The Party in the Planning: Simchas Resource Guide

by Jacqueline Bull February 26, 2018
 

 

photo-by-del-rio-studios2BESA, the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Event Services Association, is having its annual expo March 18th at the Hilton Del Mar. Lydia Krasner is the co-president of BESA and the owner of Mitzvah Event Productions.

She has been event planning for more than 20 years and has seen just about everything (although she loves when she can deliver on something really unique for her clients).

“I personally try to make it as individual as possible so each family feels like their party has a reflection of their child,” she said.

She is one of the many vendors displaying at the expo and recommends pre bar and bat mitzvah families to bring their kid and check out the vendors (many of whom she uses in the events she plans).

Lydia explained that it’s a really fun event (“There is a lot of energy in the room”) and that the convenience is a big benefit to parents.

“What kind of opportunity could you have where you could see them all in one room and get a chance to talk to every one of them on the same day … There is so much opportunity to bust it all out in one day instead of having to make a whole bunch of phone calls and a whole bunch of appointments,” she said.

During our phone conversation, she recalled many mitzvahs she planned with themes ranging from Hollywood to Tiffany’s to Fantasy Books to X-Games with all the details very fresh in her mind. A bat mitzvah in particular she recalled, “I did one last year where it was a French Patisserie theme and they were looking for some unique entertainment, so I found a woman who was a Cordon Bleu graduate … She showed them how to make roses out of frosting, all kinds of cool tricks with a pastry bag. And then she brought in five cakes and the girls broke into groups and each group decorated a cake, the parents got to judge and we brought in prizes for the winners. It was so cool.”

Venues

Hilton Garden Inn San Diego/Del Mar

3939 Ocean Bluff Ave.

hiltongardeninndelmar.com

(858) 720-9500

Capacity: up to 150

Room cost: food and beverage minimum of $2,500 gets free room rental

Advance booking recommended: anytime, but book by June 15, and the hotel will offer a complimentary chocolate fountain with two dipping items, enough for 35

Outside catering allowed: Only for ethnic requirements, but per-person fee is applied

Hilton San Diego Bayfront

1 Park Blvd.

hiltonsandiegobayfront.com

(619) 321-4211

Capacity: up to 2,400

Room cost: varies, call for quote

Advance booking recommended: one year

Outside catering allowed: No, Kosher catering available in-house

Hilton San Diego/Del Mar

15575 Jimmy Durante Blvd.

sandiegodelmar.hilton.com

(858) 764-6044

Capacity: up to 400

Room cost: call for quote

Advance booking recommended: 6 months

Outside catering allowed: Only if dietary restrictions are required

Homewood Suites by Hilton San Diego-Del Mar

11025 Vista Sorrento Parkway

(858) 523-0500

Capacity: up to 90

Room cost: varies by event date and requirements

Advance booking recommended: book early to save up to 15 percent

Outside catering allowed: No, except for kosher events

Hornblower Cruises

1800 N. Harbor Dr.

hornblower.com

(619) 686-8700

Capacity: 10-1,000

Room cost: price varies with custom options

Advance booking recommended: as soon as possible

Outside catering allowed: No

Hotel Del Coronado

1500 Orange Ave.

hoteldel.com

(619) 435-6611

Capacity: up to 1,100

Room cost: food and beverage minimums on top of room rental charges

Advance booking recommended: at least one year

Outside catering allowed: No

Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine

3777 La Jolla Village Drive

lajolla.hyatt.com

(858) 552-6025

Capacity: up to 650

Room cost: $50-200 per person

Advance booking recommended: one year

Outside catering allowed: Yes

Maderas Golf Club

17750 Old Coach Rd.

maderasgolf.com

(858) 451-8100

Call for quote and details

Parq Restaurant & Nightclub

615 Broadway, San Diego

parqsd.com

(619) 727-6789

Capacity: up to 850 reception, 250 dinner

Room cost: venue rental fee depends on group size and day of the week

Advance booking recommended: 3 months

Outside catering allowed: Not usually, but exceptions for kosher catering

Party Pals

10427 Roselle St.

partypals.com

(858) 622-6613

Capacity: up to 1,000 (inside and/or outside space available)

