Zachary’s Zone

From the invitations to the final delivery, this event had “Z” written all over it!  Zachary is a kid who loves to be active, so the bowling and gaming facilities at Emory Conference Center offered the perfect venue for his Mitzvah celebration.  For the kids, the evening started in the bowling alley – with billiards, Wii and shuffleboard also on offer they had plenty to keep them busy.  Meanwhile, the adults enjoyed cocktails and appetizers in the Starvine Foyer before moving into the ballroom where a seated dinner was served.  After dinner, the kids joined the adults in the ballroom where we handed out “In the Zone” foam fingers and everyone formed a bustling welcome party for the guests of honor.  To chanting and foam-finger-waving, Zachary and his family made their grand entrances!  After high energy introductions by DJ Ayce and his crew from Atlanta Fever, everyone enjoyed a photo montage followed by the hora dance.  For dessert, we created the “Snack Zone” – an area especially for the kids with café chairs and stools for them to hang out on and, the main feature, a concession stand serving ice cream and candy!  And, for the willing, Fair Hair Party created amazing and fun hair makeovers for the girls and even some of the boys…!  In the decor, we used the “Z” logo wherever possible, creating very cool centerpieces in the ballroom with etched acrylic plaques set into astroturf, projecting the logo onto the wall for added impact.  The tables were overlaid with blue taffeta linens and we layered the look with blue foil chargers.  Around the room, we created columns of light using alternating green and blue uplighters.  We used mini foam fingers to create cute escort cards for the adults, and custom pennant flags and the foam fingers for centerpieces in the bowling alley and foyer areas.  The dance motivators kept the dance floor packed, teaching even some of the more mature guests the latest dance moves.  Young and old, a fun time was had by all and the party was a true celebration of Zachary’s momentous day!

Zachary

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The 99th Masters

When the master of a great golfing family turns 99, there’s little question about a theme for the celebration…!  Family flew in from all over the States (golf bags in tow, of course) to enjoy a weekend of feasting and festivity, culminating in this themed dinner party.  The wonderful Chefs at Carole Parks Catering created appetizers of the family favorites including BIRDIE BITES (sliders!) and Mac’n’TEES followed by a gourmet Southern-themed dinner.  For the decorations, we chose the strongly golf-oriented Argyle pattern in shades of Kelly Green and Navy, giving the space a crisp, masculine edge.  On the tables, centerpieces of clipped wheatgrass featured golf balls and tee flags.  And for those mad-keen golfers, mini golf sand trays and pull-back golf carts added some lighthearted entertainment.  We created a number of banners – mini ones for the tables, larger ones to hang over doors and archways and, our personal favorite, one for the “19th hole” (the bar, of course!).  We also created a montage featuring long-ago photos of the birthday boy – some faded and fuzzy but nonetheless giving a lovely throwback to the youthful antics of this aged Master!  And, serving in his dutiful role as caddy, Riff Raff was on hand to clean the balls, carry the clubs and provide the odd piece of informed putting advice…!

The 99th Masters

 

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Sweet 16 Masquerade

We went for dramatic effect with this Masquerade-themed Sweet 16 party.  Guests entered through black voile drapes which pulled back to reveal huge chandeliers created as a central feature of the space.  The masquerade theme was a surprise for guests who, on arrival, were invited to “accessorize” themselves at a props table, fully stocked with masks, hats, boas, gloves and various other refinements – and then Southern Night PhotoBooths were on hand to capture images of their transformations!  Another feature of the space was the bar, serving specialty non-alcoholic “mocktails”.  Custom mocktail menus featuring the Tornado Twist, Peach Bellini, Ying & Yang (named by the birthday girl!) and Classy Spin gave the teens a chance to try something new and more interesting than the regular soda offerings.  Each one was served in a different shaped glass which was either sugar-rimmed or decorated with various cocktail picks and stirrers.  The tables were dressed with turquoise linens of pin tuck taffeta or rich sequins, and decorated with groupings of fresh flowers – the hyacinths filled the air with their wonderful scent!  The checkerboard dance floor made a big statement and DJ Dax had the kids dancing on it all night long.  Later in the evening, everyone gathered to sing “Happy Birthday” – the cake was a gorgeous creation, decorated in intricate renaissance-style swirls which we also carried through to the gobos projected onto the walls.  And as if that wasn’t enough, a s’mores station gave party-goers the chance to toast their own marshmallows.  We were thrilled to get lots of compliments on our transformation of the space (by day an indoor softball facility…!) and the kids really looked to be having a great time!  So fun!

Masquerade

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Brooke’s Beach Bash

For this February party, the Four Seasons Hotel in Midtown proved that any season is a good season for a beach party!  The birthday girl was turning 13 and had no idea that her friends were gathering for this surprise celebration.  As they eagerly awaited her arrival, they snapped photos together in the Southern Nights Photo Booth and wrote messages for her on a customized mirror that was destined to hang over her desk.  We added instant beach appeal to the room with pink sun parasols, a colored fringe table skirt and gorgeous pink leis hanging on the back of each chair.  Underneath the parasols, rows of miniature beach huts were flanked by pinwheels in buckets of sand – tiny beach balls and pinwheel straws were placed at each table setting.  For the buffet stations, we created decorations using larger pinwheels, adding wooden lifeguard chairs and more beach balls.  Two tall lighted palm trees added the finishing touch to the decor, with Riff Raff sporting his Lifeguard’s outfit.  After enjoying the photo booth and a delicious dinner, the girls changed into their swimsuits and splashed into the hotel pool.  Who needs summer…?!

Brooke

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Another Great Mitzvah Expo!

