What Is Party Book?

Party Book is an online catalog of social events exclusively for members of the Buckley Community, hosted by the Buckley Community. Now more than ever, we understand the importance of connection and want to offer our community different ways to engage, interact and have a little fun along the way!
Parties will be fully hosted by Buckley families and any proceeds generated from Party Book will go directly back to the school. 

We understand everyone may feel differently about how and when coming together is appropriate, so with that in mind, Party Book has been built to include a number of different options for connection. We will offer both in-person and online parties and we have parties for Lower, Middle, and Upper School students, adults, and families. We will be adding to the Party Book catalog throughout the year so there will always be something new and exciting to take part in.
Attending these events is a great way for you to have fun, build community, and strengthen bonds while supporting The Buckley School! Parties will include baking lessons, movie nights, wine tastings, holiday crafting, and SO MUCH MORE! 

We are so grateful to so many families who are willing to share their homes, hobbies, and special talents with us – all in the spirit of community and connection. We hope you have fun spending time with old friends and making new ones while supporting Buckley!

Parties Coming Soon!

List of 15 items.

  • Succulents & Sangria | Wednesday, October 13, 2021 | 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

    Host: Janna Taglyan
    Fee per person: $100.00
    Capacity: 20 adults
    When: Wednesday, October 13, 2021
    7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    1201 N Vine Street, Los Angeles 90038

    Need some botanical bliss? Put on your gardening gloves and learn how to build a beautiful succulent arrangement during this hands-on party. We'll supply everything you need to create a long-lasting potted succulent arrangement to take home, all while sipping on sangrias at the fabulous Taglyan complex. That’s what we Griffins call a win-win! So join us for a night under the stars, and let's spend a few lovely hours getting to know each other! 
  • Buckley’s Kindergarten Halloween Costume Party | Sunday, October 24, 2021 | 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

    Host: Goli Zanich and Aja Evans Longino
    Fee per person: $35.00
    Capacity: Capacity: 80. Kindergarten students and siblings welcome; parent/s or guardian/s to chaperone; REGISTRATION IS FOR STUDENTS ONLY
    When: Sunday, October 24, 2021
    2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
    Beeman Park
    12621 Rye St.
    Studio City, CA 91604

    Attention all Kindergarten Boys & Ghouls! Now's your chance to eat, drink and be scary! Join us for a family-friendly spooktacular Halloween Bash. This private Buckley event, hosted by parents Goli Zanich and Aja Evans Longino, with the Amazing Kid Company, will take place in the great outdoors at Beeman Park. There will be light snacks, drinks, games, and of course, no Halloween party is complete without a costume parade! So dress up and sign up your students ONLY please, and come chaperone this afternoon of Halloween fun! You don't want to miss it! *Kindergarten students and siblings are welcome to register. PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER ADULTS.
  • Workout and Wellness with Melissa & Nicole | Thursday, November 4, 2021 | 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

    Hosts: Melissa Mosefi and Nicole Lupu
    Fee per person: $150.00
    Capacity: 10 adults
    When: Thursday, November 4, 2021
    10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
    Melissa's Home
    4173 Regal Oak Dr
    Encino, CA 91436

    Refresh your Mind, Body, and Soul with two incredible Buckley Parents, Fitness Trainer Melissa Monsefi and Nutrition Coach Nicole Lupu. Let's celebrate our children back in school by taking a moment for ourselves with an invigorating session of strength training, followed by "how to host your own healthy brunch." There will be a lively conversation and healthy bites to refuel, then we'll end the afternoon with a soothing sound bath to calm your senses and relax your body. It's time to put yourself first, YOU DESERVE IT!
  • Sushi & Saki Tasting | Thursday, November 4, 2021 | 7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

    Host: Tamar Keuroghlian
    Fee per person: $150.00
    Capacity: 20 adults
    When: Thursday, November 4, 2021
    1999 N Sycamore Ave
    Hollywood, CA 90068

    Iconic Landmark Yamashiro Hollywood is one of the best places in Los Angeles to pair amazing food with unmatched city views. Join us for a private evening under the stars, where Yomishiro's chef will present you with exquisite food, expertly paired with sake to complement its flavor and taste. So dust off your best date night outfit and get ready to be pampered, at this very special private dinner event! 
  • Pottery and Pizza Party! | Friday, November 5, 2021 | 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

    Hosts: Stacey Michrowski and Margaret Buckley-Simpson
    Fee per person: $45.00
    Capacity: 12 kids (drop-off or one parent welcome)
    When: Friday, November 5, 2021
    4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
    Margaret Buckley-Simpson's home
    4545 Van Noord Avenue
    Oh COLOR ME MINE how we've missed you! Thanks to the generosity of a new Buckley family, Griffins are getting to enjoy a private backyard Color Me Mine experience. We'll provide all the tools and paint, and you'll enjoy a super fun afternoon creating your own personal fall-themed masterpiece to take home. Perfect for the holidays! Pizza and laughs provided!
  • Picture-Perfect Photography Class | Monday, November 8, 2021 | 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

