handmade Valentines

Bianca’s Cherry Blossom Ballet Bat Mitzvah

Ballet Cherry Blossom Bat MitzvahThe Kids lounge, created with rentals from Found Vintage Rentals. Photography by Shani Barel.

Explosions of pink are one of our favorite first signs of spring—Cherry Blossom season has officially arrived!

To celebrate one of nature’s most beautiful creations, we are sharing the stunning details from Bianca’s Cherry Blossom Ballet Bat Mitzvah. Taking place at the elegant Westlake Village Inn, this Bat Mitzvah was as special as it was beautiful and was the embodiment of why we love what we do: we are helping others create everlasting memories.

Bianca’s love of ballet and cherry blossoms inspired us to create a color palette with a beautiful contrast of indigo blue and ballet pink, accented by florals, metallics and sparkle. With a loving hand, Bianca’s mother dyed and bedazzled the pointe shoes, found throughout the party, herself.

PRO-TIP: Add a DIY element to the party you’re planning with an event designer for a special, personal touch.

This stunning mitzvah featured a photo gallery of ballerina Bianca, photo booth by Amuse Booth, a fully-stocked candy station, lounges created with rentals from Found Vintage Rentals, a custom dance floor, cake by Sweet Lady Jane, entertainment by David Greer and photography by Shani Barel. All floral, event design and Candy Station design is by us- Soireé LA.

Enjoy the photos from Bianca’s beautiful Bat Mitzvah below!

ballet bat mitzvahBianca the ballerina. Photography by Shani Barel.


pointe shoes dyed rhinestonesPointe shoes, lovingly dyed and bedazzled by Bianca’s mother. Photography by Shani Barel.

seating cards bat mitzvahSeating Cards for Bianca’s Bat Mitzvah by Soireé LA. Photography by Shani Barel.

cherry blossom centerpieceCascading Cherry Blossom arrangements were part of the centerpiece tablescapes by Soireé LA. Photography by Shani Barel.

Place setting silver pinkPlace settings of pink and silver. Photography by Shani Barel.

pointe shoes centerpieceFlorals by Soireé LA (Kids’ Table arrangements), DIY pointe shoes. Photography by Shani Barel.

cherry blossom floating candlesFloating candles and cherry blossoms by Soireé LA. Photography by Shani Barel.

conversation loungeConversation lounge, furnished by Found Vintage Rentals. Photography by Shani Barel.

photobooth amuse boothPhotobooth by Amuse Booth. Photography by Shani Barel.

pink candy station“Sugarplum dreams” candy station by Soireé LA. Photography by Shani Barel.

sweet lady jane bat mitzvah cakeThe Bat Mitzvah and her cake from Sweet Lady Jane. Photography by Shani Barel.

horah bat mitzvahThe Bat Mitzvah gets a lift! Photography by Shani Barel.

lucite bar candles pointe shoesThe custom lucite Bar filled with candles, blooms and Pointe shoes! Photography by Shani Barel.

Valentine’s Day Inspiration


Oh Valentine’s Day…it may have a complicated place in many people’s hearts, but what cannot be denied is that it’s fun to love “Love”! I’m not a big fan of red (unless it’s a pair of heels or a lipstick) but I swoon over a palette of pinks and pastels.

I love the idea of creating an intimate celebration by pulling a few treats out into the yard, or setting them up picnic-style in a local park.  A bottle of French Rosé or a Strawberry lemonade, some crackers and cheese, and some beautiful blooms set the tone for romance.


Handmade Valentines don’t have to be difficult- it really is the thought that counts! Here, I created a super simple detail with our Silhouette Cameo machine, drawing inspiration from those cute little candy conversation hearts. Fold a piece of paper in half, cut a half-heart shape and then write your own sayings to your loved one or friend.

Valentine’s Day is a holiday, right? So maybe skip dinner entirely and just eat dessert? Could these little jam filled shortbread cookies and mousse cake from Trader Joe’s be any cuter?! Dessert is perfectly displayed on a white marble cake stand- found for a steal at Target.

Lastly, let’s talk flowers…

As a floral designer, I get carried away with flowers- especially in early spring when it’s easy to find a profusion of multi-hued ranunculus, spray roses, and parrot tulips. However, the cost of flowers skyrockets in the days before Valentine’s Day, so if you just can’t bring yourself to pay the inflated prices, cut a single bloom from the garden, float it in a bowl of water and enjoy a bit of nature without the high price tag. Or, even better, go crazy like I did- then, take a ton of pictures and enjoy your flowers all year long!

Whether you want to just treat yourself, change Valentine’s to Pal-entine’s, or go all in for the romance, have a lovely Valentine’s Day!




Linens: Linen Lenders

Flatware, Cheese board, Cake stand: Target

Flowers: (Moi) Soiree Event Design

Treats: Trader Joe’s