HALLOWEEN WEDDING AT HEMPSTEAD HOUSE

CEREMONY FOG HALLOWEEN WEDDING HEMPSTEAD HOUSE

Check out how we handled the SCARY weather change as we produced our  “Sleepy Hollow” inspired Halloween Wedding at Hempstead House!

http://vimeo.com/36173748Swank Productions Sleepy Hallow Halloween Wedding

 

Photo Gallery coming soon!


Maya Kalman, Event Design Expert & CEO of Swank Productions Maya Kalman is the Founder & CEO of SWANK Productions, a luxury wedding planning, event design and event production company in New York City. Known for her beyond-the-box designs and undying passion for creating extraordinary event experiences, Maya risen to become one of the most well known wedding and event planners in New York City. She has been a featured expert on TNT, NBC Today Show, MTV, Martha Stewart, Food Network, Geraldo Live and many more, and has planned and designed weddings, corporate events and parties for some of the top companies, brands and personalities around the world.
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Fireworks….Things to know before you blow!

What to know before you blow

When it come to Maya & our team brainstorming a Swank event’s Wow factor, it never fails that all the heads turn to me as I say FIREWORKS!  Now I know what you are thinking, there is no way I can have fireworks at my next event, and I am here to tell you THIS IS NOT TRUE…  Here are my ten tips to ensure that your Pyro dreams don’t go up in smoke. These tips are not for the do-it-your-self-er, but a guide to help you work with a professional firework display company.

Know what you want.

Pyrotechnicians love what they do so going into the conversation with an idea of what you want is super important.

APPROVALS!!!!!!

I CAN NOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH also make sure it is in writing and signed. 1 approved by the venue, Local permits, special permits depending on the destination. This is one area that the pros will be of the most help, and all you will have to do is pay for the permits.

Indoor idea

This is one of my favorite effects; approval on this can be tricky. But adding a fountain effect into each or your center pieces on the table can REALLY make for a breathtaking entrance.

SURPRISE

Grooms, your bride will never expect the sky to be filled with fireworks all in her wedding colors. I have seen some pretty amazing reactions when as the officiant says you may kiss the bride and BOOM the sky is filled with thousands of fireworks. Just make sure she won’t take off running in fear…I have seen this happen.

FIREWORKS ARE NOT A DIY PROJECT.

I know you know someone who has a stash of roman candles. This is not the time to use them.

LOCATION

When you start thinking fireworks it’s important to know outdoor displays need to be set off from a safe distance from guests and nearby buildings etc.

CONFETTI

If you get told NO NO NO on pyrotechnics. There are some really cool confetti options to consider.

TELL THE NEIGHBORS

When I am going to be doing fireworks I try and send notes out to surrounding neighbors who will be able to see the fireworks. Or even invite a local group to view from the parking lot. It’s a nice way to share.

INSURANCE.

Always make sure the company you are working with has got this covered and is working with the venue and localities on how much insurance needs to be carried.

GIVE SWANK A CALL

We specialize in flare, glitter and sparkle. No one can sell fireworks like our team, and we can guarantee you that we will plan and design you an event that your guest will talk about for the rest of their lives.

The Chic BBQ Picnic

Pic Nic Chic!

When it comes to Corporate Summer BBQ’s, Swank’s Country-Chic Picnic on Randall’s Island was a splendid affair for employers, employees and thier families.  Taking cues from classic Americana and the colorful character of the old state fair – Swank took the often slapped-together notion of BBQ food in a basket and elevated it to a daylong celebration of summer and bare-foot leisure in the sun.

Each guest received their own individual picnic basket – avoiding the inevitable and awkward moment when one person gets the last sad sandwich at the bottom of the pile.


In fact, all amenities were individualized, from personal rolled blankets, to party favors like richly-hued fans and summer-bright sunglasses for the kids.

The personalized touch is a welcome detail in a communal gathering, and no detail here was overlooked.
Buttercup colored ribbons tied up gingham napkins with a classic bow.  The pie station featured a traditional assortment – apple, strawberry rhubarb – announced with hand-lettered chalk on slate. The old-fashioned ice cream cart offered pure Americana in the guise of ice cream sandwiches, and was paired with gourmet, spiked snow-cones for the elders in the bunch.

From the lawn tent – festooned with red white and blue bunting – to the pony rides and candy necklaces, the humble picnic, in the able hands of Swank’s design team, became a true event, worthy of the season and of the storied histories of the American summer at large.  Happy Fourth of July!


