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

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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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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.
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Feathers for Your Wedding

I love using feathers and masks when designing parties.In addition to being dramatic they add great texture and dimension and are just plain fun.

Consider having a boa bar at your next party. Have lots of great colors and offer each guest a boa to wear that will match or compliment their outfits.

You could also use them as a décor element by draping them on your chairs for visual interest.

Try creating some drama in your room by adding feathers to your centerpieces, suspend them from the ceiling or add them into your bridal bouquet. Another great way to incorporate feathers is to have them in your hair.

A great way lower inhibitions on a dance floor without breaking the bank is to pass out masks to the guests during one of the dance sets. People tend to be more free when they think no one can see them. I like to buy several different mask styles so that you are sure to find one that you like.

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Grace, Gratitude and Happy Planning

Harry Potter Themed Event Ideas

With the final Harry Potter movie currently in theaters a lot of people may be thinking that a Harry Potter themed Wedding or Mitzvah could be a lot of fun.

My son is a huge Harry Potter fan and 8 years ago, when the 2nd Harry Potter movie first hit the theaters it was that magical time in the life of a Jewish child known as a Bar Mitzvah. Knowing his passion for reading and all things Harry we decided to create a Harry Potter themed Bar Mitzvah.

In preparation for the planning of this event I too, read all the books and completely immersed myself into all things Harry.

Here are some fun ideas and ways to incorporate Harry Potter into your next celebration:

Instead of having escort cards why don’t you have a costume designer create a life sized sorting hat costume and actually place a person inside to interact with your guests and help them discover where they will be seated.

We actually used stuffed owls that were miniature replicas of Harry’s owl, Hedwig as the actual escort card along with the life sized sorting hat. We then offered our guests the option of keeping the owl for placing them in provided baskets which we intended for donation to a Battered Women’s shelter.

Another idea is to suspend 200 battery operated, flickering candles from the ceiling of the banquet hall.

You can also make your own snitch and flying broom to use in the room as added décor.

Consider offering your guests a specialty drink that sits in a cauldron at the bar. Fill the bottom of the caldron with dry ice for the smoky fog effect or simply hire a molecular mixologist for your event to mix up some mystical potion.

Hire a psychic or a fortune-teller to interact with your guests as part of the entertainment.

Infusing your event with a theme based on a movie like Harry Potter offers so much creative possibility. The ideas are endless. Let your imagination go and have fun.

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.net or simply visit our website at www.eventuresinc.net.

Grace, Gratitude and Happy Planning!