I’ve gotten to know Myrta Byrum of Airbrush Unlimited Group and she is just the sweetest. Her company employs so many talented artists (including her adult kids!) who are able to airbrush on any item you can imagine from skin to shirts to pillows. Here’s Myrta to tell you more.
How did you get started with Airbrush Unlimited Group?
In 1999, I helped a friend with her airbrush business to fulfill a contract with the Raven’s Football organization. I LOVED doing the airbrushing and found I was creative with it. I knew this was something I wanted do more with, that’s how Airbrush Unlimited Group got started. I’m grateful for the introduction into this business early on.
What’s your favorite part of what you do?
Of course, I love how happy it makes folks, whether it be to the tattoo designs or the beautiful results of the blending airbrush colors on custom items. They always seem so very happy and that makes me happy. Being in Entertainment is almost always a happy experience, so it’s a great way to make a living.
What’s your pop color– that something special that makes you, you?
I hear clients say that I’m easy to work with… and I try to be. Parents/planners have a lot to deal with as they plan these special Mitzvahs and I don’t add to their stress. Being reliable and responsive to inquiries or requests makes it easy too.
What’s your favorite moment of a Bar or Bat Mitzvah?
I like to hear what the parents say about their kids… what they appreciate about them as they’ve grown thus far. I try NOT to take requests during this time and encourage guests to go listen and participate. It’s the reason for the event and it merits everyone’s attention. We have usually taken enough orders by then that it does not slow down the number we can accomplish and the purpose of our being there. Since our systems are whisper quiet, we can usually keep working without disrupting.
Of course, I also like to hear the hosts feedback on the quality of our work as we are doing it, but I understand they are busy and we are not the important factor, but I hope that what we contribute to the event, makes for a happy time at this important event. Also, the end of the night, we feel satisfied that we’ve been able to meet or exceed the expectations for our services, that is a good feeling.
What questions should parents ask someone in your field?
Get references (if they didn’t already come referred). This is our specialty, so we are a great resource to inquire about ideas for airbrushed favors; some of the unique things we can do besides t’s; and what our space requirements are; are all good questions. Also, ask if there are any others services we provide. Often companies that have been around awhile do expand based on client demand and combining services with one company usually results in some cost savings.
I love working with full-service clients for their Mitzvah party planning needs. There are always so many reasons why people hire planners and here are some reasons why I’ve found clients want to hire a full-service party planner.
What is full-service party planning?
First, let start with some background about what full-service planning is. My full-service package allows you to be led through the entire Bar or Bat Mitzvah planning process without worrying about a thing. It gives you the freedom to be as involved in the process as you’d like or as your schedule allows. I’m responsible for managing the planning timeline, budget and vendor communication. I attend as many meetings or site visits as you’d like and you never have to make a decision on your own. I handle all of the vendor communication, so all you need to do is sign on the dotted line once you’ve made your decision. And why might those things be important to you?
1. You’re busy
Like really, really busy. Both spouses work or have hectic schedules, you have several kids and the thought of doing everything related to planning the weekend makes you break out in a cold sweat. You’re already overwhelmed with all of the responsibilities you have and now you need to add on hours and hours of researching, planning and figuring out the details. It’s just too much!
2. You’re not Jewish
You’ve been involved in your child’s Jewish community for some time, but this Bar or Bat Mitzvah thing is a new curveball. You’ve never really been to a Bar or Bat Mitzvah and aren’t sure where to start. You know you need a lot of advice and are scared you’ll make a wrong decision. What is the proper etiquette? What do other families do? What should your family do?
3. You’re indecisive
There are just so many options for photographers, videographers, MCs, decorators… Just seeing the list of all of the vendors you’ll need is making your indecisive heart second guess itself. You want more guidance and fewer options that are curated just for you by someone who has taken the time to get to know exactly what your family is looking for.
4. You’re on a tight timeline
Did you procrastinate and now see just how much work it will be? Have you started making phone calls and the vendors your friends have used are booked? With only a few months left to go, you need to hustle and there’s no room for error. You need someone who can get the planning done fast!
5. You don’t really care
It’s not that you don’t care about the process; you are so proud of your child and their accomplishments! You just don’t care that much about the party. You know you need to have one, but the details? Meh, leave it to someone else!
There are a lot of reasons why people hire full-service party planning help and the reasons above are some of the ones I’ve heard most recently. I love working with full-service clients to give them a truly custom experience based on their family’s needs and wants.
I loved working with Lindsey’s family to put together her pink, book-themed Bat Mitzvah party at DoubleTree Bethesda. It was feminine, literary and just plain fun! Lindsey and her mom had a vision and Pop Color Events made it happen with a team of awesome vendors. We can’t wait to work on younger brother Ryan’s Bar Mitzvah in 2019!
Oversized pink, silver and glitter-filled balloons had a base of books. Each table was named for a different author–from J.K. Rowling to Stephan King to Dr. Seuss and more.
The Book Tassels
Bookmark shaped escort cards with pink tassels directed guests where to sit.
More tassels in shades of pink and silver were on the bar…
… and surrounding the stairway up to the cocktail area.
I loved how feminine Lindsey’s logo was with the pretty script, books and just a touch of bling.
The Dance Floor
The logo was projected on one end of the dance floor…
… and the other end of the dance floor had Lindsey’s name in giant balloon letters.
The Mitzvah Project
As part of her Mitzvah project, Lindsey collected books from her guests which were later donated, along with the books from the centerpieces. Lindsey’s friends and family were very generous with their donations!
Just wanted to thank you again for the wonderful job you and your crew did at Lindsey’s bat mitzvah. The whole day went without a single glitch and we know how hard you worked to pull that off. God even knows about all the things that went on behind the scenes that my wife and I will probably never even know about. It was an honor to have our event in your hands on our special day! Thank you so much for all of your hard work, care, and attention to detail that made everything come together so well!
Thanks also to all of the vendors who helped make this special day pop!
Photographer: Bradley Images
Venue: DoubleTree Bethesda
Green Screen: Talk of the Town
Centerpieces: Ballroom Balloons
Bookmarks: Elegantly Stated