Coming to age in NYC
The greatest event of a Jewish child's life is their Bar Mitzvah. It's a coming of age and an entry into adulthood. When my friend Daniela came to me and asked if I could help her with her son Noah's Bar Mitzvah I was excited and then almost panicked as I realized Gavin's Bar Mitzvah is going to creep up so much faster then I realize. Granted it's 4 years away but time is flying!
Daniela was so fun to work with because her, Noah and the rest of their family had a very clear vision for this party. They are also the most chill people ever. Dreamy.
The first step in the planning process was finding a venue. Our in house Venue Scout Laurie worked her magic and sent us around the city to view several different options. We eventually landed on The Manhattan Penthouse. It's located centrally on 14th street and 5th ave so it was very easy to get to AND the views are utterly breathtaking. What a perfect spot for this special celebration. On top of it all, the night of Noah's BM the Empire State Building was lit up like a rainbow!
For the theme, Noah wanted to get his initials designed into the NFL logo. He's a huge Pittsburg Steelers fan so Maggie designed the logo in black and yellow. We slapped that logo on everything included Tee Shirts for all of our staff to wear!
We styled the room tastefully with decor to match Noah's NFL logo and color palette. We put a clear jumbo balloon filled with black, yellow, white and gold confetti on every other table and then set a large terrarium with a succulent on the rest of the tables.
After the service in temple where Noah killed it with his Haftorah portion and beautiful speeches, the guests were transported over to the venue to Party! When they arrived the servers were ready with sparkling wine and mocktails for the kids. The guests enjoyed appetizers, great music and a photo booth where they could get silly and make memories from the evening.
The DJ Rocked the house and we had the best MC ever. His name was Benny and he made sure that the kids and adults were on the dance floor shakin' it up all night long.
Daniela's friend Esther of Lavenson Cakes made the most perfect cake which we used for the candle lighting. Instead of your traditional candle lighting we got creative and Noah lit 3 candles to honor the past, present and future. It was so sweet.
As a keepsake for Noah after his big bash, We set up a guest book station where the guests could take photos that printed out at the photo booth, tape them in and give their "Mazel Tov" notes to Noah.
The night was full of tons of great food, dancing and fun. Noah and his family got up in the chair for the hora and were all smiles as they were swung up and down and all around.
At the end of the evening, the family sent their guests home with a couple of very special favors. First, was a customized long sleeve, hooded tee shirt with Noah's NBZ logo on it. We sorted these by size, name and styled like The Home Edit would do in clear bins. Second, was a packaged cookie from Cookies For Kids’ Cancer. Daniela is very involved with the organization and thought it would be a nice, sweet, thoughtful gift for her guests. We agreed and love the idea! Most certainly will be suggesting these cookies as party favors to our clients go forward.
Not only was this an incredible night, but we had the most wonderful time working with this family. What a special group of people they are. I hope my children grow up to be half as kind as theirs. Daniela and Guy - you have done this parenting thing right.