Month: November 2015

Pop Color Thanks!

Pop Color Events has so much to be thankful for this year. Here's a list of people and things who deserve the biggest THANK YOU!!! | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA

With tomorrow being Thanksgiving, I won’t be publishing my usual Thursday blog post. Instead, I’m about to get a bit personal and share some of the things I’m most thankful for this year. It’s definitely been a big year for me with launching Pop Color Events and I’m so grateful to the following for making it possible:

My Clients

Without you there would be no Pop Color Events. Thank you for allowing me to help you plan such an important day in your lives. Thank you for your trust, humor and honesty. I am so lucky to work with and for such amazing people!

My husband

Chad is my biggest cheerleader. His love and support have meant so much and have kept me going when things have gotten tough. There have been many days when something has come up at the last minute and he’s stepped in to take over. He’s my sounding board, fact checker and editor. Thank you for being an amazing partner and daddy. I love you!

My son

Levi helps me keep it all in perspective and helps me understand the joy that my Mitzvah moms are feeling. When something gets me down, all I need is to hear him say “Mama” and have him give me a big ol’ hug and a big, wet baby kiss. I’m so lucky to be your Mama.

My extended family

My parents, sister and in-laws, thank you for listening, liking and supporting. Thanks for checking in and telling me how proud you are. Thanks for all of the little things you do to let me know you care and are thinking of me.

My Macbook

I took my fees from my first events and put it towards a new Macbook. This laptop has made running my business easy. It’s so fast and does just about everything but plan events for me.

Chocolate

Just because. Leftover Halloween candy, you complete me.

Start Your Week With a Pop: Mitzvah Links for the Week of November 23

Start Your Week With A Pop! Mitzvah Links | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA

A few Mitzvah, Jewish and/or family-related links to start your week with a pop!

More reasons why you should definitely hire a Mitzvah Planner for your event from Mitzvah List.

Useful advice for how to navigate the religious differences within your extended family via My Jewish Learning.

Here’s a list of some helpful Mitzvah planning resources from Mitzvah Bowl.

The grape juice market will never be the same!

I love the VisArts in Rockville and I love this Bar Mitzvah! Rachael Spiegel killed it as usual.

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2 Questions for Your Mitzvah Planner that You Won’t Ask But Should

 

When you talk to an event planner about your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah, you’re going to have a lot of questions, but there’s two questions that you probably won’t think to ask.

When you talk to an event planner about your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah, you’re going to have a lot of questions, but there’s two questions that you probably won’t think to ask and definitely should ask.

Do you accept kickbacks, finder’s fees or referral fees?

Some event planners or party planners have “special” relationships with other vendors, venues or suppliers where they get a cut of your event. At the most basic level, that means that your planner isn’t recommending the best vendors to you. They’re recommending vendors who will pay them to be recommended. They’re either getting a flat fee for bringing your business to a specific vendor or a small percentage of what you buy from the vendor. At a deeper level, it just feels unethical to know that you aren’t getting the full picture.

Will you try to sell me anything besides your services?

Some event planners or party planners offer a host of items that they can “help” you with for your event. Items can include kippot, invitations, favors and more. While it certainly can be convenient to have a one stop shop for items you need, how do you know that you’re getting the best prices and value? Answer. You don’t. Even if your planner gives you a discount, they are still making a profit off of whatever you purchase, guaranteed.

 

How does Pop Color Events answer these questions?

Do you accept kickbacks, finder’s fees or referral fees?

Nope, nope and nope. How do you know you can trust my answer? I put it in my contract, so it’s completely legal and binding. If any of the vendors I work with offer discounts, I always pass those discounts along to my clients. I believe that a good planner should be able to save you money and should always do what is in your best interest.

Will you try to sell me anything besides your services?

Nope again. I make my money from my planning packages and any add-on services that my clients select. I might not be the cheapest game in town, but there are no hidden surprises and no awkward moments where you feel pressured to buy anything else from me.

Sound good to you? Contact me for a free consultation and get a complimentary Mitzvah Guest List Tracker.

Start Your Week With A Pop: Mitzvah Links for the Week of November 16

Start Your Week With A Pop! Mitzvah Links | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA

A few Mitzvah, Jewish and/or family-related links to start your week with a pop!

This mom enjoyed planning her daughter’s Bat Mitzvah via Kveller

More families are bypassing synagogues to have a Bar or Bat Mitzvah for their child. EJewish Philanthropy explores why.

What to look for when you hire a Mitzvah DJ asked by Mitzvah List

Unique gift ideas for your Mitzvah child from Mitzvah Market

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How a Mitzvah Planner Should Work With Your Tween

A Mitzvah Planner will ensure your tween gets the special/fun/memorable Bar or Bat Mitzvah that mom and dad want for them. | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VAI hear parents say all the time “I want my event to be special/fun/memorable for my child” or “I want my event to reflect my child’s interests/personality.” I love that! However, this can be a tall order. How do you make sure your tween is happy during the Bar or Bat Mitzvah planning process and that they ultimately get the special/fun/memorable event that everyone wants for them?

