Category: venue this way

The micro Bar Mitzvah
February 25, 2021 | food hall + haul, in the studio with loretta, interior alchemy, venue this way

Small gathering, Big love for this micro Bar Mitzvah.

As an event planner during these unprecedented times it has been a challenge to celebrate. This family chose to move forward with Micah's Bar Mitzvah adhering to all the health guidelines.

The priority was to book a venue that offered both indoor and outdoor space.

We booked truly one of the most magnificent venues.

Welcome to The Foundry.

The Foundry LIC Micro Bar Mitzvah

We planned the celebration for 11.7.20.   It was an absolutely stunning day! The most perfect temperature for guests to enjoy the outdoor courtyard. 

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Upon arrival, custom designed masks were given to each guest.

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We designed the floor plan with an open layout for guests to move freely from the inside to outside. This also provided a healthy atmosphere.

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The open floor plan allowed guests to gather for dancing and speeches while still maintaining health guidelines.

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In collaboration with Rentquest, Broadway Party Rentals and Denise Fasanello Flowers we designed a concept board to compliment the organic nature of The Foundry. 

The color story layered creamy beige and warm grey with pops of aubergine, taupe and greens. 

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A fabulous celebration deserves a fabulous caterer and so Raging Skillet catered a most delish menu of small plates.  Chef Rossi and her team never disappoint. 

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This staffed rocked it! And every celebration should end with warm cookies and milk!


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A Bar Mitzvah is a ritual that symbolizes the religious adulthood of a boy.  It is a tradition for family and friends to give speeches. The sentiments shared reflected the immense love that surrounds Micah. Although, it was a more intimate gathering than initially envisioned there was no shortage of love.

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Be safe, Be happy- With love, Loretta xx


50th birthday party reimagined
February 18, 2021 | food hall + haul, in the studio with loretta, venue this way

The 50th birthday party finds a new twist during these unpredictable times.

What was initially envisioned as a 50th birthday bash was reshaped to meet the current environment. It has been quite a dilemma for clients as they decide on celebrations. Do we reschedule, scale back-? During such tumultuous times does it feel right to celebrate?These are the questions facing many of us......

When I met with my clients to revisit the birthday bash, they expressed rather than celebrating their 50th birthday on a large scale, their current sensibility called for a Celebration of Life. An intimate gathering of friends to celebrate & honor each other during difficult times. I absolutely loved this sentiment and so this is what we created.

At their stunning country home in Southport, CT we conceptualized a casual backyard gathering. 

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Upon arrival, guests mingled poolside while enjoying summer inspired cocktails along with Spanish tapas. The chef created a lovely assortment of individual small plates.  Servers passed the tasting plates adhering to safety guidelines.

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The concept of moving guests to different environments during the celebration offers a unique experience. Rather than remaining in one section of the venue guests feel excited by the unexpected change in atmosphere.

This stunning path led guests to the lawn.

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We designed the tablescape to compliment the incredible landscape. We dressed the communal table in a textured linen. We chose muted shades of grey for the table linens and mixed it with white ceramic tabletop. Rentals from Smith Party Rental.

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A guest of the hostess designed the floral table runner.  We love the mix of sweet garden blooms. This collection added the perfect pop of color against the lush green landscape! 

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My clients were interested in serving guests a fun alternative to a seated dinner. Valencia Luncheria catered for us a paella party. Using a traditional paella pan the chef cooked in the open, allowing guests to be part of the experience. 

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As the sun set guests were individually served this gorgeous and delicious paella along with chopped salad.  After dinner finished the kitsch Mister Softee ice cream truck pulled up for dessert:) 

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This reimagined 50th birthday party offers us all a reminder to hold gratitude for those we love and to always CELEBRATE LIFE.

Stay healthy and safe.

With gratitude, Loretta xx