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Friends, let us tell you about this bat mitzvah. Our venue is known for hosting great parties, and this celebration was no exception. From the pops of hot pink to the Chanel logos, Cha Cha and her team of vendors worked tirelessly to transform our event space into a chic and glamorous night club fit for a diva.
Scroll down for more photos captured by the fabulous Jennifer Weisbord.
The evening kicked off with an intimate ceremony in our theater. Hot pink uplighting and twinkle lights gave guests a taste of the glamour to come in the reception.
Certé kept hungry guests happy and fed all night long.
EK Productions kept the energy alive all night with dancing, singing, and plenty of fist pumping.
With the weather in NYC slowly cooling off, we're daydreaming about all things fall; changing leaves, plaid shirts, college football, the excitement of Halloween and Thanksgiving, and so much more.
PSLs (Pumpkin Spice Lattes) aren't the only fall drinks to look forward to either! This week, the HELEN MILLS team brings you recommendations for cocktails to not only create at home, but to feature at your events. Rename them to fit the theme of your party or reception, and offer guests an unexpected treat.
From Emily: I don't know if you can label White Russians as a strictly "fall" cocktail, since I tend to drink them year-round, but there is something about the mixture of Kahlua and heavy cream that makes me want to cozy up by a fire.
White Russians are made by mixing vodka, Kahlua, and heavy cream. Serve in a lowball glass over ice and enjoy!
From Helen: Harking back to my Kentucky roots, I suggest a Mint Julep. It is really good with homegrown mint that you can grow on your window sill.
Make your julep in a signature julep cup (pictured above) by combining muddled mint, simple syrup, crushed ice, and your favorite Kentucky Bourbon. Stir well and enjoy in the city or country, any time of year.
From Melissa: Apple cider is one of my favorite beverages during the fall season... so crisp and refreshing! Apple cider and champagne makes the best combination for a seasonal twist on the mimosa!
To make an Apple Cider Mimosa, fill your glass 1/4 full with fresh apple cider, then top off with a crisp champagne for a drink that tastes like that perfect autumn morning. Rim the glass with brown sugar and garnish with an apple slice.
From Diana: I like a hot toddy for the fall and winter months. It's warm, strong, and wakes you up. A touch of cinnamon makes it fall-friendly.
To make a Honey Bourbon Hot Toddy, you first need Apple Bourbon! Make this by combining Bourbon, 4 cored, sliced apples, and 4 cinnamon sticks in a pitcher. Cover and chill for 3 days, and then strain. Stir honey and water together until the honey dissolves. Add your Apple Bourbon and divide between Toddy glasses. Add lemon, stir with a cinnamon stick, and serve.
From Mark: If I drank, I'd try the Pumpkin Fever Cocktail. Sounds yummy and seasonal.
To make a Pumpkin Fever cocktail, combine 2 parts Bols Pumpkin Smash, 1 part spiced rum, and 1/4 part cream in a martini shaker filled with ice. Strain into a sugar-rimmed, chilled martini glass. Sprinkle with freshly-ground cinnamon and enjoy!
From Brittany: I like to ease into fall with this ginger pear white sangria, which puts an autumnal twist on a summer favorite. It's a blend of both seasons; light, bright, and spiced. The perfect cure for those end-of-summer blues!
To make Ginger Pear White Sangria, add pears and ginger to a large pitcher. Pour in wine, rum, and brandy, seal tightly and refrigerate. Rim your glasses with a mixture of sugar and ginger. Strain the sangria and add pear and lemon slices. Add a few slices of pears to each glass, then fill halfway with your sangria mixture. Fill the rest of the way with ginger beer and serve.
HELEN MILLS Event Space and Theater wants to make your holiday party a memorable one!
HELEN MILLS 2017 Holiday Party Package includes:
Curious how your party will look? Our photo gallery is full of inspiration!
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.243.6200 to book your holiday party!
Alumni events are wonderful occasions where former classmates get together to relive the glory of college, network, and form new relationships.
Whether you are looking to plan a formal presentation, or throw a casual mixer, The HELEN MILLS Event Space and Theater is a versatile, all-inclusive, and convenient location for your next alumni get together.
Our 4,000 sq. ft. event space offers state-of-the-art sound and digital-video projection systems, as well as high-speed, wireless Internet.
Our street-level entrance offers fun and unexpected branding options, so your guests immediately feel school spirit before ever entering the event!
Connected to the Event Space is our intimate 140-seat Theater, including a large stage and green room. The theater is equipped with surround sound, HD projection, theatrical lighting, and more to create the perfect space for your next presentation, panel, and more.