As a Mitzvah planner, I find it really important to have a great relationship with the Mitzvah tween (and their parents too!).

Here’s how Pop Color Events works with your tween:

1. Build rapport

I find out what your child likes and doesn’t like. I learn about their hobbies, after school activities, favorite foods and more. I listen, listen and listen again. I make the tween feel heard and build trust so they feel comfortable sharing their opinions with me when it’s really important.

2.  Find out what is important

Speaking of important, I find out what’s most important to them on their big day. Do they love to dance? Do they want to make sure that there are activities for their friends? Do they hate loud music? Is pizza a must-have food for them? Their important is different from mom or dad’s important, so I work to help balance the two.

3. Find out what they have and have not liked about other parties and Bar or Bat Mitzvahs that they have attended

Your child has probably attend a Bar or Bat Mitzvah or two and have ideas of what they liked and didn’t like. It’s important to hear both the positives and negatives from their perspective. Even if they haven’t yet attended a Bat or Bar Mitzvah, this can still be helpful to know.

4.  Ask for a few words that describe them/the event they want to have

This is where I’m able to drill down and find out what they really mean. Yes, they want to have a “fun” event, but what makes an event fun for them?

Why Pop Color Events love working with tweens and how I do it.

After spending five years as a Youth Director and many summers as a camp counselor, I love this part of the process. Tweens are at such a fun age where they have strong opinions but are still able to see a different perspective. As my time with a family grows, I really see tweens feel more comfortable sharing their thoughts and opinions with me. That’s one of the things that makes a great event!

Working with a Mitzvah Planner allows me to be the bad guy, instead of you. Tweens are much more likely to accept an answer from me of “we can’t do that” vs. from you. I also have the ability to help them see why something that mom or dad wants to do is a better option than what they want. Keeping the peace at home? Priceless!

Here’s what one of my Mitzvah moms had to say:

Brynne developed a great relationship with my son, both taking his ideas but also knowing when to steer him in a different direction.

I hope to have the opportunity to work with your tween!

Start Your Week With A Pop: Mitzvah Links for the Week of November 9

Start Your Week With A Pop! Mitzvah Links | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA

A big week for more than a few Mitzvah, Jewish and/or family-related links to start your week with a pop!

New event ideas for DC from BizBash.

8 Things you may have to rent for your event via United With Love.

Tips for Stress Free Mitzvah Favors from The Mitzvah Bowl.

Is your family like this?

How a mom feels about her daughter’s Bat Mitzvah from The Accidental Writer

Does size matter? Mon-tage-ical thinks so!

We didn’t hire a planner, but we should’ve. Yes, it’s for a wedding, but still relevant to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs!

To DIY or not to DIY. That is the Question!

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I’m Not a Party Planner!

I hate when people call me a party planner and I internally cringe when I describe myself as such. In my mind you’re not having a party, you’re having an event. | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VAI’m going to be completely honest with you. I hate when people call me a party planner and I internally cringe when I have to describe myself as such. In my mind you’re not having a party, you’re having an event. So I am your event planner (or event coordinator, if we’re just working together the month prior to your Mitzvah).

What’s the difference between a party and an event?

When I think of a party, I think of something basic, low key and simple. It’s a backyard BBQ, your child’s 8th birthday at Chuck E. Cheese, a Halloween pumpkin carving gathering. Yes, there’s something to celebrate, but it’s nothing out of the ordinary. You’re not spending thousands of dollars to make a party happen.

On the other hand, your child’s Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah? That’s an event. You’re celebrating a once in a lifetime occurrence. Your child read from the Torah! Your child is now a Jewish adult! You’re bringing guests in from all over the country and you’re spending a lot of money to celebrate. You want to create a unique and memorable experience for your guests and child.

Call me a Mitzvah Planner!

What I’d love is for the term “Mitzvah Planner” to catch on the way that Wedding Planner has. If perfectly describes what I do–I plan Mitzvahs. I want to be called a Mitzvah Planner, but until then, I’ll go by what my business cards and email signature say, Chief Magic Maker!

Start Your Week With A Pop: Mitzvah Links for the Week of November 2

A few Bar Mitzvah, Bat Mitzvah, Jewish and/or family-related links to start your week with a pop! | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA

A few Mitzvah, Jewish and/or family-related links to start your week with a pop!

An interesting take on Bar and Bat Mitzvah cost by Plan An Event.

I love this colorful Mitzvah via Mitzvah Market.

Get ready for Chanukah with some AMAZING leggings from Midrash Manicures.

Party Favorites is killing it recently with some great articles! Learn about venue minimums and why they matter.

Upcoming Mitzvah Events in the DC-area:

Washington Talent’s Mitzvah Madness on November 8

Milestones Party Planning Expo on November 8

Party Smarty on November 10

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