Aidan’s Major Motion Mitzvah on the Hudson



What do you get when you mix a fantastic setting with great food, a wonderful family and a
composed and theatrical mitzvah boy? Well, you wind up with Aidan’s Major Motion Mitzvah
on the Hudson and what a celebration it was!


X2O Xaviars on the Hudson




Xaviars x2o on the Hudson was the setting for a truly magical afternoon celebrating an action
movie-loving leading man on the occasion of his becoming a Bar Mitzvah. When guests arrived
they were greeted by a giant movie poster-sized banner letting them know they were in for an
afternoon of high-end production and that they had a ticket to the closed set.

entrance way movie poster



Escort cards were in the form of a giant movie tickets and guests were sat at tables named after
some the guest of honor’s favorite films.

Movie ticket escort cards
Photo courtesy: Susan Cohen Photography


For cocktail hour young adults hung out in the top floor VIP lounge, playing games and eating
appetizers, including, of course, theater popcorn…

Directional sign leading to VIP area
Photo courtesy: Susan Cohen Photography
Popcorn appetizers for young adults


The view of the dining room from above was spectacular!

Bird's Eye View of Dining Room
Photo courtesy: Susan Cohen Photography


Adult guests got to enjoy some amazing appetizers and cocktails in the main floor bar area.

Adult cocktail hour sushi


The venue didn’t need much in terms of decor, but we added some special Plan-it Vicki touches
along the way.

Cocktail table flower arrangements



After everyone was fully refreshed and fed, they were invited to the main dining room where
the festivities would begin in earnest. As they entered they were encouraged to drop
a gift into the movie-themed card box…

Movie-themed Card Box
Photo courtesy: Susan Cohen Photography


Send a quick message to the mitzvah boy on the giant “A” keepsake…

Giant letter sign-in board
Photo courtesy: Susan Cohen Photography


And stop at the step-and-repeat for a quick photo…

Movie-themed Step-and-Repeat
Photo courtesy: Susan Cohen Photography


Guests matched their “tickets” with the movie-themed tables, including some of Aidan’s favorites:

Movie-poster Centerpieces
Photo courtesy: Susan Cohen Photography
Movie-themed center piece
Photo courtesy: Susan Cohen Photography
Movie-themed Centerpiece
Movie-themed centerpiece
Photo courtesy: Susan Cohen Photography
Movie-themed centerpiece
Photo courtesy: Susan Cohen Photography



You never know who’s going to drop by when they hear about a great party!

Avengers table decorations
Photo courtesy: Susan Cohen Photography



My Spidey-senses tell me the meal is served!

Menu
Photo courtesy: Susan Cohen Photography



The view of the Hudson River and the city on the horizon from the deck was awe-inspiring…

Hudson River from deck



And made a great backdrop for the DJ station inside the dining room.

DJ station
Photo courtesy: Susan Cohen Photography


The cake, lovingly decorated by a family friend, made a wonderful and delicious focal point
for the candle lighting ceremony.

Cake for candle lighting
Photo courtesy: Susan Cohen Photography


The montage, produced by Reel Video Group, showed that this young man has always had
the right moves!

Mitzvah Montage


Just in case you needed something sweet for the road, the same friend who decorated the cake
made these awesome cookies for guests to take home.|

Logo'd Cookies
Photo courtesy: Susan Cohen Photography



And as a lasting memento of this great occasion, all of Aidan’s young family and friends took
home this specially-designed t-shirt, complete with movie logo and all.

T-shirt party favors
Photo courtesy: Susan Cohen Photography


That’s a wrap. Mazel Tov Aidan! You did an amazing job! Two thumbs up!

T-shirt Party Favors
Photo courtesy: Susan Cohen Photography

Easy! Done! Enjoy!


