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Pulling it together........................................... 4
Experts help take bride and groom down the aisle with ease

Rings and things and bling.............................. 6
Accessorizing for the wedding or the big event is the cherry on top

The choreography of a corporate event....... 10
Good food, good time, but the mission must be accomplished

Party hot spots.............................................. 12
Fun, hip, happening places to hold your events

A meaningful way to become a man............ 14
Local bar mitzvah connects with and gives to Israeli soldiers

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Pulling it together
Experts help take bride and groom down the aisle with ease
Heidi Mae Bratt

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remember those lavender roses
like it was yesterday. It was actually
many yesterdays ago when I married
my husband, Jeff, and now, for each
anniversary he gifts me with a bouquet of
lavender roses. More lavender than blue,
those roses, which are called blue bell
roses, were in an arrangement accented
with white baby’s breath, and were the
flowers that were used for centerpieces
at our wedding. They were so beautiful,
so lovely in their simplicity and unusual
color, that there was nary a centerpiece
leftover because each one was taken home
by one of the guests seated at the table.
Those memorable roses were the handiwork of a florist who was suggested to me
by our caterer. The caterer was the exclusive caterer at the venue in which we got
married, and he was a true expert. He
knew how to pull it together and to help

‘From beginning to end, we try to develop
a close relationship with the hosts, and
understand their needs so we can transform
what they want into the event on the actual day.’
Noam Sokolow, owner and chief operating officer
of Rave! Catering & Event Planning

create the beautiful wedding that we had.
I admit that I pulled in a few things myself –
choosing the band, invitations, and rabbi –
but that caterer was a terrific go-to guy for
his expertise. After all, this was his business, to help the bride and groom have the
most magnificent party they could have.
How do a bride and groom pull it
together when there are so many pieces
to put together for a wedding? Where to
start? How to ease the process and make
the event as special as you dream about?
And how to try and do it and keep your

calm, your composure and your sanity?
When Les Friedman of Northern Valley Affairs at Temple Emanu-El in Closter
begins with a prospective client, he starts
with a full “walk-through” to acquaint the
bride and groom with the venue in its full
glory. Typically, he’ll ask them to show up
about two hours prior to an actual wedding, and they can see everything – the
flowers, the lighting, the set up. This way
they can have a real good feel for their prospective wedding.
“It starts with setting the date and then

seeing the venue,” said Northern Valley
Affairs owner, Mr. Friedman, who has 35
years in the catering business, and who
works alongside his manager, Marty Maged.
Among the visits to acquaint themselves
with what Northern Valley Affairs at Temple Emanu-El can do, clients are asked to
come in for a full-scale tasting.
“I invite everyone in before to a tasting
at a wedding and they can sample all of the
food – the salad, the appetizer, the entrée,
the desserts, the station food – everything,” said Mr. Friedman.
Mr. Friedman also has a big roster of
vendors that he can and does recommend.
He often gives the client three different
choices of florist, bands, photographers
and others.
“We know the best in the business,” said
Mr. Friedman “and we can direct them to
everything from the basics to invitations,
lighting and more.”
For an additional fee, Mr. Friedman

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said, he can also do all of the hiring.
“Sometimes, it’s us. We’ll do everything.
Some people are very busy, so we will hire
the band, the videographer and offer a full
personal service,” Mr. Friedman said.
Mr. Friedman suggests to first book the
venue, then get the band and then the
photographer/videographer.
No matter what the trend du jour may
be, Maria Daidone, owner of the Estate at
Florentine Gardens has said, what matters most in terms of pulling it together for
the bride and groom who have their wedding at the stately and elegant River Vale
venue, is making sure that they feel well
taken care of as all of the details are tended
to by the staff.
The Estate at Florentine Gardens, said
its owners, is committed to providing
each couple, friend, and family member
of the party an unparalleled experience
at its Georgian-style mansion with its signature gardens. The Estate at Florentine

Gardens prides itself on giving every wedding individualized service, customization and keen attention to all the details.
Also, because the venue sticks to its oneevent-at-a-time policy, each wedding that
unfolds is ensured to receive the full attention it deserves.
For the bride or groom who want to
relax, hand over the detailed work to
someone else, and ease their worrying,
there is always the party planner route,
said Lisa Schulhof, owner of Perfect Plans
by Lisa, who creates parties, including bar
and bat mitzvahs and weddings.
“For many hosts, it becomes too overwhelming for them to take it all on, and
they worry. What a party planner can do is
help calm them down, and the party planner then does the work,” said Ms. Schulhof,
who worked in finance before starting her
party planning business three years ago
when her flair for organizing events became
clear after helping out a few friends.

