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Easter Parade!

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Entertaining with Bev
A Neighborhood Easter Parade

Photographed by Linda Reese Bjork
This town loves a parade, so why not gather the neighborhood families together and get everyone in on the fun for Easter? Any holiday will do! March down the street a few blocks and then have an Easter egg hunt.

Start by decorating golf carts with Easter-themed garland and bunnies (we purchased ours at Gordon’s and The Dollar Tree). Clip on brightly colored tulle. Bunny ears are a must, and the bunny apron that Lucy Schwartz is wearing came from Orient Expressed. Give everyone rhythm instruments and get the boom box going (I found the drum that Kate Bensel is carrying at the New Orleans Music Exchange on Magazine Street).

We hid colorful eggs filled with jellybeans and gummy bears, and the cupcakes came from Rouses. Serve juice drinks for the children and champagne for the adults.

Thanks to Kate Bensel for being my assistant and to Tom and Carol Reese for their incredible garden.

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A Blooming History

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A Blooming History
Luis Colmenares and Bev Church teamed up – again – for “Art in Bloom”
Bev Church

Luis Colmenares and I have teamed up on many projects for over 30 years. We started collaborating with furniture for my and my husband’s house, and then Luis and I started designing centerpieces for my collection, Entertaining Celebrations. When I’m asked to create a party or event, I speak to the client first and if something must be created, I call Luis! The first large party we did was a seated dinner for 600 for Entergy. We designed the centerpiece, which consisted of 10 vases put together, so each guest got to take their individual vase, complete with flowers, home as a gift.

“Art in Bloom” is no exception. It all started with my dream of a large pink-and-white striped tent at the beach. First, Luis does a sketch, then he draws a design with chalk on the floor of his studio so we get the scale. Next, he creates a metal frame and cuts out curtains, a flag, a sun and stars from metal sheets. He painted some of the stripes so we could get an idea of what it would look like. When the final product is ready, all of the detailing comes in with Luis’s amazing expertise.

I handled the table, creating the look – painting it hot pink and designing the flowers that were the chargers and centerpiece. I used mini chrysanthemums and sweetheart roses in hot pink and orange.

“Art in Bloom,” which benefits the New Orleans Museum of Art and The Garden Study Club, is an incredible event, and Luis and I were excited to be included in the “Movers and Shakers” category. The creativity of all of the designers is over the top, and it’s an event we all look forward to each year. What an honor!

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Zoo-to-Do Collaboration!

April 30, 2016
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A Blooming History
Luis Colmenares and Bev Church teamed up – again – for “Art in Bloom”
Bev Church

Luis Colmenares and I have teamed up on many projects for over 30 years. We started collaborating with furniture for my and my husband’s house, and then Luis and I started designing centerpieces for my collection, Entertaining Celebrations. When I’m asked to create a party or event, I speak to the client first and if something must be created, I call Luis! The first large party we did was a seated dinner for 600 for Entergy. We designed the centerpiece, which consisted of 10 vases put together, so each guest got to take their individual vase, complete with flowers, home as a gift.

“Art in Bloom” is no exception. It all started with my dream of a large pink-and-white striped tent at the beach. First, Luis does a sketch, then he draws a design with chalk on the floor of his studio so we get the scale. Next, he creates a metal frame and cuts out curtains, a flag, a sun and stars from metal sheets. He painted some of the stripes so we could get an idea of what it would look like. When the final product is ready, all of the detailing comes in with Luis’s amazing expertise.

I handled the table, creating the look – painting it hot pink and designing the flowers that were the chargers and centerpiece. I used mini chrysanthemums and sweetheart roses in hot pink and orange.

“Art in Bloom,” which benefits the New Orleans Museum of Art and The Garden Study Club, is an incredible event, and Luis and I were excited to be included in the “Movers and Shakers” category. The creativity of all of the designers is over the top, and it’s an event we all look forward to each year. What an honor!

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