By Last Updated: September 28th, 2022

8 Celebration of Life Ideas in LA: Banquet Venues

Just as people celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and retirement parties in LA, they might also throw a Celebration of Life event. Unlike funerals, Celebration of Life events put a positive spin on honoring the deceased, gathering friends and family together to create a happy event, commemorating someone’s life. Rather than perpetuate a somber mood, a Celebration of Life encourages creativity and joyful festivities to lighten the mood around death.

Funerals generally follow a formula: you show up at the funeral home and pay your condolences while dressed in black. With a Celebration of Life, you get to tell the story of the deceased and remember the life they lived in a variety of different ways, individualized  to match the personality of the deceased. People can wear formal attire, but they might also show up in Hawaiian shirts—again, it all depends on the person you’re honoring!

While you may want to throw your Celebration of Life event outside, with plenty of possibilities in the Southern California region, there are just as many indoor venues in Los Angeles that would be great for your festivity. Here are some favorites listed below.

Celebration of Life Banquet Venues Near Me in LA

The Great Greek

13362 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA

The Greeks certainly know how to throw a party! Give your loved one a send-off to remember with music, smiles, and delicious Mediterranean food at this venue on Ventura Boulevard. It doesn’t matter whether the deceased you’re honoring is Greek or not—The Great Greek has the celebratory spirit to span all cultures and people. Plan your Celebration of Life event today with this beautiful venue that’s been serving the community since 1984.

indoor event space at the great greek for holding celebration of life
Dining room at The Great Greek

Tut’s Egyptian Cuisine

12114 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

For an indoor location with the feel of an outdoor experience, Tut’s Egyptian Cuisine has an enclosed patio surrounded with beautiful green-hedged walls and vibrant tablecloths that can host up to 100 guests. They even have an in-house event planner who can help you coordinate  a memorable Celebration of Life event.

Iran Hall, Event Venue

3376 Motor Ave, Los Angeles, CA

For larger SoCal Celebration of Life gatherings, Iran Hall is a good bet, since it accommodates up to 500 people. Because the venue hosts everything from live music to seminars, it also has the visual and audio capabilities to help you get really creative with your Celebration of Life. Imagine having photos or videos playing of your loved one while everyone mingles and reminisces. Plan your event with Iran Hall today.

James’ Beach

60 N Venice Blvd, Venice, CA

Want to have a beach party for your loved one without having to go to the beach? Then James’ Beach might be the perfect spot for your event. The wood-paneled bungalow has a very relaxed, laid-back vibe, with swim trunk lamps glowing from the ceiling. The capacity holds up to 120 people, so despite the intimate atmosphere, it’s not small in size. Plan your Celebration of Life event at James’ Beach today.

private event banquet room at the james' beach restaurant in Venice, CA
Dining area inside the James’ Beach

Santuari Restaurant

6711 Forest Lawn Dr, Los Angeles, CA

For a Celebration of Life steeped in contemporary elegance, you’ll want to check out Santuari Restaurant, with its wicker chairs and colorful, decadent decor. You feel like you’re in a resort when you enter this restaurant, which can accommodate smaller parties of 65 people for Celebration of Life events. Start planning your event today.

indoor private banquet room at the santuari restaurant near LA
Dining area at the Santuari Restaurant

The Mission Square

13033 Penn St, #100, Whittier, CA

Specializing in Italian fine dining, The Mission Square brings European sophistication and romanticism to its environment. In addition to their intimate courtyard, they also have beautiful indoor spaces that have hosted weddings and can customize their menu according to the event. Plan your Celebration of Life event at Mission Square today.

outdoor private event seating by fountain, with hanging umbrellas at the mission square in los angeles
Outside event space at The Mission Square

Rose & Blanc Tea Room

301 S Western Ave, #202, Los Angeles, CA

Rose & Blanc Tea Room might be a bit smaller than the other venues, accommodating up to 30 people, but what it lacks in space it makes up for in its charm, making it a great option for more intimate Celebration of Life gatherings. This venue specializes in tea and tea sandwiches, for a unique celebration to remember. Start planning your event today.

C and O Trattoria Ristorante Italiano

3016 Washington Blvd, Marina del Rey, CA

At Celebration of Life events, everyone is deeply connected to each other in some capacity when they celebrate their loved one’s life, and this family-style Italian restaurant honors that sense of kinship with its homey decor and intimate atmosphere. C and O is happy to accommodate parties with menu options of their choice and hosts everything from anniversaries to prom dinners at this endearing setting. Plan your Celebration of Life today.

Let Opal Help You Plan a Unique Celebration of Life in Los Angeles

When you shift your mindset from mourning to celebrating a well-lived life, the possibilities are endless. If you have questions about Celebrations of Life and pre-planning, Opal Cremation can help you get started. Compassionate professionals available to answer your call, 24/7, and will provide you with all of the information you need about Opal Cremation services. Contact us today at 1-888-963-2299.

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