Ms. Schulhof also has experience in putting together Orthodox weddings, which
often have to be put together relatively
quickly, sometimes in just a few months.
What makes a good synergy and working relationship between the host and
party planner, said Ms. Schulhof, is good
communication.
“The more detailed the client is, and the
more they can tell me about what they are
looking for, the better,” she said.
At other times, when it comes to a wedding, a hotel can pull it all together.
At the Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe,
the advantage of having a wedding there is
that it can offer so many options as a venue.
The Marriott can accommodate about
800 people in its massive main ballroom,
said Mitchell Heymann, director of sales
and marketing, adding that the Teaneck
hotel was named number 4 for Events
Services out of 350 Marriott hotels in the
country. The hotel also has smaller spaces
that can accommodate smaller parties of
150 people.
“We base our suggestions for the appropriate space on the kind of party that will
take place,” said Mr. Heymann.
For pulling the other pieces together,
many clients turn to Patrice Jungermann,
the senior catering manager there. Clients can choose from a preferred vendor
list from everything from a DJ to a florist
and more.
“Another advantage is that we have
guest rooms for out-of-town guests, as well
as the bride and the bridegroom,” Mr. Heymann said.
For other brides, the show is the thing.
Emily Dominguez puts on bridal shows

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through Everything Bridal, which is holding a bridal show on Feb. 28 at the Double
Tree Hilton in Nanuet, N.Y, and another on
May 1 in River Vale.
“This is really a one-stop shop for your
wedding,” said Ms. Dominguez. On display
are DJs, photographers, gowns, videographers, jewelry, vacation spots, makeup artists, salons, spas, gyms and wellness spots,
limousines, tuxedoes, to name a few.
“Brides are very stressed out,” said Ms.
Dominguez. “When they come to a bridal
show they learn about something and can
get a look at many vendors at one time.
We pull all these vendors together from
our big database. It’s almost like getting a
crash course” in how to make a wedding.
As Noam Sokolow, the owner and chief
operating officer of Rave! Catering & Event
Planning sees it, it is all about the relationship between the host and the caterer.
“It really is about developing a bond
and relationship between the host and
us,” said Mr. Sokolow, who is also the
exclusive caterer for Congregation Ahavath Torah in Englewood.
Because the caterer is the expert, they
can guide a client, and sometimes help
steer them toward something that would
enhance their event. Other times they
could try to dissuade a client from something that may not work as well.
Said Mr. Sokolow, “What we do is we try
to give them a sense of trust. We are the
experts and the professionals, but it’s not
about us. We try to make their day special.
From beginning to end, we try to develop
a close relationship and understand their
needs so we can transform what they want
into the event on the actual day.”

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Rings and things and bling
Accessorizing for the wedding or
the big event is the cherry on top
Heidi Mae Bratt

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ou remember that old saw,
“You’re never fully dressed
without a smile” from the
musical “Annie.” Besides
wearing a smile, getting fully dressed
usually starts with a great dress.
Whether it is custom-made or offthe-rack, a great dress is definitely
the center of putting on the Ritz for
an occasion, such as a wedding, bar
mitzvah or other celebratory event.
But add to the outfit the right jewelry – rings, earrings, necklaces,
bracelets and other bling – and then
what you create is a full look that
will make a dazzling statement, be a
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earrings, necklaces, bracelets and other
bling – and then what you create is a full
look that no doubt will make a dazzling
statement and be a hit at the party.’
- Sara, owner of Mishelyne’s Fashions

