My friend Shavy Weiss in one of the most fabulous event planners I know. One day her friend Esti hired her to set up a vach nacht. A vach nacht (literally in yiddish "watch night") is the night before the bris (circumcision) of a male Jewish child, when he is in need of added spiritual protection. Usually a group of 10 men get together to learn and pray. Shavy's friend didn't have a boy for 9 years and was really excited about the affair. Now, most vach nacht's I've attended have been simple (just a couple of people, with a simple cake) and that's what Esti requested (maybe a bit more). But Shavy doesn't do simple. In her own words she does "understated elegance" . This party would be perfect for a baby shower, engagement or bar mitzvah. Enter Shavy:
Blue is a great end of the summer color scheme. It reminds me of the ocean, pool and a bright blue summer sky. In general I love parties in the house verses a party in a hall. Parties at home have much more with what to work with and have more depth to them.
The island of a kitchen is a great focal point to place all your food. Adding height makes it more appealing to the eye. Place white blocks with mirrors for an easy building of levels. You can get mirrors from any glass place or your local Home Depot.
Wrapping a pashmina around the chairs, add a great pop of color. They are perfect for the end of August, when the weather turns chilly at night and your guest can wear them and take them home as a party gift. (If you are in NYC you can buy them cheap on Canal Street). If you're planning an outdoor party then they'll definitely be appreciated.
Candles and flowers is what sets the mood. (They should be lit and set straight - my fault as I didn't want to light them before the event). Candles set the tone for the night and are an easy way to add that something special to your party.
Miniature cake stands are small, add height, add dimension and could fit in any spot. Place a few together for maximum affect.
Pewter, mirror and white work very well together. Then you can coordinate any background color. Some colors that work well are: eggplant, green, coral, brown, lilac or pink.
Mirrors make the food look more plentiful and I love the reflections that it gives.
Cake Pops are fun, versatile, and can be dressed up or down.
What's a party for women without salad!