Are you an event planner diving into the world of Mitzvahs? Will you be attending the Mitzvah of a friend or family member, and are curious about what to expect? The HELEN MILLS team has hosted many Mitzvahs in the past, and we'd like to compile some helpful information for planning your next Mitzvah. In the first of our Mitzvah Series, we'll explore some of the basic terminology associated with Mitzvahs to help you better familiarize yourself with this memorable celebration.
- Bar Mitzvah: Male celebration, from the Hebrew word "bar" meaning "son", and "mitzvah" meaning "celebration"
- Bat Mitzvah: Female celebration, from the Hebrew word "bat" meaning "daughter", and "mitzvah" meaning "celebration"
- Tallit: Fringed garment made of wool or linen, typically worn over outer clothes during prayer
- Tefillin: Black leather boxes containing scrolls of parchment inscribed with verses from the Torah
- Motzi: Traditional prayer/blessing
- Hora: Circle dance in which the celebrator is raised in the air on a chair and guests dance around them
- Cubbies: Small cubes typically brought in by the entertainment company. Cubbies are convenient for the kids to put their belongings or for the client to put favors in the cubbies for each specific child.
- Mazel Tov!: Phrase used to express congratulations for a happy and significant occasion or event
- Motivators: Dancers brought in by entertainment company to get the children to dance and have fun
- Montage video: Short video with music played on a screen of photos from birth until present of the celebrator
In our Mitzvah Series #2, we'll detail the basic run of show for mitzvahs. Stay tuned!
As the weather warms up, it's time to begin planning your company Summer parties. There are certain elements we all expect at these events; namely good food, good drinks, and a great venue. When it comes to surprising your coworkers, however, it's easy to feel stumped.
Knowing how much pressure there is to stand out from other events, the HELEN MILLS team collected some fun ideas to help you as your plan not only your Summer parties, but any throughout the year.
Let's get started!
Company Movie Night
Does your team sometimes get burnt out on high-energy, loud parties? Why not switch things up and book a private movie screening for your crew? With 140 seats, the HELEN MILLS Theater offers an intimate, comfortable, and alternative way to spend your company outing.
With HD projection and 5.1 Cinema Surround Sound, you can offer your team a night at the movies without the exorbitant ticket prices, teens on their cellphones, and chatterbox neighbors commenting on every scene.
Gif and Video Booths
Who hasn't attended a party with a photo booth? Whether it be a wedding, Mitzvah, or holiday party, we all have our signature "four poses" down to a science. Yes, photo strips are cute and retro, but in the age of ever evolving technology it's important to take advantage of all the latest and greatest gadgets.
Companies like OM now offer several different types of photo and video booths, offering guests a creative outlet to show off your killer party.
Edible Floral Arrangements
There's no denying that flowers are a beautiful way to instantly liven up the look of your event, but at the end of the evening you experience a crisis over what to do with your left-over arrangements. It isn't always reasonable to have your guests take the centerpieces home with them, and letting hundreds of dollars of flowers get thrown away can feel like a knife to the heart. If this sounds at all familiar, you should check out companies like Baked Bouquet, a "Bakery Florist" that offers sweet treats in the form of floral arrangements.
Baked Bouquet creates stunning creations that will have you guests asking, "These are cupcakes?!"
You've spent time and effort on creating the perfect setup for your party, so why let your tables fade into the background? Our friends at Cerf carry a large selection of LED tables and more to help you create a vibrant affair.
On Saturday, March 25, friends and family traveled from all over to celebrate an extremely talented and lovely young woman, Amelia, here at the HELEN MILLS Event Space and Theater.
After saying their hellos and grabbing some delicious appetizers, guests moved to the theater where Amelia and her friends treated them to a number of gymnastics and dance performances.
Guests spent the rest of the evening eating, drink, dancing, and most importantly, celebrating Amelia!
After eating and dancing their feet off, the younger guests headed back down to the theater to enjoy a movie on the big screen! They all changed into PJs, grabbed some popcorn, and got cozy. What a fun and unique way to end a party!
Mozel tov, Amelia!
We are BEYOND excited to announce that we are now offering siggi's Yogurt! The team has been fans (and neighbors!) of this wonderful Icelandic style skyr yogurt company for a few years now and are ecstatic to be one of their customers as well. Below are a few FAQs to get you acquainted :).
What is skyr yogurt? Skyr is a dairy product with the consistency of greek yogurt but with a much milder flavor. It's been a part of the Icelandic diet for over a thousand years. It is high in protein and low in fat, making it an especially satisfying and nutritious yogurt.
What flavors are available? All of siggi's yogurts contain natural ingredients to lend flavor and complexity to their product. Flavors inlcude everything from plain to pomegranate & passion fruit to one of our seasonal favorites, strawberry & basil. Check out the full list here.
