March 14, 2014

Book B’nai Mitzvah

Planned for a set of rather quiet twin brothers, this B’nai Mitzvah party was a small, extremely intimate and elegant luncheon at Red Rooster in Harlem. When the twin’s mom and I started talking about plans for the party it became quickly apparent that these kids were not going to enjoy the quintessential dance party and that I was going to need to create something “out of the box” just for them.

Red Rooster in Harlem is not a common place for a Bar Mitzvah- it’s small, intimate, fancy and not-exactly kosher but I knew right away that it was a perfect choice for this family. The location alone added so much swagger to this party that even had it stopped there it would have been memorable!

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The guests were chauffeured from the service to the luncheon in a fantastic double decker tour bus that barreled right up Lenox Avenue on this gorgeous Saturday afternoon.

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Like all twin these boys each have their own distinctive personalities but they share one big love, books! I went right to work scouring antique store across upstate NY buying hundreds and hundreds of vintage hard cover books- the best finds were a full set of fantastic Sherlock Holmes and a collection Hardy Boys Classics. The decor was so fitting for the kids and the space that you might have thought that it was always in the room.

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The table numbers were handmade, painted then sprayed with a nice shine.  I designed them slightly oversized to add a big pop of color and to be a little silly- after all this is a Bar Mitzvah not a 50th Birthday.

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The escort cards were hand made from vintaged and slightly yellowing book pages then hand written.

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All the printing was custom designed for the boys- the invitations were letter press from Michael Zac Design Group. The info card doubled as a bookmark and the Red Rooster Logo let the guests know they were in for a big treat!

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For the entertainment I chose a sultry and groovy jazz band, Svetlana & The Delancey Five. They hit just the perfect note, I knew that these kids weren’t going to care much about the music so we went with a group that would fit perfectly in the space and make the adults very happy. They were so cool they even jumped into the photo booth for a quick break and a coffee!

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This party wasn’t just for the adults, the whole side room was dedicated to the kids! Arcade games, a claw machine and a interactive photo booth kept the kids very happy!

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I love all my parties and all my kids but this party was special – I loved the opportunity to create something very unique and custom designed. I was also very thankful for their parents who trusted the vision and let me do my thing!

Happy Reading!

xoxo

Florie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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