BEST FLORIST WITH FLAIR
Penelope Pots Floral & Event Design (1505 W. Alton Ave., Santa Ana) In less than five years, owner and Creative Director Jackie Miller has positioned herself as O.C.’s star on the rise in the floral world. With more than 100 events executed each year, Miller utilizes her background in architectural design to create whimsical floral displays rich in texture and color.
BEST HIGH-END EVENT DESIGNER
Elite OC Productions (20261 SW Acacia St., Newport Beach) It’s likely you’ve experienced the magic of Linda Young at one of O.C.’s elite social fetes, as she’s known for bringing beautiful spaces to life with extravagant table displays, florals, lighting and more. Her client list includes CASA’s Black & White Ball, JDRF’s Dream Gala and Global G.L.O.W.’s Glow Gala.
BEST CIGAR LOCKER
Cubano Room (2801 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach) O.C.’s only private cigar lounge, Cubano Room, is a by-invitation-only hot spot operated by real estate mogul Manny Khoshbin, where VIPs each own a humidified cigar locker with their name engraved on the door.
BEST LUXURY VAULT
The Vault (20241 SW Birch St., Newport Beach) Store your luxury valuables at California’s only private vault, where sizes range from safe deposit boxes to full storage rooms to space for your exotic rides.
BEST PHOTOWORTHY FEATURE
OC Balloon Bar Sherry Shokoohi makes events pop with her extravagant displays of balloons, ranging from small bouquets to wondrous wall displays.
BEST SHARED JET OWNERSHIP
NetJets With the largest fleet of private jets in the world, NetJets gives its luxury clientele unparalleled access to a well-trained staff of aviation professionals while curating VIP experiences with like-minded brands at exclusive and exotic destinations.
BEST EVENT CATERER
Grand Food & Beverage (4101 E. Willow St., Long Beach) This family-owned catering company exceeds expectations with custom menus that serve parties as small as 10 and as large as 1,500 in both private and corporate settings.
BEST COLLEGE ADMISSIONS LIAISON
Lisa McLaughlin, EDvantage College Consulting As one of the first education consulting firms in O.C., EDvantage has been serving students and parents since 2004. With a strong background in education, McLaughlin counsels students from eighth to 12th grade through the essay-writing process in addition to one-on-one counseling.
BEST GALA ENTERTAINMENT
CHOC Children’s Gala Every February, philanthropists come together to raise millions for the beloved hospital as world-class entertainment takes the stage. Kelly Clarkson will headline this year’s fete Feb. 2 following past musicians like Keith Urban and Alicia Keys.
BEST SUMMER SOIREE
Oceana’s SeaChange Summer Party In July, patrons take to a private estate in Laguna Beach to raise funds for our oceans while rubbing elbows with A-list environmentalists like Leonardo DiCaprio.
BEST AFTERNOON AFFAIR
Harvesters Fashion Show and Luncheon A slew of stylistas gather at Segerstrom Center for the Arts to support Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County via a designer-clad South Coast Plaza fashion show and gourmet lunch, which has netted nearly $10 million in its
BEST FEEL-GOOD FASHION FETE
Friends of CASA Holiday Luncheon and Fashion Presentation There’s a South Coast Plaza-sponsored fashion show (led this year by Tory Burch), a celebrity host (see Brad Goreski) and plenty of cheer passed around in support of children placed in foster care at this annual affair at Monarch Beach Resort. Haute raffle items (like sparklers from Lugano Diamonds) up the luxe factor.
BEST TRIED-AND-TRUE VENUE
The Resort at Pelican Hill (22701 S. Pelican Hill Road, Newport Coast) There’s a wedding nearly every day of the year at this Newport Coast resort, where the grounds are some of O.C.’s most iconic. Its more than 23,000 square feet of indoor-outdoor event space has hosted O.C.’s top charities throughout its decadelong history, from CASA to Childhelp to Elephant Cooperation, all against the backdrop of the Pacific and its stunning golf course.