Roller coaster loving Darien Cohn didn’t have to look far to come up with the perfect bat mitzvah theme. She combined a play on her last name with her favorite past time, for a fun “Darien Cohny Island” experience at New Jersey’s Westminster Hotel. Photography by Ivan Piedra Photography.
A Coney/Cohny Island motif was bright, fun, and completely on point for her special day!
Darien celebrated at New Jersey’s Westminster Hotel, as her family frequently dines at the hotel’s delicious Strip House Restaurant, and it was important that they have great food for their guests. They worked with Beth Fink Events to transform the venue to capture the fun-loving amusement park feel.
As an active dancer and Soul Cycler, Darien knew she wanted a never-ending dance party and her guests were happy to oblige!
Saltwater taffy was a colorful decoration for the escort card display, and paid perfect homage to a Coney Island summer.
The kids’ cocktail hour was held in a ballroom with a big tent featuring boardwalk games, like ring toss and skee ball, and fun food such as a 3-foot Philly Cheesesteak carving station, potato knishes, and soft pretzels!
Guests signed in on a large acrylic board featuring the bat mitzvah logo.
Centerpieces captured the fun theme in a formal dinner setting. Popcorn-filled vases were topped with photo-booth style pictures of Darien and boardwalk game tickets.
According to planner Beth Fink, for dinner “we kept it with what The Glazier Group does Best: a Steak House Style Dinner with family style sides including their creamed spinach and their famous ripped potatoes.”
Desserts featured a variety of cakes served at the tables, as well as server-passed mini treats brought to guests on the dance floor.
A decal of Darien’s bat mitzvah logo decorated the dance floor.
Sweatpants with the same logo were given out in popcorn buckets as favors.
The cake was amazing! A roller coaster car holding boardwalk snacks made for a perfect topper.
Darien and her dad choreographed their own dance, bringing their guests to tears…and then to the dance floor.
Darien channeled her fitness skills for her Mitzvah project, holding a cycling class and donating the proceeds to the Comfy Couture charity. The teen-based organization raises money to put comfortable robes in the Radiation Oncology Department of St. Barnabas.
The entire event was a fun reflection of her personality, and we are so happy to have been a part of it. Mazel Tov to her entire family!