In spite of the miserable weather yesterday, families came in their droves to find out what’s new and exciting in the world of Mitzvahs at Atlanta Party Connection’s Mitzvah Expo.  Yet again, we took the opportunity to indulge in some gorgeous kitschy decor for our booth, with huge tasseled balloons, a sumptuous tissue fringe backdrop and twinkling marquee sign for our donut stand.  Riff Raff caused quite a stir in his tuxedo with tons of kids stopping to have their photos taken with him – it’s fair to say, with a wardrobe of over 50 themed costumes, he has become quite the party animal!  Due to its runaway success at the last Expo, we decided to offer our Donut Bar again – it’s a cute idea for a dessert station or as a take-home favor!  We had a great day, it was so fun talking to all the kids and parents about ideas for their Mitzvah celebrations, and we’re looking forward to helping some of them become a reality!

Mitzvah Expo 3

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Stone Summit Mitzvah

If you’re looking for something out-of-the-ordinary for your child’s Mitzvah celebration, maybe this is it!  The huge Stone Summit Climbing & Fitness Center has more than enough to keep you and your guests active and entertained for the entire duration of your party!  Both adults and kids are invited to climb and, if a climbing harness and chalky hands isn’t quite your idea of an exhilarating evening’s entertainment, there is always the secondary sport of watching everybody else doing it!  Add a DJ to the mix, dim the lights and, before you know it, you have a rockin’ cool space (no pun intended)!  Sol Catering served up their casual Mexican fare with taco and salad bar stations and roast-your-own-s’mores for dessert.  In such an enormous space, we had to decorate on a grand scale.  We carried the hot pink theme through the space with plenty of uplighting and huge three foot balloons which appeared to hang in mid-air, trailing their tissue paper tails.  We used hot pink sequin linens on some of the highboys to create a hub for the adults around the bar, whilst the kids were treated to huge bowls of candy as centerpieces to their tables.  On the adult tables, we reused the centerpieces from the day’s earlier Kiddush luncheon, transforming the to glowing pink with the addition of undervase lights.  And, just in case you missed it, it was Valentines’ Day and Riff Raff dressed up in his finest Mr Lover Lover suit!

Stone Summit Mitzvah

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Hot Pink Kiddush

Invitations of hot pink against a geometric navy and white background were the inspiration for this Kiddush Luncheon at The Temple.  On the tables, simple gatherings of gerbera daisies provided a splash of color over white linens and a navy-striped runner.  Clusters of cylinder vases were decorated with navy patterned ribbons and filled with pink water pearls to support the gerbera stems.  The buffet was dressed in navy with a hot pink lamour satin fluff and, in the center, a moss ball tree was simply decorated with gerbera heads.  Along the buffet tables, clusters of pink and white balloons added height, weighed down (as a nod to the day’s date – February 14th) with red heart balloon weights!

Hot pink kiddush

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Sanctuary Florals

The sweeping lines and flourishes of the cornucopia urns in The Temple’s Sanctuary were the perfect showcase for some pretty florals we did this past weekend.  The arrangements featured a tight center of white hydrangea, hot pink gerbera daisies and the Sweet Akito rose, to which we added long trails of Italian ruscus and eucalyptus.  Sprigs of gypsophila provided a textural transition from the dense center of the arrangements to the soft and loose peripheries, creating an arrangement that looked at once formal and yet soft and natural.

Sanctuary gerberas

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Old-Fashioned Carnival

Hoopla, the duck pond game and bean bag toss were a few of the traditional games that were played at this old-fashioned Carnival party.  We went with a rich red and white theme, uplighting the room in a ruby wash and accenting with café light strings.  We added another level of decor with fireworks projected on the wall, and a rotating wheel bringing to mind a fairground favorite – the Ferris wheel.  As a centerpiece to the room, we created a mock circus tent using swathes of rich taffeta tissue lamé, including a starlit marquee sign in the birthday girl’s name.  A custom-made chalkboard photo booth backdrop provided an unfettered opportunity for selfies, with ticket and games booths either side.  The concession stand offered all manner of treats, from fresh popcorn to cotton candy.  Players were awarded prizes for scoring in the games – clown hats, clown noses, oversized ties, gloves and huge glasses so that, by the time they had played every game, each began to resemble his or her very own circus clown.  Riff Raff donned his best fairground attendant’s attire and offered directions to the party’s various activities.  After a lot of fun and merriment, the party-goers cooled down in front of an “outdoor” movie, sitting in colorful Adirondack chairs or sprawled over picnic blankets and floor cushions.  And, when we went back to take it all down again the next day, I got a big hug from the party girl which is just about the best “thank you” you can get…!

Sophia

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A true Black Light Party!

It isn’t often that we get to put on a true black light party.  There’s usually a lot of DJ lighting and other ambient light that, although not fatally, somewhat erodes the full effect of the ultra violet.  Not so on this occasion – we were able to totally exclude all other light forms and the effect was stunning!  We used lots of UV-reactive elements – wall banners, balloons, slinkies and even uv-reactive bead curtains to create some very cool effects.  Neon “Happy Birthday” confetti gave the floor another dimension – almost appearing to float above it!  On arrival, guests were encouraged to get their glow on, with neon fedoras, fishnet gloves, flashing rings, glasses, bracelets and neon body paints.  The ping pong table was especially kitted out for the occasion – even the paddles were given the glow-in-the-dark treatment!  Dinner was served on a luminous table, with black tableware giving a cool, reversed-out look.  Then the glowing bodies took to the floor in a highly anticipated dance competition that kept this cool-looking space humming well into the night!

Meghna

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