Jungle Fever and Cool Miami Nights

As usual FOS is gearing up for a busy and eventful summer wedding season! While we’re extremely excited to make dreams come true for our blushing brides and grooms, we’re also still celebrating two incredible events for two incredible young clients.

 

Here’s a look at how FOS made Sierra’s Bat Mitzvah and Jonathan’s Bar Mitzvah into memorable life experiences for their friends and family.

 

Sierra’s Bat Mitzvah: Sierra Park

 

Feeling a little wild at heart, Sierra wanted a Jungle-inspired Bat Mitzvah, and our creative team was happy to oblige. We put together a stunning design using elegant table decor, props and florals that transformed the space into an overgrown world with surprising detail.

 

To create this incredible jungle we filled the room with lush, tropical silk foliage, palm trees, vinyled bars and fun animal props. Grounding the design were emerald sequin table linens, gold oyster charger plates, and vine-wrapped gold satin napkins. We also created custom moss-covered table numbers, used wood-cut trivets for the tables, and draped the room in green velour that worked with the lighting to create a dark jungle glow.

 

Jonathan’s Bar Mitzvah: JBar

Taking a cooler approach to his big day, Jonathan wanted his guests to enjoy VIP treatment at an exclusive upscale Miami nightclub he called JBar. Every lucky attendee (with a VIP access-pass invitation, of course) started their night by walking across a red carpet and through gold railings to the Miami event space.

 

The ‘club’ was cool and chic, using a mix of silver and black sequin linens, silver and black oyster charger plates, and clear ghost chairs. The simple but beautiful centerpieces used floating candles in glass vases with submerged orchids to bring in a subtle tropical influence while keeping the decor light and elegant. The occasional tall palm tree prop achieved the same!

 

Other unique aspects of this event were the black lounge space, custom JBar vinyling for the bars, towering green and white floral vignettes, and modern club lighting to keep the energy up

 

 

 

Our team had so much fun planning and executing these two events! They both required a lot of style and creativity to pull off, and our clients were thrilled with the results.

 

We’d like to congratulate to Sierra and Jonathan, and thank them for letting us be a part of this momentous occasion in their lives!

Bat Mitzvah in Wonderland

Last month FOS had the pleasure of being a part of a very special young lady’s first adventure in adulthood. This incredible “Alice in Wonderland” themed Bat Mitzvah was designed and managed top-to-bottom by FOS Creative Director Miki Klevan and his team at FOS, who truly embraced the wacky, whimsical creativity of Alice’s imagination.

Custom rainforest backdrops created a rough natural canvas from which Wonderland was built.
Custom rainforest backdrops created a rough natural canvas from which Wonderland was built.
The FOS team went all-out with lighting, effects, and extravagant floral design to create a whimsical party atmosphere that matched the energy of Alice’s adventures.
The FOS team went all-out with lighting, effects, and extravagant floral design to create a whimsical party atmosphere that matched the energy of Alice’s adventures.

The fantasy land

To immerse guests in Wonderland, we brought the wild fantasy world to life through key decor elements. These included a custom checkered vinyl dancefloor that stretched across the entire centre of the room and multi-level stage, custom decaled bars, fog projections, sophisticated lighting systems, live animals and much, much more. To set the scene for a wild celebration, the walls were also lined with custom panoramic rainforest themed backdrops and green foliage rivaling a Hollywood set design.

Quirky clock chandeliers decorated with forest foliage server as a reminder that one should never be late!
Quirky clock chandeliers decorated with forest foliage server as a reminder that one should never be late!
enhAn elaborate lighting system highlighted and anced key aspects of the decor, transporting guests to a vivid, colourful fantasy world.
An elaborate lighting system highlighted and enhanced key aspects of the decor, transporting guests to a vivid, colourful fantasy world.
Decaled bars added dimension to the room while blending the bars in with the background.
Decaled bars added dimension to the room while blending the bars in with the background.
Character servers in front of the Queen of Hearts’ castle in the lobby lounge area.
Character servers in front of the Queen of Hearts’ castle in the lobby lounge area.

Magical table settings

One of the most important features of the room’s decor was the table settings, where over 300 guests sat down to an incredible feast prepared by celebrity chef Susur Lee.

World-renowned chef Susur Lee and our Creative Director Miki Klevan worked together to create a magical evening no guest would forget.
World-renowned chef Susur Lee and our Creative Director Miki Klevan worked together to create a magical evening no guest would forget.

To decorate six long tables, our floral team created towering centerpieces of flowering trees and vines lit from below by large floating candles. Cork vessels spilling over with cabbage flowers, mosses and berries linked the centerpieces along the middle of each table, creating a flow of rainforest treasures that kept the magical mood strong all night long.

Long tables featured whimsical tree-like centerpieces with large pink flowers.
Long tables featured whimsical tree-like centerpieces with large pink flowers.
Cork vessels filled with florals created a flowing centerpiece that stretched the length of the table.
Cork vessels filled with florals created a flowing centerpiece that stretched the length of the table.

