Carlyle Catering
Custom Made Inspiration Board

Some of us receive our child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah date years in advance. At some point, the first step is to book the venue, then you have to decide on your music entertainment and book your DJ/MC. When the time comes to think about decor and theme, it’s easy to get stuck!

If you are having a hard time getting started, we found an expert for you.

Meet Chris Nease, event planner, stylist and owner of Celebrations At Home. She can help by creating a Customized Inspiration Board including pictures, resources, and other party ideas (favors, activities, menu, tutorials).

She understands that you might not have the time to peruse the internet for ideas, and more importantly she knows that everyone’s budget does not allow for an event planner.

The boards are $24.99 and to show you how easy it works, we asked her to create a special inspiration board for our Mitzvah Market readers. We told her we wanted something with a Winter Wonderland theme using white and pale blue.

Here’s what she sent us!

Celebrations At Home

Some of the highlights include manzanita trees (branches can be spray painted silver or white) with snowflake ornaments, a snowflake ice sculpture (made from a mold) makes a great centerpiece for the food buffet. Dining tables are covered in white cloths with silver chargers, and fluffy white flowers around the base of the manzanita trees. She also suggests covering your seats/chairs with white furry fabric.

Set up a dessert buffet with ‘snowballs’ (powdered sugar donut holes), silver wrapped candy kisses, coconut covered cupcakes, and other white desserts. Also set up a hot chocolate station with lots of add-ons like marshmallows, whipped cream, mini chocolate chips, cinnamon sticks, and blue striped candy canes. Order customized sodas from Jones soda with photo labels of the guest of honor.

You also receive a list like the one below with all the sources to make your shopping easy!

Photo Sources: balloons & party favor Jones soda custom labels ice mold fluffy seats centerpiece place card holder cupcakes invitation hot cocoa
dessert table & snowflake wall lights – sources unknown

To order your customized inspiration board, contact Chris at, be sure to tell her you read about her services on


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