We’ve highlighted a few below that you’ll want to be sure to take a look at. You can take a look at all the rest of the winners—remember, there’s a bajillion of them—by grabbing the August issue at a newsstand near you or checking out the listings online.
Party Planning: Events by Renee
Planning a big bash? You’ll want to use party planning veteran Renee Patrone of Events by Renee. Equal parts creative spirit and Type-A organizer, she’ll help you with any (or every) part of the process, from conception to execution. Her spin-off brand, Party Host Helpers, means she can also staff your shindig with pros she’s trained herself — people who’ll greet guests, top off drinks and clear plates. 4347 Main Street, Philadelphia, 484-432-7202.
Valet Service: Chariot Valet
If you’re throwing a soiree that happens to need valet service, this Main Line company parks your cars and expertly directs traffic (using white cones for corralling instead of garish orange) — and its offshoot, Chariot Services, rents out photo booths and bouncy houses to boot. 610-337-2435.
Party Food: Birchtree Catering
The wonderful Birchtree Catering uses locally sourced seasonal ingredients to customize your dream menu, whether that’s vegan, Italian or Southern-inspired. (Huge perk: They also do party rentals and day-of coordination services, should you realize the food isn’t the only thing you need help with.) 215-744-9479.
Chalkboard-Art Workshop: Belovely
Co-owner Lauren Weintraub instructs on how to make a beautiful, professional-quality handwritten board (for a wedding, a birthday, a shower … ), and she lets you drink (BYO) while you learn. 1005 Farm Lane, Ambler, 215-628-4400.
Party Decorations: Occasionette
Occasionette is your go-to for festive paper, coasters, candles, and owner Sara Villari’s Forever Fleurs — felt flower bouquets perfect for centerpieces and favors. 1825 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, 215-465-1704.