Arielle’s Aquarium Bat Mitzvah Theme

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ArrielleAquarium_a WelcomeArielle’s Bat Mitzvah project focused on raising money and awareness for Manatees and her party theme embraced her passion for all underwater life. Her Dad thought there could be no better way to embrace all of this, than to hold her Bat Mitzvah ceremony and celebration at the National Aquarium. We worked closely with Arielle’s Mom to orchestrate the details of the service held in the dolphin viewing area, as well as plan and execute the schedule of events, the layout, the lighting plan, and execute all the decor for ArrielleAquarium_Bat_Mitzvah_Service_0the reception that followed in the cafeteria. In just under two hours, we transformed the public space into an intimate event. This involved an orchestrated set up plan involving a multitude of vendors working together to create a shared vision.  Months of creativity and preparation have now turned into lasting memories for Arielle and her family.

We invite you to take a peek at some of the elements from Arielle’s Aquarium Bat Mitzvah ceremony and celebration. Be sure to check out our flipagram on Instagram as well as a great post on Mitzvah Market.


This dolphins were intrigued by the Bat Mitzvah service and swam by to listen.

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Lighting allowed guests to see the Bat Mitzvah ceremony while respecting the dolphin viewing area.


Pin spots and uplighting enabled the guests to enjoy intimate moments of the service, as well as read their programs.


Candle Lighting ceremony featured a pair of dolphin shabbat candle sticks, a gift for Arielle.

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Arielle’s Mitzvah Project was displayed on the place card table.


The sea mammal was their seating assignment

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Table Names provided a bit of education.

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The tops of the centerpieces featured a jumbo cut out of the sea mammals.

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The aquarium ceiling full of jellies provided the perfect backdrop and inspired our color scheme.

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Each centerpiece included the event logo, Arielle’s Aquarium.

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Table names displayed on our pewter easels.

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The montage ran as a continuous loop on monitors positioned so guests could see it from all angles.

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Narwhals have pointy long tusks.


The centerpiece columns mimicked the aquariums water tubes.

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Entertainment featured a pianist.

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Each Signature Drink included a gummy fish.


The view from the mezzanine level.


We filled the space with blue up lights and purple washes focused on the jellies overhead.

The National Aquarium cafeteria was transformed into the reception area through an excellent lighting plan and room layout, designed by Heidi, creative director, Innovative Party Planners.

The use of lighting and a creative space plan, transformed the National Aquarium cafeteria into the reception space.

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Candy colors coordinated with the event colors.

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Guests descend on the popular candy bar.

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Arielle’s Candy Bar included purple and blue candy scoops and custom candy bags.


Teens were entertained with a roaming magician, a photo booth and nail art

Venue: National Aquarium in Baltimore
 Event Planning and Decor: Innovative Party Planners
 Caterer: Classic Catering People
 Entertainment: Cutting Edge Dueling Pianos, NYX Entertainment Nailed-It, Sweet Dreams Photo Booths, Steven Brundage Magic
 Photography: Sweet Dreams Studio Photography
 Lighting: Maryland Productions
 Linen: Gala Cloths, Chair Covers and Linens
 Flowers: Flowers & Fancies
 Transportation: Erye Bus, Tour & Travel
 Video Montage: Event Video

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