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Gracie's Gorgeous, Record-Inspired Mitzvah

Gracie's mitzvah this past weekend was nothing short of exquisite. From the record-themed decor to the custom-made confections to the crowd clearly bursting with excitement, the evening was everything a milestone celebration should be. We were truly impressed by the creativity, attention to detail, and sense of design that shined through, throughout the night. 

Below are just a few of our favorite things from a spectacular night. We hope this brings you inspiration!

Gracie on the dance floor, surrounded by friends and family. Photo by Art Photographers.

Gracie on the dance floor, surrounded by friends and family. Photo by Art Photographers.

This one take's the cake! Lori's Cakes designed this custom record player cake for Gracie, complete with her favorite record (pictured at left). Photo by Art Photographers.

This one take's the cake! Lori's Cakes designed this custom record player cake for Gracie, complete with her favorite record (pictured at left). Photo by Art Photographers.

Gracie's candle lighting ceremony involved close family and friends who were there to commemorate the milestone. Photo by Art Photographers.

Gracie's candle lighting ceremony involved close family and friends who were there to commemorate the milestone. Photo by Art Photographers.

The dance floor featured paper lanterns, gobos, and LED - raised platform, lounge ottomans, and more. Photo by Art Photographers.

The dance floor featured paper lanterns, gobos, and LED - raised platform, lounge ottomans, and more. Photo by Art Photographers.

It's all in the details - from left to right - hanging mobile made of records, candy bar, and porthole signage. Photo by Art Photographers.

It's all in the details - from left to right - hanging mobile made of records, candy bar, and porthole signage. Photo by Art Photographers.

In addition to the creativity of Gracie and her mother, the following vendors worked hard to make for a magical event: Cake by Lori's Cakes | Candy bar by Lisa Blacker | DJ, dance floor platform, and gobos by Total Entertainment | Flowers by Merriel Weston Floral Design | Lounge furniture provided by HELEN MILLS.

Planning a Mitzvah or other celebration? Contact us for more information or click here to learn more.

So Phun, So Dance, So Party: Sophia's Bat Mitzvah

This past weekend, HELEN MILLS was home to Sophia's Bat Mitzvah - an fun, elegant, and dance-filled party that lasted well into Saturday night. The night kicked off with the ceremony that included readings, singing, and some very touching words of advice from the parents of the Mitzvah girl. A cocktail reception with blue-themed mocktails for the kids followed - complete with a photo booth and pop-a-shot booth. Finally, the dancing started with a group photo on the LED dance floor, followed by great music and dancing.

The party was wonderfully decorated from the porthole windows featuring Sophia and her family's dogs to the beautiful floral displays throughout the venue. Check out the photos below for more highlights and fun ideas.

As guests arrived, they were greeted by photos of Sophia and her family's dogs in the venue door's portholes.

Sophia's Bat Mitzvah at HELEN MILLS - Exterior signage with photos of the mitzvah party girl in each of the portholes.

Beautiful blue wall wash, elegant table centerpieces, and Sophia's customized 'ssj' gobo made for an elegant bar and lounge area:

Sophia's Bat Mitzvah at HELEN MILLS - Tables with gorgeous centerpieces for the adult guests across from the bar. Sophia's custom gobo is projected above the bar area.

Gorgeous small florals and candles contributed to the elegant feel of the party.

Sophia's Bat Mitzvah at HELEN MILLS - Tables with gorgeous centerpieces across from the bar. Sophia's custom gobo is projected above the bar area.

As guests entered, they were greeted by a sign-in board where they could write their greetings and well-wishes for the Mitzvah girl.

Sophia's Bat Mitzvah at HELEN MILLS - Upon entering, guests were invited to sign Sophia's mitzvah sign-in board. A gift table was placed on the side.

The tables had tall centerpieces, perfectly complementing the venue's high ceilings. The branches were perfect for the Fall timing.

Sophia's Bat Mitzvah at HELEN MILLS - Tables with gorgeous centerpieces across from the bar. Hydrangea and branges complement the venue's high ceilings.

Guests sat for the ceremony before the cocktail hour and reception began.

Sophia's Bat Mitzvah at HELEN MILLS - Guests listened through the ceremony, before the party kicked off.

The dance floor before the dancing started. The LED lighting made for a fun place to gather.

Sophia's Bat Mitzvah at HELEN MILLS - The LED dance floor provided a spark for guests.

The pop-a-shot and photobooth were a hit with guests.

Sophia's Bat Mitzvah at HELEN MILLS - Guests were entertained with a photo booth and pop-a-shot, in addition to dancing.

Sophia's love for soccer was reflected by the soccer balls hanging from the ceiling, adding a personal and unique decor touch to the space.

Sophia's Bat Mitzvah at HELEN MILLS - Creative decor included soccer balls suspended from the ceiling.

Sophia's friends posed for a group photo right before the dancing began.

Sophia's Bat Mitzvah at HELEN MILLS - Sophia's friends pose for a group photo before the music kicked off.

Looking for a venue to host your next Mitzvah or Private Party? Contact Us or check out the Mitzvah Photo Gallery for more inspiration.

A Helen Mills Love Story – Damon & Lauren’s Engagement

Congratulations to Damon and Lauren! We are so excited for this wonderful couple that got engaged at the Helen Mills Theater this past Saturday! See below for details about their engagement. 

Damon and Laura together

Damon and Lauren’s Story

Damon’s sister tried to set him up with Lauren twice, but it never happened. Then, a couple of months later, Damon and Lauren wound up meeting on J-Date. They hit it off instantly, and two years later, Damon was thinking of a way to propose.

About three weeks before Damon and Lauren’s two year anniversary, Damon started making a movie about his and Lauren’s love story to give her as an anniversary gift. Halfway through making the video, Damon realized the video was really good, and he loved Lauren so much, that now was as good of a time as ever to propose.

But Damon needed a way to add an extra wow factor to his proposal; he wanted to surprise Lauren by playing the video in a theater with a big screen. He also wanted to invite all of his and Lauren’s friends and family to be a part of the surprise (and also help him pull it off!).

That’s when Damon found Helen Mills. After stepping foot into the theater for the first time, he realized instantly that the Helen Mills Theater would provide the extra magic to make the proposal something Lauren would never forget.

The Proposal

On Saturday night, 1/31, Damon and Lauren’s friends and family took their seats at the Helen Mills Theater. They waited anxiously for Damon and Lauren to arrive. With the lights dimmed, and all guests in their seats, Damon and Lauren walked into the theater and Damon’s movie began to play. Here’s a link to the movie that he made: Damon’s Proposal Movie  (Aww!)

After the movie ended, Damon got down on one knee and asked the love of his life, Lauren, to marry him. And she said YES! Below are some photos of the happy couple’s engagement. Enjoy!

Damon and Lauran after she said yes
Damon and Lauran hugging
Damon and Lauran being given bouquet of flowers
Damon and Lauran embrace
Damon and Lauran smiling
Damon and Lauran kissing

Looking to plan a unique proposal for your partner? Please contact us so that we can help make it happen!