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Planning a party can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Event Planner Stacey Levy, owner of Planned to Perfection, tells her clients, “You invite the guests and I’ll do the rest!” Stacey has 13 years of experience planning events for top names including Madison Square Garden and the Food Network. Now she puts her vast background and extensive network of contacts to work for a diverse array of clients from Bergen County and New York City. Her excellent organizational skills, creativity, and ingenuity have helped build her ever-growing client base.

Name the event and Stacey has planned it: weddings, anniversaries, bar and bat mitzvahs, graduations, brises, baby namings, Christenings, communions, corporate events, and small gatherings. “I get excited for my clients and I love seeing the end result! I have a massive passion for what I do,” Stacey says. “I want to be the person who makes your life easy.” To learn more, call 1-646-594-4973 or visit online at www.plannedtoperfection.com. Stacey’s business was also recently featured on www.theknot.com. Then rest assured your next event will be “Planned to Perfection.”

‘Wonka’ Sweet 16 party a nonpareil occasion
Wednesday, February 27, 2008

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Ever since Jessica Caracciolo was a little girl, she has had a special affection for “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” starring Gene Wilder as the candyman — the 1971 musical film adapted from Roald Dahl’s classic book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”

So her “Wonka”-themed Sweet 16 party was a no-brainer.

Jessica and her parents, Joanne and Dominick — with the help of Stacey Levy of Planned to Perfection, an agency based in Ramsey, N.J. — transformed the banquet room at Island Chateau into a fantasy complete with Oompa Loompas, loads of chocolate and 200 cupcakes — not to mention dancing the night away to the entertainment of Partners in Sound.

Invitations to the Feb. 9 gala came in the form of gilded gift boxes that contained Wonka’s Golden Lottery Ticket — a key plot point — hidden under a divine chocolate bar.

“I suppose the best compliment was from several of our guests who said that for five hours they forgot their illnesses and troubles, and for us that meant so much,” said Joanne. She goes on to explain that when you can please both age groups, it’s a great accomplishment.

At the end of the evening Jessica confided to her parents that it was the happiest day of her life. Joanne’s thought was that it made it all worthwhile — but then went on to explain that her daughter said something that stunned her and her husband even more.
Jessica explained that she realizes she’s extremely fortunate to have been afforded such a unique birthday bash. So she decided to donate several of her gifts to local charities, including the Strong Children’s
Campaign (through the YMCA) and the Children’s Campaign (through the Advance). Also, she has promised to sponsor her mom in the Annual October Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, in which Joanne is a participant.

An alumna of Trinity Church Pre-School and Friends Seminary, Manhattan, Jessica attended LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, also in Manhattan, for a year, where she was enrolled in their vocal program, until she opted to attend St. John Villa Academy, Arrochar.

“In making that decision, she has ingrained herself in the Staten Island community,” adds her mom.

A longtime church volunteer, Jessica participated in the Staten Island Children’s Theatre at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Livingston, for seven years and has danced at Brandy’s Dance Unique, Dongan Hills, since she was 3 years old.

The typical teenage issues are still present — so says Joanne — but in spite of all the “drama,” this is one very happy family.

Happy birthday, Jessica!