Diamonds are a girl’s best friend! Leanna’s “Shine Bright Like a Diamond” bat mitzvah took place on April 26, 2014 at SPACE in Englewood, New Jersey. SPACE’s creator and in-house event planner, Elvira Grau (who also happens to be Leanna’s mother!) called this event a “Party Planner’s Over the Top Bat Mitzvah.” Elvira was faced with the challenge of transforming SPACE into a particularly special backdrop for her most important client to date – her daughter! Photography by Chris Herder Photography.
SPACE is an all inclusive venue with an in-house chef, DJ, entertainment and of course, Elvira who did all of the décor, design and flowers for the event. The event space is a unique combination of an elegant catering hall and trendy club filled with high tech video games, bowling, laser tag and more.
After 8 years of planning and executing parties, Elvira said this event was her biggest challenge yet. With such a talented staff, and the help of her fun-loving daughter every step of the way, Elvira brought Leanna’s idea of “Shine Bright Like a Diamond” to life.
The invitations were hand delivered to guests inside a box resembling that of Cartier jewelry. Inside, her guests found a crystal “diamond” paperweight and gold engraving that read “Leanna”, along with the traditional paper invitation.
Bling Bat Mitzvah Decorations
For added glamor, there were crystal diamonds inside custom Lucite LED tables. To top it all off, aerialists served drinks while hanging on streamers from the ceiling to create a fabulous, luxe atmosphere.
Leanna entered her party in grand fashion on a 22-foot high Lyra. She attended Circe de Soleil School to learn the proper technique and with enough practice, zip lined her way right into the event. It was no surprise that she choose Rihanna’s song “Diamonds” to play in the background!
“Shine Bright Like a Diamond” was incorporated in every bit of the night down to the crystal-decorated arms of the chairs for lifting, making for an incredibly glamorous event and a true celebration of Leanna.
As a party planner and mom, Elvira offered the advice to let go at some point and take the time to truly relish in the experience. She said, “Enjoy the party – you blink and it’s over. Once the party starts, it’s time to let go and have fun!”
Theme: Diamonds & Bling (View All Party Theme Ideas)
Colors: Black, White
Venue & Catering: SPACE, Englewood NJ
Party Planning: Elvira Grau, SPACE
Flowers & Decor: Elvira Grau, SPACE
Photographer: Chris Herder Photography
Dresses: Jacqueline Gowns, Livingston, NJ