Brian Kappra to be Honored at Cancer Support Community Gala

April 19, 2017

 

Honoring Dedication and Generosity

We are tremendously proud to announce that our very own BRIAN KAPPRA, President and Creative Director of Evantine Design, will be honored at this year’s Cancer Support Community Greater Philadelphia’s Annual Evening in the Park Gala! To know Brian at all is to know what a generous spirit he is, regularly offering his time, product and dedication to supporting local organizations such as the CSCGP. This year’s Gala takes place on May 4th — and, although it says “gala” it’s not black tie. Rather, it’s a fun, tapas-style cocktail party that focus on music, art and friendship. Read more below…

About the Cancer Support Community

If you are not familiar with the Cancer Support Community, their mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. Their programs and daily support is vital to anyone facing cancer head on. In fact, the Cancer Support Community Greater Philadelphia provides 150+ free social and emotional cancer support programs EACH MONTH!

The 19th Annual “An Evening in the Park” Gala

This year’s Gala co-chairs Iliana Strauss and Wendy H. Rosen invite you to join them on May 4th, 2017 at 6:00pm for an Evening in the Park on the grounds of the Cancer Support Community Greater Philadelphia at the Suzanne Morgan Center at Ridgeland.

We Congratulate This Year’s Honorees

Mr. & Mrs. John Green and Family, Members of CSCGP at Gilda’s Club

Gerald L. Messerschmidt, M.D., FACP, Chief Medical Officer, Precision Oncology, Attending Pysician, Lankenau Medical Associates

Mr. Brian Kappra, President & Creative Director, Evantine Design

Interested in Attending the Event?

REGISTER HERE to attend the Gala, or, if you are unable to attend, just click right HERE to make a donation. Why? Because the Cancer Support Community is committed to making sure no one has to face cancer alone.

Event: The 19th Annual Evening in the Park Gala

Where: The  Suzanne Morgan Center at Ridgeland, 4100 Chamounix Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19131

Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017, 6:00 PM

Thank You for Your Support

We would love to see you there so get your tickets to attend the GALA before it’s too late!

TASTE: A Food Tasting Isn’t Optional in Party Planning

December 8, 2016

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Food is part of the entertainment…

One very important, and always challenging-but-exciting, aspect of what we do here at Evantine Design is menu design and planning. Each event we design and produce has unique requirements for food, beverage, display, and service. As a result, we are always looking to create the NEXT exciting food experience for our clients!

A food tasting that wowed…

To that end, earlier this week we were treated to an absolutely exquisite tasting, right here in our design studio. One of our favorite New York caterers created an open kitchen in our floral studio that gave us a chance to see all the culinary magic come to life as each plate was made. It also afforded us the opportunity to ask questions of the chef and culinary team. We are collaborating on many upcoming projects with this caterer in the 2017-2018 event season and it was great fun introducing them to our client in such an interactive fashion!

Only crumbs remained…

We took just a few photos of the food tasting as we were just too busy eating all the delicious food! But as you can see, the chef really pulled out all the tasty stops for us… {nom, nom, nom}

The table is set for the food tasting...

The table is set for the food tasting…

Our floral design studio became an open kitchen...

Our floral design studio became an open kitchen…

A sirloin beef slider with 3 pepper ketchup that was insane, with homemade chips...

We enjoyed a sirloin beef slider with 3 pepper ketchup that was insane, with homemade chips…

Persian Cucumber with Yellowfin Tuna, black olive, caperberry...

Persian Cucumber with Yellowfin Tuna, black olive, caperberry…

Event Planner Paige Dietz tasting the Truffle Grilled Cheese with smoked tomato jam...

Event Planner Paige Dietz tasting the Truffle Grilled Cheese with smoked tomato jam…

Paige loving her Kippered Salmon hors d’oeuvre before we could photograph it...

Paige loving her Kippered Salmon hors d’oeuvre before we could photograph it…

Event Planner Robert Canada, who has dropped his phone one too many times, helps document the tasting...

Event Planner Robert Canada, who has dropped his phone one too many times, helps document the tasting…

An amazing Frank en Croute with spicy mustard...

An amazing Frank en Croute with spicy mustard…

A Citrus Roasted Baby Carrots – Blood orange, puffed rice, parsley-honey dressing...

A Citrus Roasted Baby Carrots – Blood orange, puffed rice, parsley-honey dressing…

The chef plating up the carrot salad...

The chef plating up the carrot salad…

Market Beets with heirloom Apples – SO GOOD.

Market Beets with heirloom Apples – SO GOOD.

Herb roasted beef tenderloin with butternut squash polenta, bordelaise sauce... ahhh-mazing...

Herb roasted beef tenderloin with butternut squash polenta, bordelaise sauce… ahhh-mazing…

Applewood Smoked Chicken Roulade – So smoky and delicious. Served with Cauliflower farrotto, Spinach, Braised Cipollini...

Applewood Smoked Chicken Roulade – So smoky and delicious. Served with Cauliflower farrotto, Spinach, Braised Cipollini…

...and with a rich and mind-blowing Chocolate Bomb for dessert.

…and with a rich and mind-blowing Chocolate Bomb for dessert.

