10 Ways to “Set the Bar” – Wedding Bar & Teen Drink Bars

Wedding BarHere are 10 ways to take your bar from ordinary to extra-ordinary!

At most weddings, mitzvahs and events, the bar is a fun place to be. Good drinks and company are only part of the allure. There’s also the set-up and presentation.

The same looks and designs can be used for alcohol-free kids and teen bars.

1. “Setting the Bar” – Lit From Within

Backlighting the bar is cool trick that gives off a soft glow.  This bar gives off a purple haze with a pipe and drape backdrop.   The white light in the cabinet highlights the drink options. READ MORE ......

The Benefits of a Day-Of Coordinator For Your Wedding, Bar & Bat Mitzvah

Your wedding or bar/bat mitzvah plans are taking hold. You’ve hired your vendors and picked out your theme and logo. There’s one more essential person you need to consider! It’s important to understand the benefits and value of having a Day Of Coordinator.  We turned to Ruth Lapin of Ruth Lapin Events to help us understand why a Day Of Coordinator can literally ‘Save The Day!’

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Ruth always puts her clients first and has their best interest in mind.  That’s why she emphasizes that “Even if you are a superstar planner, you should always hire a day of coordinator to allow you to enjoy your special event. Become her friend. Introduce her so she gets to know your family. The expectation is that the coordinator will take care of all the issues that may occur so that you don’t have to take responsibility. And unexpected nightmares do happen.  Always!” READ MORE ......

Making the Magic Happen – Ruby J Events Takes Us Behind The Scenes

Being hired by a bride and her family is always a task the team at Ruby J Events takes very seriously. They know that they have one chance – and one chance only – to get it right. All the months (and sometimes years) of planning mean nothing if the day doesn’t go as seamlessly as every family expects it to.  This Jewish Springtime wedding was no exception, and the results were absolutely incredible!

NYC Jewish Wedding Planner's Amazing Ballroom Transformation - Before & After

How did they pull off such an amazing transformation?  Let’s take a peek behind the scenes with the team at Ruby J EventsREAD MORE ......

Candle Inspiration for your Bar & Bat Mitzvah

By Audrey Isaac, 100Candles.com

As you begin the planning process for your bar or bat mitzvah, you’re likely to come across a number of different options for décor and you’ll have to make some decisions regarding the theme for the party, including the types of candles to use.

Cool Candle Lighting Display for Bar & Bat Mitzvah Party

Candle Lighting Display by Balloon Artistry

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Introducing Melrose Ballroom – NYC’s Brand New Versatile Event Space

Melrose Ballroom Long Island City NY - Wedding, Bar & Bat Mitzvah Event Space Are you looking for an exclusive NYC club feel for your upcoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah or Wedding? Perhaps you’d like an elegant wedding reception in an industrial-chic setting. Treat yourself and your guests to an exceptional experience at Melrose Ballroom, located in Long Island City, Queens – just 5 minutes from Midtown Manhattan by car or subway. READ MORE ......

Rock Your Guests with a Music Theme

Creative Ideas for a Music Theme Bar & Bat Mitzvah, Wedding, Sweet 16 or Party

A love of music is universal. For many it is a passion in life that translates into collecting, creating, learning to DJ, writing, singing, and more. If you have a wedding, bat/bar mitzvah or party coming up, a music theme might be perfect for you.

Music Theme Bar & Bat Mitzvah Logo, Neon, Glow

Music Theme Bar & Bat Mitzvah Logo by Cutie Patootie Creations

Bar Mitzvah Logo (above) by Cutie Patootie Creations

Bring your guests into your world and share your love of music with lots of clever and creative musical elements that will have everyone feeling the noise. READ MORE ......

Klezmer Musician Alicia Svigals – “It’s not all fast hora music”

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!

Klezmer Music by Alicia SvigalsAlicia 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 ......

Decorating Your Pool for An Outdoor Wedding & Mitzvah

Pool Floating Flower Pomanders

Pool Floating Flower Pomanders

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 ......

10 Ideas for Decorating with Doilies

Doilies give the look of intricate lace to all kinds of craft decor projects. They’re lovely and eye-catching, so light and airy that they lend a delicate feel to almost anything. With just a few simple craft tools, they transform from a quaint table top accent into something else entirely.

Doilies can be found in both paper and crochet fabric. By using wallpaper paste, fabric stiffener, or adhesives. you can mold and shape doilies into a variety of different things or apply them to a base. They’re fairly easy to work with without needing to be cut.  Here are 10 of our favorite ideas.

1. Doily Lanterns

Doily Lanterns - Decorating with DoiliesThese awesomely intriguing structures found on Tiptoe Through and Apartment Therapy can be created by layering doilies over a balloon with fabric stiffener and then popping the balloon when dry. READ MORE ......

5 Steps to the Perfect Ketubah | Jewish Weddings

What do ketubahs, wedding dresses, and husbands all have in common?  

Once you find the right one, you just know!

3D Ketubah 4 Pillar Series by Ashra DesignsShopping for a ketubah, the Jewish marriage contract from ancient tradition, is a very subjective and personal process.  The possibilities are virtually limitless, so we set out to help guide you through the process.

We asked 3D ketubah & Judaica artist Gabrielle Mizrachi-Mallin from Ashra Designs :: Judaic Art Creations to provide her insight into finding the perfect ketubah that speaks to you as a couple, without getting overwhelmed.

5 Steps to Finding the Perfect Ketubah READ MORE ......