memories forever.
“Putting on jewelry is adding an
extra and elegant element to a beautiful dress,” said Sara, the owner of the
evening and sportswear emporium,
Mishelyne’s Fashions in Teaneck.
“Jewelry in itself is ornamental. It’s
eye-catching. It’s beautiful.”
She said that the store prides itself
on carrying exquisite costume pieces

of jewelry that are one-of-a-kind, and
fashioned with natural and semiprecious stones, such as rose quartz,
jade and others, as well as cubic zirconium and Swarovski crystals.
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suit a taste and style, many of its styles of
jewelry can be custom-made as well.
For example, if a customer wants a particular piece of jewelry in a different color
or with different stones, it can be made.
Or, if a customer needs a longer than standard 16-inch chain for a necklace, that,
too, can be created.
“Just like our dresses, we carry jewelry
that can be customized,” said Sara.
As for the trends in pieces of jewelry, she
said that rings these days are big and bold.
“They can cover nearly the entire finger or at least over the knuckle,” she said.
“That is a big look.”
Also with rings, some are heavier and
some are more delicate.
In addition to big and bold, stackable is
hot with rings. One of the trending shapes
is the V-style ring. The V-ring, among the
most versatile stackable rings, is available
in a variety of metallic colors such as gold,
rose gold, and silver. Its appeal is that it can
be worn in a variety of ways to create interesting patterns and color combinations.
At Red Velvet Luxe in Ridgewood, owner

Randi Shinske said she carries a large
selection of sterling silver jewelry with
either platinum plating or 14k plating with
handset cubic zirconium that are perfect,
pretty and affordable for a wedding or
another celebratory occasion.
For men, Red Velvet Luxe also has a
selection of gifts for the groom or groomsmen, including cuff links and money clips
that can be personalized.
Other trends in jewelry pieces include
earrings.
While chandelier earrings are still very
popular and a dressy standard, many on
trend customers these days are donning
sleek and long streamlined styles.
“The typical chandelier earring is always
in style, but long, streamlined styles are the
newest look,” said Mishelyne’s owner, Sara.
On the wrist, in addition to multiple layering of bracelets, cuffs are very big. The
wide cuff comes in metallic, or leather and
is fashioned with semi-precious stones.
Another big look is the laser cut leather
that is fashioned into different jewelry
pieces.
Another accessory that sets off an outfit are bags. Like her jewelry, Sara said her

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bags could be customized. Big are dressy
skins such as python, in addition to other
sparkling leathers. They, too, are fashioned with Swarovski crystals.
“They are works of art,” she said.
And don’t think the costume stuff is just
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“I have many customers who have the
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and buy the costume jewelry. A big beautiful costume piece can make more of a
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said Anthony Sylvestri, director of catering and operations and sales for Rave! Catering & Event Planning.
“Time is really of the essence, and you have to make
sure that everything goes smoothly to coordinate the
food and the programs,” said Mr. Sylvestri.
For example, what is the event really about?
Networking? Presentations? Meet and greet? Accolades? Information? Knowing this is all very important
in terms of shaping how things will go. Daytime events
may run a little tighter than nighttime events because
attendees have to return to the office. Nonprofit corporate events have a different agenda than for profit corporate events.
For the planning of a corporate event, here are a couple of tips from WikiHow.
First and foremost, one must conceptualize the idea
and devise a theme. Whether a cocktail party, a workshop or the company picnic, setting a theme sets the
tone of the event and gives you a starting point for catering, music, décor etc.
Make sure that your theme is appropriate to the crowd
for which you are planning.
Set a preliminary budget by figuring out how much
the costs will be for food, entertainment, room rental,
invitations and any other additions.
Start making appointments to view locations and meet
other vendors.
Discuss room rental costs and what is included in
those fees.
Determine what the hours are that you will have
access to the room. If no one books it the night before,
can you have access to get and set up? What items are
being provided or are do you need to rent your own linens, plates, napkins and silverware?
Does the food have to come from the venue or can
you bring in an outside caterer? If you can bring in your
own caterer, start meeting with potential vendors to
taste their food and determine their pricing. Determine
if your venue requires you to bring in outside security
for your event. This not only protects you from liability, but this can help keep outsiders from crashing your
party. Look to hire a licensed bartender if your facility
cannot provide one, and you choose to have alcohol at
the event.
Determine the menu with your caterer or facility, and
determine the timing and manner of serving. Will it be a
buffet or a sit-down, plated meal? Are you doing appetizers ahead of time, or are you considering a dessert bar
later in the evening? Iron out the exact details and timing
so that your guests don’t go hungry at any point. Send
out invitations by snail mail or electronically.
Make a to-do list timeline. If there are any details that
you still need to cover or are time-sensitive, make sure
that you have created a countdown list to stay on top
of the little details. Check and double check the list a
week before and make sure that all the details are taken
care of.
And finally, good luck. Hope the mission was
accomplished.