Where is siggi's produced? Yates County, New York and Richland County, Wisconsin.
Who / what is Siggi? Siggi Hilmarsson moved from Iceland to New York City in 2002 and began making skyr in his home. The operation soon expanded and the rest is history.
Our clients come from across the world to host events at HELEN MILLS, traveling from places as far as England, Bulgaria, and Los Angeles, to places so close that we can (literally) wave to them. This means for some that they can't easily stop in to see the space, envision how their guests will spend their day, or plan for decor and signage to make their event that much more special.
To help make the planning process seamless for our current and future clients alike, we've just released our very first Google Inside Street View Virtual Tour!
The virtual tour features:
- A close-up view of each part of the venue
- A selection from of our in-house furniture inventory
- One of three curtains we provide that add intimacy to the space (hung at the entry table)
- Sample floral arrangements designed by the very talented Merriel Weston
- A peek into the theater greenroom and backstage area
For three days this week, Live Gathering Tools, Bizbash's new website, hosted their first-ever Global Demo Week at the HELEN MILLS Theater. The event was livestreamed through the Live Gathering Tools platform, a virtual trade show environment complete with a lounge, demo halls, theater with live and on-demand presentations, and more (check it out here). Bizbash CEO and Founder, David Adler, and Jeff Banish hosted with contagious, joyful enthusiasm for events and event tech.
Topics ranged from Event Management, Event Buzzwords, Budgeting, and Mobile Engagement. Each topic was accompanied by expert presentations (available through the Live Gathering Tools platform) led by industry leaders, including: AllSeated, #TWUBS, Bonfyre, Intros, and more.
Whether you're planning a product launch, birthday party, or benefit, one of the key elements for your event will likely take into account what is being served at the bar. Knowing this, last week we announced an all-craft beer menu after much deliberation.
This week, we bring you recommendations from the team on some of our favorite cocktails this summer. Personalize your bar menu by renaming these beloved cocktails to reflect your product, cause, or celebration, or go with the classic names, whichever works best! Whatever you do though, please enjoy.
#1 AMERICANO Stacie Black
This cocktail is ubiquitous on drink menus around the city due to its deliciously refreshing flavor. It consists of vodka, lime juice and ginger beer. Check out the recipe here.
Fun Fact: The cocktail became popular during the vodka craze in the United States during the 1950s.
#3 White Sangria REBEKAH KIM
Originally from Spain and Portugal, this is the definition of a refreshing summer drink. It can also be made in advance which is great for quick service. Ingredients include wine, brandy, fruit and more. Check out the full recipe here.
Fun Fact: Sangria was introduced to the United States when it was brought to the 1964 world’s fair in New York City by Alberto Heras.
Have another recommendation? Let us know in the comments!
Table decor is a great way to express creativity at your event. I love the idea of adding personality to each centerpiece by incorporating items that are special to the guest of honor.
Here's a few unique options:
We're very happy to announce that the HELEN MILLS' beer offering is now exclusively made up of craft beer, with one choice brewed just two miles from the venue!
THE BEER LINEUP
In choosing the beer list, our team aimed to appeal to a wide variety of our guests who attend and host events in the event space and theater, while introducing beer drinkers to new experiences. "It was a tough choice to make - I like having a variety of styles because guests may prefer different options, depending on their preferences or even mood," says HELEN MILLS Operations Manager, Rebekah Kim.
In the end, the choices were narrowed to four excellent brews (clockwise below): Alphabet City Brewing Co. - Easy Blonde, 2. Abita Light, 3. Sam Adams - Boston Lager & 4. Sierra Nevada - Pale Ale
A Robust Selection
More About the Beer
1. Alphabet City Brewing Company: Easy Blonde Ale
*This is our seasonal choice - it will be rotated to make way for another tasty choice*
About the Beer: This crisp, light-bodied golden ale has hints of citrus and white pepper and is lagered to give it a smooth, crisp finish. This beer is a great choice if you're looking for a smooth, easy drinking beer.
Fun Fact: Alphabet City Brewing Company is located 2.1 miles from HELEN MILLS in the East Village and is one of just a handful of breweries located in Manhattan.
2. Abita Light
About the Beer: An all-malt lager brewed with pilsner and carapils malts and Vanguard hops. It is the smoothest and most flavorful light beer you’ll ever taste.
Fun Fact: Abita Beer is based in Louisiana and was the first craft brewery in the Southeast.
3. Samuel Adams: Boston Lager
About the Beer: This lager is well balanced, complex and full-bodied with some malty sweetness contrasted by hop spiciness and a smooth finish.
Fun Fact: Boston Beer Co, brewer of Samuel Adams brands, is largest U.S. craft brewery
4. Sierra Nevada: Pale Ale
About the Beer: It has a deep amber color and a exceptionally full-bodied, complex character. The fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor are the results of the generous use of the best Cascade hops.
