Ballet bat mitzvah in New York

On pointe

for The Brooklyn Paper
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Andrea Adelstein designed the ballet-inspired invitations.
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The white tutu centerpiece represented “Swan Lake,” which every aspiring ballerina longs to perform.
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The purple tutu centerpiece represented the Lilac Fairy variation Lauren performed in her first competition.
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The pink tutu centerpiece represented “Sleeping Beauty,” one of Lauren’s favorite ballets.
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Pointe shoes were elegantly used as décor.
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And the décor looked like set design on a ballet’s stage.
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Adelstein brought the elegance of having champagne during intermission at the ballet with pink pop bottless.
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There was a tattoo artist for all the guests at the party to enjoy. The bat mitzvah girl chose to have pointe shoes painted onto her shoulder.
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A fun, feathery detail.
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Lauren with one of her ballet coaches. The photo blown up behind her is from a performance she had been in.
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A creative ribbon detail.
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The ambiance at the W Hotel.
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: Lauren and her mom always stopped at Crumbs for cupcakes when they went to the ballet at Lincoln Center, so there was real significance to the cupcakes.
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Every ballet-themed bat mitzvah needs some feathered boas.
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The guests partay!
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Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm, the family’s dogs, stayed in the W Hotel suite during the bat mitzvah. They made an appearance toward the end of the party.

Lauren Rachel was studying to be a professional ballerina while she was studying for her bat mitzvah — talk about being flexible! Yet, regardless of the additional stress the dancer, and her event planner Andrea Adelstein of NY Lux Events, put together a frilly, fluffy, and feathered bat mitzvah bash at the W Hotel Union Square. The idea was to incorporate the elegant details of classical ballet, while not being too over-the-top. We spoke to Adelstein about the lovely “Swan Lake”-inspired soiree:

Bar & Bat Mitzvah Guide: What is the significance of the pink pop bottles?

Andrea Adelstein: We wanted to bring in the elegance of having champagne during intermission at the ballet.

BBMG: Where did Lauren get that ballet tattoo?

AA: There was a tattoo artist for all the guests at the party to enjoy. The bat mitzvah girl chose to have pointe shoes painted onto her shoulder.

BBMG: Why did Lauren choose cupcakes over a traditional cake for the candle lighting?

AA: Lauren and her mom always stopped at Crumbs for cupcakes when they went to the ballet at Lincoln Center, so there was real significance to the cupcakes.

BBMG: Is there any significance to the different costumes used for centerpieces or did you just want variety?

AA: Yes. The purple tutu was for the Lilac Fairy variation Lauren performed in her first competition, which won the silver medial. The pink tutu was from “Sleeping Beauty,” one of her favorite ballets. The white was from “Swan Lake,” which every aspiring ballerina longs to perform.

BBMG: Who are the four-legged special guests who crashed the simcha?

AA: They are the family dogs, Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm. They stayed in the W Hotel suite during the bat mitzvah. They made an appearance toward the end of the party.

BBMG: Any additional details about the bat mitzvah I should know but didn’t ask?

AA: Yes! On the Monday after the event Lauren started the summer program at American Ballet Theater, which was announced at the party.

Andrea Adelstein of NY Lux Events began her training under the watchful eye of Rodney Gray of Avatar Events, building a working knowledge of the industry from the ground up and developing contacts with the best in the business. She then continued working with Claudia Glenn Barasch at Claudia Glenn Events, being involved in all aspects of the city’s most creative and exciting social events. Having started her career as a buyer for Saks Fifth Avenue, she brings her organizational skills, attention to detail, and impeccable style to every event she produces. Andrea has a keen eye for both clean contemporary and traditional design, with a nod to eclectic, old world glamour. Forging strong relationships with her clients, she has the ability to listen and hear their vision for their special occasion. Each event then becomes a unique celebration tailored very specifically for the client.

Updated 12:19 pm, May 20, 2014
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