Have an “entertaining” summer – with classes by Kristina Erfe of DailyAmpersand.com

Summer Cooking classes in Philadelphia Entertaining

Summer is all about entertaining – getting together with family & friends for holidays like Memorial Day, Labor Day and everything in between.

Kristina is a food writer and blogger, and has used her style and expertise to develop a new series of classes aimed at making entertaining easier, and more enjoyable.  So far, she has two dates on the calendar (but more will be added soon):


June 25th – Fourth of July Barbeque Fiesta – http://www.dailyampersand.com/event/fourth-of-july-barbeque-fiesta/

July 10th – Summer Seaside Supper – http://www.dailyampersand.com/event/summer-seaside-supper/

These are intimate classes, limited in size to ensure that everyone receives individual attention, so be sure to sign up quickly!

To find out more about Kristina, visit her food, family and fashion blog:  www.DailyAmpersand.com


Roundtable Lunches for Female Entrepreneurs at Soiree Philadelphia – Small Business Solutions

Soiree Philadelphia is proud to host a series of Roundtable Lunches for female entrepreneurs, hosted by Laura Eaton.

Female Entrepreneuers small business round table expert

These roundtables bring together women from various fields to brainstorm and collaborate to find solutions to the unique challenges we face.  Soiree Roundtables allow you to connect with different women to gain a new perspective, new insights and valuable feedback.

Being an entrepreneur often means you are doing it all – and sometimes doing it all on your own!  These roundtables give you a forum to float new ideas, pose those tricky questions or just get a fresh set of eyes to see a solution that might be much simpler than you think.

From previous attendees…

“I found Laura’s roundtable series to be a great way to kick start my new year. It was just the motivation I needed to move forward with some unfinished projects.”
Wanda Thomas
MadCris Images Studio Owner

“The roundtable is a fantastic opportunity to meet like-minded entrepreneurial women who are a source of inspiration, advice, and support.  We come together to exchange ideas, and help one another through lively discussion.”
Sara Teixeira
The Tailory

“It was a great afternoon of networking and brainstorming in an intimate environment.”
Pamela Horowitz 
Provence Catering

“I enjoyed the Roundtable at Soiree! Everyone was candid with information and their experiences. I have already implemented some things mentioned!”
Marcia V. Williams, CEO/Founder
Embellish Beauty Concepts, LLC

You will also leave with valuable information from Laura on optimizing your website and getting the most you can out of your connections and social media.  You will leave feeling energized, with a list of actionable tasks to take your business to the next level.

Our April 16th event is sold out, but tickets are currently available for April 30th.  We keep these to just 5-6 attendees to ensure that everyone gets equal time.  Catering is provided by Drexelbrook Catering – please let us know in advance if you have any special dietary concerns or needs, we will be happy to accommodate.

Feel free to email Laura directly with any questions:  SoireePhiladelphia@gmail.com


Soiree Philadelphia welcomes Ellie Wedding Designs – Florist serving Philadelphia and New Jersey brides

Soiree Philadelphia is thrilled to welcome Ellie Wedding Design to our collective!  This elite florist serves Philadelphia, New Jersey and beyond…


About Ellie Romanov:
Ellie Wedding Designs, focuses solely on composing the most stunning weddings and affairs. Having the highest standards for flowers I feel fortunate and extremely privileged to do what I love. Creating art and beauty with flowers and being a part of designing a once in a lifetime day.

Ellie’s love of travel brings a unique, European flair to her designs…




Ellie is based in New Jersey, but with their new Philadelphia location at 158 North 3rd Street, they are now convenient to couples living or planning their wedding in the city.

Ellie Wedding Designs
Web:  http://ellieweddingdesigns.com
Email:  info@ellieweddingdesigns.com
Tel:  609.364.5702
Address: 158 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 – Hours by appointment only.



Soiree Philadelphia presents: Top Table – Sweetheart Table Design Competition at 2014’s “Let Them Eat Cake”

We are thrilled to announce that Soiree Philadelphia will be sponsoring our very first Top Table Design competition at this year’s “Let Them Eat Cake”

LIMITED SPACE – Just 10 spaces available!  First come, first served!

