Month: March 2017

Lexi’s Dog Bat Mitzvah Party at Westin Tysons Corner

I was so pleased with how everything turned out for Lexi’s purple, dog-themed Bat Mitzvah party at Westin Tysons Corner. Lexi’s mom put so much thought into all of the details and it really showed. Even though they were unable to physically attend the event, Lexi’s family dogs made an appearance in the decor. There were so many photos of the dogs and Lexi with her dogs used throughout the night! Below are just a few of my favorite photos from the Bat Mitzvah party. Maryland Photo/Video had so many great ones!

Guests started by choosing their sparkly dog bone escort cards telling them to “Sit.”

Escort cards/ Place cards at purple Dog themed Bat Mitzvah Party at Westin Tysons Corner | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA | Photo by Maryland Photo/Video

The kids loved lounging in their own area with this comfy and elegant furniture

Lounge furniture at purple Dog themed Bat Mitzvah Party at Westin Tysons Corner | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA | Photo by Maryland Photo/VideoEach of the tables had photos of Lexi’s dogs doing something adorable as the table “numbers.”

Table Number at Dog themed Bat Mitzvah Party at Westin Tysons Corner | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA | Photo by Maryland Photo/Video

The centerpieces were dogs made out of flowers. Each dog was totally unique and guests loved looking at each of the tables.

Floral dog centerpieces at Dog themed Bat Mitzvah Party at Westin Tysons Corner | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA | Photo by Maryland Photo/VideoFloral dog centerpieces at Dog themed Bat Mitzvah Party at Westin Tysons Corner | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA | Photo by Maryland Photo/Video Floral dog centerpieces at Dog themed Bat Mitzvah Party at Westin Tysons Corner | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA | Photo by Maryland Photo/Video Floral dog centerpieces at Dog themed Bat Mitzvah Party at Westin Tysons Corner | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA | Photo by Maryland Photo/Video

Lexi did a candle lighting ceremony with this beautiful arrangment.

Purple Candle lighting at Dog themed Bat Mitzvah Party at Westin Tysons Corner | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA | Photo by Maryland Photo/Video

Favors were pillows that had her logo on it (love that dot on the “i”!) that were then airbrushed with designs of the guests’ choice.

Pillow favors at purple Dog themed Bat Mitzvah Party at Westin Tysons Corner | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA | Photo by Maryland Photo/Video

It was a pleasure to work with this family for Lexi’s Bat Mitzvah party and they were pretty happy too:

I hired Brynne and Pop Color Events to help me with the day of my daughter’s Bat Mitzvah party. After working with a different event planner for my son’s Bar Mitzvah, I was skeptical and pretty negative on the help that I would actually receive. I was blown away by Brynne’s organization, assistance and calm demeanor during the week of finalizing details to the day of the event!  I had many details and personal “props” to display for my 200 guests. I filled two SUVs with materials for the party! Along with verbal reassurance that everything would go smoothly, what really helped me calm down and put the reigns in Pop Color’s hands was Brynne’s hands-on approach. She attended the meeting I had with the DJ, she attended the meeting I had with the venue sales and event managers, she assisted me with the unloading of my personal party items, and she spent hours making a detailed inventory list of everything to be sure she not only knew where everything was, but also the inventory was complete. Her actions, more than her words showed that she truly had the party under control. Whether you hire an event planner to help with all of the details or just would like help with the day events, make sure you ask these very important questions: 1) do you attend meetings with some of my vendors and if so, which vendors? 2) how do you organize and will you assist with whatever personal items I have for party (e.g., candlelighting poems, candy bar items, place cards, etc.) and 3) what time will you arrive the day of the party? If the answer to the first question is “no” or the answer to the last question is “an hour before the party begins”, find another planner!  Brynne with Pop Color Events is a complete service from start to finish that will allow you to truly enjoy your guests and the day you’ve spent months (or years) planning!
– Lexi’s Mom

