Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Pasadena Museum of California Art Bat Mitzvah


From September 2010 to January I had the honor planning Nicole's Bat Mitzvah. It was quite a fun deviation from the weddings that I'm normally working on! I got to play with neon colors and feather boas more than I usually do. Nicole loved the movie "Step Up 3D" and while she did not want to have a themed Mitzvah, she wanted that urban hip-hop feeling that the movie conveyed. Her parents wanted an elegant party that the adult guests could have just as much fun at. No pressure, right?!

The reception venue, the Pasadena Museum of California Art, was the perfect setting for this. When guests arrived for cocktail hour the outdoor terrace was lit with purple uplights and strands of Italian Bistro lights overhead. Along with the  lounges we had a photo booth, caricature artist, spray tattoo artist, and one of the bars. 

Inside for dinner and dancing, the dance floor, bar, and "wall of boomboxes" (an 8x12' vinyl printed step & repeat) behind the DJ separated the kid's section from the adults', with the kids eating from a kid friendly buffet and the adults served formally. The dancefloor was projected with the image of a boombox that Nicole drew.

The decor on either side of the room was different, yet cohesive. On the kids' side, fuchsia, teal, and purple linens on the tables had a gray metallic overlays, with the centerpieces consisting of submersed orchids in glass cylinders set upon lit coasters that slowly changed colors. Metal chargers and silver Chiavari chairs with fuchsia seat cushions looked great with the exposed ceiling ducts and intense lighting. 
 

On the adults' side of the room, the same metallic gray overlays were used, with gray underlays, brightly colored napkins, and contemporary floral centerpieces with the light for the table coming from difference sized candles. 

The evening was a hit! 60 kids and 50 adults celebrated and enjoyed all of the activities and the evening together. I was so proud of how we were able to create an environment that truly catered to and satisfied 13 year olds AND their parents!

The Team that made it happen:

Planning & Design - Amber Events (special thanks so my assistants that day, Nira, Anie, and Karen)
Photography - Leslie Barton  (fun fact: Leslie shot Nicole's parents wedding 15 years ago!)
Catering, rentals, lounges & lighting - Event Professionals 
DJ, MC, & hip hop dancers - Dash Entertainment
Prop rentals - Bob Gail Events
Photobooth - Ultrabooth 
Caricature Artist & Spray tattoos - Ron Rubin Events

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