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ure you want great food and fun
guests, but sometimes it’s where
you are holding the party that
helps make the party a party. It
could be a great venue with all the bells
and whistles. It could be an awesome
sound system that makes the difference.
It could be an architectural notable that
gives it a wow factor.
One need not look too far from our area
to several places that can easily fit the bill
for fun, hip and happening places to host
your party, whether it’s a bar or bat mitzvah or another event.
A relatively new kid on the block, Factory 220 is a loft-like space in Passaic. It
has hosted several pop-up events, but
had its official opening Thanksgiving 2015,
said Shamir Einhorn, one of the owners.
An industrial space and loft studios with
more than 60,000 square feet, it bills itself
as ideal for birthdays, weddings, sweet 16s,
photo/film shoots, bar-bat mitzvahs, and
more.
“There was definitely a need for a space
like this,” said Ruti Galandauer, another
owner. With its proximity to all parts of
New Jersey and Manhattan, as well as the
ample on-site parking, the venue is starting to catch on as a party destination, she
said.
Heading over the bridge, or tunnel, into
Manhattan, there are several spaces that
are fun, hip and happening.
Slate, “New York City’s Ultimate Event
Venue” has “a little bit for everyone,” said
Sam Boudloche, the director of events
for Slate. Slate blends a swanky nightclub
atmosphere with the fun of a cozy sports
bar with its elaborate extras, including an
expansive and state-of-the-art audio and
video system and intelligent lighting.
Likewise, there is plenty of play there,
including a ping-pong table, fuse ball and
more for team building and friendly competition. There are private and semi-private areas in the restaurant as well.
“The kids just love it for their parties and
bar and bat mitzvahs,” said Jeremy Lieberman, director of marketing and branding
for The Lure Group, owner of Slate.
Another Manhattan fun spot where, if
you’re lucky you can spot – or pay to spot
– basketball legend, Walt “Clyde” Frazier
is Clyde Frazier’s Wine and Dine, which
spans a full city block on 10th Avenue
between 37th and 38th Streets.

The dining room, bar and lounge occupy
up 10,000 square feet, and one of the biggest draws is – what else for the former
star player of the Knicks? – the basketball
court. It is a regulated half court, which is
a big hit, especially with the bar and bat
mitzvah parties, said Evyette Ortiz, director of marketing. It is not unusual for the
host to hire a coach – there is even one on
staff at the restaurant – to practice drills
with the young, and not-so-young guests.
For those who want the extra, which is for
Clyde to make an appearance, he does. For
a fee he will come to the party, sign autographs, pose for photographs and chitchat
with the guests.
Closer to home, Teaneck Doghouse, a
quaint stone tavern and sports bar with
kosher food and full bar, athletic memorabilia and games on multiple screens that
opened in September 2014, is a great spot
for all kinds of parties, including sheva
brachos, the seven-day celebration following a wedding, said owner Jonathan Gellis.
“We host parties for 10 to 100 people,”
said Mr. Gellis. “This is a nice, fun and
relaxed environment where you can leave
the cooking – and the cleanup – to us.”
In Jersey City, Pole Position Raceway, an
indoor go-kart arena is another fun way to
celebrate any occasion. “At Pole Position
Raceway, we strive to provide our customers with a celebration to remember,”
said Karen Davis-Farage, president and
co-owner of the Pole Position Raceway.
“We’ve raced hundreds of thousands of
people and hosted countless occasions for
20 to 300-plus people, including bachelor
and bachelorette parties, birthdays, corporate and team building events and more.”
Over in West Orange, a relatively newcomer that has reinvented the space of
a former nightclub is 4Sixty6 Caterers,
which has the architecture and amenities
of the South Beach, Las Vegas-type nightclub that preceded it. It takes that and
now marries it with a high-tech lighting
and sound system to have a space where
bar and bat mitzvahs and other events are
unique and one-of-a-kind, said Jude Roppatte who owns the facility with Bill Zolna.
“We have 15,000 square feet of party
space and the biggest disco ball in the
country. It’s a really unique space. There
is nothing like this, not even in Manhattan,” said Mr. Ropatte, who added the parties could be kosher, glatt kosher and nonkosher. “This is really a hidden gem, but
word is starting to get out.”

