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hap1I always dreamed about owning a venue I could create specular events. That dream came true 18 short months ago when I purchased Bank Street Events. In that time I have had the pleasure of creating memorable weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, corporate events, holiday parties, rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, christening and much more….I have worked with some amazing clients, made relationships with wonderful vendors and have made Bride and Grooms wedding dreams come to life!

18 months is how you normally refer to a baby’s age and that is how I feel about Bank Street Events. I started this venture when my youngest of 4 was only 20 months…..in many ways this venue is my new baby! Each day is a new surprise, always growing, and excited for what tomorrow brings!
I am proud of the work my team and I have created, designed and produced…Our new website reflects the last 18 months….what an amazing journey!

I am so excited for what is in store for 2016!!

Xo
Nikki

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mitz2Bar and Bat Mitzvah events are a fun challenge because you are creating two different parties simultaneously.  Bank Street is the perfect venue for these types of events.  We can create a fun, energetic space for the kids on the main level while the adults can enjoy a sophisticated, elegant event upstairs.
 
For our Beach Summer Blue Bat Mitzvah we used driftwood, white lanterns, sand, white starfish + different shades of blue. On the main level for the kids zone we created a handmade drift wood personalized sign, hanging blue sea glass shells, white lanterns + led lights.  The kids enjoyed drinking frozen pina colodas, taking pictures in the photo booth and dancing on the dance floor with the dancers and DJ.  An Adirondack chair was displayed for everyone to sign, great keep sake for the bat mitzvah girl.
While the kids we partying down stairs…the adults were greeted with blue champagne and candlelit blue dressed cocktail tables. White starfish tied with guests names were placed on a sand covered table.  We used blue pintuck linens for the dining tables with silver napkins, different height vases with floating candles and driftwood for centerpieces. A personalized logo was projected on the ceiling with blue uplighting. For dessert, Adults enjoyed custom made mini cupcakes with starfish. Downstairs, the kids had fun making their own s’mores and fondue station.
At the end of the party, all of the kids receive a fun favor as a way for them to remember the great time that had celebrating their friend’s event. For this bat mitzvah, the mitzvah girl wanted to create a giveaway that really matched her theme. Each kid attending the party received a customized draw string bag with her logo on it. Inside the bag was a customized beach towel and water bottle with her logo on it.
Enjoy the great photos provided by Mark Liflander with LJ Photography studios ……..
 
Xo Nikki

What is Dancing with the Stars?

Many of you have seen my pictures on Facebook and have gotten my repeated emails asking to “vote” for me….also many ask what is Curtain Call’s Dancing with the Stars? It’s a local production that will take place on Saturday May 16th at The Palace Theater.  A committee asks local Stamford “stars” to perform and pairs them with local pro dancers from different professional ballroom dance schools. There are 11 couples performing this year, we all met in February and began our training.

About Curtain Call

Curtain call has played a very significant roll in building a regional arts program in Stamford, CT. Curtain Call is Stamford’s longest-running, and only nonprofit producing theater company. With at least 12 full-scale productions each year, plus many other special events, they entertain more then 25,000 patrons annually. They also offer a full curriculum of performing arts programs for people of all ages!
Dancing with the Stars is their only annual special event fundraiser to help underwrite the myriad costs of their operation. Contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations and more are greatly appreciated and needed to help them continue to put on amazing performances.
 
I am so happy to be a part of this fundraiser but I need your help!

How to Vote

  • Visit the Curtain Call Voting Page…http://www.curtaincallinc.com/dancing.asp#vote
  • “VOTES” are like a sponsorship, each vote is $10. The Star Dancer that has the most VOTES (raises the most money) will win The People’s Choice Award.
  • The night of the performance there are judges and they will award The Judge’s Choice Award, it is sure to be an amazing show.
  • Sponsor Me
  • On top of voting for me, if you have a local business you can purchase a journal AD or a sponsorship at many different levels. All the support is greatly appreciated! http://www.curtaincallinc.com/dancing.asp#Sponsorships
  • Purchase Tickets | Call 203.329.8207
  • Saturday May 16th, 2015
  • Palace Theatre, Stamford CT
    Cocktail Party | 6:30 – 7:45pm (UConn Stamford)
    Show | 8:00 (Palace Theatre)
  • I will be posting pictures from my practices on Facebook so everyone can take this journey with me! Be sure to all like my Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/nikkiandprimo?fref=ts
 
XO
 
Nikki
 

A Greek Orthodox Baptism is usually a large affair and celebration, partly because it’s the child’s baptism, confirmation and Holy Communion all done in the same service….and partly because Greeks like to party!  When it was time for my youngest daughter, Christina to be baptized, I knew it was my last child so I wanted to go all out and create an elegant and fun shabby chic pink party.