Room cost: call for quote

Advance booking recommended: extremely busy through summer, starting in May. Recommended six months in advance

Outside catering allowed: Yes

San Diego Botanic Garden

230 Quail Gardens Dr.

sdbgarden.org

(760) 436-3036

Capacity: 30-300

Room cost: $550-1900

Advance booking recommended: 15 months

Outside catering allowed: No, but exceptions can be made for Kosher requirements

San Diego Marriott Del Mar

11966 El Camino Real

marriott.com/hotels/travel/sandm-san-diego-marriott-del-mar

(858) 523-1700

Capacity: 120-420

Room cost: varies by event date and requirements

Advance booking recommended: depends on the season desired

Outside catering allowed: Yes

San Diego Marriott – La Jolla

4240 La Jolla Village Drive

marriottlajolla.com

(858) 597-6384

Capacity: groups of 80-700

Room cost: $25-60 per person plus tax and service charge

Advance booking recommended: short term up to a year and a half out

Outside catering allowed: only if full kosher is need

San Diego Marriott Mission Valley

8757 Rio San Diego Dr.

marriott.com/hotels/travel/sanmv-san-diego-marriott-mission-valley

(619) 692-3800

Capacity: 150-550

Room cost: food and beverage minimums only, depend on day of week

Advance booking recommended: as soon as possible

Outside catering allowed: Yes

San Diego Zoo

2920 Zoo Drive

sandiegozoo.org/catering

(619) 685-3223

Call for quote and details

Sheraton Carlsbad
Resort & Spa

5480 Grand Pacific Dr.

sheratoncarlsbad.com

(760) 827-2414

Capacity: 300-500

Room cost: no room reservation cost, only charged for food and beverage to be consumed

Advance booking recommended: 6 months to one year, but flexible

Outside catering allowed: No

Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina

1380 Harbor Island Dr.

sheraton.com/sandiegomarina

(619) 692-2702

Capacity: 50-1500

Room cost: consultation required

Advance booking recommended: at least one month

Outside catering allowed: No

Stoneridge Country Club

17166 Stoneridge Country Club Lane

stoneridgeclub.com

(858) 487-2138

Capacity: up to 300

Room cost: consultation required

Advance booking recommended: Yes

Outside catering allowed: Call for info

Tango Del Rey

3567 Del Rey Street

tangodelrey.com

(858) 794-9044

Capacity: 5000 sqft with seating up to 220

Room cost: varies, call for quote

Advance booking recommended: as early as one month depending on preferred date.

Outside catering allowed: No. Kosher-style available

The New Children’s Museum

200 West Island Ave.

thinkplaycreate.org

(619) 233-8792

Capacity: 1,000

Room cost: $2,500-6,500

Advance booking recommended: availability varies

Outside catering allowed: No, but exceptions can be made for Kosher requirements

UCSD Faculty Club

9500 Gillman Drive, #0121

facclub.ucsd.edu

(858) 534-5450

Capacity: call for info

Room cost: call for info

Advance booking recommended: call for info

Outside catering allowed: call for info

The Westin Gaslamp Quarter

910 Broadway Circle

westingaslamp.com

(619) 239-2200

Capacity: 100-600

Room cost: call for a quote

Advance booking recommended: as far out as possible but availability is very flexible

