November 28, 2011

Mazel Tov Shelby!!!

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Shelby loves New York City, so it seemed only fitting for her Bat Mitzvah to have a New York City Theme for her Extravaganza!

The first order of business was to select a venue that would enhance a New York City feel and immediately The W Hotel ~ Midtown came to mind.  We secured Altitude {the ballroom on the 27th floor} as the venue.  Since the room offers views of the city on both sides of the ballroom, that would lend to the feel of the Big Apple. 

Working with the extremely talented, JWilbur of EventScapes, a division of CCP Events, the decor was devised in meeting with Shelby’s New York City theme.  Wilbur offered wonderful suggestions for bringing the city design into the room.  There were two large gobo’s that shown on the back walls depicting famous landmarks such as The Statue of Liberty and the New York City skyline.  Each table on the adult side of the room was covered in the hotel’s standard black spandex linen and topped with a luxurious silver overlay.  The centerpiece consisted of a square base filled with flowers out of which came a street sign indicating famous cross-streets in NYC.  Shelby determined some of her favorite locations in the city and those became the table names for the adults.

On the “kids” side of the room, the look was more of a club feel, with lounge seating, a few cocktail rounds with seats and a few highboy tables.  These were treated with the hotels black spandex linens and topped with hot pink overlays.  Cube vases filled with hot pink roses enhanced the look of these tables.  To fully show the NYC theme, Wilbur created a large sign that had the name of the event:  “Shelby’s New York City Extravaganza” complete with the New York city skyline and more of the famous landmarks.  The sign was outlined in lights and enhanced with swags of fabric to create a stunning focal point.

As with most Mitzvah’s, the party began with the kid’s having some time partying without the adults present.  They were feasting on yummy hors d’oeuvres such as fried cheese, mini pizzas, and pigs in a blanket.  Meanwhile, the adults were not being left out.  They were having an adult-only cocktail party on the 2nd floor of the hotel in the area called Away.  It’s a semi-private area that worked perfectly for the purpose of a cocktail hour. 

At the appointed time, the adults were whisked away and delivered to the celebration which was already in full swing.  As the guests exited the scenic glass elevator, they found their table assignment cards on a lighted round table which was centered with a tall decor piece that held a rotating Yellow Taxi Cab adorned with Shelby’s name.  The table assignment cards were replica’s of New York City Metro (subway) cards.  Robyn Feinberg of RSVP provided the stationery products for the event and as always did a superb job!

The family entered the event in grand fashion.  Once Shelby was announced and the whole family was front and center, a long-time family friend offered the Motzi.

Dinner for the adults consisted of a dual entrée of a beef filet and salmon or for those wishing for a more vegetarian option, salmon and pasta. The kids feasted on chicken fingers, mac & cheese, salad, and other tasty goodies.

To add a fun twist to the desserts, both the adults and kids were offered a dessert display that would provide options to tempt every tastebud.  And what would a New York City themed event be without Black and White cookies?

To keep the fun going throughout the night, the incredible team from Vibe provided the entertainment.  These guys definitely know how to throw a fun party — not just for the kids but for the adults as well. 

Jenni Girtman was the photographer of record for the event capturing all of the fun times.  She also provided a Photo Booth station where guests could select various New York City backgrounds for their GreenScreen photos.  Kids and adults had such fun trying out all of the props AND the different backgrounds.

Can you ever have enough sugar at an event? We didn’t think so, so we provided a Candy Bar.  Shelby selected her favorite types of candy which included, Malted Milk Balls, M&M’s, Skittles, Mike&Ike’s, and Sour Patch Kids.  We provided the complete set-up including the custom labels for the containers in keeping with the color and theme of the event. 

As the time came for the guests to depart, they were treated with adorable and functional favors of PJ bottoms which also were emblazoned with the logo of the event. There were a HUGE hit!!! (I think the adults were sad that they didn’t get a pair).

Judging by the smiles from everyone as they left, this was another fabulous and FLAWLESS event and we were so pleased to be a part of it!!!

To see more photos (taken by JBEvents) from the event, please enjoy the slideshow below!


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Janice Blackmon Events is an event planning company offering many levels of service to assist clients in the best possible way for their event.  Don’t leave your celebration in the hands of someone less capable, contact Janice Blackmon Events today and enjoy the feel of planning a flawless and stressfree event!

January 22, 2011

Looking back at the Bar Mitzvah of Jack

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Thank you so much to Ric Mershon Photographers for providing these wonderful images from Jack’s Bar Mitzvah earlier last year.  I loved the theme of this event ~ Soccer ~ which was expertly carried out by the ultra-talented JWilbur of EventScapes!  The venue was W Hotel ~ Downtown, which has a very cool, hip vibe.  We had such an amazing group of vendors working together on this event!  The family was indeed pleased with the results. 

