Bris & Jewish Baby Naming – Items You’ll Need & Fun Extras!

A Brit Milah (for boys) and Jewish Baby Naming (for girls) are beautiful ceremonies that welcome your newborn into the Jewish culture. As new parents, we know you’re short on time and can use all the planning help you can get!  We’ve covered advice for planning your baby’s bris or baby naming, the rules for selecting the date, and provided help for finding a mohel. Now we’re excited to share the items you’ll need to make the Bris or Baby Naming personal and fun, while preserving traditional elements.

Three Traditional Items

1. Pillow Covering

Bris Pillow for Brit Milah Jewish Circumcision CeremonyA pillow is a crucial aspect to a Brit Milah as the baby will lay on it during the ceremony. creates gorgeous silk shams that can be completely customized with images and text, such as the example above. READ MORE ......

A Baby Gift To Cherish – Birth Announcement Collage!

It’s not every day that you receive a package that blows you away with its thoughtfulness and creativity.  That’s exactly what happened when I received a personalized collage made from my daughter Liya’s baby announcement from the very talented Carol Colman Collages.

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Event Lighting – Achieve Your Dream Look with Uplighting

Celebrity Planner Colin Cowie once said,“The saying ‘it’s all about lighting’, is 100 percent true.” And Colin Cowie was 100% right!

Uplighting can change a JCC basement to a dazzling space, and a generic catering hall to a lush ballroom. Whether you’re planning a wedding, bar/bat mitzvah, Sweet 16 or other special event, event lighting should not be overlooked.  So let’s dive right in to the basics!  Thanks to Daniela Grafman from Vision Entertainment Group for sharing her tips from years of experience!

Lighting, Uplighting 101

Before & After Photo from Vision Entertainment Group


4 Ideas For Suspended Flowers & Floral Chandeliers

Floral centerpieces may be a wedding and event staple, but there are numerous ways to have fun with this traditional decor. Whether it’s suspending flowers from the ceiling or adorning chandeliers with florals, take the flowers off the table and into the air for a truly stunning and unique look!  Here are 4 of our favorite ideas that will wow your guests…

1. Inverted Flowers

Inverted Flower Centerpieces, Wedding FlowersOf course we’re used to seeing flowers right side up on tables, but what about inverting them and hanging them above the tables?! The Knot shows us gorgeous orange tulips suspended from the ceiling in various heights to add depth to this eye-catching display. Orange roses were placed on the table (in this case a cigar bar!) to draw guests’ eyes in all directions! READ MORE ......

Sweet Dreams Photo Booth Entertainment at NJ Party Showcase

We had a great time at the Party Showcase at the gorgeous Marlboro Jewish Center in NJ this weekend!  Besides meeting many families with their fun and fabulous teens, we also had a chance to meet some amazing vendors.  JB from Sweet Dreams Photo Video brightened our day with his super-cheery attitude and warm disposition.

He’s also quite talented!  Check out some of the photo booth photos he took at the show:

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Balloon Decor – 15 Creative Ways to Use Balloons

Balloons with Photos

Photo and event by Swank Productions

Balloons, always a popular decoration for bar & bat mitzvahs and Sweet 16 parties, are now making their way into wedding decor – from classy and sophisticated to fun and whimsical!  You’d be surprised what you can accomplish with just a little creativity. Here are 15 of our favorite ideas for using this old favorite in a new light! READ MORE ......

Top 5 Invitation Trends from Golden Silhouette

Keeping your event stylish begins the moment you send out invitations. Carryn, from Golden Silhouette, has provided her insight into today’s most popular wedding, bar & bat mitzvah invitation trends.

Trend 1 – Metallics are Hot

Gray & Silver Wedding Invitations

Gray & Silver Wedding Invitations from Golden Silhouette

Gold shimmers and sparkly silvers have made a comeback, Carryn says, with Gatsby-era glam. READ MORE ......

Color Trends for Spring 2014 | Wedding, Mitzvah, Party

Straight off the fashion runways of New York’s Fashion Week, the color experts at Pantone announced the top colors for Spring 2014!  The Top 10 colors for the season include an eclectic mix of vivid brights and soft pastels, inspiring beautiful color combinations for your wedding, bar & bat mitzvah, party or special event.

Wedding Color Trends Spring 2014 - PantoneSource: Pantone

Pantone’s Top Color for Spring 2014 is…. READ MORE ......

10 Creative Menu Ideas | Wedding, Bat & Bar Mitzvah, Party

We love weddings, bar & bat mitzvahs, and event planning because every single detail can showcase your personality and creativity. The menu card is no exception.

Here is Some Inspiration for Unique Menus!

1. Circle Plate Menus

Circle Plate Menu Cards | Wedding, Bat Mitzvah, PartyCircle plate menu cards are a beautiful way to communicate the meal options to your guests.  This menu captured by Pangburn Photography was cut in a circle and placed under the clear chargers on the table. READ MORE ......