Outside catering allowed: Yes

San Diego Marriott – La Jolla

4240 La Jolla Village Drive

marriottlajolla.com

(858) 597-6384

Capacity: groups of 80-700

Room cost: $25-60 per person plus tax and service charge

Advance booking recommended: short term up to a year and a half out

Outside catering allowed: only if full kosher is need

San Diego Marriott
Mission Valley

8757 Rio San Diego Dr.

marriott.com/hotels/travel/sanmv-san-diego-marriott-mission-valley

(619) 692-3800

Capacity: 150-550

Room cost: food and beverage minimums only, depend on day of week

Advance booking recommended: as soon as possible

Outside catering allowed: Yes

San Diego Zoo

2920 Zoo Drive

sandiegozoo.org/catering

(619) 685-3223

Call for quote and details

Sheraton Carlsbad
Resort & Spa

5480 Grand Pacific Dr.

sheratoncarlsbad.com

(760) 827-2414

Capacity: 300-500

Room cost: no room reservation cost, only charged for food and beverage to be consumed

Advance booking recommended: 6 months to one year, but flexible

Outside catering allowed: No

Sheraton San Diego Hotel
and Marina

1380 Harbor Island Dr.

sheraton.com/sandiegomarina

(619) 692-2702

Capacity: 50-1500

Room cost: consultation required

Advance booking recommended: at least one month

Outside catering allowed: No

Stoneridge Country Club

17166 Stoneridge Country
Club Lane

stoneridgeclub.com

(858) 487-2138

Capacity: up to 300

Room cost: consultation required

Advance booking recommended: Yes

Outside catering allowed: Call for info

Tango Del Rey

3567 Del Rey Street

tangodelrey.com

(858) 794-9044

Capacity: 5000 sqft with seeting up to 220

Room cost: varies, call for quote

Advance booking recommended: as early as one month depending on preferred date.

Outside catering allowed: No. Kosher-style available

The New Children’s Museum

200 West Island Ave.

thinkplaycreate.org

(619) 233-8792

Capacity: 1,000

Room cost: $2,500-6,500

Advance booking recommended: availability varies

Outside catering allowed: No, but exceptions can be made for Kosher requirements

UCSD Faculty Club

9500 Gillman Drive, #0121

facclub.ucsd.edu

(858) 534-5450

Capacity: call for info

Room cost: call for info

Advance booking recommended: call for info

Outside catering allowed: call for info

The Westin Gaslamp Quarter

910 Broadway Circle

westingaslamp.com

(619) 239-2200

Capacity: 100-600

Room cost: call for a quote

Advance booking recommended: as far out as possible but availability is very flexible

Outside catering allowed: Yes

Event Planners/Decorators:

At Your Side

atyoursideplanning.com

(619) 322-7084

Bliss Events

blissevent.com

(619) 252-1058

Brilliant Event Design

brillianteventdesign.com

(305) 588-2761

Events by Gisele

eventsbygisele.com

(858) 531-3181

First Comes Love Weddings and Events

firstcomeslovesd.com

(619) 501-1695

I Do… Weddings and Events

sdweddingplanner.com

(858) 405-7244

Mitzvah Event Productions

mitzvahevent.com

(619) 548-3485

Michele Moss Events

michelemossevents.com

(858) 220-9011

RSVP Events

Rsvpsdevents.com

619-517-6395

The Party Link

thepartylink.net

(619) 464-3800

Timeless Event Design

timelesseventdesign.com

(800) 851-9403

Invitations/Favors/Judaica Decorations

Absolutely Fabulous!

absofab.net

(858) 866-6807

Products: games, lighting, glow products, furniture

AFR Lounge Furniture Rentals

afrevents.com

(619) 819-9680

Products: furniture

Allen’s Flowers

allensmitzvahflowers.com

(619) 233-7673

Products: floral-themed centerpieces, flowers, ceremony arrangements and baskets for out-of-town guests

A Little Scene Flip Books

alittlescene.com

(619) 922-0939

Products: photo flip books

Backdrops Beautiful

backdropsbeautiful.com

(858) 300-2100

Products: digital and static backdrops

Charming Expressions

charming-expressions.com

(858) 674-1664

Products: bracelets, photo frames, flip-flops, necklaces

Chris’ Custom Airbrush

airbrushchris.com

(858) 488-7723

Products: airbrush t-shirts

Create-A-Design at CLONE

createadesign.net

(858) 259-6789

Products: invitations, napkins, iPhone cases, other favors and gifts

Hatikva Fine Judaica

hatikva.com

(858) 695-9777

Products: Judaica, jewelry, bookstore, cards, stationary and largest family-owned Jewish store in San Diego, since 1991.

