3 Fool-Proof Secrets For A Fun Event

Have you ever gone to a wedding or special event and thought “Wow! That went fast?” or “Why did the event end so early?”  Then you look down at your watch and go “Holy **it! It’s midnight!!”  Do you want to … Continue reading

Theme Thursday: 3 Ways to Pick A Theme For Your Event

Start with your favorite book, movie or TV show. Explore one of your Hobbies. Think about the mood or color scheme. Once you decide which of these items appeals to you the most go for it.  Let your imagination run … Continue reading

Mishap Monday: What To Do When The Music Goes Down At Your Party

During one of my event’s, the speakers the DJ had brought stopped working! I had to think quickly and on the spot. I used the three steps below and handled the situation without any of the guests and my clients … Continue reading

Mitzvah Themes: What Really Works



We have all been to a Bar/Bat Mitzvah where too much emphasis is spent show- casing a talented child. This is a great time for your child to stand up, proud and be welcomed and recognized by their community.  It is important his/her personality to come through because the more you can infuse this into the celebration the more connected your guests will feel. But, when is too much too much? How do you showcase your child without coming off like a showoff?
Find one of his/her interests or passions or just something that is interesting about your child and do something creative with it. 
I had a child who was interested in rock and roll music and his mom was obsessed with albums. So we showcased her son by superimposing his image onto his favorite album covers.  We then created laminated placemats from the covers and used them on the tables in place of table names or numbers.  At the end of the evening guests were grabbing them up as souvenirs.
For another child, a very talented musician we created a Renaissance fair as the cocktail hour and along with other artists, interactive booths, food and strolling talent the Bat Mitzvah performed a piece. Her performance was scheduled and the time and location was listed the program that we handed out at the guest arrival.
Another Bar Mitzvah boy’s passion was skateboarding and anything “street”. So we used his grand entrance as a way for him to express his talent; we laid down ramps, roped off a specific area and came in on a skateboard, did a 1 minute routine and the party started.
Dear Reader, Is there something you want to showcase in your child but you don’t know how?  Write in what you need help with. I would love to hear about it and help.
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Grace, Gratitude and Happy Planning!

9 Bar/Bat Mitzvah Decisions to Make Now

As you get ready to plan your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebration there are some very important questions you need to ask yourself before you find or choose a venue and put down a deposit.  These 7 important questions will help you get started and give you a direction so that you can pick a space that fits your needs and vision for this once in a lifetime day.
            1.  What kind of a party do you want to have: a “kid only” or “Mixed Generation”?
            2.  At your reception are you planning to have the kids and adults together in the            same room?
            3. Do you know how many people you are inviting? What is the break down between adults and kids?
           4. Where are you in the circuit?
           5.  What would be best suited for your child based on his/her personality and time of the year?
           6. Do you want to separate the kids and adults and have two simultaneous parties happening at the same venue?
           7Were you planning on a morning service or Havdallah?
           8. Were you planning on having bus transportation for the children if you are having a Havdallah service?  Will you provide a bus in both directions?
           9. Are you inviting the entire class/grade at your child’s school?
If you found this article helpful or interesting please leave a comment.  Let me know your thoughts, If you have any questions or need any information or would like to see me write about a topic you need help on let me know.  If you don’t want to leave a comment below you can always email me: Julia@eventuresinc.netor simply visit our website at www.eventuresinc.net. Subscribe to our list for your free ebook “Make it Your Own! The Ultimate Guide to Personalize Your Day”
Grace, Gratitude and Happy Planning!

Wedding Budget Blues- 5 Money Saving Tips to Try Now

You just got engaged!  You are so excited till you start to look at wedding venues – then suddenly you find yourself in a panic.  Everything costs so much! You want a fabulous, beautiful wedding like the ones you see on TV; but you don’t know how you are going to pay for it all. 
Try these money saving strategies:
Give yourself a long engagement. 
Set up a separate bank account – call it the wedding fund and each week put in a minimum of $100. 
Everyday before you go to bed empty your change purse into a jar or piggy bank. Include all the 1 dollar bills that you have in your wallet.  Do not touch this money till you are ready to count it out.
Every Friday evening take whatever money from your purse that you did not spend and put it in an envelope marked wedding fund.  Then put the envelope in a place you will forget about.  Do this every single week, without fail.
Apply for credit card that gives you mileage and use it to help pay for your wedding.  The mileage you accrue can be put towards airfare or hotel for your honeymoon.
Set up a pay schedule with your wedding vendors.  They will be happy to get their money in advance and you will not be hit with a large bill in the week prior to your big day.
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Grace, Gratitude and Happy Planning!

