The 308 guests at this Alice in Wonderland-themed bat mitzvah enjoyed a richly themed environment, "shrinking" as they walked through a draped tunnel that telescoped from 17 feet to 7 feet wide, then came upon the Queen of Hearts courtyard for cocktails.
The Queen of Hearts courtyard features regal purple lounge furniture and a grand fountain.
A fog wall leads guests to the dining room.
A charming seating chart.
In the dining room, the world changes drastically into a fantastic rain forest offset by a black and white checkered dance floor that stretches the length of the room.
Overgrown clock-face chandeliers, a full-room backdrop, and mushroom-decaled bars created the base of the rainforest, while intricate floral work and table decor, mismatched teacups, sequin linens and gold Ghost Chairs complete the wacky Wonderland ambiance.
The cocktail bar is embellished with mushroom motifs--a key element in the famous story.
The table treatments are one of the most intricate aspects of the overall design, as they involve dense foliage as well as traditional and functional table decor elements.
On the round tables, centerpieces consist of tall glass vases filled with moss, vines, and butterfly decorations, topped with overflowing floral arrangements featuring green and pink hanging amaranthus, hypericum berries, and a variety of pink roses and carnations.
The six long tables feature towering centerpieces of flowering trees, fresh flowers, oversized silk flowers and vines lit from below by large floating candles in grass-wrapped glass votives, which are linked by cork vessels spilling over with cabbage flowers, mosses and berries.
All elements of the table decor were designed to be within reach so guests could touch them, adding to their sensory experience of the event.
On all of the tables, the design team used black sequined linens to catch the dramatic purple and gold lighting, so that the tables appeared almost wet and dewy. For a natural forest look, the team used wood-cut trivets, gold charger plates with jagged edges, gold Ghost chairs, and gold and green satin napkins wrapped in leafy vines.
Floral is offset with ornate gold clock table numbers, and mismatched 24-karat gold-trimmed china tea cups imported from England for the Mad Hatter’s tea service.
Clocks echo classic Alice in Wonderland themes.
A stunning menorah ice sculpture.
The FOS team stressed a total event environment, including targeting all senses.
A big "wow" moment--the appearance of zoo animals. Some were available for guests to touch--but not the
A bubble artist enchants guests. Children were invited to hold--and pop!--the bubbles.
Fall down the rabbit hole with FOS Decor Center and team for a fabulous Alice in Wonderland-theme bat mitzvah, just nominated for a 2016 Gala Award. Catering by chef Susur Lee; photography by Henry Lin.
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