    Host: Jennifer Manley
    Fee per person: $35.00
    Capacity: 10 families
    When: Monday, November 8, 2021
    4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
    Beeman Park
    12621 Rye St.
    Studio City, CA 91604

    Ever wonder how some people create artful shots with just a smartphone? Come to this workshop where Jen Manley will show you how to take your pictures from "meh" to "wow." She'll go over the basics of composition (what makes a great photograph) and how to develop and trust your eye (seeing in a way that expresses your unique view). 
    She'll also share the lowdown on many of the elements of your camera app – what they do and how to use them. You will be doing hands-on shooting and editing during this class, all on your phone, and leave with both finished work and the knowledge of how to make beautiful, artistic photographs. 
    Pre-class you'll get a step-by-step guide that discusses composition and the tools available to you in your iPhone camera. If you have an android, don't worry. The tools will usually translate to whatever software you have. Plus you get a short list of some of the best photo apps to download and other resources.
  • SEW Cool! Cocktails & Cocktail Napkins | Tuesday, November 9, 2021 | 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

    Hosts: Jessica Ekeberg Oakes '00 and Leigh Stein McNamara '91
    Fee per person: $50.00
    Capacity: 6 adults
    When: Tuesday, November 9, 2021
    7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Ms. Shannon's Valley Village
    12441 W Magnolia Blvd
    Valley Village, CA 91607

    Why should our kiddos have all the fun with Ms. Shannon? Sure, sewing is fun, but how about sewing with other Buckley Parents, while sipping on refreshing craft cocktails? Now we've got your attention! Here's your chance to take the night off and treat yourself to an evening of making your very own hand-embroidered cocktail napkins. So grab a friend, or come prepared to make a friend, and join us for a crafty evening of sewing and guaranteed engaging conversation.
  • Dreamscape | Thursday, November 11, 2021 | 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

    Hosts: Lorena and Nicholas Costino
    Fee per person: $50.00
    Capacity: 11, MS and up
    When: Thursday, November 11, 2021
    10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
    Dreamscape Century City

    Looking for something fun to entertain your Middle Schooler on this day off from school? Drop them off at this party and enjoy a few hours to yourself! Attention Middle Schoolers - Take a well-deserved break from reality and get ready to be transported to places you couldn't have imagined existed. That's right, we're giving you permission to put down your books and say yes to a virtual escape at DREAMSCAPE with your Buckley classmates to experience the new MEN IN BLACK: FIRST ASSIGNMENT VR experience. So much excitement you'll probably work up an appetite. But don't worry, we've got you covered, light refreshments and take home a special Dreamscape goodie bag!
  • TikTok Makers | Friday, November 12, 2021 | 6:30 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

    Host: Dana Nussbaum
    Fee per person: $60.00
    Capacity: 11 students, grades 4 through 8 only
    When: Friday, November 12, 2021
    6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
    Meri Cherry Studio, Encino

    TGIF and Tik Tok Fun! Ever watch those incredible Tik Tok DIY videos and wish you had all the materials to try them out? We've got you covered! Join us at Meri Cherry Art Studio, where we'll supply the glue guns if you supply the inspiration! Together we'll test out the latest Tik Tok DIY trend - RESIN ART and you will leave with your very own creation. No Friday night party is complete without pizza, so not to worry, we've got that covered as well. JUST. BRING. THE. FUN!!
  • Wreath-making | Friday, December 3, 2021 | 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

    Hosts: Katherine Klunder and Lorena Costino
    Fee per person: $50.00
    Capacity: 12 - all ages
    When: Friday, December 3, 2021
    3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
    Josephine Bakery
    13826 Ventura Blvd
    Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

    Wreath designer and Buckley Parent Katherine Klunder is giving Buckley families an opportunity to learn the art of wreath making. We'll supply all the materials, if you supply the joy! During this master class, you'll learn how to make your very own fresh wreath with all the perfect accoutrements... to be hung in your home, of course! Friends, flowers and refreshments. Everything you need to welcome the holiday season.
  • Backyard Yoga Brunch | Sunday, December 5, 2021 | 10:00-11:30 a.m.