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Uriel Simpson and his family distributed backpacks and thermal shirts to a platoon of IDF soldiers as part of his bar mitzvah project.

A meaningful way to become a man
Local bar mitzvah connects with and gives to Israeli soldiers

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than just a party for family and friends.
“Since the state of Israel was created
in 1948, way before I was born, there has

been a need for soldiers to fight for our
country against its many enemies,” said
Uriel. “They are fighting not just for our
country, but the survival of the Jewish People. Without Israel, Jews around the world
would not have a homeland to go to.”
So he and his family decided to run a

campaign and raise money for IDF soldiers
through Yashar LaChayal, an organization
that works to bring soldiers in the Israel
Defense Forces what they need when they
need it.
“For my bar mitzvah, I wanted to find
an organization that would help these soldiers and give every penny that we raise
directly to help them,” said Uriel. “Yashar
LaChayal is an incredible organization that
has zero overhead and delivers every dollar that is raised directly to the IDF soldiers
that need supplies.”
This is made possible by the generosity
of a donor family who pays for all of Yashar
LaChayal’s operating expenses.
For months, the Simpson family raised
funds through a campaign page on Yashar LaChayal’s website. They were able to
meet their goals for the campaign ahead
of the family’s recent visit to Israel to

celebrate Uriel’s bar mitzvah.
To culminate his bar mitzvah project,
Yashar LaChayal brought Uriel and his
family to the Nahal Brigade’s training base
in Israel’s arid Arad Plain. The soldiers
were excited to welcome their guests, and
gave them a VIP tour of the base. After
dancing with the family in celebration of
the bar mitzvah, the 120 soldiers of the platoon were presented by Uriel with water
backpacks.
The IDF provides its soldiers with basic
canteens, which are cumbersome, and
the cool water they are filled with quickly
turns warm in Israel’s blistering summers.
The water backpacks provide easy access
and insulation, and are highly in demand
by IDF combat soldiers.
After parting with Nahal, the family
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Israel’s Air Force. The base
houses, among other planes,
the Hercules aircraft that
were used in Israel’s Entebbe
raid and rescue of hostages
in 1976. Besides top-of-theline military planes, which
are currently in use, also
located at Nevatim are special,
grounded planes such as the
F-16 jet flown by Israel’s legendary combat pilot and only
astronaut, Ilan Ramon, in the
destruction of Iraq’s nuclear
Dancing and celebrating with IDF soldiers.
reactor in 1981.
Uriel distributed backpacks
the Nevatim area and beyond.
and thermal shirts to a platoon of solThus ended Uriel’s successful
diers, who are tasked with defending
campaign.
this vital air base. The shirts in particuTwo platoons of deserving soldiers
lar were greatly appreciated by the solwere thrilled to receive the donations
diers, who received them at the height
made possibly by the Simpsons’ famof the winter. Barely several miles
ily and friends, and Uriel had experifrom the base, in the south Hebron
enced an incredibly meaningful and
hills, there was an unusual amount of
unique bar mitzvah, which he and his
snow, and the cold weather was felt in
family will never forget.