Fun Fact: This pale ale is the second best-selling craft beer in the United States, second only to choice #3 above.
*Beer drinkers* please leave your thoughts and recommendations in the comments section - we'd love to hear from you.
Tip: Don’t forget to rent cubbies for your son or daughter’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
Most kids love to take their shoes off when they’re on the dance floor, so to prevent a large pile of shoes, bags and jackets on the floor, rent or purchase some cubbies to put along a wall in the event space. Most entertainment companies can provide these rentals for you, but you can also purchase your own and make use of them for your home after the event.
Here are two of our recommended entertainment companies that could help you with renting cubbies:
The Entertainment Company
201 650 5729
Nelson Cruz Entertainment
212 289 0843
You can also purchase your own shoe cubbies from The Container Store.
Looking for a fun DIY 4th of July project? Repurpose mason jars as lanterns! This a great way to incorporate pretty, patriotic decor into your party.
To get this look:
1) On clean, dry glass place sticks in the shapes of stars and dots. Then paint with American Decor Chalky Finish Paint in White all over jars.
2) On jars you would like stripes, section off evenly with painters tape and paint with American Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Romance. On jars you would like stars, place 1.5 inch star stickers over dry white paint finish and then paint blue over all stickers.
3) After all paint dries, peel off stickers and painters tape.
4) Place votive in jar and light :)
On my walk to meet with Merriel Weston, a veteran florist with nearly 25 years of experience, I passed through what seemed like a pop-up jungle. To my right were small bushes and imposing conifer trees, on my left, gorgeous bright flowers, climbing vines and tall grasses. Despite the appearance, I was not in a jungle, I was walking along 28th street's famous flower district on my way to get Merriel's words of wisdom on event floral design.
For someone unfamiliar with planning for and purchasing flower arrangements, the choices can be daunting. What is in season? What fits with your brand or event theme? Do you want large arrangements, something more discreet or both? How does your event venue factor in to your choice of floral arrangements?
I tackled these questions with the help of an experienced and talented florist. Below are some quick, high impact tips to get you on your way to incorporating floral design into your next event.
Q: What are the top factors to consider when creating floral design for an event?
- The venue's architectural details. For example, if the venue has high ceilings, consider creating taller plants or flowers or having a large centerpiece. If the venue has large window sills, can you place arrangements at each one?
- Guest interaction & Event flow. If you are creating centerpiece or table accent arrangements, make sure your guests can see one another across the table. For your centerpiece, make sure it's near the point where guests will congregate most - at a bar or food station may be a good option depending on the size of the space.
- Seasonality. In the spring Cherry Blossoms, Pear Blossoms, and Magnolias are a great way to reflect the season and create a feeling of Spring indoors. In June, peonies and lilacs are abundant choices. In the Fall, berries and dahlias are local, readily available to usher in the brisker weather. For more guidelines of what flowers are available by season, see here.
Q: What are some considerations when choosing flowers or plants for your arrangements?
- Your brand / cause and the event's mood. Consider what mood you want to create for your event and how you want your guests to feel. For example, bright or intensely colored flowers may foster a sense of excitement while subdued, earthy succulents may have more of a calming, comforting effect.
- Color and texture. When selecting items for your arrangements, consider the texture of each selection you make. The arrangement pictured below has not only varying colors but also vary textures to create interesting contrast in a subtle way, while maintaining the overall white color theme.
- Budget. Floral and plant arrangements can become costly. If you are working within a strict budget, consider having one large or high-impact piece and then complimentary small arrangements throughout the space in areas that guests will see such as check-in, on the bar, or on cocktail furniture and in lounge areas.
About Merriel Weston Merriel Weston has been a florist for nearly 25 years, first in Malibu for 7 years and then in New York City for the past 17 years. Her clients include, Estee Lauder, FedEx, Financial Times, and numerous private clients. For more about Merriel as well as photos of her work, see her website.
With so many hotel options in Chelsea, Manhattan, here are some to choose from, all of which are walking distance from the HELEN MILLS Event Space & Theater.
Hotels Less Than 150 Feet Away
1. Hilton New York Fashion District (152 W 26th St): 4-stars with 280 rooms
2. Holiday Inn Manhattan 6th Ave – Chelsea (125 W 26th St): 3-stars with 226 rooms
Large Hotels with Plenty of Rooms to Book
3. Affinia – Manhattan NYC (371 7th Ave): 4-stars with 618 rooms
4. Eventi (851 Ave of the Americas): 4-stars with 292 rooms
9. Hotel Indigo - Chelsea (127 W 28th St): 4-stars with 122 rooms