We sat down with Sharon Meyers, Director of Catering to chat about a very special Bat Mitzvah for Alexandra. The event took place on July 27th, 2013 and was nothing short of amazing.
Hear from Sharon herself as she describes all the fun and creative elements that went into planning this special celebration…
I met Alexandra’s mother, Suzanne, through a mutual friend who referred me. We met to discuss Alexandra’s Bat Mitzvah and I found out that two of her interests were dancing and baking. After speaking about the event, Suzanne decided to work with the baking theme for her daughter’s special party. She also came by the property to see the set up of various events.
We brainstormed ideas of creating a bakery in the room, incorporating bakery décor on the tables such as edible centerpieces, chef’s hats, rolling pins and non-floral items. I also recommended several vendors for her to use. With a pink and turquoise theme, I recommended that she purchase overlays or table runners in those colors. She was thrilled with the ideas.
The event really came together beautifully. She had a decorator hang pink and turquoise lanterns over the dance floor and the tables were covered with the same color overlays and coordinating sashes on the chairs. The room was also lit with hot pink lights. There was a bakery station set up with cupcakes, cake truffles and decorative sugar cookies all in the color scheme with a red and white canopy over the tables. A poster backdrop of “Al” hung on the wall. The table centerpieces were also creative. There was a clear cylinder with blue gel lights in each one with silver branches coming out of the container. Hanging from the branches were miniature lanterns with lights and “bakery” style ornaments. Each table was named after “Al’s” favorite desserts such as the cupcake table and the cheesecake table. The sign in board was a Chef’s coat and hat with a logo of “Al’s bakery,” which all the guests signed. In addition, there was a life sized-cut out of the guest of honor, of course wearing a chef’s coat and hat and holding a mixing bowl.
For the candle lighting, they came up with a very non-traditional idea that tied into the theme. Typically, family members and close friends are called up by the Bat Mitzvah celebrant to light 13 candles. A poem is read and background music is played as the guests come up to light the candles. In this case, we provided a very large stainless steel mixing bowl on a cocktail table. As the guests were called up, they had to add an “ingredient” to the bowl that would be used to “bake” the cake. After all the guests were called up to the table, we took the bowl in the back. Magically, about 20 minutes later, a beautifully decorated cake was placed on the table. This was very clever and unique and all the guests really enjoyed this part of the evening.
Not only did the room look spectacular but they had a wonderful DJ with dancers and a green screen to take many photos during the evening. The kids got to take home a tumbler filled with candy and a duffle bag to remember the occasion.
Needless to say, the guests had a wonderful time and it was a pleasure to host the event, especially being able to reflect Al’s personality and watch our ideas come to life.