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Their event experts have
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The natural treat can be dressed up to suit tastes at any event
No matter what kind of event you may be hosting, you can
pop up delicious popcorn treats that are sure to be a hit.
Whether it is a get-together celebrating a birthday, anniversary or any another occasion, freshly popped popcorn,
which is naturally low in fat and calories, non-GMO and
gluten free, is a perennial palate pleaser.

Sweet, spicy, salty or served in more non-traditional
ways, the possibilities are endless. Since it is healthy and
whole grain, popcorn is a satisfying snack suitable for
every occasion that you can feel good about serving.
Here are few creative and festive popcorn dishes that
will bring an element of fun to your event.

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Ingredients
12 cups popped popcorn
1 package (11 ounces) white chocolate chips
2 teaspoons coconut oil
15 oreo cookies, coarsely chopped

Ingredients
3 tablespoons butter
1 bag (10.5 ounces) mini marshmallows
2 quarts popped popcorn
1 tube (.68 ounces) red piping gel
1 package red raspberry fruit roll-ups
green jellybeans
coconut
candy-coated chocolate pieces

Directions
1. place popcorn in large bowl. Set aside.
2. In medium saucepan on low heat, melt chocolate
chips and coconut oil. Stir until blended.
3. pour melted chocolate over popcorn, stirring until
well coated. Stir in chopped oreos.
4. Spread mixture on baking sheet and chill until chocolate has set. Break into pieces to serve.
Yield: 12 cups

Directions
1. Spray 12-inch pizza pan with cooking spray. Set
aside.
2. In large saucepan over medium heat, heat butter.
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5. Spread mixture evenly
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6. Drizzle red piping gel over
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7. Cut small circles (about 1 1/4 inches in diameter)
from fruit roll-up and place on pizza for “pepperoni”
slices.
8. Decorate as desired with jellybeans, coconut and
candies. allow to cool completely before cutting into
wedges to serve.
Yield: 8 slices

Popcorn and Peanut Truffles
Ingredients
6 cups popped popcorn
1 cup roasted and salted peanuts
1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup honey
Directions
1. In large bowl, stir popcorn and peanuts together. Set
aside.
2. In microwave-safe bowl, heat chocolate chips 10
seconds. Stir chips and repeat, stirring after each 10
seconds, until chips are melted. Warm honey in microwave 10 seconds and stir into chocolate until well
blended.
3. pour chocolate mixture over popcorn mixture and
stir until popcorn is evenly coated. With small ice
cream scoop, push popcorn mixture into scoop and
release onto wax paper to form truffles. refrigerate
until firm.
Note: Truffles can be stored in an airtight container up
to five days.
Yield: about 30 pieces

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Ingredients
10 cups popped popcorn
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract (optional)
1 cup chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 bag (7 ounces) shredded coconut, toasted
Directions
1. place popcorn in large bowl. Set aside.
2. In small saucepan, combine butter, brown sugar and
coconut extract. Stir until melted and combined.
3. pour over popcorn, coating well. Spread popcorn
onto large cookie sheet.
4. In glass measuring cup, melt chocolate chips and
vegetable oil in microwave on low heat until smooth.
Drizzle over popcorn. Immediately sprinkle coconut
over popcorn mixture. Cool.
5. Break into pieces and serve.
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Building barware basics
Wedding registry can include
glassware and tools for entertaining

B

uilding a registry is one of
the big items on the wedding checklist and it can
often seem like an overwhelming task, given the number
of categories to consider. From bedding and bath to kitchen, furniture
and so much more, the perfect wedding registry will include all of the
things that you’ll want to have as
you start this next chapter as a married couple.
One area to focus on is selecting
great barware. You may be entertaining friends and family even
more as newlyweds, so having the
right glassware and tools that fit
your entertaining style is important.
To help with the process, Clinton Kelly, “Wedding’s Best Man” for
Macy’s, shares his tips for building a
well-stocked bar, as well as recipes
to impress any guest.

