Chef Daniel Stern’s stunning new restaurant, R2L, with its scenic views of Philadelphia from the 37th Floor, proved the perfect location for Ted’s 40th Birthday Bash.
Photos courtesy of Marie Labbancz.
Our story titled “Get Lost with Austin” intrigued enough readers that we thought we’d share his sister Sydney’s insane Bat Mitzvah.
Now understand, this is a young, hip family known for their crazy parties, and always traveling the world enjoying trendy nightclubs in places such as Vegas, London, New York and Los Angeles. (Funny that their daughter’s taste seemed to fall not terribly far from the apple tree). In a heartbeat, it was pretty clear that the theme of Sydney’s simcha should be “Sydalicious”… a Vegas nightclub designed as if Sydney herself whipped it up one day after school. Well, sort of.
The “Club” was located throughout the various spaces and on two stages of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. The invitation was a custom-made mini movie from Marc Smiler that felt like a trailer for the Grammy’s; with hip hop music, sexy tips on what to wear, and hilarious commercials starring the entire family. This was combined with companion paper elements from The Papery of commercial-grade, high-gloss black, hot pink and silver VIP passes for kids with secret code RSVP call-in lines; all wrapped in an edgy metal tin container that was overnighted to potential guests. The 250 attendees entered the “Club” via a long red carpet, dodging Joan and Melissa Rivers and the multiple live paparazzi positioned along the route. Each area was designed garnering inspiration from various clubs in Vegas (PURE, Tryst, Studio 54) and London (Fabric, Egg) using white “beds”, ottomans, and sofas buried under hot pink and zebra pillows. This all jived with light-up tables, bars, and stage platforms. Black chairs and barstools mixed with metal accents, glass bowls of hot pink flowers, zebra rugs, suspended disco balls, zebra lamps and hot pink candles.
Restaurant Associates served dinner in many layers, including passed hors d’s, small tasting plates and thematic stations. The “extreme sushi” station included a beautiful live mermaid offering soy sauce and sake to guests making their selections. Live performers included a rock-n-roll band, club DJ, sexy club dancers on ledges overlooking the party, motivators dancing with the kids on the floor, a surprise duet performance by Sydney herself and a hip hop artist, a leather-clad fire thrower, a mirror-covered contortionist, hoola hoop artist and more.
A celebrity “Mazel Tov!” video was shown as a surprise for Sydney. Multiple six-foot Candy Carts rolled out in a parade with sparklers. The fantastically talented photographer, Phil Kramer, and the Video Artist himself, Marc Smiler, provided a team of videographers to shoot film of the whole spectacle. An amazing party! Mazel Tov!