Month: December 2016

Pop Color Events Year in Review 2016

It’s been another incredible year for Pop Color Events!

It started out right in January with Hannah’s Bat Mitzvah at Beth Ami in Rockville, MD. The Broadway theme and her name in lights set the tone for her Opening Night.

Hannah Bat Mitzvah Marquee at Beth Ami in Rockville, MD | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA

In February, I attended a multi-day conference called WeddingWire World. Despite the name, there was lots to learn about non-weddings and I came away with tons of ideas that I was able to implement in my business.

March was Saul’s sporty Bar Mitzvah at Washington Hebrew Congregation in DC where the dance floor was packed all night!

April was a styled shoot at the Loft at 600 F Street in DC, where I collaborated with SUCH a talented team and wound up with gorgeous images that were published on two different websites.Floral and Art Bat Mitzvah at the Loft at 600F in Washington DC | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA | Photo by Powell Woulfe Photography

It was also Eli’s Bar Mitzvah at Temple Sinai in DC that had so many personal touches–a song by a special group of family friends, a Cuban-style conga, the sweetest montage and more.

June was a doubleheader at Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church. First was Lilly’s Bat Mitzvah with centerpieces that were later donated to a soup kitchen.

Lilly's Bat Mitzvah Can Centerpieces Temple Rodef Shalom Fall Church, VA | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VAFollowed by Ilene’s Bat Mitzvah with a Color War theme.Napkin ring escort cards with ribbon backdrop for Camp Color War Bat Mitzvah at Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, VA | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA | Photo by Greg Land Photography

In July and August, the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Vendor’s Forum hosted our first and second networking nights which were huge successes. I met a ton of great vendors who work with Mitzvah families and learned a lot through some informative discussions. Another networking night is being planned for January or February, so stay tuned!

I took it slow over the summer because I was quite pregnant, but I did manage to write an article for Mitzvah Market Magazine which was published in October. In September we welcomed baby Jonah and spent October getting used to being a family of four, as well as getting things together for my November and December Mitzvahs. It was a hectic time, but I wouldn’t have traded it for the world!

I should have photos of these Mitzvahs soon, but until then… Lindsey’s Bat Mitzvah at the DoubleTree Bethesda was feminine, pink and literary. Lena’s Bat Mitzvah at the Hilton Gaithersburg was purple and the centerpieces were her dance costumes through the years. Lexi’s Bat Mitzvah at the Westin Tysons Corner was dog-themed and full of fun little details.

Cheers to 2016! Looking forward to a very full 2017! My calendar is quickly filling up, so if you’re interested in working with Pop Color Events, please contact me ASAP!

Mitzvah Slideshow vs. Mitzvah Montage

What is a Mitzvah montage and a Mitzvah slideshow? When/where should you use each? Advice about using photo and video at your child's Bar or Bat Mitzvah. | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA

Incorporating photos of the Bar or Bat Mitzvah child is becoming more and more popular, with good reason! You’re celebrating your child’s transition from childhood to Jewish adulthood, which is an amazing time to look at how far he or she has come. Two popular ways to do this are a slideshow or a montage:

What is a Mitzvah slideshow?

A slideshow is a continuous loop of photos only. It does not have sound, as it is intended to be part of the background, not the main event. Because it plays continuously it does not matter how long it is and can include as many photos as you’d like. This is an easy DIY project with a variety of online programs like Animoto or Smilebox or Powerpoint.

When/where do you show a Mitzvah slideshow?

Depending on your event venue or set up, a Mitzvah slideshow can be displayed in a variety of different ways: on freestanding or attached TVs (either provided by the venue or your DJ package), on an iPad or laptop or with a projector and screen. It can be shown only during the cocktail hour or throughout the party so people and watch all or part of it at their leisure.

What is a Mitzvah montage?

A Mitzvah montage can contain both photos and video, along with music and other graphics. Because it is a little more complex, it is a more advanced DIY option. If it is too complicated for you to do yourself on iMovie or a similar program, there are a ton of fabulous vendors who will create an amazing look back at the life of your child. Some DJs or photographer/videographers also offer this as an add-on service. In order to keep your guest’s attention, it should be 8-10 minutes long which is approximately 120 to 180 photos.

When/where do you show a Mitzvah montage?

Since it contains sound, a montage needs to be a break in the action at your Bar or Bat Mitzvah party. Toward the end of dinner or dessert are great times to show the montage, so you still have plenty of time for dancing or ask your MC about their preference. Often your venue or DJ can provide the screen or TVs to view the montage, but be sure to mention this to them early in the process!

Still want photos, but not techy?

Here are some other options to include photos of your child that do not require a TV or projector:

  • A table with photos in frames. A gift table or escort card table can do double duty here.
  • As table numbers. Put a photo of your child at age 1 at table #1, at age 2 at table #2 and so on (works well if you have 13 tables!).
  • As decor. Blow up photos of your child through the years, or from a pre-Mitzvah photo shoot and display them on lamp shades, as floating posters or as a sign in board or book.

Pop Color Events can help! Contact me for a complimentary consultation.