Decide on a style
Whether it’s frilly and fluted or heavy
and masculine, determine a style
that best suits your taste. The traditional route is to get a suite of cut
crystal, but these days, casual glassware is just as welcome on the table,
as well as mixing different styles.

Know thy beverage
Technically, just about every drink has an
optimal glass silhouette. But unless you
have unlimited storage space, consider
what you like to drink and how you entertain. If your typical Saturday night involves
eight-course dinners with wine pairings,
register for a glass for each grape. For
everyone else, consider eight to 12 each of
the three or four glasses you’re most likely
to use, Kelly adds.

Shape it ip
Most people go for red and white wine
glasses, plus champagne flutes or ones for
fortified wines. When it comes to cocktails,
start with highball glasses which you can
also use for water, and then pick specialty
silhouettes based on your favorite beverages: martini glasses, margarita glasses,
Irish coffee mugs and more. If you’re a
beer drinker, load up on steins or pilsner
glasses instead.

The right tool for every drink
Fill out your registry with plenty of accessories and tools: corkscrew, decanter,

shaker, ice bucket and more. And while
you’re at it, why not a bar cart to hold it all?

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere
Master these drink recipe ideas from Kelly
and you’ll impress all your friends.
• Martini: Add 2 ounces of gin and a splash
of vermouth to a shaker filled with ice.
Shake it, then strain into a chilled glass
and garnish with two olives or a twist of
lemon. Substitute pearl onions to make it
a Gibson.
• Margarita: Add one part each tequila, triple sec, lime juice and simple syrup (you
can use brown sugar for a caramel flavor)
to a shaker filled with ice. Mix and strain
into a salt-rimmed glass filled with ice. Sub
in spicy salt or jalapeno-infused tequila for
some kick.
• French 75: Mix an ounce of gin, a little
simple syrup and lemon juice in a shaker.
Then strain it into a champagne flute and
top with champagne.
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Grounding the wedding fantasy
What your hard-earned dollars really can buy for the big day
entrees and sides.

Kristen Castillo

N

o matter what your dream
wedding looks like, it’s pricier
than you think. Gourmet food,
robust florals, designer attire,
top-notch decor and a worthy venue
are expensive on their own. Combined,
the tab is huge. It is no wonder the average cost of a wedding is now more than
$31,000, according to The Knot.
How can you blend the fantasy wedding with the reality of finances?
Start by setting a budget for the overall
event and each category.

Reality: Guests have a choice of one of
two entrees, as well as a simple salad and
rolls.
Catering is one of the biggest wedding
expenses but you can trim costs.
“Economical ways to keep this cost
down is to keep the number of guests
down, to consider a non-weekend day
and to hold your wedding at a venue that
includes catering on-site, such as a hotel
or restaurant,” said Heidi Hiller, owner,
event designer and planner for Innovative
Party Planners.

Catering

Flowers

Fantasy: A high-end plated dinner featuring hot and cold appetizers, salad, intermezzo, your choice of one of two or three

Fantasy: In addition to the bride’s bouquet and flowers for the wedding party,
other flowers, like wreaths, arches and

centerpieces will be a central decor focus
throughout the ceremony and reception.

don’t care about the specific flowers used
to achieve that look.”

Reality: You splurge on your bridal bouquet, have modest florals at the ceremony
and place simple centerpieces on tables at
the reception.
“Flowers are like produce,” said Lindsey Neff of Larkspur Botanicals, an ecoconscious firm. “Seasonal and local are
always the best.”
Work with your florist to create a luxe
look on a budget. For example, Ms. Neff
said, if a bride likes an “all-white bouquet” featuring 30 premium roses, the
florist could create a similar look for less.
“We can still use some of those beautiful roses, but I also substitute them with
what I like to call ‘impostor flowers,’ ’’
she said. “Often couples like the look, but

Lighting

Fantasy: Your event will be drenched
in specialty lighting, including custom
gobos, wall illumination and chandeliers.
Reality: Tea lights and mirrors on each
table at the reception, a spotlight to highlight your first dance and market lights
overhead if your venue has them.
“Lighting can be one of the most expensive elements at a wedding,” said destination wedding planner Aviva Samuels of
Kiss the Planner, who notes an outdoor
ceremony before sunset is often ideal
because you don’t need additional lights.
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such as decorative lighting on trees and outdoor perimeter walls.