Wedding planners, designs, event stylist & florists are invited to participate in this Sweetheart Table design competion.  First, second and third prizes will be award, and the winners will be selected by Let Them Eat Cake attendees.


Design the top table & win a 1st prize worth over $3600! Other prizes provided by Uber, the Association of Bridal Consultants and more sponsors coming soon… Contest is open to wedding planners, event designers & florists. 1st, 2nd & 3rd prizes will be chosen by attendees of City of Hope’s 2014 “Let Them Eat Cake” event. Tickets & attendance to LTEC are required to vote.

Company name: ____________________________________

Contestant name: ___________________________________

Email: _______________________________________________

Telephone number: __________________________________

Entry fee is $175 & is tax deductable.

Please make checks payable to: “City of Hope” & send with this registration to:

City of Hope, Northeast Regional Office
1608 Walnut Street, Suite 1702
Philadelphia PA 19103

Or Credit Card: ______________________________Exp____

Visa ___ Mastercard ___ American Express ___ Discover ___


Signature: ___________________________________________

For questions about the table competition, please email Laura at: soireephiladelphia@gmail.com

For questions about “Let Them Eat Cake” & City of Hope, please email Amy at: afitzpatrick@coh.org

Prizes to include:
• 1 year membership to Soiree Philadelphia ($3600 value)
• Uber Gift Cards
• 1 year membership to the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Association of Bridal Consultants
and more prizes to be announced soon….


  • Participants must provide their own table (not to exceed 36 inches) and two chairs.
  • Sharing a table with another company is not permitted (only one business per entry).
  • The entire table and display must not take up more than 5 foot by 5 foot space.
  • Electricity may be available based on the layout of the space, but cannot be guaranteed at this time.
  • Participants are allowed to display signage and distribute business cards and materials.
  • Judging will be by the attendees of the Let Them Eat Cake event – 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes will be based on the highest number of votes.
  • A voter prize will be provided by Soiree Philadelphia to encourage voting (same format at LTEC “People’s Choice” award).
  • Prizes are furnished or arranged by Soiree Philadelphia, and prizes have no cash equivalent value.
  • Each registration allows for two individuals representing the company participating entry into the event (an $80 value).
  • All checks should be made payable to City of Hope and are tax deductible.

(*Current Soiree Philadelphia members are not eligible for 1st prize).

Soiree Philadelphia is expanding! Welcome South Jersey Party Rentals!

We are happy to welcome our newest member – South Jersey Party Rentals!

A little about South Jersey (and now Philadelphia!) Party Rentals:

Welcome to South Jersey Party Rentals! We are a family owned and operated business serving the New Jersey/Philadelphia Metro area since 1997.

We take pride in our mission and responsibility to assist with all your event needs, from the initial concept to the final result. With one of the most comprehensive rental inventories in the industry, we’ve got you covered from tent top to tabletop, in a full range of styles from traditional to contemporary. We offer tentingtables and chairs, along with a variety of chinaflatwarespecialty linens and much more! With an expert staff to help you along the way, your table is always set with South Jersey Party Rentals. We service events and weddings all throughout the Delaware Valley and beyond.

Be sure to check out their site for more images of their fabulous events!  sjparty.com

Great wedding gifts from Scarlett Alley – Old City Philadelphia

Check out these gorgeous finds from our friends at Scarlett Alley!  These are the perfect gifts for all those engagements parties and weddings that are coming up this summer and fall!

Serpentine Vase

ROOST Serpentine Vase
Stylishly place blooms in unexpected
settings with Roost’s tiny vases.

Believe In Love

Believe In Love
Our Barefoot Dreams Ribbed Throw is simply irresistible and is the perfect
cozy and stylish accessory
for any home.

Russle Wright Pitchers

by Bauer Pottery Pitcher
An American Modern Art
Classic, right on your own table.

Roost Dainty Flutes

ROOST Dainty Flutes
Match by Mismatching…
a chic and classic gift for any couple.


