Finding the right space to hold your Mitzvah is key. Creating the right atmosphere within that space is important, too. How can you create a space that feels right, goes with your theme and accommodates your guests the way you want? We caught up with Adam Batt (photo left) of Jersey Street Furniture to find out the ins and outs of working with a custom decor company.
Here’s what he came up with:
MM: First, can you tell us about Jersey Street Furniture.
AB: Jersey Street creates atmosphere for events. We transform an ordinary Mitzvah into an extra-ordinary experience. We do it with our custom made couches, ottomans, benches and banquettes along with bars, draping, lighting and staging.
MM: At what point in the planning process would a parent contact you? (Before theme is established? After? Before a venue is selected? After?)
AB: At all different times. The best case scenario is the parents come to visit our showroom with their child. We set up the showroom with an amazing Bar/Bat Mitzvah look. The child walks in and is blown away. I love the excitement in their eyes! Then we sit down and start discussing themes: hobbies, sports, things they’ve seen and did or didn’t like.
MM: What are the trends you are seeing right now?
AB: The trends are people still need and want to do these parties, but are spending less money. People with money don’t want to be as showy now, because it’s in bad taste. The trends are being innovative. We did a slumber party Bat Mitzvah where all of the kids wore PJs and were served breakfast food. We made huge 7ft round ottomans with bedspreads turned down. We put blankets in clear display cubes.
MM: What do you think is the “next big thing”?
AB: I think the next big thing is going to have to be be some crazy, far out idea, because it seems like we have done every imaginable theme! The more innovate themes seem to follow pop culture. We’ve done American Idol and Gossip Girl themes, for example.
MM: What TIP can you pass along to our Moms when considering booking a specialty decor company?
AB: Look at as many pictures of their work as possible, because that really shows what they can do. Shop around. You need to feel comfortable with the people. You’re spending potentially a lot of money on a milestone occasion and you want it to be perfect. Get references.
Thank you, Adam! If you want to see samples of Jersey Street Furniture’s work, please visit their Website.