For the round tables we filled our glass Garnier vases with moss, vines and butterfly decorations, and topped them with robust floral arrangements that included green and pink hanging amaranthus, hypericum berries and a variety of pink roses and carnations.

The round table centerpieces incorporated sheet moss, greenery and pink florals to create rustic beauty.
The round table centerpieces incorporated sheet moss, greenery and pink florals to create rustic beauty.

All of the tables were covered in our new black caviar linens, and set with our signature gold Oyster charger plates inlaid with a printed copy of the night’s eclectic menu. We also wrapped our Kiwi satin napkins in vines, laid out woodcut trivets, and repurposed mini antique clocks as table numbers. In a nod to the Mad Hatter’s infamous tea party, each place setting also had a unique china tea cup for the night’s tea service.

A table fit for the Mad Hatter’s guests!
A table fit for the Mad Hatter’s guests!

Fairytale fun

While the decor was a mind-blowing tribute to the story that has captured imaginations for over a century, equally as impressive was the night’s entertainment, which FOS also arranged. Key aspects included a massive menorah ice sculpture, Wonderland character actors, a unique “Bubble Show”, a casino room, a graffiti wall, and a parade of animals, including a lion, a lemur, a kangaroo and a horse, which the birthday girl rode in to the event.

The massive custom menorah ice sculpture and giant challah bread brought tradition and modernism together in this incredible event design.
The massive custom menorah ice sculpture and giant challah bread brought tradition and modernism together in this incredible event design.
The customized seating chart displayed on our Lexington mirror.
The customized seating chart displayed on our Lexington mirror.
Bubble magic added a unique and mesmerizing twist to the night.
Bubble magic added a unique and mesmerizing twist to the night.

An incredible night

The entire team here at FOS had so much fun planning this intensely creative event, which we’re incredibly proud of. Every time the guests settled in to their delight, a new surprise took them further down the wonderland rabbit hole, as FOS pushed the boundaries of the imaginable.

We wish the birthday girl a very happy Bat Mitzvah, and we look forward to working with her and her family again in the future.

Lewis Carroll’s iconic Mad Hatter and other Wonderland-inspired characters jump in celebration of the Bat Mitzvah.
Lewis Carroll’s iconic Mad Hatter and other Wonderland-inspired characters jump in celebration of the Bat Mitzvah.

Moroccan oasis

To set the scene for a very special Bat Mitzvah, FOS Senior Designer Raviv outdid himself earlier this month with an incredible Moroccan-themed party design. Transforming the Hazelton Manor into a colourful oasis was no small task, but the depth of detail made for an ecstatic birthday girl, as well as one of the year’s best event designs.

Moroccan celebration from floor to ceiling.
Moroccan celebration from floor to ceiling.

A key feature of this bright pink-and-orange design was surrounding a custom monogrammed dance floor with a tented dining area. By layering multi-coloured fabric canopies around the perimeter of the room, Raviv created an aspect reminiscent of a Moroccan courtyard.

Dining canopies line the room with comfort while a custom monogrammed dance floor invites guests to get up and party.
Dining canopies line the room with comfort while a custom monogrammed dance floor invites guests to get up and party.

Lighting was a key element in this design, and was featured heavily in a variety of ways. Powerful LED colour-wash lighting created a bold violet canvas, and strategic uplighting created dimension by adding pops of colour. Gold chandeliers layered with tungsten candle bulbs created clusters of brightness overhead that were enhanced by the earthy glow of traditional Moroccan lanterns. Small lantern accents were also used to create flutterings of lights in the lounge areas.

Yellow uplights draw attention to a palm tree prop against pink-lit draping while small lanterns glow on the tables.
Yellow uplights draw attention to a palm tree prop against pink-lit draping while small lanterns glow on the tables.

Raviv’s expert use of fabric in this Moroccan event design highlighted the vibrancy of the culture. To create the canopies, he used a variety of fabric colours and textures cut in thin sections to give the impression one was sheltering under an improvised tent. He also incorporated striped table linens into the decor to add yet another textile element.

Layers of different fabrics create a canopy above dining tables featuring striped table linens and orange satin chair cushions.
Layers of different fabrics create a canopy above dining tables featuring striped table linens and orange satin chair cushions.

Dark woven wood sofas and room dividers were used to frame unique lounge areas where guests could rest and converse in style. These sections were accented with unique pillows, patterned tables, throw rugs and authentic decor pieces.

A lounge section where guests could enjoy the richness of Morocco.
A lounge section where guests could enjoy the richness of Morocco.

To tie everything together, Raviv used different textures and tones to immerse the guests in Morocco. This included columns of fabric, bright floral arrangements, and fun thematic props, as well as different coloured table linens and sarongs laced across every other chair to identify each table.

The birthday girl overlooks her gorgeous event, complete with Moroccan accents, layers of fabric and multi-coloured lighting.
The birthday girl overlooks her gorgeous event, complete with Moroccan accents, layers of fabric and multi-coloured lighting.

Contact us today to find out how we can make your next event a truly unforgettable experience!