Ice Bucket
Keeps bottles chilled for
elegant entertaining.

Wedding Bowl

Scarlett Alley Signature Personalized Bowl
One of our all time Best Sellers, our
handcrafted personalized pottery is a
special gift for a loved one or friend to
commemorate all sorts of occasions.

Napkin Rings

Herb Napkin Rings
Michael Michaud’s Herb Napkin Rings
are cast directly from the plant
plant in order to capture
every natural detail.

Vietri Lace Incanto Cake Stand

VIETRI Incanto Lace
Cake Stand
Display goodies with a
unique and charming
cake stand.

RSVP – Soiree Philadelphia OPEN HOUSE!


Join us for a fun champagne social open house at Soiree!

Soiree Philadelphia
158 N 3rd Street
Old City • Philadelphia, PA 19106

Monday, July 29th – 4-7pm

Find out more about all of our great members – we have fantastic florist, makeup artists, photographer, videographers, designers and more great professionals!

If you are a small business – come and learn all about what Soiree Philadelphia can do for your business! And Femfessionals members can receive 50% off their first month!

RSVP through our Facebook page so we know how much bubbly we will need! Light fare and other beverages will be served.


Soiree welcomes Philadelphia cupcake company: Watts for Dessert!

Soiree is happy to welcome baker Emily Watts of Watts for Dessert!

I had the pleasure of meeting Emily when we hosted a stop on the Philadelphia Chocolate Tour.  As soon as I tasted her homemade cupcakes and marshmallows, I knew she had to become a part of our little collective!

How adorable is this cupcake bouquet!

Check out some of the amazing flavors she offers (you can find a complete list on her site:  wattsfordessert.com):

Lemon Meringue
Lemon cake w/pastry cream filling, meringue fluff icing & candied lemon slice

Vanilla or chocolate cake w/raspberry buttercream, chocolate drizzle & fresh raspberry on top

Vanilla or chocolate cake w/strawberry buttercream, chocolate drizzle & fresh strawberry on top

Chocolate cake w/orange cream cheese icing & candied orange peel

Gluten-Free Chocolate
Gluten-free chocolate cake w/choice of icing

Come out on Friday and meet Emily in person, and try some of her amazing treats!  She will be participating in our first ever Soiree Philadelphia POP-UP Shop!  Part of “First Friday” in beautiful Old City Philadelphia.

Soiree Philadelphia POP UP SHOP – First Friday, July 5th 5-9pm

The first ever (so you know you don’t want to miss this!) Soiree Philadelphia POP UP SHOP is July 5th – First Friday in Old City (and hopefully won’t get rained out again!) – we’ll be featuring designs by Squeeze My Hand Letterpress, Watts for Dessert, jewelry & accessories by Whimsy & Light, rentals, vintage items and more!

Friday, July 5th – 5-9pm
Soiree Philadelphia Boutique
158 N 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

We hope to see you there!

For Wedding Professionals: Managing Makeup Meltdown with Bella Angel

PLEASE NOTE THE NEW DATE!!!  We had several planners request a weeknight – please update your calendars – thank you!

Wedding Wednesday!

June 12th, 2013 – 6:30pm-7:30pm
Soiree Philadelphia
158 North 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Join Bella Angel owner Victoria DiPietro and stylist Kristen Humphreys and learn how to help your brides & bridesmaids deal with makeup meltdown, loose lashes, falling updos and other beauty-related issues that can cause wedding day stress!

In addition to this valuable information, attendees will enjoy complimentary champagne and light fare – and one lucky attendee will recieve a complete wedding day hair & makeup emergency kit!

After the class, feel free to stay an enjoy Soiree Philadelphia’s Open House Champagne Social!  
Learn all about Soiree Philadelphia and our great wedding & event professionals!  And did you know Soiree Philadelphia is available as a venue for small events?  We’ll be serving bubbly, signature cocktails and some light fare…

The class is free, but we are sugessting a $10 donation to the Luekemia and Lymphona Society (all fees collected from this event will be donated to the Society).

Space is limited – Register today!

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