT AN INCREDIBLE EVENING IN PHILADELPHIA! Last night at the historic Union League of Philadelphia, The Foundation for Breast and Prostate Health (“FBPH”) and Independence Blue Cross hosted an elegant evening of witty, insightful conversation, tasty cocktails and delectable bites with Downton Abbey creator and Academy Award winning writer Lord Julian Fellowes.

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First and foremost, we thank our guest of honor, Lord Julian Fellowes for sharing his talents, wisdom and Downton story with us all wrapped up with a delightful bow. We also thank CNN anchor Michael Smerconish, a big fan of Downton Abbey, for conducted a fantastic and entertaining interview with Lord Fellowes. Michael tried to get the dish out of Lord Fellowes on the last season of the show, but, to no one’s surprise, the show writer was tight-lipped on what’s up for Season 6. Frankly, that’s just the way we want it! Additional thank yous go out to Brian Toner of Eventions ProductionsEddie Bruce, and of course, a GIANT thank you to Stewart Mahan and his hard-working catering team at the Union League for rolling out the red carpet and holiday cheer for the festivities!

As co-chair of the event, I was overwhelmed by the support of friends, clients {and client-friends!}, and colleagues who joined us at The Union League for this fun outing benefiting The Foundation for Breast and Prostate Health. Even though it was a Monday night in the middle of the busy holiday season, the response and support was truly heart warming. Both me and my co-chair (and the founder of FBPH), the lovely Shelley Schwartz, as well as the rest of the dedicated FBPH special event committee, THANK YOU for your generosity.  Just a few photos from the event, from our seasonal decorations to the delicious food and superb company kept in the storied halls of The Union League. Enjoy!

{All photos courtesy of the always amazing Tyler Boye – thanks Tyler!}

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For more information about the event, jump over to Aubrey Nagle’s article in the Philly Voice


JOIN US! An Evening with Oscar Winner & Downton Abbey Creator, Julian Fellowes

November 6, 2015

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JOIN “DOWNTON ABBEY” CREATOR JULIAN FELLOWES AND CNN ANCHOR MICHAEL SMERCONISH ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 7th TO SUPPORT BREAST AND PROSTATE HEALTH!!!

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The Foundation for Breast and Prostate Health is partnering with Independence Blue Cross to host an evening of entertaining conversation, tasty cocktails and gourmet plates with Downton Abbey creator and Academy Award-winning screenwriter, Lord Julian Fellowes, on Monday, December 7 at the Union League of Philadelphia. This unique event will include a one-on-one interview with Lord Fellowes moderated by CNN anchor Michael Smerconish.

All proceeds from ticket sales go to support the Foundation’s breast and prostate initiatives. See below for more details about the event and to purchase your tickets. OR, click on this link to Buy Tickets to An Evening with Julian Fellowes.

Lord Fellowes is a celebrated actor, novelist, film director and screenwriter. His many many MANY achievements include his script for the film, Gosford Park, for which he was awarded an Oscar, as well as screenwriting for Vanity Fair, The Tourist, The Young Victoria, and the much loved television series, Downton Abbey. Julian Fellowes is a fascinating storyteller guaranteed to entertain guests with anecdotes about Downton Abbey, as well as his illustrious career in showbiz. Please join us and bring your friends…

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BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY! Just click on this link to Buy Tickets to An Evening with Julian Fellowes.


COMMUNITY: A Modern Garden Theme for Ball on The Square

July 7, 2015

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BALL ON THE SQUARE: Guests enjoyed a stylish summer evening of dining, dancing and entertainment under the city skyline.

Just a couple weeks ago we were honored to take part in producing and designing the 32nd Annual Ball on The Square in Rittenhouse Square Park. Hosted by The Friends of Rittenhouse Square and Arthur Wolk of The Wolk Law Firm (as well as sweet little Boo, the law firm’s resident canine mascot), this year’s tented gala broke records for attendance with over 400 well-heeled guests present for the occasion. All to celebrate the history and beauty the park provides the city, but also, to bring in some of the much-needed funds for its preservation and ongoing maintenance.

For this year’s Ball on The Square, Philadelphia’s most prestigious summer event, we were inspired to create a “modern garden party” vibe. Floating modern lamps, natural wood elements, textured linens, crisp white table settings, manzanita branches, hammered aluminum, contemporary iron, sculptural flowers, warm dappled lighting, and modern glass containers all came together for a light and airy outdoor soiree. As it always does, these kinds of amazing events take a team of dedicated professionals who are not only passionate about what they do, but committed to The Friends of Rittenhouse Square: Eventions Productions, EventQuip, Starr Events Catering, and the Eddie Bruce Orchestra.  Just a few photographs of the event set up to share. Until next year…

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COMMUNITY: Celebrating International Women’s Day {with PURPLE FLOWERS!}

March 8, 2015
Floral Design by Evantine Design; Photo courtesy of Drew Noel Photography

Floral Design by Evantine Design; Photo courtesy of Drew Noel Photography

In honor of International Women’s Day‘s 2015 Theme: Make it Happen and ‪#‎PaintitPurple‬ campaign, we’re sharing this image of some beautiful bridesmaids as well as the bouquets we designed for them to carry in all shades of, what else? PURPLE!

What is International Women’s Day?

