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. READ MORE ......→
When it comes to planning an event, whether it be a Jewish wedding, bat/bar mitzvah, Sweet 16 or party, it can be easy to overlook the small stuff. No one forgets that big centerpiece sitting in the middle of the table, but what about the rest of the space? Nothing dials down the décor like neglected areas. This is where you want to work smarter, not harder. You want something easy and plentiful. It doesn’t get any more plentiful (and affordable) than water. You’d be amazed by what you can create when you freeze the stuff. Ice décor can be that unexpected touch that gets your guests talking.
From planning the party to preserving the memories, state-of-the-art trends in technology have made a huge impact on bar and bat mitzvah celebrations. With the ever-evolving capabilities of smartphone apps, new entertainment options and social media, more and more teens are incorporating high-tech twists to their parties. These new technologies provide endless opportunities to excite guests and create unforgettable experiences.
Choosing the right party favor for a bar/bat mitzvah is no easy feat. You want to give something memorable and unique that won’t be tossed into the trash within a few days. Plus, there’s a constant stress of spending too much money only to find out it’s something the kids won’t like or use. Don’t fret about party favors anymore! Make a customized LED shirt to give out at your upcoming bar/bat mitzvah.
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Flashion Statement creates awesome light-up shirts that use a small hidden battery pack to animate the design. Simply insert 2 AA or 2 AAA batteries, flip the switch, and amaze everyone! The shirts are easy to wear, easy to wash, and are guaranteed to make your bar/bat mitzvah stand out.
Booking your venue and vendors is only part of the event planning process. Coordinating the logistics and directing the execution of those details are what truly make your vision a reality. Having a day-of coordinator allows for you, your friends, and your family to relax and fully enjoy the event, while someone else is in charge of ensuring it is the day you expected.
Unlike a full service event planner, a “day-of” coordinator is available for families and couples who want to do most of the planning themselves, but need someone in the months leading up to and on the day of their event to make sure everything runs smoothly.
Here are the top 4 tasks a day-of coordinator will handle, so you won’t have to: READ MORE ......→
Many people are familiar with the book “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus” that talks about the differences between men and women. In the wedding arena, bridesmaids will follow the bride to the moon and back to support her and enjoy the whole process of selecting dresses. Groomsmen, however, take a more grounded, down to earth approach and are more likely to want to just show up and look good. Many grooms, while enthused, still want to make the process as simple as possible.
Unfortunately, renting at the traditional tuxedo store is often not a simple process. Here are some obstacles: READ MORE ......→
Elana Goodridge of Elana Goodridge Photography has recently been awarded 4 WedAwards – the esteemed international contest for wedding photography. While she was awarded for her work with weddings, her portfolio also includes amazing bar & bat mitzvah images, and she loves to photograph couples and families on their special day. We caught up with Elana to learn more about her and her work, and share some of her favorite photos including the winning ones!
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1. Tell us a little about yourself. When did you know you wanted to be a photographer and that you had the talent to be successful?
I fell in love with photography when I was a young girl. My father gave me an old Pentax camera and I had so much joy looking at the world through its lens. Even so, the thought of pursuing a career as a photographer hadn’t entered my mind. READ MORE ......→
Photo Inspiration for your Baseball Theme Wedding, Bat & Bar Mitzvah or Party
Take me out to the…ballroom?! No matter what you’re celebrating, baseball is the American pastime and a popular theme for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, weddings and any party being hosted by a baseball lover!
A baseball themed wedding or bat or bar mitzvah reception can be fun and chic at the same time. So buy me some peanuts and cracker jack and heed these ideas for your next baseball-themed affair! Whether you love the Mets, Yankees, Red Sox, Phillies, or any other team, the colors may change but the inspiration is similar!
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! READ MORE ......→