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Lighting: DJ vs Lighting Designer?

You are planning your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah and you feel like you are spending endless amounts of money on giant centerpieces to match your theme, linens for your tables, furniture for lounges and just when you think you are done someone says what about the lighting.  You think to yourself, well the event space will take care of that. What and why do I need to spend money on the lighting for? Or my favorite: the DJ will provide it, it is part of their package.

In my opinion, properly lighting your room is the most important décor element. It will set the mood for your entire event.  Good lighting will highlight what you want the eye to see. Pin spots on your centerpieces will allow them to pop.  So when your guests walk into the room they will actually see them.  Lighting adds texture and layers to your event space.  You can use lighting to create a feeling of warm and fuzzy, or you can light for energy, or cold for a winter wonderland.  The possibilities are endless.
Traditionally a DJ’s lighting package will provide lighting for the dance floor and only the dance-floor.  While he may have some cool intelligent lights that will create some shapes that can move around the room, chances are there will not be enough instruments in the package to be impactful.  Furthermore, your DJ’s lighting will not set a tone, mood or highlight anything else in the room.
 
 A lighting company is going to work closely with your event planner, decorator, florist and/or venue to create an ambiance for your room.  He will also speak to the property engineer to make sure you have enough power at the venue to provide electricity for lighting, music, and anything else that needs an electric current.  He will ensure you have the proper power drops, in the room to handle your vendor stations, blenders and coffee makers.  Furthermore, he will create custom shapes (gobos) that you can use to further brand your event.
If you found this article helpful or interesting please leave a comment.  Let me know your thoughts, If you have any questions or need any information or would like to see me write about a topic you need help on let me know.  If you don’t want to leave a comment below you can always email me: Julia@eventuresinc.netor simply visit our website at www.eventuresinc.net. Subscribe to our list for your free ebook “Make it Your Own! The Ultimate Guide to Personalize Your Day”
Grace, Gratitude and Happy Planning!

Whose Wedding Is It? 3 Stay Calm Tips

Do you feel overwhelmed and stressed because your parents don’t seem to care about what you want?  Are you not sleeping at night because you wanted a small wedding and now his Mom just gave you a list for 200 people and she isn’t even paying?  Are you surrounded by people who seem to be whining about your wedding instead of supporting and helping you?
It just isn’t fair!  It’s your wedding and everyone thinks they have a say in it. 
It is time to take back your wedding, your dreams and your sanity.
Begin writing in a journal.  Make it part of your morning routine. Keep it next to your bed and every morning before you get out of bed start your day by writing 3 pages.  Write whatever comes to your mind and do not filter your thoughts or feelings.  This is for you and you alone, so do not let anyone else read it.  Use this journal to explore your wedding dreams and fantasies, use it to write about who you are mad at, disappointed in.  Express yourself, journal about your fears. Use these pages to get out all your anger, confusion and frustration. You will want to finish these pages with a gratitude list; even if you are not feeling grateful write the list anyway. Keep this journal going till your wedding day. And remember always, have 1 page or 1 paragraph to focus on what you love and what you are grateful for.
Get clear on the wedding you want and the number of people you want to have.  Your morning journaling will help you find the clarity.  Write down your wedding dreams- your likes, dislikes, your vision.  Again Do Not Edit yourself.  This is your place to become clear. Write about your money fears and concerns, your fiancee, your parents, his parents,  your grand ma.  Create a vision board of pictures that express who you are and what you want your wedding to be like.  If you are clear in your vision, dreams and wish list it will become easier for you to filter and deflect all the chatter.
Schedule a sit down with your particular “crazy maker” and have a calm discussion about your wedding.  Do it someplace local, like your favorite café or restaurant.  Do not have this conversation at home, it will be too easy to have tempers fly and doors slam.  Thank this person for all their help, input and amazing ideas.  Let them know that you have heard their request and would love to honor it but here is where you are stuck.  If it is monetary ask them, calmly if they can contribute.  If it is about inviting 100 people you never met find out why this list is so important and who is a “must have invitee and why”.  Then be prepared to compromise.  Your wedding is one day in your life and chances are your “crazy maker” is someone you have an ongoing relationship with.  Make it clear to this person that you would be more than happy to include them in your wedding, however, they need to schedule time with you to have these conversations.
Choose the path that will make you the happiest and bring you the most amount of joy.  It is so easy to be right, but that does not always bring us happiness and joy.  Choose happy, it is infectious and will give you a healthier life.
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Grace, Gratitude and Happy Planning!
  