Evening Mitzvah Party vs. Afternoon Mitzvah Party

Debating between an evening Mitzvah party or an afternoon or daytime Bar or Bat Mitzvah party? Here are some pros to both options. | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA

Are you debating what type of party to have–either an evening Mitzvah party or an afternoon or daytime Mitzvah party? There are pros to both options so you need to decide what are the most important pieces to your family. In this article, I assume that you’re having a morning service, which seems to be the most common in the DC-area. If you’re having a Mincha or Havdalah service, some of these things may not apply.

Evening Mitzvah Party Pros

Plenty of time for family photos

With all of that extended family in from out of town, you definitely want to get some professional photos of everyone together. With a gap between the service and the party, you’ll have time to go home to rest, touch up your hair and makeup plus have time for close family to gather. Depending on how many family photos you’re planning on, you can start family photos 1-2 hours before the party. As a bonus, your extended family will be the first ones to the party, so when other guests arrive, no one has to deal with the awkwardness of being the first one there.

Transportation

For an evening party, guests (especially kids) will be more able to transport themselves to the party than if they are coming straight from service. If you are doing a party immediately following the service at an offsite venue, a bus or other form of transportation is necessary for the kids.

Afternoon/Daytime Mitzvah Party Pros

Price

There is often a little bit of savings for a daytime party since you won’t need to also have a Kiddush Luncheon. However, be sure to check on whether a Kiddush Luncheon is included as part of the Bar or Bat Mitzvah fee at your synagogues. Some vendors also have cheaper prices or minimums because they may still be able to book an evening party.

Attendance

You may have better service attendance since some kids won’t go to both a morning service and an evening party. If the service and party are back to back, there is a greater chance they will attend both.

No event gap

Some people like having a break between the service and the party and some people don’t. It gives the Mitzvah family a chance to take a breather, but out of town guests are left to fend for themselves for a few hours.

Need more help deciding whether an evening Mitzvah party or an afternoon Mitzvah party is right for you? Pop Color Events can help!

Advice for Mitzvah Vendor Transitions

Ensure your Bar or Bat Mitzvah party planning is smooth from start to finish despite Mitzvah vendor staff turnover | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA

When you book your event venue and your Mitzvah vendor team at least 2-3 years in advance, a lot can change. Venues, especially hotels, are notorious for having a ton of staff turnover. It makes sense because working in events can be very demanding–lots of nights and weekends, plus some very long hours. However, this turnover can cause headaches for you unless you are prepared. How do you ensure your event is handled smoothly from start to finish despite staff turnover?

Take Good Notes

As you go through the sales process with your venue, they will tell you that they can accommodate a variety of different things to woo you into working with them. Whether it was mentioned that you can bring in your own candy bar or that you can hang balloons from the ceiling or have a mechanical bull, you want to ensure that you document all of the promises. If items were promised before a contract is signed, see if you can have them included in your contract. If it’s later in the process, after a contract is signed, ensure that you write down what was discussed or have it in an email from your contact.

Put It In Writing and Confirm It

After each meeting or phone call, type up your notes and send them to your sales contact to confirm that you understand what was discussed. Ask them to confirm that your understanding is correct so you have documentation down the line if a new contact takes over. It’s even better if you can see proof that the notes have made it into the venue’s records.

Meet With Your New Staff Person

When you learn that your event has been transitioned to another staff member, make an appointment to meet with him or her. Talk through what has been discussed with their predecessor and make sure that they understand your vision for how you want the Bar or Bat Mitzvah party to go. It’s also nice to begin to develop a personal relationship with him or her. After all, they will be working with you to create a very special and memorable day!

Hire An Independent Planner

When there is the possibility for so much transition, having a planner who is with your event from start to finish will ensure that nothing is overlooked and you can breathe easy. A planner like Pop Color Events is able to manage all of your vendors so your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah will be the day you’ve dreamed of throughout the planning process.

Pop Color Events can help manage your Mitzvah vendor team! Contact me for a complimentary consultation.

Chanukah, Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah Gift Guide

I love when blogs I read round up gifts for a holiday gift guide, so here are some of my favorite Chanukah and Mitzvah gift ideas for all ages. See below the infographic for links to purchase your favorites.

Jewish Holiday, Chanukah/Hanukkah, Bat Mitzvah and Bar Mitzvah Gift Guide | Chanukah, Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah Gift Guide by Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA

1. Deck the halls with matzo balls sweatshirt is cute/hilarious/ironic for an ugly sweater party or for the eight nights of Hanukah if you’re bold!

2. Want to be a bit more subtle with your Chanukah flair? These menorah socks will add some light to your step,

3. Looking for something completely unique? A custom invitation pillow will knock their (menorah) socks off!

4. I got one of these as a new baby gift and I’m in love! A Bar Mitzvah Onesie or a Bat Mitzvah Onesie are such a cute gift for a brand new little one.

5. This rollin with my homies dreidel shirt is the perfect word play for Hanukkah. I think my son would look adorable in it!

6. Love me some Sammy Spider! This time our favorite Jewish spider is showing us about Bar Mitzvahs.

7. Another creative way to showcase a Bar or Bat Mitzvah invitation is with a custom shadow box.

8. Add a little mazel and sparkle to your life with mazel temporary tattoos . These would also work well for a tattoo bar at your Bar or Bat Mitzvah party or you could work with this company to create your own custom tattoos!

Hope this guide helps you find the perfect Chanukah, Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah gift for someone on your list!

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