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Girlie elegance and sophistication were the theme of a recent bat mitzvah planned by Elm Events. Bat mitzvahs, the coming-of-age celebrations for 13-year-old Jewish girls, walk a tightrope—they must celebrate a teen girl in a way that pleases her friends and adult family alike. Hundreds often attend the parties, which follow a religious ceremony and often raise the bar for personalization and opulence.

“When I create a look and feel of an event, you have to have some consistency throughout,” says Bonnie Coleman Steinbock, president of Elm Events and the bat mitvah’s event planner. “The mom wanted a vintage feel, something a bit more sophisticated.”

The party, held at Tam-O-Shanter Country Club in West Bloomfield, hosted guests at four rectangular tables and six rounds. The farm tables, provided by Affairs to Remember, featured a runner of green and twinkle lights down the center, mercury-glass votives, blue and clear bottles of varying heights, and turquoise vintage bottles with snapdragons, poppies and fillers. 

The round tables, at which adults were seated, were draped with blush basilica linens from Chair Covers and Linens. The table centerpieces, provided by Twig and Berries, were among the event’s most eye-catching details—a glass cloche over a birch tree stump on a silver metal-and-mirror tray. Atop the stump were roses, snapdragons and Gerber daises. 

“The adult tables were breathtaking,” Steinbock says. “What Twig and Berries did was exquisite.”

Mandell Display Design draped the ceiling with white fabric and twinkle lights, and hung Japanese lanterns of various lengths in white, turquoise and hot pink. Table cards were nestled in birch bases.

“It was feminine—elegant, beautiful, fun,” Steinbock says of the event. “But it was still kid-like.”  

Chris Rowley, the Mount Pleasant Area Convention and Visitors Bureau's executive director, recently acquired her certification as a Government Meeting Specialist from the Society of Government Meeting Professionals .

The SGMP certifies employees of government entities through the voluntary GMS program whose  goal is to teach planners and suppliers to plan meetings and events in the most effective way possible for their government employers. The program requires participants to fulfill the ethical, personal and professional requirements that the SGMP specifies.

 

Robert Snyders, who retired in late March 2017, served for 20 years as the National Sales Director for Experience Grand Rapids.

“Bob has been an integral part of the sales team at Experience Grand Rapids,” says Tom Bennett, vice president of sales and services of Experience Grand Rapids.

 

20 Monroe Live brings an extra dose of urban sophistication to downtown Grand Rapids.

The sleek new space, which opened Feb. 1 and is owned and operated by House of Blues Entertainment, will allow planners to create surprising, dynamic and memorable events for crowds of up to 2,600.