Photographer: Maryland Photo/Video
Venue: Westin Tysons Corner
MC: Everything Entertainment/MC Noel
Green Screen: Everything Entertainment
Decor/Centerpieces: DaVinci Florist
Airbrush: Kaliq Airbrush

Pop Color Vendor: Goodshuffle

I had the pleasure of meeting Karen Gordon, VP, Growth of Goodshuffle and knew I had to introduce her and her company to you. They are making the event rental industry easier and more accessible for customers, starting in the DC market. They connect you with rental companies for everything you can imagine from moon bounces to vintage furniture to table linens. Here’s Karen to tell you more:

Event Rentals for your Bar or Bat Mitzvah with Goodshuffle | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA
How did you get started with Goodshuffle?

I met Goodshuffle co-founders, Andrew Garcia and Erik Dreyer, last October. They told me about their vision to completely modernize the event rentals industry and I was blown away. Having worked in both the tech and the events worlds, I loved the idea of fusing the two. I also knew how important but complicated event rentals were, and simplifying them seemed simply brilliant.

Event Rentals for your Bar or Bat Mitzvah with Goodshuffle | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VAWhat’s your favorite part of what you do?

I love knowing that we’re reducing headaches surrounding very important events. We make it so much easier to come up with ideas, compare prices, and make payments online. By eliminating the typical back and forth with quote after quote, we make it a seamless process for both the renter and the rental company.

What’s your pop color–that something special that makes you, you?

We’re a small team, but with a very broad mix of skills. We have tech, creative, events, and business expertise. Our common tie is that we’re all problem solvers. Even when someone calls us about something we don’t normally do, we usually try to help them find a solution.

Event Rentals for your Bar or Bat Mitzvah with Goodshuffle | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VAWhat’s your favorite moment of a Bar or Bat Mitzvah?

I love seeing both kids who are proud of themselves and their proud parents. At a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, you have a kid who completed something they’ve studied hard for, upheld a family tradition, and is becoming an adult in their religion. On the lighter side, they’re also throwing their first big event for all their loved ones! Between them and their family members, you see a lot of proud faces on that day.

Event Rentals for your Bar or Bat Mitzvah with Goodshuffle | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VAWhat questions should parents ask someone in your field?

We try to take away a lot of guess work in rentals. We have a tent calculator to know what size you need and a tablecloth calculator that shows exactly how your linens will look on any table. A lot of times people go with their gut, but I always think it’s safest to use the tools we provide and feel comfortable asking and double-checking before you end up with the wrong size or wrong item all together!

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What’s most important at your Mitzvah party?

What is most important in planning your child's Bar or Bat Mitzvah party? No matter what happens, your family and friends will make it special! | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA

You’re going to be making a lot of decisions when it comes to your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah party, everything from what song should play during their entrance to the color of the napkins. And here’s the biggest secret of all– most of it doesn’t really matter at all to your guests, so you don’t need to sweat those small details. Seriously.

Yes, your guests want to have a good time. Yes, you want to make sure that they’re taken care of. But, your guests will never know the option you didn’t choose. They’ll never know if your Mitzvah party goes off schedule. They’ll never know if the MC played the wrong song or if the caterer forgot to put out menu signs or if the photobooth operator didn’t put the logo on the photos.

In the grand scheme of things, those little details are not important. As a planner, I do my very best to cover every contingency, to plan every detail, to understand your every preference and to communicate that to your vendors. There are so many moving pieces that sometimes one doesn’t go just right, but the party will keep rolling along. And despite our careful planning, something will probably go wrong. It will likely be something minor that only you and I will notice since we are so invested in the planning.

It’s hard to let go, but it’s so important to remember that this day is about being surrounded by your family and friends and all of the people who love you and your child. There are so few times to gather for a real celebration that focusing on the minor blips will take your enjoyment away from your guests. And your guests won’t realize that anything ever went wrong or that something was supposed to be different than what they experienced.

So relax, enjoy the party that you’ve worked so hard to plan and don’t worry about it. Focus on what is really important–the people you’re celebrating with!

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