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.