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

10 Ways to De-Stress When Planning Your Wedding

Are you planning your own wedding but don’t know where to start.  If you answered “yes” then you are not alone. A lot of Brides I speak with have a hard time weeding through the amount of information that is … Continue reading

Breakfast at Tiffany’s Themed Reception

A custom “Playbill” was created for the invitation. When planning a Breakfast at Tiffany’s event there are so many different ways you can go that it can be hard to choose the best path.  When my client came to me … Continue reading

Bar Mitzvah Candlelighting: Are You Having One?

I have read many articles about whether or not there is significance or meaning in regards to the candle lighting ceremony at a Bar/Bat Mitzvah. And the truth is that I am not sure where it originated or why it came about. 
Some people like to think it was created for the florist to make more money on an elaborate display; I would like to think it was created as a supplement for being called to the Torah for an Aliyah.  I am not demeaning the Aliyah and nor do I think there is a greater honor than being called to the Torah for an Aliyah, I am only pointing out that in an Orthodox service women do not read Torah.  And it has only been in recent history, in certain sects of Judaism that this is changing.
Additionally,  I would like to point out that lighting candles plays a huge role in the life and rituals of Judaism: we light them at the start of  Shabbot, and most other holidays, to remember a dead relative and for each day of Hannukah. Fire, flame and candles have such significance in our lives that it seems to make perfect sense to have created a way to incorporate them into the Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
Dear Reader, What are your thoughts on the candle-lighting?  Are you having one at your child’s party?  Please let me know! 
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The Bar Mitzvah Service: Are You Inviting the Kids?

I have got to speak to a new trend in Bar and Bat Mitzvahs that I personally find disturbing.  I am finding that today a lot of parents do not want to invite their child’s classmates to the service because of bad behavior.  However, if we exclude children from our Synagogues and Temples than what is the message we are sending them?  How are we supposed to teach, educate and want them to grow up in the fold of Judaism if we exclude them from going to Shul? Is Judaism just for adults who can sit still and behave accordingly?  Aren’t we a people based on education and passing down traditions? If the Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a rite of passage for not only the child, but also his/her community than I think we are sending a very poor message to our children if we do not include them in the service.  Temples’ are supposed to be about community, belonging, and involvement; a place to feel safe, to come together and find acceptance.  Can’t we find some room for kids to be kids? If we cannot accept the behavior of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah age group then maybe we, as a community should re-evaluate the timing of this rite of passage.
Dear Readers, What are your thoughts?  Are you inviting your child’s friends to the service?  Have you found a way to curtail the bad behavior of his peers?  Do you think we are making a mistake by making service be a place of complete silence and intolerable of youth?
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!


Bar/Bat Mitzvah Find the Perfect Venue

Are you having trouble trying to decide where to have your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah?  Why not try a theater.  I love planning events in theaters.  They are unusual and offer so many creative opportunities to have a party that is not like everyone else’s.  Also, if you pick the right theater, that fits with your theme you may not have to spend a lot of money on decor.  Here are 3 fabulous theaters in Los Angeles to explore.  Explore the possibilities:

The Orpheum Theater in Downtown Los Angeles is dramatic and a fabulous place to hold an event.  They have many options and spaces.  Try hosting your party on the stage, that is what we did for this Harry Potter themed Bar Mitzvah.

The Hollywood Palladium is another great venue to explore.  It is very large- so if your party is small you will have to create a room within a room which might take you out of your budget, but it is well worth exploring.  That is where I did this wonderful Wizard of Oz event with flying monkeys and a witch.

My all time favorite venue for a Bar Mitzvah is the El Rey theater.  They are flexible and easy to work with.  The space is beautiful and here too there are many possibilities on using the space.

Dear Reader,  Where are you holding your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah?

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!

Real Bar Mitzvah Celebration

For this Bar Mitzvah celebration my client’s child wanted us to replicate his sleep away camp experience while maintaining a certain “elegance” to co-join with the “rustic”.  For the adult seating, and to reduce some costs, we created 2 different but complimentary centerpieces; consisting of large tree branches, lanterns and orchids. The linens from Classic Party Rentals were orange floor length  with a burlap overlay.  The tables were set with metal chargers and in staying with the theme we rented padded wooden chairs. The feeling in the room was “rustic elegant.”  For the kids area we  used picnic tables interspersed with lounges using Adirondack furniture for the rustic feel of a campground.  In addition we added all things that kids at sleep away camp like to receive such as magazines, kosher candies and care packages.  The care packages were created with different foods that would later be donated to the Sova Food Pantry.

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!