Interactive Photography by CEG Entertainment

cegint.com

(858) 978-8998

Products: interactive photo entertainment services

Lounge Appeal Furniture Rentals

loungeappeal.com

(914) 497-1893

Products: high quality lounge furniture

Pacific Events Productions, Inc./Pep Creative

pacificevents.com

(858) 450-7777

Products: furniture, bars, lighting & staging, props, florals, entertainment

Paper Moment

papermoment.com

(858) 342-7774

Products: invitations

Shirley Sharff Invitations & Judaica

ssinvitations.com

(858) 675-0509

Products: invitations, Tallit, Kippot, accessories, Simcha scroll

The Center of Attention

thecenterofattention.biz

(619)857-5225

Products: décor

ENTERTAINMENT

Bollotta Entertainment

bollotta.com

(619) 295-3522

Services available: Djs, dance bands, comedians

Cirque Quirk

cirquequirk.com

(619) 800-1887

Services offered: clowns, performing arts

CEG Interactive

cegint.com

(888) 978-8998

Services available: DJs, photo booth, green screen, graffiti wall

Dance Masters

dancemasters.tv

(818) 430-5626

Services available: hip hop and break dancers

Henna San Diego

hennasandiego.com

(858) 752-3628

Services available: Henna tattoos

Kevin Viner

kevinvinermagic.com

(760) 586-3947

Services available: magic, mentalism and comedy

Launch Live Art

stephenfishwick.com

(619) 787-5215

Services available: live art

Maximum Impact

m-i-p.com

(760) 929-9669

Services available: DJs, dancers, party pumpers, lighting, sound systems, video screens

Magic Mike Stilwell

magicmikesd.com

(619) 660-9662

Services available: magic shows

Mr. Disc Jockey

mrdiscjockey.com

(760) 575-4798

Services available: DJ, party pumpers, lighting

My Little Carnival

mylittlecarnival.com

(619) 571-7654

Services available: carnival games and prizes, clowns, jugglers, magicians, dunk tanks, rock walls, amusement rides, pony rides, balloon decoration

Second Avenue Klezmer

secondavenueklezmer.com

(619) 275-1539

Services available: live music

SoCal Green Screen

socalgreenscreen.com

(760) 755-7720

Services available: green screens

PartyPOP

partypop.com

(949) 939-4363

Services available: DJs, musicians, décor, airbrush and body art

Sundance Productions

sandiegobarmitzvah.com

(619) 286-DJDJ

Services available: MC/DJ, dancers, video projection, party props, lighting

The Funky 4

thefunky4.com

(949) 500-5158

Products: funky hair, funky glow fun, posh nailz polish parties, face painting, twinkle couture, funky tattoes

ZG Productions

zgproductionsonline.com

(760) 722-4450

Services available: MC/DJ, dancers, lighting, video screens, photo booth

3d Cheeze

3dcheeze.com

(714) 771-1281

Services available: flip photos, graffiti wall, 3d images, flip books, magazine covers

