December 23, 2013

Come Inside, It’s Fun Inside for Brayden’s 1st Birthday!

Posted in Other Events, Planning Tips and Information tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:30 am by JBEvents

A very special 1-year-old deserves a very special celebration, and that’s just what we had for Brayden.

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One of the first TV shows that captured his attention was Mickey Mouse Clubhouse – so it seemed only fitting for that to be the theme of his party. With the theme set, we began the design process for the decor.  The centerpieces were one of the first designs to create.  We started out with Terracotta plant pots and painted them red.  To give them the look of Mickey’s pants, white buttons were attached around the rim.  Next was to create the Mickey silhouette.  For this, we used 2 different sizes of cardboard cake boards.  A 12″ diameter was used for the face, and 6″ diameter ones were used for the ears.  These were then painted black and a clear gloss sealant added for shine.  To attach the ears, we used short lollipop sticks.  For the stem (body), we used bamboo skewers which were also painted black.  To hold the silhouette in the container, a half sphere styrofoam was placed in the bottom of the pot and was secured with double-sided tape.  To finish the design off, yellow tissue paper was placed inside the container to cover the mechanics and to also bring in the color for Mickey’s outfit.

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Another design we created was Mickey Mouse chinese lanterns.  To make these, we used red and black lanterns.  Using the 6″ diameter cardboard cake boards, these were painted red and black.  To attach the ears to the lantern, we used the bamboo skewers and bound them with rubber bands to hold them securely in place.  

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Designing the menu was fun.  We knew we wanted to use labels that would coincide with the theme, so we  came up with cute names for the items to be served, such as Hot Diggity Dogs for the Pigs in a Blanket, Mickey’s Clubhouse sandwiches, Pluto’s Puppy Chow, Chip and Dales Chips and Dip, Donald’s Dunkers, and Daisy’s Vegetable Garden.  For the beverages, we set up Toodles Thirst Station.

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We created a custom backdrop to be used as a Photo Spot for guests as they came in!  

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Since there were Adults and Kids at the party, we  designated a “Kid’s Table” where coloring sheets were placed on the table for the kid’s to color.  We had Mickey Ears for all of the young guests to wear.  We also had set up a Kid’s bowling game – which was a hit!  During the party the stand-by game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey was played and I think there were some adults that wanted to get in on that game too.

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The cake was adorable!  It had the design of Mickey’s Clubhouse on it complete with figurines of the characters.  A separate “smash cake” was made just for the Birthday Boy ~ and he definitely had a great time diving in to it!

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This party was a huge success and the Honoree had so much fun.   Please enjoy some additional photos of the decor from the party as well as some images from his 1st Birthday photo shoot by the amazingly talented, Kristen Alexander!!

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August 26, 2013

Pretty in Pink ~ Liana’s Bat Mitzvah

Posted in Other Events tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:00 am by JBEvents

When I first met with Siomara, the mom of the Honoree, I knew she was someone who I wanted to work with.  Our initial consultation which consisted of the normal fact-finding questions to see where in the planning process we were and what vision we were working towards let me know that this was going to be a Mitzvah that would benefit from my services and referrals, which would result in an amazing celebration ~ and THAT it was!!!

With the date and venue set, May 18th at The Georgia Aquarium, we began meeting with vendors that would be able to provide exceptional service!  First stop, JWilbur of EventScapes.  We met with him and gave the “theme” of PINK!  All shades and varieties!  Other than the color, Siomara wasn’t specific on what the design should look like, but rather let Wilbur use his creativity to design the perfect setting for the celebration.  With the venue being the   Aquarium,we knew that special consideration had to be given to the viewing windows in the Oceans Ballroom.  This was accomplished by having lounge seating areas where guests could sit, relax, chat with their friends while watching the Whale Sharks or Beluga’s. 

In two areas on the “kid” side of the room, there were cozy seating areas with a canopy covering that had ribbons suspended holding flowers and sparkling crystals.  The sofas had fun pillows including some bright pink pillows and a shag carpet.  Several High-boy tables were scattered about as well as cocktail round lit tables with personalized decor using the branded logo for the event.  

The adult tables were covered in beautiful linens and were adorned with sleek white shaped vases filled with an asymmetrical arrangement of flowers.  They were truly stunning.  The “look” was elegant, sleek and contemporary.  

Knowing that this event needed a custom invitation suite, I referred Robyn Feinberg, RSVP.  Her creativity, advice and attention to detail resulted in a beautiful branded suite of invitations, labels, Guest Welcome Letters and other accessory products used for the decor, the favors and the Candy Buffet. .  

The talented Kristen Alexander was on hand to photograph the event and her images are included here for you to drool over!!! She was busy all night capturing all of the beauty as well as the fun EVERYONE was having!

Vibe Entertainment provided the entertainment for the evening.  The dancers kept the kids engaged with games and dancing.  One of the cool features with their set-up was a shadow box where guests could stand behind the screen and dance and from the front you would just see silhouettes.

Mark Lotti of Classic Cheesecake and Cakes provided the gorgeous cake which was the focal point for the Candle Lighting ceremony.  The cake was intricately designed to include replicas of her logo as well as small Stars of David. 

Opher Moses of Point of View Video, was brought on board to capture both the official ceremony as well as the party on video.  He is always a pleasure to work with and he does a superb job of creating a video that will give years of enjoyment for the family.  

Wolfgang Puck Caterers did their amazing job of providing delicious food and exceptional service.  After dinner, guests were treated to an array of delectable desserts in addition to the cake.  

And as if there wasn’t enough sweets already provided, we provided a Candy Bar Buffet with some of Liana’s favorite candies which were presented in a beautiful display.  Adults and kids alike enjoyed this buffet.  

As guests departed, they picked up yet another favor, a custom Tank Top to commemorate the occasion.  

This Mitzvah celebration was such a pleasure to plan and produce and combining the services of many of my preferred vendors ensured this was not only a wonderful day for the Honoree their family and guests but also for the vendors involved.  We are so thrilled to have been involved to produce this flawless event!!

We were honored to have this event featured in the acclaimed Occasions Magazine.  To read that article click here.

Now sit back and enjoy these images ~ most are compliments of Kristen Alexander, however, there are several included that I took as well.  

 

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