Giving a “shout out” to some of the other vendors involved:


Vibe Entertainment

Now, sit back and Enjoy this slideshow!!  Thanks again to Ric Mershon Photographers

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December 17, 2010

Mazel Tov Justin!

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A Bar Mitzvah is always a special time in a young boy’s life – but when you have a celebration like this one – you know this day will never be forgotten!


The theme for the soiree was Camp Justin!  But not just any ‘ol camp, but an amazing scene that included a huge fire pit (safety flames of course). 


Since a Mitzvah celebration includes not only the friends of the Mitzvah honoree, but also the adult friends of the family, having a theme that can be carried out to be appropriate for both the “kids” and the “adults” is of utmost importance in situations where the party for both kids and adults takes place in the same room.  Well, the fabulous and talented J Wilbur of EventScapes and his team created a design that did just that.

In the kids area there were 3 long dining tables that had décor of wheat grass and lanterns.  One of the special touches was these great flashing glasses that the kids would use for their beverages as well as take home.  The lights added an extra festive touch to the tables, which were covered in black linens.   There was also a sofa grouping that flanked the dance floor – so the kids could take a brief rest between all of the dancing. 



 The dance floor and DJ area separated the kids’ area from the adults’ area.  Now truth be told, adults seemed to love the kids area and did their best to take it over. 


The fire pit – surrounded by bean bags, provided a gathering spot for both adults and kids.


The adult area was beautifully adorned with burlap table linens accented with brown napkins tied with a band of sage ribbon.  There were high and low centerpieces – both of which incorporated birch branches.  The tall designs consisted of birch tree trunks standing about 30 inches above the table with an arrangement on top to include lilies and roses, along with blue Delphinium and bells of Ireland.  There were lanterns hanging down from the arrangement, which along with sisal rope used in each of the designs became a common element to keep with the camp theme.  The low designs were square and the base was created in a square with birch branches and then filled with moss and the same types of flowers as the tall designs.  Votives surrounded the arrangement and provided an elegant woodsy feel.

In keeping with the camp theme, the adult guests were informed of their table assignment with small flashlights that had a tag containing their name and their “Cabin”. 


Added Touch Catering provided the delicious array of food.  The kids started off with crispy veggie egg rolls and a yummy Mexican queso dip served of course with crisp tortilla chips – while the adults noshed on 5 pepper seared tuna on won tons, potato latkes, Thai veggie spring rolls and also a “Grazing” table that included a beautiful display of fall vegetables with citrus and rosemary marinated olives, stuffed grape leaves and roasted red pepper dip.  There was also miniature falafel pockets with tahini.  Needless to say – the hors d’oeuvres were a huge hit.  But then came the main meal.


The adults had an awesome chopped vegetable salad that I happen to think was beautifully presented.


The kids had a buffet that consisted of Crisp Caesar salad, cheese pizza, and penne pasta with two choices of sauces and garlic bread.  They also had their own Beverage Station with “Bug Juice” in constant supply.


The adults had action stations to include a Southern Station complete with GA Mountain Trout, baked Macaroni and Cheese, Hot Roasted Indian Summer Corn, Southern Cinnamon Baked Apples accompanied by Corn bread and Buttermilk Biscuits.  Also available was an Asian Station where guests could enjoy Teriyaki and Miso Glazed Salmon Kebabs, Fried Rice, Spinach strudel and Pad Thai Noodles.


Of course, no meal is complete without dessert and this Mitzvah was no exception.  There was a Cookie Bakery including warm chocolate Chip Cookies with shots of ice-cold milk, as well as Smore’s Brownies, Milky Way Cheesecake, Red Velvet Cake, Tangy Lemon Bars and Walnut shortbread.

The kid’s dessert was a huge Krispy Kreme Donut Tower drizzled with chocolate.  Regardless of who this donut tower was intended – many adults snuck a donut or two. 

A little later in the evening, the Kid’s Buffet was transformed into a Camp Canteen offering various selections of candy!!!  Little brown paper bags accented with seals of the event’s Logo were provided to guests that wanted to take a goodie bag home – but judging from the wrappers found on the floor – I would have to say a considerable amount of those tasty treats were consumed on-site. 

Vibe Entertainment, headed up by Khalil and his team, kept the crowd moving with their always entertaining method.  Dancing and games continued throughout the evening and the dance floor was packed at all times. 


Another fun thing that was enjoyed by both kids and adults was the Green Screen provided by Peachtree Pictures.  With a choice of eight backgrounds, guests could pose for a fun photo and then take it home with them.  There was a constant stream of guests having a blast trying out different poses and seeing the finished results of their frivolity.


Capturing the images that will forever be memories of the celebration was Laura Tarquino of Vosamo.  While her images are certainly better, I captured the ones you are seeing here.

The whole celebration was fantastic from start to finish and we were honored to have been a part of this milestone occasion in the life of Justin and his family.

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