Finding Love at HELEN MILLS

We love events here at HELEN MILLS, but we love it even more when two people FIND love at one of our events!  Such is the case with Ari and his now-fiancée, Shelby.

Four and a half years ago, Ari and Shelby attended a New Year's Eve party right here at HELEN MILLS. They spent the night laughing and talking, not knowing that this would be the first of many New Years celebrations together. As Ari started planning to "pop the question", he reached out to us with a unique request: to ask the woman he loves to marry him in the place where it all started. 

We were so happy to oblige Ari's request.  The plan was set - Shelby believed she was meeting her father at our event space after he wrapped up a meeting.  When she arrived, we lead her into the event space by herself, where Ari stood alone in the center of a rose petal arrangement.  After a short speech, he got down on one knee and proposed. Shelby, of course, happily accepted! After the initial shock wore off, Shelby realized they were standing in the same area they spent that fateful New Year's Eve. Talk about romantic!

After, family and friends surprised Shelby and joined in the celebration. They toasted to the engagement with champagne, exchanged excited congratulations, and captured the moment with some photographs. Their photographer, Matthew Raney, was there to capture every moment, and they kindly shared the below photos with us.

 

The surprised bride-to-be!

The surprised bride-to-be!

She said yes!

She said yes!

 

We feel so lucky to have played a part in Ari & Shelby's special day!  Hopefully, we can play cupid once more in the future.  :) 

Have you had a similar serendipitous encounter at HELEN MILLS?  Drop us a line at info@helenmills.com to share your story!

Alumni Events at HELEN MILLS

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.

Alumni event group photo
Alumni event mingling
Alumni event seating

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.

Alumni event custom signage

Our street-level entrance offers fun and unexpected branding options, so your guests immediately feel school spirit before ever entering the event!

one hundred forty seat theater available for alumni events

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.

Event bar area set up

At HELEN MILLS, we can take care of your catering, beverage, furniture, audio visual needs, and more!

Contact Us to learn more about hosting your alumni events at HELEN MILLS, or check out more recent events here.

Revenge of the Nerds

What is the best way to celebrate both your spouse's and your birthdays? What if you also want to fold in the celebratration of your wedding anniversary? Quiet dinner at a posh restaurant? Backyard barbecue with your closest friends and family? How about revisiting the glory of college and throwing an all-night fraternity kegger?!

That is exactly what this couple did with the help of Florie Huppert Design and a team of incredibly talented vendors.

We're stoked to share these photos from a totally 80's "Revenge of the Nerds" party.

Revenge of the Nerds entrance signage
Food and drink setup
Stools and barrels
Revenge of the Nerds guest costumes
DJ, custom lighting and guests
Revenge of the Nerds event collage

Planning an Event? Contact Us to learn more about events at HELEN MILLS, or check out more recent events here.

Event Design and Coordination, Florie Huppert Design
Photography, Courtney Collins
Catering, Matchbox Catering
Window Graphics,
Chief Graphix

Mitzvah Series #1: Basic Mitzvah Terminology

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!

4 Creative Ideas for Your Company Summer Party

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.

Movie night in the theater

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.

Set up snacks and drinks for guests to enjoy during the movie. Photo from    this    post.

Set up snacks and drinks for guests to enjoy during the movie. Photo from this post.

 

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?!

 

Floral arrangements
 

LED Furniture

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. 

L.E.D. furniture lighting

Planning an Event? Contact Us to learn more about events at HELEN MILLS, or check out more recent events here.

It's All About Amelia!

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.

Amelia with cake

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.

Amelia, a decorated gymnast, wows the crowd with her beautiful routine.

Amelia, a decorated gymnast, wows the crowd with her beautiful routine.

Guests spent the rest of the evening eating, drink, dancing, and most importantly, celebrating Amelia!

Beautiful chandeliers hang over each table. Adults enjoyed a family-style dinner, while the younger guests grazed at the ample buffet.

Beautiful chandeliers hang over each table. Adults enjoyed a family-style dinner, while the younger guests grazed at the ample buffet.

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!

Young guests in the theater space
Collage of Amelia's event

Mozel tov, Amelia!