Bar Mitzvah Planning- 5 Must Know Secrets to Choosing Your DJ

So you just received the Bar/Bat Mitzvah date of your first child.  How exciting!  After you call your husband and announce the date to the family you sit back and suddenly you are hit with: “Now what?!”
When you begin to plan your child’s Mitzvah I think one of the first things to do is look into 
a DJ.  Some of the more “popular” MC’s can book up to two years in advance. While this 
might seem a bit crazy it does happen.  Here are some things to think about when choosing your 
DJ/MC:
Before committing to any one DJ you should consider the school your children attend. 
You do not want to hire the same MC that all the other kids in the class are using. 
Have your child sit in on the meeting with the MC.  If your child connects to this person go for it.
If he/she thinks this person is cool and fun then you have won half the battle.
Also, consider the personality of the person you are meeting.  If he/she is boring and quiet, 
just remember this will be the person who will be running your party.
Do not get caught up in the DJ’s pitch to up sell you on his lighting package or “vendor 
cocktail options”  you have time to think about these things, they will still be available at
 a later date.
Don’t get caught up with hiring 5-10 dancers/party motivators.  The rule of thumb is roughly 
1 for every 50 guests.  If you have too many on your dance floor in can be just as intimidating 
as an empty dance floor.

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thoughts, If you have any questions or need any information or would like to see me write 
about a topic you need help on let me know.  If you don’t want to leave a comment below 
you can always email me: Julia@eventuresinc.netor simply visit our website at www.eventuresinc.net. Subscribe to our list for your free ebook “Make it Your Own! The Ultimate Guide to Personalize 
Your Day”
Grace, Gratitude and Happy Planning!


How to De-Stress When Planning Your Wedding

As Thanksgiving approached this year I noticed that suddenly everyone around me started talking about gratitude.  The yoga instructors were all reading quotes and writings on gratitude during meditation, however, for me their words began to feel inauthentic.  And it became clear to me to write this weeks post on Gratitude.
With your busy schedule, the economy tanking and all that you are juggling, especially now that you have a wedding to plan, it is easy to loose sight of the joy.  Being grateful and happy is a conscious choice. It is your choice to feel happy and choose to be happy instead of getting caught up in what is missing or wrong with your situation.
So, what if you woke up today and decided to play a game with yourself and all day, you choose to see what is right with a situation, person or place instead of going to what you think is wrong or missing.
What if instead of complaining that your fiancé does not want to be involved in the wedding plans you choose to be grateful that you have this amazing man in your life. A man who has chosen to be with you “for better or worse till death do you part.”
I know your Mom is getting on your nerves.  She thinks it is her wedding and keeps telling you what to do. So, what if you realized how lucky you are because you still have your Mom with you to help you plan your wedding and be there, by your side when you say your vows.
It is really hard to scale back on the things that you know you want to have at your wedding to make it special, amazing and unforgettable- so what if you choose to see that the most important elements of your wedding are you, your fiancée an Officiator and a few close friends and family.  The rest is just the icing on the cake.
Choosing to live your life from a place of joy and gratitude is a practice. Every morning when I wake up, before I get out of bed I write a gratitude list in my journal. Then I continue to write a paragraph about what is right in my life. It makes all the difference in how I go about my day. So as you embark on this journey try to remember why you said “yes” and practice letting go of what you think is not right. Embrace and cherish what you do have, right in front of you and I promise you will start to receive miracles.
If you found this article helpful or interesting please leave a comment.  Let me know your thoughts, If you have any questions or need any information or would like to see me write about a topic you need help on let me know.  If you don’t want to leave a comment below you can always email me: Julia@eventuresinc.netor simply visit our website at www.eventuresinc.net. Subscribe to our list for your free ebook “Make it Your Own! The Ultimate Guide to Personalize Your Day”
Grace, Gratitude and Happy Planning!