 


PLANNING: Celebrate the Joy of Just Being Engaged

January 8, 2016

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The holidays are behind us now and “engagement season” is now officially open! All kidding aside, we congratulate all the newly engaged couples out there and wish you, and your families, much joy during this precious time. But, please, if we could suggest anything to you as wedding planners who have seen it all and then some, PLEASE take the time to enjoy your engagement. Treasure the wedding planning journey for it is more than trying on gowns and tasting cakes. We love seeing happy couples and their families sitting around our conference table; couples who are thoroughly enjoying themselves instead of collapsing under the pressure of weighty expectations.

The careful planning of your wedding is not something to rush through or feel stressed out about. Embrace it. Enjoy it. Savor it. Look at it as a transitional time for you and your beloved to start working together as your own family unit, and for your families to work together as a team. Share your dreams with each other. Include your families in the conversation. Listen to each other. Acknowledge what is important to each of you in sharing the celebration with others. Be willing to compromise or offer realistic alternatives. Trust each other, as well as the experienced professionals you choose to work with on this milestone occasion. Honor each other’s individuality and treasure the unexpected creativity that springs forth during the process.

Being engaged alone is something to celebrate! Planning a wedding is amazing, truly. But marriage, well, MARRIAGE is a beautiful thing if you let it bloom.

{Photo courtesy of Michael Spain-Smith}


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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MITZVAHS: A Mod Mitzvah for Dylan at the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia

May 19, 2015

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Hard to believe our beloved Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia is closing its doors soon {this June!} at their current location  at One Logan Square. At this point, it’s just a matter of days now when we end an era and await the new one to begin in 2016. Yes, they absolutely will reopen here in Philadelphia! But, as we mentioned before, we have many happy memories and proud moments of events we designed at the hotel. Like Dylan’s contemporary Bar Mitzvah celebration (shown here in this post) which we installed in the Spring of 2012. Another total transformation of the space where white fringe ruled the entrance area, sleek white furniture screamed MOD!, and the entire ballroom was aglow in dramatic blue lighting. {Photos courtesy of Susan Beard Design}

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ABOUT US: Celebrating 20 Years at The Rittenhouse Hotel!

April 29, 2015

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**UPDATE** After 21 years at The Rittenhouse, we have moved our retail boutique to another new location. Please come visit us at 715 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, just off Washington Square in Center City, Philadelphia. Need to reach the store or need directions? please reach out via 215-790-2576 or tina@evantinedesign.com 

WE’RE CELEBRATING 20 YEARS AT THE RITTENHOUSE!

Unbelievably, this week marks the 20th anniversary of the opening of our Evantine Boutique at The Rittenhouse!!!!!

Although we were creating some of Philadelphia’s chicest parties for years (and years, and years…) before we moved into this prestigious hotel, it seems like just yesterday we signed the lease for the lobby retail space. From designing stylish parties and lavish weddings in their elegant ballroom, to wrapping up fresh floral bouquets daily for dedicated clients, landscaping the garden with seasonal blooms, and decorating the lobby for the holidays, over the past 20 years we have gotten to know the hotel inside and out as our second home! Truly, it has been an inspiring 20 year partnership!

Over the years we have had the pleasure to work with many talented members of The Rittenhouse staff. Most particularly, Lori Maslowski in the catering department. Right up to last night when we were back in the ballroom with a cool Mad Men-themed party! As usual, Lori and her talented food and beverage team made sure each and every detail was taken care of beautifully and efficiently.

Thank you Team Rittenhouse for all that you have done and continue to do! Everyone at Team Evantine looks forward to another 20 years!

Love, Brian Kappra, Creative Director of Evantine Design

{Photo of a classic Rittenhouse Wedding we designed in the hotel ballroom courtesy of Faith West Photography}

**UPDATE** After 21 years at The Rittenhouse, we have moved our retail boutique to another new location. Please come visit us at 715 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, just off Washington Square in Center City, Philadelphia. Need to reach the store or need directions? please reach out via 215-790-2576 or tina@evantinedesign.com


REAL STORIES: Celebrating Club Cory on this Mitzvah Monday!

April 13, 2015

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Happy Mitzvah Monday! The weekend is behind us and we are happy to proclaim that we managed to survive another absolutely AH-mazing mitzvah party! When you produce the detailed, labor-intensive events that we do, day in and day out, it can get a little stressful. But all that passion for producing the impossible in a matter of hours is what we live for! Cory’s Modern Mitzvah this past Saturday at Meadowlands Country Club was another example of that passion. We designed and produced an experience that not only WOWED Cory’s guests from the moment they arrived, but kept them engaged and energized right up until the last sweet second. Always wonderful to get a note like this from your client:

Thank you Brian and Evantine Design for creating such an amazing night. The room was spectacular. You are a pleasure to work with and your vision and creativity is like no other. Thank you for making everything work and creating a beautiful room. There was no detail left out. Thank you for not only doing your part but also reaching out to all my other vendors and making sure everyone was on the same page!!! You are awesome!!!!

I thank my entire, talented design and production team for their dedication and creativity. Team Evantine, we did it again! We worked together to manufacture some unique custom touches throughout the event that made CLUB CORY truly special!  Love, Brian Kappra, Creative Director & Chief Crazy Read the rest of this entry »