All around the world, International Women’s Day (IWD) represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality. BOOM. That’s it, that’s all. Important to remember every day but TODAY it’s a global statement we’re happy to participate in. In some countries, like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday.

Make It Happen is the 2015 theme which encourages effective action for advancing and recognizing women. The first International Women’s Day was held in 1911 and each year IWD is celebrated on March 8. Thousands of events occur to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organizations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women’s groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day.

Why purple?

From 1908, the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) in Great Britain adopted the color scheme of purple, white and green to symbolize the plight of the Suffragettes. In case you aren’t familiar with the term, or just don’t remember your high school history lessons, Suffragettes campaigned for women’s right to vote. The word ‘Suffragette’ is derived from the word “suffrage” meaning the right to vote. International Women’s Day honors the work of the Suffragettes, celebrates women’s success, and reminds us all of inequities still to be addressed and eradicated across the globe.

PURPLE POWER! Specifically, purple symbolizes justice and dignity – two values strongly associated with women’s equality to this day. The three colors were, and still are, used for banners, flags, rosettes and badges to show solidarity. Like many other businesses, EVANTINE DESIGN has chosen to take part in today’s celebration if only by honoring women through a few beautiful images shared across our social media.

Join us, please.

#PaintItPurple in your own world’s today to mark International Women’s Day and show your support. You can also lend your support by
donating to your favorite women’s charity, supporting a female-focused crowd-funding initiative, or via social media using hashtags#PaintItPurple, #Makeithappen, #IWD, #womensday, and #internationalwomensday.  


COMMUNITY: 2014 Marian Anderson Award Honors Jon Bon Jovi

November 18, 2014

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Over the years, Evantine Design has had the pleasure and honor of designing the event decor for many of the prestigious Marian Anderson Awards Galas. Tonight’s grand celebration honoring American singer-songwriter, record producer, philanthropist, and actor JON BON JOVI, is sure to be as incredible as the others. If not more so. Not only for the amazing show that will assuredly take place on stage in the magnificent Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. But also, and more importantly, for the well-deserved recognition the event will highlight of the work Bon Jovi has done, and continues to do, to fight hunger and homelessness through Project HOME and the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation. Many of his philanthropic projects focus right here, in and around Philadelphia, which makes this year’s dedication even more precious as our local community has been touched so personally by this humble humanitarian’s passion for helping others. We particularly admire his community restaurant JBJ Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, New Jersey as HOPE really is delicious.

Tonight’s 2014 Annual Award Gala Dinner and Concert program guarantees a rockin’ night to remember with comedienne Wanda Sykes as host, spoken tributes by Senator Cory Booker and Project HOME Executive Director Sister Mary Scullion, as well as performances by Grammy Award-winning Estelle, The All American Rejects, Jon Batiste and Stay Human.

Reaching out to others less fortunate really is a simple and straight-forward concept. One we have always taken to heart here at Evantine Design as that’s the principle Creative Director, Brian Kappra, feels strongly about himself and strives to honor every day. In other words, giving back isn’t complicated. It is black and white with sunshine rippling through it in hopeful, caring ways. Reflecting on that clarity of purpose, in our own simple way, for tonight’s gala, Evantine Design will be creating a comfortable black and white environment with pops of bright happy yellow, magenta and purple. It is a true honor to participate once again in this amazing annual event.

We encourage you to read more about the esteemed Marian Anderson Award below as it really is a tremendous gift to the City of Brotherly Love, as well as the greater community around us.

The Marian Anderson Award, sponsored by Wells Fargo, honors artists whose leadership on behalf of a humanitarian cause(s) or issue(s) benefits society. Previous recipients include Berry Gordy (2013), James Earl Jones (2012), Mia Farrow (2011), Bill Cosby (2010), Maya Angelou and Norman Lear (2008), Richard Gere (2007), Sidney Poitier (2006), Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis (2005), Oprah Winfrey (2003), Danny Glover (2002), Quincy Jones (2001), Elizabeth Taylor (2000), Gregory Peck (1999), and Harry Belafonte (1998). No award was given in 2004 or 2009. Created in 1998, the Award is named for the great Philadelphian and American singer Marian Anderson, and is produced and administered under the direction of J. Patrick Moran. Since its inception, the Award program has provided more than $500,000 in free public programs, residencies, commissions, and grants to young artists.

Marian Anderson, the most celebrated contralto of the 20th century, was born in Philadelphia on February 27, 1897, to an African-American family of modest means. Recognized for her extraordinary musical talent, as well as her generosity and commitment to others, Ms. Anderson was a master of repertoire across operatic, recital, and American traditional genres. Throughout her musical career, she played an incalculably vital role in the acceptance of African-American musicians in classical musical and in other previously segregated performing arts genre. In 1957, Ms. Anderson was appointed by the U.S. Department of State to serve as a Special Envoy to the Far East, and the following year President Dwight D. Eisenhower named her to the post of delegate to the General Assembly of the United Nations. She sang at President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration in 1961; in 1963 President Lyndon B. Johnson bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom upon her. On her 75th birthday, in 1974, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution ordering a special gold medal minted in her honor. On April 8, 1993, Marian Anderson died at the age of 96 in Portland, Oregon. Her legacy continues to shine.