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Shoshana’s Blue and Silver Bat Mitzvah at Rock Creek Mansion

I loved collaborating with Shoshana’s family on her blue and silver Bat Mitzvah party at Rock Creek Mansion in Bethesda. Shoshi has one request–sparkle! And boy did her party sparkle from start to finish!

Shoshana's blue and silver sparkle Bat Mitzvah party at Rock Creek Mansion in Bethesda. | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in MD, DC & VA. | Photo by A La Mode Photography

Adult escort cards glittered and were accented with photos of Shoshana throughout the years.

Adult escort cards and picture frames at Shoshana's blue and silver sparkle Bat Mitzvah party at Rock Creek Mansion in Bethesda. | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in MD, DC & VA. | Photo by A La Mode Photography

Adult centerpieces had some serious bling!

Floating candle and bling centerpieces Shoshana's blue and silver sparkle Bat Mitzvah party at Rock Creek Mansion in Bethesda. | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in MD, DC & VA. | Photo by A La Mode Photography

The whole room sparkled with these beautiful sequinned linens.

Long tables with sequined linens and tulle runner at Shoshana's blue and silver sparkle Bat Mitzvah party at Rock Creek Mansion in Bethesda. | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in MD, DC & VA. | Photo by A La Mode Photography

Guests ended their night with a sweet treat–edible cookie dough jars with Shoshana’s logo on them.

Edible cookie dough jar favors at Shoshana's blue and silver sparkle Bat Mitzvah party at Rock Creek Mansion in Bethesda. | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in MD, DC & VA. | Photo by A La Mode Photography

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

Brynne was very helpful at keeping us organized, provided lots of great ideas and information about venues, vendors, tipping, etc., and helped us plan an event that everyone (both adults and kids) enjoyed.
-Shoshana’s Mom

Thanks to the awesome vendors who helped make it happen and mazel tov to Shoshana and her family!

Photographer:  A La Mode Photography
Venue: Rock Creek Mansion (Bethesda, Maryland)
Caterer: Catering by Seasons
Entertainment: Unique Dreams
Green Screen/Lounge/Centerpieces: Electric Events DC
Logo/Print Materials: Cutie Patootie Creations
Favors: The Cookie Jar DC

Beverages on Consumption vs. Open Bar

 Should you choose open bar or beverage on consumption for your Bar or Bat Mitzvah? Which makes the most sense and why? | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar and Bat Mitzvahs in MD, DC & VA

We’ve discussed different beverage options for your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah, but the next question is always should I do an open bar or beverages on consumption? Providing your own alcohol is usually the most cost-effective option, but is not always permitted. In this article, we assume it is not an option.

The open bar or beverages on consumption is a tricky question, and unfortunately, there is no one right answer since you can’t predict how much your guests will drink. The industry rule of thumb is two drinks per person for the cocktail hour then one drink per person per hour for the remainder of the party. I know this sounds like a lot to most people, but keep in mind that despite getting those drinks from the bar, you may not actually consume the entire drink. You put down the drink and forget about it, the drink gets cleared before you’re finished, etc.

Their beverage consumption may vary based on a variety of factors listed below.

Start time

Is it an evening or afternoon party? People are less likely to drink heavily in the afternoon. Some venues may offer a different price for open bar beverage packages because of this.

Drink sign at Jake's Pinstripes Georgetown DC Red and Black Hockey-themed Bar Mitzvah Party | Pop Color Events | Adding a pop of color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA | Photo by Susan Hornyak Photography

Your Guests

You know your guests best, so you are the only one who can answer the question of whether or not they are big drinkers and how many are big drinkers. Go through your guest list and add a column to estimate the number of drinks each guest will have. Some people have told me that their Jewish guests drink less, but I don’t know if that is actually true.

Cost of drinks

The final decision about whether to do open bar or beverage on consumption comes down to math. How much does a glass of beer, wine, mixed drinks or soda cost each? How many drinks do you reasonably think your guests will drink? Multiply. What is the number of drinks per guest where it makes sense to pay for a package vs. on consumption? When considering the cost of drinks, also keep in mind what is included in the open bar package–does it include wine service at the tables, hard liquor, etc.?

Graffiti Bar at a midnight blue and lavender urban lounge and club-themed B'nai Mitzvah party for twins in Beltsville, Maryland | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar and Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA

Advice

If you want to move forward with beverages on consumption check with your caterer to see if you are able to set a limit and once it is reached, either the bar will close or you will reauthorize to spend more.

In Conclusion

Doing beverages on consumption is risky, since you can’t predict how much guests will drink or how quickly will the waitstaff clear drinks. However, you know your guests best. After assessing your guest list and doing the math, you can decide what makes the most financial sense.

Pop Color Thanks! Second Year Edition

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 been a big year for my family, as we welcomed our second son, Jonah Rhys on September 18. Running a Pop Color Events with a very little one (he’s 9 weeks old!) has been challenging, exciting and tiring. I have much to be grateful for this year.

My husband

Chad is an amazing husband and co-parent. As I build Pop Color Events, it’s a lot of nights and weekends, but he never complains about the time he spends solo parenting. He loves our boys more than I ever could have imagined and I feel so lucky to have him to raise my children with. He listens to me hash out new ideas, encourages me to keep going when I’m unsure and helps me see the positive in everything.

My boys

Being a mom of two is a balancing act, but I’m lucky to have such amazing kids. Levi has taken to being a big brother so naturally. And Jonah is a champ for sleeping through the night starting at about 5 weeks (hopefully I haven’t jinxed myself!). I feel so blessed to have 2 happy, healthy boys who have so many exciting things ahead of them.

My extended family

I’m so thankful to my parents, sister and in-laws for their help in a very busy November and (upcoming) December. Over the past year, they’ve been an extra set of hands to help set up and staff events, watch my children during busy times and we’ve had a lot to celebrate. I’m so thankful for their love, support and willingness to drive down south.

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!

Colleagues

Working from home can be lonely, but I’ve met so many amazing vendors.  Between networking groups and the Facebook group I started for Bar/Bat Mitzvah Vendors, I’ve learned so much and made many new friends. And that facebook group I started? It’s nearly 400 members strong and has vendors from all over the country.

Opportunities for growth

This year has presented some exciting new experiences which have allowed me to grow personally and professionally. I’m most proud of my first styled shoot and my first published magazine article. I participated in my first vendor showcase and several vendor conferences and virtual trainings. There have been challenges and set backs, but I know both my business and I are stronger for it.

Here’s to another year of things to be thankful for!

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