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Ask the Planner: Do I Need a Second Photographer?

Hi Brynne, My photographer is telling me that I should add a second photographer (he actually called it a second shooter) for my son’s Bar Mitzvah. I’ve never heard of this. Is he trying to upsell me or do I actually need one? Thanks! A second photographer, also called a second shooter, is nice to have, but not always necessary for your child’s …

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Jacob’s Under Armour Bar Mitzvah at Four Seasons Baltimore

Jacob’s family was just about the sweetest you could imagine and they cleaned up pretty good as you can see.  He had a very clear vision to “littify” his Under Armour-themed Bar Mitzvah. And it was lit. MC Purnell rocked the house, Mom and Jacob surprised everyone with a choreographed dance number and guests enjoyed the legendary Four Seasons hospitality. …

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Mitzvah Trivia Dance Floor Game

Tweens love Mitzvah games and an all-time favorite is Mitzvah trivia about the guest of honor. No one knows more about him or her than you, so your MC will probably ask you in advance to come up with some questions. I recommend having Mitzvah trivia questions broken up into easy questions, medium questions, hard questions and super hard questions. …

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Pop Color Vendor: Stacked Custom Cakes and Classes

I had the pleasure of working with Erin Schwartz, Owner and Cake Artist of Stacked at a recent Bat Mitzvah and was blown away by her creativity and talent. Seriously, you have got to see her cakes! They are edible works of art that taste and look great. I was so excited when she agreed to let me know more …

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Alec’s Cubs Bar Mitzvah at Rockland Farms

Alec’s family combined a rustic flair with a love for baseball, specifically the Chicago Cubs for his Bar Mitzvah party at Rocklands Farm in Poolesville, Maryland. The unique venue offered two locations for the party: a rustic barn where the kids spent most of their time and a tent on the grass where the adults ate their dinner. Then everyone …

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Michael’s Western Bar Mitzvah at the Bolger Center

I had so much fun working with Michael’s family for his Western-themed Bar Mitzvah in the Pony Express Room at the Bolger Center in Potomac, Maryland. This room was the PERFECT space for the theme. Michael had an unwaivering vision for the event and I think it turned out fabulously. Guests were asked to dress in the Western finest and …

Ideas for Bar & Bat Mitzvah Seating Charts

A seating chart is a great way to tell guests where to sit. Unlike escort cards, a seating chart requires minimal set up (usually just an easel, though some are free-standing). When listing table assignments, you can either do alphabetically by guest’s last name or by table. Alphabetically is easier for your guests to find their names (so they won’t be standing …

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2018 In Review

It’s hard to believe another year of Pop Color Events is in the books! We’re so thankful to have worked with so many wonderful families–some for the second time around! It’s always so humbling and wonderful to be a part of such a special day and we were part of a lot of them this year… We also had lots …

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Lucas’s Ravens Bar Mitzvah at Maggiano’s Chevy Chase

I had so much fun working with Lucas’s family for his sporty Bar Mitzvah at Maggiano’s Chevy Chase. He had one big request for the party… a sports theme with an emphasis on his favorite football team, the Baltimore Ravens. Our team knocked it out of the park (made a touchdown?) with a sophisticated look paired with fun, youthful elements. The …

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Oliver’s Breakfast Bar Mitzvah at B’nai Israel in Rockville

It’s always the best when a client wants to work with you again for their younger child’s Bar Mitzvah! A few years back I’d worked on older brother Sammy’s Bar Mitzvah and now it was Oliver’s turn. Ollie wanted something fun, laid back and casual. B’nai Israel was the perfect backdrop for a breakfast-themed party complete with guests in their pjs and …