Photography
Videograpthy

Aaron Huniu Photography

aaronhuniuphotography.com

(949) 307-8499

Services: photography

Bob Hoffman

hoffmanmitzvahs.com

(858) 576-0046

Services: photography and videography

Alon David

photographybyalon.com

(858) 699-5376

Services: photography

Daisy Varley

daisyvarley.com

(619) 405-4780

Services: photography and videography

Del Rio Studios

delriostudios.com

(760) 480-7553

Services: photography and videography

Leetal Elmaleh

leetalphoto.com

(858) 692-3418

Services: photography

Vito di Stefano

vitophotography.com

(619) 822-0456

Services: photography

The Video Fellow

thevideofellow.com

(858) 663-4468

Services: videography, photo booth

CATERERS

Approximate price ranges when indicated; otherwise, call the vendor

$ – up to $20 pp

$$ – $ 20-30 pp

$$$ – more than $30 pp

Balboa International Market

5907 Balboa Ave

balboamarket.com

(858) 277-3600

Food cost/person: $

Food style: Mediterranean

K Café Chabad Catering by Yakov

16934 Chabad Way

(858) 451-0455

Food cost/person: call for quote

Food style: Glatt Kosher

Catering by Charles Rubin
of Shmoozers

10785 Pomerado Road

shmoozers.com

(619) 583-1636 or (619) 261-8856

Food cost/person: call for quote

Food style: ethnic variety

Calibanzo Hummus & Grill

9880 Hibert St.

calibanzo.com

Food cost/person: $$

Food style: Mediterranean, kosher-style options, Middle Eastern

D.Z. Akin’s

6930 Alvarado Road

dzakinsdeli.com

(619) 265-0218

Food cost/person: $$

Food style: New York Jewish deli

East West Masala Catering

eastwestmasala.com

Spice Lounge Restaurant

859 Hornblend St.

Gourmet India

810 4th Ave.

(610) 394-2084

Food cost/person: $$

Food style: Indian

Eco Caters

4934 Voltaire St.

ecocaters.com

(858) 246-6129

Food cost/person: $$$

Food style: seasonal farm-to-table

Embargo Grill

3960 West Point Loma Blvd

embargogrill.com

(619) 786-7522 or (619) 994-4834

Food cost/per person: $-$$

Food style: Top-rated Cuban, Caribbean and Latin American

Elijah’s Delicatessen

7061 Clairemont Mesa Blvd

elijahsrestaurant.com

(858) 455-1461

Food cost/person: $$

Food style: Jewish deli, Russian

Festivities Catering

9558 Camino Ruiz

festivitiescatering.com

(858) 586-2121

Food cost/person: $$$

Food style: California coastal/fusion
Hanna’s Gourmet

2864 Adams Ave.

hannasgourmetcatering.com

(619) 280-5600

Food cost/person: $$-$$$

Food style: international eclectic

New York on Rye Food Truck

newyorkonrye.com

(858) 689-2600

Food cost/person: $

Food style: New York style deli, food truck

North Park Produce Poway

12342 Poway Rd.

northparkproducepoway.com

(858) 391-9100

Food cost/person: $-$$

Food style: Persian, deli, kosher style available also

Oink and Moo Burgers and BBQ

121 N. Pico Ave

hstrial-oinkandmoo.homestead.com

(760) 451-6005

Food cost/person: $$

Food style: Top rated BBQ, Burgers in north county, San Diego

Outcast Grill

6104 Regents Road

outcastgrillutc.com

(858) 202-0097

Food cost/person: $$

Food style: Mediterranean American

Pacifica Del Mar

1555 Camino Del Mar

pacificadelmar.com

(855) 792-0476

Food cost/person: $$$

Food style: primarily seafood, with steak and chicken options available

Puesto

1026 Wall St.

eatpuesto.com

(858) 454-1260 or
(858) 344-4456

Food cost/person: $$

Food style: Mexican, gourmet street food

Ralphs “Kosher Experience”

8657 Villa La Jolla Drive

ralphs.com

(858) 597-1550

Food costs/person: call for quote

Food style: kosher, deli, cakes
Renaissance Produce
and Catering

kosherfoodssandiego.com

(858) 752-9311

Food cost/per person: call for quote

Food style: breakfasts, sandwiches, salads, rotisserie chickens, fish and traditional Jewish