    Hosts: Emma Amel, Marina Gordon Afshar '99, and Jen Rochkind
    Fee per person: $30.00
    Capacity: 15 adults
    When: Sunday, December 5, 2021
    10:00-11:30 a.m.
    Emma Amel's home
    14205 Valley Blvd.
    Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

    Ommmmmmmm. Breathe in. Breathe out. Feeling relaxed? Join 3 of Buckley’s favorite Yogi’s Emma Amel, Jen Rochkind, and Marina Afshar for a morning of pure relaxation. All that's required is a yoga mat and a chill attitude! If you love to move, then this dynamic Yoga flow class led by Buckley parent Jen Rochkind from Core Power Yoga is perfect for you! We will mindfully connect Yoga postures to breath which will melt away stress, increase stamina and zap away foggy-brain. This moderately-paced class will be set to music and emphasize proper alignment. The class is perfect for students of all levels, including beginners. And when you’re done? We’ll treat you to breakfast. What better way to enjoy your weekend! 
  • You Got Game? Night! | January 21, 2022 | 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

    Hosts: Nicholas D'Ambra and Jennifer Messer
    Fee per person: $75.00
    Capacity: 20 adults
    When: January 21, 2022
    7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
    Jennifer Messer home: 1708 Angelo Dr Beverly Hills 90212

    Attention party people! Has the competition been a little stiff out in the real world? Well, you ain't seen nothing yet! Time to roll up your sleeves and put on your game face. Come join fellow Griffins and play hosted games like Charades and Pictionary, all while wearing masks... making it virtually impossible to cheat! This is your chance to make new friends, win great prizes, drink weirdly-named-but-appropriately themed party drinks, and nibble on small bites. Sign up now!
  • Tiny Tennis Party | Saturday, January 22, 2022 | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

    Date: Saturday, January 22, 2022
    Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Cost: $80
    Children in grades K-3rd
    Spots: 18
    Host: Pia Mehta
    Location: Tiny Tennis 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd. Canoga Park, CA 91303

    Register: https://buckley.myschoolapp.com/podium/default.aspx?t=36644&rid=40281

    Match! Set! Point! Tennis is so much fun!! If you've been thinking about getting your kiddo into tennis, have we got the party for you! Join top tennis pro Steve Joyner for a morning on the court with fellow Griffins. Coach Joyner especially loves working with young athletes. His number one goal is to infuse tennis, fitness and music with FUN! Partygoers will learn proper form, play games, do drills and, of course, enjoy refreshments. Let's do this! Please register your student only, that you will chaperone.
  • Party in the Park | Sunday, April 10, 2022 | 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

    Hosts: Holly Feller, Kim Cardillo, Leigh Stein McNamara '91, and Rebecca Rising
    Fee per person: $30.00
    Capacity: 30 people - kids/family
    When: Sunday, April 10, 2022
    2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Crestwood Hills Park 1000 Hanley Avenue
    Los Angeles 90049

    Don't miss an awesome afternoon hang with your longtime Lower School buddies in the beautiful park in the Brentwood hills - games, great snacks, and good friends!
  • Tacos & Tequila | Thursday, May 5, 2022 | 7:00-10:00 p.m.

    Hosts: Liz Gottainer and Sheila Hoyer
    Fee per person: $75.00
    Capacity: 25 adults
    When: Thursday, May 5, 2022
    7:00-10:00 p.m.
    Liz Gottainer's home: 4035 Dixie Canyon Ave, Sherman Oaks

    Register: https://buckley.myschoolapp.com/podium/default.aspx?t=36644&rid=39939

    Who loves tacos? Let me rephrase; who DOESN'T love tacos?! And really, what could go better with tacos than sipping tequila? Enjoy a night out with good food, good friends, and good tequila! So mark your calendar, and book a sitter. This adult-only party book event is guaranteed to provide the perfect escape you’ve been looking for.

    *The party will be held outdoors in a covid-friendly space. Out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our guests, we kindly ask that those planning to attend be fully vaccinated. Please, email a copy of vaccine or QR code to lgottainer@gmail.com. Thank you.

Party Book Chair Contact Information

Have a talent, skill, or passion you're interested in sharing with our community? EMAIL US!
Looking for a way to get involved with Party Book, but not sure how? EMAIL US!
Have an idea for a party but not sure how to proceed? EMAIL US!

We can't wait to hear from you!

Your Party Book Chairs
Lorena Costino, Dana Nussbaum, Janna Taglyan, and Tamar Keuroghlian

Health & Safety

Party Book events are compliant with The Buckley School health and safety guidelines established by LADPH. Masks are recommended for all in-person events. A face covering is not required when eating or drinking.

Starting October 4, we will ask all adults attending Buckley-sponsored events, whether on campus or off, for either proof of vaccination or evidence of a negative Covid-19 PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours of the event. We have made this decision to mitigate the spread of the virus and ease the comfort of those attending. We suggest that you have a photo of your vaccination card on your phone or in your wallet, or that you email proof ahead of time. All documents submitted will be confidential. Details about where to submit proof of vaccination or a negative test will be sent in advance of each event. For now, vaccination cards and test results for events can be sent to covidstatus@buckley.org. These are baseline guidelines. Party Book hosts may require more.