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Bar Mitzvah at The Muse

A Whimsical Bar Mitzvah at The MUSE


A few weeks back, the team at Deborah Miller Catering had the privilege of planning a personal event for a corporate client. This client is on the Events team at her company and has planned both simple drop-off catering orders with us, as well as several cocktail parties and happy hours for her department over the years. She had no idea that we plan and execute social as well as corporate events, and when she approached us with a circus-themed bar mitzvah idea for her son at The MUSE, we could not wait to put something spectacular for her.
I interviewed our client after the event wrapped to get a first-person perspective about the venue, the event itself, and her experience working with us on a different scale from what she was used to in years past. Read on for a fun recap!

DMC: What made you choose The MUSE as your venue, and what were some details about the location that added to the experience and to the event?
We choose the venue because it is a true destination. Most of our guests have been to many of the more popular NYC venues and we wanted something that felt unusual and unique. The MUSE is a quick 15 minutes on the L Train from Union Square but feels a world away. The space itself is a warehouse and it’s located on a street which has a commercial feel.When you stand on the street, you can’t imagine what awaits inside and when you open the doors to The MUSE, you feel magic.


DMC: Were there any specific approaches to planning the event’s theme and concept? How did you come up with the menu, and why did you think certain items would be appropriate for the guests & evening?

Angela at The Muse is exceptional to work with.As we were exploring ideas and explaining what our son wanted, she immediately pulled from her breadth of theatrical experience and suggested a Coney Island theme. Not only is Coney Island one of my son’s favorite places but being that The MUSE trains people for the circus, the synchronicity was tangible.The menu pulled off the theme with classic street foods such as sliders, nachos, and a taco bar, and we added an onsite sushi bar to round out the menu.The food was delicious, whimsical and as eclectic as the space and performances.


DMC: Were there any “challenges” faced while planning, whether with the food, the theme, the location or other small details?

The biggest challenge at The MUSE was planning an evening full of surprises while making the evening flow within the structure of a traditional bar mitzvah, which included a candle lighting ceremony, grand entrance and video montage. The circus performances featured aerial bartenders, a roaming sleight of hand artist, sword swallowers, contortionists, a trapeze artist, and a silk performer, among others!


DMC: If you were to plan the same event again, what would you do differently?

Very little. The evening was close to perfect!

DMC: What are some of the reasons you chose Deborah Miller Catering and Events for a bar mitzvah? Can they handle a social event of this capacity with the same finesse that they handle corporate catering?
Deborah Miller Catering was exceptional. Not only was the food delicious (people didn’t stop complimenting) but Lara, Jenny, and their team totally embraced the design, and each food station had the same energy and excitement as the performing acts.Their attention to detail brought the whole evening together and made the venue, the performances, and the buffets a seamless symphony of celebration.DMC is an exceptional social catering company and familiar with all of New York City; delivering, executing and serving at The MUSE felt exactly within the scope of what they do. I was thrilled to create a new relationship with the team outside of the corporate catering world and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to anyone looking to host their next social event.

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