Plan-it Vicki is the brainchild of Vicki Ross, an experienced Event Planner located in Avon, a suburb
of Hartford, Connecticut. Vicki has created wonderful celebrations all over Connecticut, New York
and Massachusetts. She and her staff provide services for small, intimate dinner parties as well
as large, full-scale events such as weddings and bar and bat mitzvahs.
For help with your next event contact Plan-it Vicki 

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Sweets, Color & Surprise: Sarah’s Sweet Sixteen



It’s always wonderful when a party plan comes together and even more so when a girl you’ve
known since preschool turns 16 and you’re able to help make her celebration perfect in
every way. Welcome to Sarah’s Sweet 16 party at The Delamar West Hartford. It was a night
no one in attendance will soon forget.

directional sign
Photo courtesy: Schwab’s Photography



Guests spent cocktail hour on the lawn, enjoying lawn games…


Lawn games
Photo courtesy: Schwalb’s Photography


And enjoying appetizers and refreshing summer drinks.

Photo credit: Schwalb’s Photography



There was a fabulous mirror used as a sign-in board…

Sign-in mirror
Photo credit: Schwalb’s Photography


And a classy card box for party-goers to drop in a little somethin’ somethin’.

Card box
Photo credit: Schwalb’s Photography


Inside the ballroom everything was being prepped with a specific emphasis on, who else, but the
guest of honor. Every design piece matched, turning the room into one giant, pink ode to Sarah.

Logo'd cocktail napkins
Photo credit: Schwalb’s Photography


From the beautiful floral arrangements on the tables…

Flower arrangment
Photo credit: Schwalb’s Photography
Table setting
Photo credit: Schwalb’s Photography


(doesn’t the uplighting make the room sing!)

Flower arrangement on table


…to the specially designed table signs for the VIPs.

Reserved Table Sign
Photo credit: Schwalb’s Photography



I even got the chance to add some fresh flowers to the cake!

Sweet 16 Cake
Photo credit: Schwalb’s Photography


There were light-up surprises everywhere, from this mason jar filled with fairy lights…

Major jars with fairy lights



To this fancy backdrop for the photo booth….

Light up photo backdrop


And the giant party logo in big screens flanking the DJ station.

Logo in tv monitor
Photo credit: Schwalb’s Photography


The crew from Bopper’s Events was kicking it into full gear, leading a great bunch of teens through
a night of serious dancing.

Lamar leading the way
Photo credit: Schwalb’s Photography
Lamar, the MC, leads the crowd
Photo credit: Schwalb’s Photography
Dancing
Photo credit: Schwalb’s Photography


In a night of big moments none was more special than when one of the Sweet 16’s favorite
musicians paid a surprise visit:



Needless to say, Coffey Anderson’s presence was a big hit for the guest of honor!


Surprise guest
Photo credit: Schwalb’s Photography


Nice job with the surprise, mom, and a special thanks for the technical assistance of Reel Video Group.

Thanks Mom!
Photo credit: Schwalb’s Photography


And if that wasn’t sweet enough, the giant light-up letters spelling out the Sweet 16’s name made
a perfect backdrop for the amazing dessert table.

Dessert table backed by giant light-up letters
Photo credit: Schwalb’s Photography


Eat up everyone, I dare you to take just one!

Dessert table
Photo credit: Schwalb’s Photography


The end of the evening giveaways were no less colorful and thoughtful than anything else on
this special night. Colorful lanyards to keep keys…

Keychain giveaways
Photo credit: Schwalb’s Photography



When beaching it and enjoying these cold drink cups for refreshment.


Water Cup giveaways



All in all, it couldn’t have gone off any better. The decor was wonderful and integrated, the
entertainment and food was top notch and the guest of honor was simply radiant, inside
and out. I am so proud of you, Sarah, for the great young woman you have become and I look
forward to planning special events with you and your family for many years to come.
Here’s to you, the sweetest of sweet 16s!

Group shot
Photo credit: Schwalb’s Photography

Easy! Done! Enjoy!


Plan-it Vicki is the brainchild of Vicki Ross, an experienced Event Planner located in Avon, a suburb
of Hartford, Connecticut. Vicki has created wonderful celebrations all over Connecticut. New York
and Massachusetts. She and her staff provide services for small, intimate dinner parties as well
as large, full-scale events such as weddings and bar and bat mitzvahs.
For help with your next event contact Plan-it Vicki 

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