Planning a Bat Mitzvah was so much fun! Not only because it so different from planning a wedding, but it gave me the opportunity to think like a kid again! Upon meeting sweet Olivia and her hilarious mom Alisa, and hearing that they wanted a space theme for the event, it literally left a world of possibilities. Olivia's father, Brian Bendis, is a well known Marvel writer and the mastermind behind Jessica Jones so creativity clearly runs in the family. PNCA, our fab venue, gave us a blank canvas to work with. We wanted all guests of every age to be able to have a great time and never have a dull moment, and I can assure you, we did not disappoint. Using creative names for everything from table names, signature drinks and activities, guests had an abundance of activities for the night.
As guests walked into the event, there were two bars (one for non-alcoholic and the other for the alcoholic beverages) each had their own ice luge, which was carved to be like Saturn or a rocket ship. For dinner, Olivia and her friends sat at long tables with silver sequin linens while the adults and family sat at round tables with black sequin linens. The centerpieces consisted of air plants, succulents and branches with pops of purple orchids and carnations giving it an "out of this world" feel. After dinner, a dessert buffet by Bridal Bliss, had everyone enjoying treats- everything from moon pies to thermal detonators (mini tarts). A henna artist tattooing space themed henna art, oxygen bar with multiple oxygen flavors, flip-book station, and fortune teller were just some of the options for guests to partake in. A DJ kept the kids dancing the night away in their space themed lounge with glowing orbs and white leather furniture surrounding the dancing area. Each guest was given a goodie bag filled with Olivia's favorite candies and space themed trinkets. They also were able to select pieces from Area 51, a jewelry/accessory station filled with sunglasses, necklaces, bracelets and earrings. I couldn't tell who was more sad that the event was over, myself or Olivia's friends! It was definitely an epic evening!!
Coordination: Katy Haley | Photography: Powers Studios | Cinematography: Moving Picture Weddings | Floral: Blum | Rentals+ Oxygen Bar: WCEP | Caterer: Devil's Food | Dessert Display: Dream Cakes + Bridal Bliss | Beauty: Kirstie Wight | Music + Photo Booth: Chad Dowling Productions | Henna Artist: Half Moon Henna | Fortune Teller: Portlandia Fortune Tellers | Paper Items: Crave Design