What is Klezmer? It’s gaining a lot of popularity, but what do we really know about klezmer? Alicia Svigals, a renowned klezmer fiddler, sets straight some of the misconceptions of klezmer music and talks about its growth in popularity – even beyond the Jewish population!
Alicia on Misconceptions about klezmer: “It is not all fast ‘hora’ music; klezmer has the full range of moods, modes and tempos, from solemn ceremonial melodies, to elegant cocktail hour background music, all the way up to the crazy fast stuff.”
“Klezmer is a cousin of “Hebrew” music, aka “simkhe (simcha) dancing music” – the music popular at orthodox and modern orthodox events – but it is not the same. We do mix that repertoire in whenever we have a crowd that will enjoy it though. But klezmer is essentially non-religious, instrumental party music and you don’t have to be religious for it to be on your playlist!” READ MORE ......→
Pools are a great place to get a break from the summer heat. Most of us don’t think of a swimming pool as a prop, but if you are hosting a summer wedding, bat/bar mitzvah or reception by the pool, you might want to think outside the box. Now that the warm weather is here in full force, outdoor entertaining is at a high point and you want to make the most of your space. There are all kinds of creative things you can do with this large piece of backyard real estate. READ MORE ......→
Bat Mitzvah girl Amanda recently celebrated with a perfectly pink affair that came to life thanks to Balloon Artistry. Check out how she turned her favorite color into the most special day of her life!
Isabella’s passion is dancing, so Live, Love, Dance was the perfect theme for her Bat Mitzvah. Held at the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia, this party creatively reflected Isabella’s love for dance – but she also included a lot of love.
With the help of the wonderful organization, Remember Us, Isabella was able to share her Bat Mitzvah with a child killed in the Holocaust. READ MORE ......→
When it comes to weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, or any special event, it’s the details that really set it apart. One of the details that may not get as much attention is the escort cards or place cards. Escort cards let guests know which table they’re seated at; Place cards are on the table, letting guests know where to sit. Many times these cards are available for free from the venue. But with just a bit of thought and creativity, the escort card display or place cards can be another detail that wows your guests! Here are some of our favorite ideas.
7 Creative Ideas for Your Place Cards & Escort Cards for your Wedding, Bat/Bar Mitzvah or Party
1. Escort Card Tree
This fresh escort tree made by Michael Zac Design Group was fantastic. The cards were engraved with the couple’s initials. The guest’s names were hand calligraphed in gold ink and each person walked away with a pink orchid…beautiful, romantic and memorable. READ MORE ......→
The event space at 404 in NYC was completely transformed into a sports-lovers dream at Ethan’s Bar Mitzvah. The party featured sports and games, an elegant lounge and upscale dining. Ethan’s Bar Mitzvah was as much an affair for his friends as it was for the adults in attendance! Photography credit: Rebecca Weiss Photography.
5 Tips for the Perfect Candy Buffet and Candy Centerpieces from the Experts at CandyWarehouse
Everyone loves candy, right? So including a candy buffet or candy centerpieces at your Bar or Bat Mitzvah or wedding is a win-win way to make sure your guests remember the celebration long after it passes. Not only does candy add a bit of nostalgic fun and whimsy to your motif, it also acts as a conversation-starter and a way to turn people who once were strangers into friends with shared memories. The experts at CandyWarehouse share their five best tips for a fabulous candy buffet. READ MORE ......→
The sky’s the limit when it comes to choosing a theme for your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah, and it’s important to capture your child’s personality. What’s more personal than their name? We’ve come up with some great ideas incorporating your child’s name into their special day!
Noah Glantz is a huge sports fan, whose favorite team is the New York Giants. What better way to show his fandom then by hosting a NY Giants-themed party for his bar mitzvah?! Chad David Kraus Photography captured the entire day, as well as some amazing pre-shots at Met Life stadium where the Giants play.
Signature cocktails and mocktails are the perfect compliment to any event. They can be served before an outdoor wedding ceremony to cool off guests, as a cocktail hour addition, or even a sweetened liquid dessert. Not only does it give guests something a little more interesting to choose from than champagne or Pepsi, but it’s also the perfect opportunity to add more creativity to your menu!