The Glitter of NYC

Themes, themes, themes…

When I ask a mitzvah client if their event has a theme, I am always nervous anticipating their response. Let’s be honest… themes can go down the wrong path very quickly & take a classy event into cheesy-land. I am always looking for ways to inject the “theme” into the event without it taking over. As well as twisting a common theme into something a little bit unexpected.

When I was challenged with an NYC inspired Bat Mitzvah my head was swirling with visions of yellow cabs, bright city lights, shopping bags, theatre, street vendors, the Statue of Liberty, and on and on. How could we showcase NYC without making it look like a souvenir shop?

This mitzvah girl had AMAZING taste & settled on a Color Story of: HOT Pink, Red & Glittery Gold with pattern accents of dots & chevron. Taking a visual cue from the rockin’ invitation design by Lori Smith of House of Smith we worked together to incorporate NYC iconography.


Take a look at my recently styled NYC inspired Bat Mitzvah, that I think perfectly captures the theme in a glamorous & sophisticated way.


Bold & graphic NYC cityscape lighting in red & pink tones by Goodwin Lighting set the tone of the evening. The lighting is paired with custom NYC icon LED lanterns. chrissy-0036

Our version of the LOVE sculpture created out of red mylar balloons, set atop a sparkly gold linen.

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CBC’s version of a NYC street vendor pretzel stand, complete with the pretzel warmer, mustard & cold drinks.chrissy-0044

Our custom LED DJ stand tied all of the iconography and colors together into the focal point of the event space.

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chrissy-0035 chrissy-0050Maya’s Sign In Board was in the style of a NYC Subway sign, complete with graffiti.

Of course it goes without saying that none of this could have been possible without the assistance of a talented group of vendors!

Invitations: Lori Smith of House of Smith

Event Lighting: Goodwin Lighting

Linens & Light Up Bar: All Occasions

Balloons: Carla of Balloons for All Occasions

Event Photography: Leppert Photography

Halloween Clearance 3 Ways

In a few days something exciting is happening…

Drum roll please… Halloween clearance.

If you get excited by the little red clearance stickers that show up on end caps everywhere and you are not afraid of ruining your manicure peeling them off keep reading…

Black & Orange always remind us of Halloween, but many retailers have done an amazing job of making these products more versatile and you can too. Sure you can buy Halloween clearance and save it for next year, but why not use it all year round? Using the same B & O paper goods you can throw a variety of soirees!

Bengals Tailgate

Turn Boo-Day into Who-Dey by adding turf and B&W ref stripes.


Monster High Celebration 

Add a touch of pink, a bit of bling & buy all the skulls you can find for a rockin’ Monster High Celebration.


Nerf Gym Jam

A few targets & an endless supply of Nerf Darts & you have a Gym Jam any boy would go nuts over!


I hope that you found this to be useful and not just an excuse to hoard amazing deals that you will forget that you purchased!

If I am at Target next week and there is nothing left but Dracula teeth and plastic pumpkins, I will know you all read this! Save some for me, ok?