Maya Kalman, Event Design Expert & CEO of Swank Productions Maya Kalman is the Founder & CEO of SWANK Productions, a luxury wedding planning, event design and event production company in New York City. Known for her beyond-the-box designs and undying passion for creating extraordinary event experiences, Maya risen to become one of the most well known wedding and event planners in New York City. She has been a featured expert on TNT, NBC Today Show, MTV, Martha Stewart, Food Network, Geraldo Live and many more, and has planned and designed weddings, corporate events and parties for some of the top companies, brands and personalities around the world.
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Top 10 Unique Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah Themes

Top 10 Unique Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah Themes

Swank Inspired themes that make sure your celebration stands out in a sea of Bar Mitzvah & Bat Mitzvahs

A great theme can make or break a Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah. A theme ( or design concept as we like to call it) can influence every aspect of your party, from décor to music to food. Before you start planning your celebration with a theme that’s been done a million times before, check out our list of unique themes to make your Bar or Bat Mitzvah stand out.

1.       The Hunger Games

With a theme like the Hunger Games, you’ll have to make sure your friends don’t try to kill each other to get invited to your party! Don’t worry though, you don’t need to give a nod to the murderous aspect of the stories when doing your planning. Your theme can be inspired by anything from the forest setting of the arena to the highly futuristic style of the capital. Can’t decide? Why not make every table represent a different district, each with its own decoration and inspiration. Whatever you decide, with a theme like this, you can be sure the odds will be ever in your favor.

 

2.       Cirque de Soleil

If you love the fun and playfulness that a carnival theme provides, but are looking for something a little more distinctive, consider a Cirque de Soleil theme. Not only can you use the show to inspire your decorations, but you can wow your guests by hiring contortionists and aerialists for live entertainment. Having an aerialist flying over guests while they enjoy their dinner would make your Bar/Bat Mitzvah more memorable than the real show.

 

3.       Top Chef / Hell’s Kitchen

Make food the focal point of this theme. You can get your guests engaged by having them play with their food. Try a build it yourself sushi bar to get everybody involved, you can even turn it into a contest to get guests in the competitive spirit of the show. For décor, let the chrome look of the stainless steel kitchens inspire you, with pops of orange inspired by the Top Chef logo.

 

4.       Snow White and the Huntsmen

This movie takes a classic fairy tale and makes it feel more grown up, perfect to inspire a coming of age event like a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Have elements of Snow White’s enchanted forest meet the dark medieval feel of the Queen’s castle to create a mature take on the Disney classic, and an event your guests will never forget.

 

 

5.       Dark Night Rises

When tickets for this movie started selling, a month in advance, people were already clamoring to get them. Get everybody as excited for an invite to your party by channeling the adventurous and edgy energy that the movies create. A Gotham cityscape can act as the backdrop for your event, with dark colors and pops of yellow helping to create your color story.

 

6.  Olympics

With the 2012 Olympics fast approaching, why not capitalize on that excitement and use it to help guide your party? Let your color scheme be inspired by the colors of the Olympic rings and imagine centerpieces representing rhythmic gymnastics ribbon hanging from the ceilings over every table.

 

 

7.       The Avengers

Another popular movie, this theme is so great because almost everybody, no matter their age or lifestyle, can find an Avengers character that they love or relate to. You can choose the classic Marvel colors of red and white to decorate your party, but don’t forget to give a nod to your favorite hero in your décor.

 

 

8.  The Fashionista

Like fashion itself, the fashion theme is completely customizable and can be tailored to represent an individual’s interests very clearly. You can make the entire event feel like a fashion show (what better excuse for the birthday star to debut fabulous outfits?), make the theme shopping in general, or choose a favorite designer. You can channel the classiness of Chanel or the funky vibe of Betsy Johnson.

 

 

9.  Mad Hatter Tea Party

Guests won’t want to be late for your very important date when you choose this theme. Channeling the mysterious world of Wonderland will give you tons of décor options. Guests can enter through the rabbit hole into your whimsical world. Then create a tabletop featuring the mismatched linens and topsy-turvy tea sets of the Mad Hatter’s tea party. After dinner, create a lounge area for guests to relax resembling the Queen’s garden.

 

10.   Moroccan/Arabian Nights

If you’re looking to create a truly exotic experience for guests, try transporting them to another locale with a Moroccan or Arabian Nights themed party. One of the most fun aspects of this theme is the color possibilities! Choose your color scheme and drape fabric in those colors along your space to create the appearance of a Bedouin tent. If you want to try customizing your event even further, try doing a Moroccan disco, by adding a big dance element (and lots of disco balls) to your party.

 

What Bar or Bat Mitzvahs have you been to lately?  What was your favorite theme?  Let us know!

xoxo

Maya

 


Maya Kalman, Event Design Expert & CEO of Swank Productions Maya Kalman is the Founder & CEO of SWANK Productions, a luxury wedding planning, event design and event production company in New York City. Known for her beyond-the-box designs and undying passion for creating extraordinary event experiences, Maya risen to become one of the most well known wedding and event planners in New York City. She has been a featured expert on TNT, NBC Today Show, MTV, Martha Stewart, Food Network, Geraldo Live and many more, and has planned and designed weddings, corporate events and parties for some of the top companies, brands and personalities around the world.
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