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

Personalize Your Bar/Bat MItzvah

The more personal you make your Bar/Bat Mitzvah and the more you infuse your child into the theme and the day the more involved and enthusiastic your child will become.  If he/she is excited about becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah the energy will just ooze from their presence.  Studying the Torah portion will become less of a struggle and the whole experience will become more fun.
When I planned my sons’ bar mitzvah, at the time he was an avid reader and he was in love with the Harry Potter books.  So, I too, read the series. It not only gave me great ideas for his service it gave us something to talk about so it was a great and positive bonding experience.
We incorporated both Harry and Kabbalah into his party so his celebration would retain the element of Judaism. After finding the perfect venue, LA’s Orpheum theater the fun and imagination took over.  We had a life size sorting hat handing out the table assignments.  For the escort cards I used stuffed owls that were later donated to a battered women’s shelter.- The décor was simple and featured 200 suspended candles and I even had our Rabbi dress as Hagrid.  Go wild- Have fun!  Think outside the box! Today, almost 10 years later his party is still being talked about.

Dear Reader, Do you need help finding the inspiration for your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah? On May 6, 2012 attend Be Mitzvahed! The Bar and Bat Mitzvah Bootcamp.  We will show you how.  For information contact me, Julia I am here to help.  Call 818 673 2961 or email me julia@eventuresinc.net.  Tickets will be going on sale shortly!Grace, Gratitude and Happy Planning!

Kosher Wedding- 3 Cost Effective Options

You found your dream wedding venue. You can picture yourself saying your vows in this perfect setting. It has everything you always dreamed about, till you talk to your parents and they request that you have a kosher wedding reception.  Oh no! Now what?
A lot of venues either have an alliance with a Kosher Caterer or they will allow you to bring in an outside kosher caterer of your choice and you then pay a rental fee for the use of the venue.  If you go this route you may find yourself doubling your costs.
However, if your heart is set on this perfect, one of a kind dream venue but your pocket book is shy the extra money it may cost for kosher food consider exploring these options:
Offer a Kosher style wedding and if serving meat make sure you serve enough vegetarian and/or fish options.
Create a vegetarian/pescetarian menu.  Make sure you do not include non-kosher fish items such as shrimp, lobster and swordfish.  Or serve a breakfast for dinner.  In addition to it being a novel idea everyone loves breakfast foods.
Order Kosher meals to be delivered for your guests with dietary restrictions. 
Dear Readers, What wedding decisions are you struggling with right now?  Let me know.  I would love to help!
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

Ideas for Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah Theme

Having trouble deciding on a theme for your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah?  Don’t know where to look?  Is everyone you know doing a “club” and you want something different?

The easiest place to begin looking for ideas is with your child.  Getting him or her involved is as easy as asking them what they want or like.  Sometimes it may feel like a fishing expedition, however, with the right questions, you can get a lot of information. An easy way into your child’s mind can be as simple as a discussion about their hobbies, the books they like to read, a favorite TV show or movie.  Use these as great jumping off points to spark interest, thought and even a conversation.  Maybe it is something the two of you share or enjoy doing together as a family.  
When my son was becoming a Bar Mitzvah I knew he loved to read Harry Potter and science fiction books.  So I casually asked him what he thought about having a Harry Potter theme event?  His face lit up and I got my answer.  I began to read all the Harry Potter books. I got tons of ideas from them and a giant plus was we then had the books in common which gave us something to talk about and bond over. 9 years later when a new Harry movie hits the theaters my son waits to go see it with me. 
When it came time for my daughter we decided to go with one of my favorite movies, The Wizard of Oz.  We ran to the video store and purchased the movie and spent hours watching it together discussing all the possibilities.  She put her own stamp on the event in many ways but her biggest idea was to make a modern day Oz. So ask your child what would Oz look like in the year 2012?

Get them involved from the beginning. Once you tap into your child’s passions and imagination the doors begin to open and the possibilities for something unique can become endless.

What are you thinking to do for your Child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah? Do you need some help coming up with how to execute your ideas?  Let me know, I would love to help.

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!

Venue Shopping for Your Wedding: 13 Must Ask Questions

Looking for the perfect venue that fits your budget can be stressful.  There are so many venue options available to you and it can just be overwhelming.  The best thing to do is to start with a clear idea of what kind of wedding you want and then proceed to look for a location that will accommodate your needs.  Here are some questions to ask when looking for that perfect place to tie the knot:
·          Is there a minimum amount of money that I need to spend to have my wedding here on a Saturday night?      What is that amount?
·          Does this number include the service charge and tax?
·          Can I offer my guests a choice with regards to entrée?  Do you need to have this information beforehand?
·          How many bartenders and waiters will I have working at my event?
·          Is there an additional charge for bartenders?
·          Is there a cake-cutting fee?
·          Is the cake included in the price per person or do I have to bring one in?
·          Is there a ceremony set up fee or is this included in the food cost?
·          Is there a venue rental fee?
·          How many hours do I have the space for?
·         What time can I load in? What about load out?
·          What are the overtime charges?
·          Are there any sound restrictions?
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!

De Mystifying the ++ in Wedding Planning

I see a lot of confusion regarding the “++” for Brides and Bar/Bat Mitzvah families when they are faced with planning their own Weddings and Mitzvahs.  When researching venues and caterers the ++ seems to roll right off of the tongue of the skilled banquet manager as he mentions it and then deftly moves onto other subjects and information.
I have discovered that the ++ is the single, largest hidden charge that you are going to have to deal with when planning your wedding or special event; and the only reason it is “hidden” is because no one wants to ask what it stands for so it gets ignored      until you have to pay your bill. 
The ++ stands for tax and service charge.  Here’s where it gets confusing: there is no standard when it comes to the service charge, and tax is regulated by the state or city in which your event takes place. The typical range for a service charge is 18-22%  of the cost of goods sold.
Therefore, when you fall in love with the perfect wedding venue and their Saturday night minimum charge is $40,000.00 you need to ask if this includes the ++ and if it isn’t included, you can count adding approximately $12,000.00 in fees.
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”
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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.
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!