The service was a traditional orthodox service held at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in New Rochelle. Christina was an angel when the priest dunked her in the water, cut a snip of her hair and when she received her first holy communion. She wore a christening gown passed down from my family also worn by one of my other daughters. Pink witness pins were given to the men and pink rhinestone cross bracelets for the women.

The cocktail hour was held in the beautiful atrium at the Hyatt Hotel in Greenwich. Perfect background for family photos. Before guests entered the white tent for dinner and dancing they were greeted with pink champagne and an escort card table filled with a bed of pink carnations, pink glitter escort cards and beautifully framed photos of my baby Christina. The tent was draped with white fabric and pink up lighting.  Dining tables were dressed with pink pintuck linens, white chair covers and pink shimmer bracket style menu cards.  The table numbers were each adorably framed pictures of Christina from each month. The centerpieces were alternating tall branches tied with pink tissue pompoms and short apothecary jars filled with pink peonies and other pink flowers.

The kids enjoyed entertainment from Sunny the Clown, face painting, balloons animals and glitter tattoos. During dinner, the kids and clown took over the dance floor enjoying parachute games.A trio of Live Greek Music led the Greek Dancing and enhanced our celebration.  Guests departed the event with an individually wrapped glass apothecary jar with a picture of Christina. It was a memorable celebration for me, my family and all our guests.

A special thanks to Neil Landino for capturing all the details and memories of this special day. www.landinophoto.com

XO Nikki 
When my little sister Connie got engaged, I immediately started planning her wedding. Her favorite color has always been orange and her fiancé’s favorite holiday is Thanksgiving…so they decided on getting married thanksgiving weekend.
Yay, Fall Wedding!
Her dress! Our mother’s lace modest wedding gown from 1978 was worn in its entirety by our sister Martha.  The cathedral veil with antique lace was also worn by me on my wedding day as well as my cousin.  Connie decided to customize her wedding gown by removing the lace from our mother’s gown and attaching it to my modern strapless silk gown, the finished product was priceless.  She also purchased a strapless reception gown.
The ceremony was held in The Greek Orthodox Cathedral Church in downtown Philadelphia. I lined the aisle with tall branches and hanging glass tea lights accompanied by white lanterns and gold painted pumpkins.  This created a very romantic fall look for the couple…. great for photos.
Guests arrived for the reception at The Philadelphia Racquet Club, the entrance and cocktail hour was in a cathedral ceiling foyer. The escort card table had 4 different height metallic gold paper trees with several satin colored ribbons hanging with guests names and tables numbers.  The couples gold letter monogram, orange roses and floating candles decorated the table. Cocktails were also served in the library room where a grand piano held pictures of the couple and the fireplace was draped with magnolia leaves and gold babies breathes. Guests were asked to sign a vintage globe as a keepsake for the couple. A vintage suitcase was set for guests to leave cards, great alternative to a birdcage. The bridal party and new married couple were announced down the amazing grand staircase in the foyer which was lined with candles. Their first dance song was sung by our cousin, which was a surprise and left guests speechless with her angelic voice.
The bride’s vintage fall look included lace, crystals, gold branches and candelabras…which infused my centerpiece design, I used minimal flowers because of the grand venue the couple selected.…not to mentioned that I was the maid of honor and my four children and husband were also all a part of the bridal party. Orange roses and green berries added color to the tables along with a burnt orange napkin.  The couple’s sweetheart table hosted a fireplace backdrop and a gold pintuck linen.  Place cards were tied around hand dipped white chocolate and edible gold candied apples.
Once the party got started guests enjoyed dancing on the dance floor and taking lots of photos in our custom photo booth.  I created the photo booth with a pvc pipe structure, large white clear strings of lights and custom gold bunting.  We hired a photographer and provided many props for guests to have fun with!
The pictures speak for itself…the wedding was amazing!

Enjoy!

Xo Nikki