In September, Ellis Island welcomed a fabulous B’Nai Mitzvah for three children, with Lauren Fishman, Event Producer at Lauren Fishman Events [lfenyc.com] at the helm for a spectacular family celebration in our unique NYC event venue.
“Ellis Island was originally chosen because the family wanted to do something unconventional, unique, and to celebrate the elements of history, family and all that Ellis Island stands for,” says Fishman. “We had traditional services beforehand at The Ritz-Carlton Battery Park, so the beautiful scenic walk from the services to the Ferry, and the voyage that awaited them, was all part of this memorable evening.”
“The entire party was an elegant golden theme, dubbed “The Gold Party,” a play on the family’s last name. A “3G” logo to represent all three children adorned the entire venue in centerpieces, giveaway bags for the children, the traditional B’nai Mitzvah candle lighting, T-shirt and sweatshirt station, etc. We also had our designer, Roy Braeger, design a personal lounge station for each child, incorporating all of their favorite hobbies and memories in elaborate gold tower centerpieces.”
310 guests (150 adults and 160 kids) were welcomed to our NYC landmark event venue with a display perfectly themed to our location: “For our escort card table, we had an exquisite, oversized replica of the passport invitations, personalized with headshots and “stamps” of the kids’ birth dates and places. Each hanging escort card was a vintage-inspired voyage “ticket” for each guest to enter the dinner reception with,” says Fishman.
“The children made a grand entrance with a Dream Lab Robot, shooting smoke and lasers out onto the dance floor to really get the party started. Throughout the reception, some of the entertainment we had included: a Lucite Celebrity Recording Booth, Interactive Virtual Photo Booth, New Artistic Custom Text & Emoji Photo Booth, a Candy Sculpture Artist from Disneyland, a Virtual Reality Total Immersion station, a magician, a trivia maven, and more. There certainly wasn’t a dull moment – guests danced the night away, enjoyed a video montage from the family, and took home various giveaways to remember the night by.”
For the adults, the signature drink of the evening was also themed to the family’s last name: Gold Rush Cocktail – Bourbon, Ginger Liquor, Lemon Juice and a Twist of Lemon
“For dessert, one of the elements we featured was a hanging doughnut bar from Sterling Affair Catering, along with an assortment of fun-sized treats for the kids to enjoy. We also had a Japanese Candy Sushi Station set up throughout the night.”
One of the many special moments in this celebration was a surprise performance: “During the final toasts from the family, we had surprise flash mob with professional dancers dressed as waiters come out and perform a show stopping number. They completely took the guests by surprise, and it was definitely a memorable moment that left almost everyone in awe – and dancing!”
“This was a unique experience, having to produce a B’nai Mitzvah for three children all with various interests and vibrant personalities. Pairing services at The Ritz-Carlton with a reception at Ellis Island was a winning combination. The journey of sailing past the Statue of Liberty, all while looking out onto the New York City skyline, is a memory guests will carry for a lifetime and only something you can experience when having an event on Ellis Island.”
We thank photographer 5th Avenue Digital for these fantastic images , www.5thavenuedigital.com and we also tip our hats to the excellent work of the following vendors whose expertise, creativity, and professionalism helped make this a perfect celebration for the kids, their family and all who love them.
Venue: Ellis Island http://www.ellisisland-events.com/
Event Producer: Lauren Fishman of Lauren Fishman Events
Entertainment/Games: Tom Kaufman Productions, www.tomkaufman.com .
Design: Roy Braeger, www.roybraeger.com .
Catering: Sterling Affair Catering & Events, www.sterlingaffair.com .
Invitations: Alpine Creative Group, www.alpinecreativegroup.com .
Gifts/Premiums: M. Studio Events, www.mstudioevents.com .