Wedding Gown

Fantasy: A designer gown, made with luxurious fabric
and finished with embellishments and beading.
Reality: A nice off-the-rack gown within your budget that
is tailored to fit.
“Brides-to-be should always check out bridal trunk
shows and events, as some designers will offer special
deals at those events,” said Ms. Samuels, who also recommends altering pre-owned wedding dresses and buying “stunning yet affordable options” on sites like Etsy
or eBay.
“Keeping these options in mind, she can still have the
dress of her dreams and some additional money to spend
elsewhere for other wedding details,” she said.
The Wedding Party
Fantasy: You’re surrounded by all of your closest
friends and family with lots of bridesmaids, groomsmen
and attendants.
Reality: You have a smaller wedding party, with a maid
of honor and a best man.
“The number of bridesmaids and groomsman can add
greatly to the expense of rentals, flowers, transportation,
gifts, food, prevent activities and more,” said Hiller.

Entertainment

Fantasy: Hiring live music for the ceremony, followed by
a live band and a DJ for the reception.

Reality: Choose a band whose members can play a variety of instruments for ceremony and reception, with a
member who may be able to DJ during band breaks.
“Ceremony musicians, bands and DJs can take up a
large chunk of the wedding budget, especially if you are
looking to hire all three,” said Samuels.

Cake and Dessert

Fantasy: An over-the-top cake with multiple tiers and
multiple flavors, decorated to perfection, as well as a
variety of mini pastries, cookies and candies.

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Reality: A simply decorated cake with a few tiers of
one to two flavors, supplemented by sheet cake for the
guests.
If you have a dessert table and cake, there may be lots
of leftovers, so buy a smaller cake and “consider sending
guests home with a piece of cake wrapped in creative
packaging, as a wedding favor,” said Samuels.
No matter your budget, it’s smart to review your wants
and expectations throughout the planning process and
make revisions as needed.
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Jewelry for the big day
at Red Velvet Luxe

When looking for an event space for your
child’s bar or bat mitzvah, it’s important to
keep up with the current trends to ensure
the bash is one for the ages. At 4Sixty6
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Choosing a venue is one of the first
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guests. When exploring venue options,
pay attention to the layout. Does this space
hold the amount of people that are on the
guest list? Is there room to dance, to mingle, and to sit down and eat?
Lighting and sound are also key when
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outsource? Do they feature a state of the
art sound system? If not, these add-ons

When it comes to juggling the countless
elements involved in planning a wedding such as selecting the venue, caterer,
flowers, DJ or the myriad other pieces of
the puzzle, Red Velvet Luxe in Ridgewood carries what you may be looking
for to fit your jewelry needs for the special day.
Whether it is wedding bands, bling
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Red Velvet Luxe has a large selection
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For men, the store also has several

can add up.
Another important factor to consider is
the food. Today’s events are trending more
toward a cocktail reception with finger
foods and passed hors d’oeuvres, rather
than an elaborate sit-down meal. More
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Your best bet when factoring in lighting, sound, food, and other specifics, is to
look for a venue that can take care of all
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• Happy Hour 3:00pm-7:00pm

Palisades difference
Park, NJ of all religions,
all nations, and all races.
201.947.1038
www.MesonMadrid.com
You are originally one.”

• Private Party Room for all occasions
9011 Palisade Ave., North Bergen
201-868-0750 • www.antoniasbythepark.com

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Every Sat. & Sun. 11am/Thurs. 6:30pm mill
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201.313.0127 / nj@happy-science.org
725 River Rd. #200, Edgewater, NJ 07020 lect

Free Meditation Classes:

Complimentary Appetizers (at bar only)

3263869

Mediterranean

FORT LEE SUB

(Edgewater Plaza building)

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