Rotisserie Affair

7313 Carrol Rd.

rotisserieaffair.com

(858) 578-8891

Food cost/person: $$-$$$

Food style: Rotisserie

K Shalom Catering

11860 Carmel Creek Rd.

shalomcatering.com

(619) 985-8202

Food cost/person: $$$

Food style: kosher

Sima’s Gourmet Catering

simascatering.com

(858) 205-9738

Food cost/person: call for quote

Food style: Persian, Mediterranean, gluten-free with kosher options available

Terra Catering

11860 Carmel Creek Rd.

terracatering.com

(619) 985-8202

Food cost/person: $$$

Food style: customized farm-to-table

The French Gourmet

960 Turquoise St.

thefrenchgourmet.com

(858) 488-1725

Food cost/person: $$-$$$

Food style: French

The Place Café at JCC

4126 Executive Drive

lfjcc.org

(858) 457-3030

Food costs/person: $$

Food style: kosher, Israeli style, ethnic variety

Toast Catering

2320 Truxton Street

toastcatering.com

(858) 208-9422

Food cost/person: $$$

Food style: Persian buffets, Mexican-, Indian-, Thai-themed and ethnic foods, sushi and kosher-style dairy options available

Z Catering

17290 Newhope St., Suite A

californiakoshercatering.com

(855) 567-4371

Food cost/person: $$$

Food style: Kosher

Desserts and extras:

BabyCakes

babycakessandiego.com/hillcrest

(619) 296-4173

Food cost/person: $

Food style: gourmet cupcakes and desserts

The Baked Bear

4516 Mission Blvd

thebakedbear.com

(858) 886-7433

Food cost/person: $

Food style: full service ice cream sandwich bar and pre-packaged ice cream sandwiches, homemade fresh daily

The Cravory

3960 West Point Loma Blvd

thecravory.com

(619) 795-9077

Food cost/person: $

Food style: ultimate gourmet cookies

Chocolate Haven

chocolate-haven.com

(619) 993-7785

Food cost/person: $-$$$

Food style: 5-star rated and award-winning chocolate, nacho cheese and caramel fountains, mini-desserts and handmade figurines and favors

Dippin’ Dots

2892 South Santa Fe Avenue
St. 112

dippindots.com

(760) 801-2301

Food cost/person: $

Food style: ice cream

Dolce Donuts

dolcedonuts.com

(619) 985-9854

Food cost/person: call for quote

Food style: donuts and treats

Edible Arrangements – Torrey Hills

ediblearrangements.com

(858) 792-9100

Food cost/person: call for quote

Food style: edible fruit baskets

Gelato Paradiso

789 W Harbor Dr

gelatoparadiso.net

(619) 238-0307

Food cost/person: $

Food style: gelato
Sensational Treats

sensationaltreats.com

(858) 776-4999

Food cost/person: $-$$

Food style: interactive dessert stations

Yummie Fountains

yummiefountains.com

(760) 676-9866

Food cost/person: $195/50 people

Food style: different varieties of chocolate or sauce fountains.

Additional Entertainment

“You definitely need additional entertainment. I have a lot of people that come to me and say ‘Oh I’ve got my venue and I have a good DJ, I don’t need anything else.’ And I completely disagree with that because you can’t eat for four hours and you can’t dance for four hours.”

Lydia recommends adding on a photo booth, trivia, candy buffets or even a hypnotist.

Guests First

Lydia suggests making venues close by and convenient to the guests, especially considering out-of-town family that may be unfamiliar with the area.

“Thinking about how the guests are going to look at [the events], is it an easy transition or is it this going to be really difficult?”

Party Advocate

“Have somebody to manage your event. That is the most important thing. And so many people that I’ve worked with don’t even realize the importance of it until it comes to the day of. If you have a kid that gets sick in the bathroom, or somebody’s car that gets hit in the parking lot or the food is cold or the air conditioning is broken – you don’t know what’s going to happen. There are always going to be issues and if you don’t have somebody managing it, that can’t deal with whatever the issue is, you are getting up and down all night long putting out fires and not really enjoying all these people that came to enjoy this day with you. Just have somebody there to be you.”

Lydia advises that it’s already difficult to visit with all the friends and family that are there to celebrate with you. If you are focused on making sure all the details of the event go smoothly, you have less time to be a guest at your own party.

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