Amelia in the crowd

Planning an Event? Contact Us to learn more about events at HELEN MILLS, or check out more recent events here.

 

Catering by Orange Grill Catering
Decor and Planning by Nikoletta Events
DJ, Emcee, and Entertainment by
Photography by Inessa Sperkach
Videography by Lucent Vision Studio

 

Welcome to the Team, Melissa!

Join us in welcoming Melissa Assencoa to the HELEN MILLS team! As our new Director of Sales, Melissa works with all of our clients to book their dream events! She has experience planning meetings, conferences, weddings, social events, and more. 

Here's a quick, 7 question interview with Melissa:

 o  Hometown? West Milford, New Jersey.

o   Favorite place in the neighborhood? Madison Square Park

o   What is at the top of your personal bucket list? To run the most challenging marathon along the Great Wall of China!

o   What do you love most about events / planning events? As an event planner, I enjoy bringing people together to celebrate, learn and bond. I enjoy sharing my passion for events to create lifelong memories for social and corporate guests!   

o   Favorite swag item? A portable charger

o   Favorite event décor? Candles. Candlelight can enhance the ambiance of the room in seconds!

o   Favorite cocktail? Moscow Mule – but only with a copper mug!

Melissa in the snow

Rock your Voice, Woman! Inspiring a Community to Be Heard

On Saturday, January 14th, HELEN MILLS hosted the LIVE Rock Your Voice, Woman! event.; a daylong seminar aimed at empowering women in finding their voices and transforming the world through their communities, businesses, and personal lives. 

Rock Your Voice, Woman! utilized both the theater and event space to bring their message to life. The intimacy and versatility of the venue lent itself to the various aspects of the day’s agenda, and the program featured an impressive lineup of keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and vendor booths.  Through this event, attendees engaged and connected with some of the biggest voices in women’s thought leadership. 

The immersive experience guided guests in mapping out a path towards their own aspirations.  By the end of the day, the voice of the female community was quite a bit louder!

The HELEN MILLS Event Space ready for arrivals! The hot pink wall wash and floral centerpieces set the tone.

The HELEN MILLS Event Space ready for arrivals! The hot pink wall wash and floral centerpieces set the tone.

Vendor booths provide literature and products to spark inspiration.

Vendor booths provide literature and products to spark inspiration.

CEO & Founder of  Rock It Out Woman , Christine Miskinis, takes the stage for a powerful presentation.

CEO & Founder of Rock It Out Woman, Christine Miskinis, takes the stage for a powerful presentation.

Guests participate in a Q&A session in the HELEN MILLS Theater.

Guests participate in a Q&A session in the HELEN MILLS Theater.

After lunch, the event space transforms into three breakout sessions. Coaches capture the guests’ attention through engaging activities.

After lunch, the event space transforms into three breakout sessions. Coaches capture the guests’ attention through engaging activities.

To the beats of DJ Bumi, women join hands and connect in celebration of their community.

To the beats of DJ Bumi, women join hands and connect in celebration of their community.

Planning an Event?    Contact Us     to learn more about events at HELEN MILLS, or check out more recent events   here   .      Partners of the  Rock Your Voice, Woman!  event include:   Christine Miskinis, Founder Rock Your Voice Woman at  RockItOutWoman.com   Vanessa Canas, Event Management at  VanessaCanas.com   Monika Broz, Photographer at  MonikaBroz.com   Bastille Flowers & Events at  Bastille.com   Chef Angela Lowe at  ChefAngelaLowe.com   Video & Social Media Publicity: Brooke & Jason Rash at  TheSocialCircleMembers.com

Planning an Event? Contact Us to learn more about events at HELEN MILLS, or check out more recent events here.

Partners of the Rock Your Voice, Woman! event include:

Christine Miskinis, Founder Rock Your Voice Woman at RockItOutWoman.com

Vanessa Canas, Event Management at VanessaCanas.com

Monika Broz, Photographer at MonikaBroz.com

Bastille Flowers & Events at Bastille.com

Chef Angela Lowe at ChefAngelaLowe.com

Video & Social Media Publicity: Brooke & Jason Rash at TheSocialCircleMembers.com