An OVO-Inspired Bar Mitzvah
October brings fond memories of the epic OVO-inspired Bar Mitzvah we had the joy of capturing earlier this year. Although it took place in June, it was centered around Drake's fashion label OVO which stands for "October's Very Own", inspired by his October 24th birthday. And wow was it ever OVO'd out! Planned by the talented Gloria Benaim Events, this Bar Mitzvah had it all. From the Flo Rida appearance to the personalized swag, this award-winning event was one for the books!
Gloria Benaim of Gloria Benaim Events has been in the business for over 25 years and has designed, planned and executed all types of events. Anything from an intimate dinner to a multi-day conference, she executes with elegance and an eye for detail. Working closely with clients from conception to execution provides a custom-tailored experience to fit their needs and support their vision.
Here are a few highlights from Adrian's OVO-inspired Bar Mitzvah!
The decor was spectacular with gorgeous floral arrangements and touches of gold everywhere. The dancefloor was decorated like the floor of a basketball court and there were personalized jerseys hung from the ceiling. It felt like you were at an elegant basketball game surrounded by hundreds of fans. Every little detail was accounted for down to the tiny gold basketballs among the centrepieces.
Fans of Drake know he loves the Toronto Raptors and knows of OVO's affiliation with them. So you can't have an OVO-themed Bar Mitzvah without an appearance from the Raptor's very own Precious Achiuwa! And who better to get a party started than the legendary Flo Rida! Even Flo Rida got the OVO memo and came dressed in his basketball attire.
In addition to the elegant full-course meal, guests had access to endless options of snacks. Before dinner, there were canapes like beef tartare, black tiger shrimp and polenta fries with a harissa yogurt dip. There was a gorgeous basketball net cake, a stocked candy counter with Adrian-branded chocolate bars, a separate cotton candy shelf and a sushi bar. There were even trays of McDonald's floating around later in the night!
It was impossible to get bored at this event with so many entertaining options that fit everyone's interests. There were arcade-style basketball games available to play. You could take home custom airbrushed basketballs and hot press jerseys.
There was a photo activation booth to capture your court-side moment. Guests got to enjoy a live performance from the Raptor Girls and a basketball show. There were even basketball "tickets" for seating handed out by "scalpers" at the Box Office.
Shoutout to all of the incredible vendors who helped bring this event to life!