By Carrie Berk
I’m an 8th grade Bar & Bat Mitzvah teen blogger for MitzvahMarket.com and live on the Upper East Side in NYC. I love fashion, soul cycle, theater, hanging out with friends, and cupcakes (I have a blog about them: www.facebook.com/PLCCupcakeClub). My Bat Mitzvah Project is for my dance teacher and friend, Elizabeth Maria Walsh, who died of a rare form of cancer at just 26 years old. Direct message me on Instagram (@carrieberkk) for information on how to donate, and follow me for more fun Bat Mitzvah photos!
I knew how hard my dance friend, Annabelle Haroche, had worked to put together a Bat Mitzvah in three months–she really wanted to learn Hebrew and make this a special night for friends and family. And it skyrocketed way past my expectations!
Bat Mitzvah Service Touches
Water bottles were branded with her logo and offered to guests pre-ceremony--so we wouldn’t get thirsty during the service!
They also had beautiful customized prayer books in Annabelle’s fave colors: pink, purple, and blue. She sang beautifully and was amazing while she read from the Torah!
Annabelle looked great in her dress made by Yon from My Daughter's Wedding and Golden Goose sneakers
There were two giant posters of her and a giant light up letter “A” in the center of the room
Once the service was over, it was time to party! There was a giant purple circular sign-in board for guests to sign. I made sure to leave a nice note for the Bat Mitzvah girl
Since “hipstapatches” (mini patch stickers) are the latest trend, Annabelle had customized patches with her logo on them!
I stuck one on my phone
When we went to our cubbies to take our shoes off, we were handed plush silver “sneaker” slippers. They were super comfy to dance in!
Her school friends put on a great presentation. They spelled out her name on t-shirts, wrote a song, and choreographed a dance to the tune of “Baby” by Justin Bieber
Annabelle even had her own snapchat geotag so that when we took selfies, we could put her logo on our snapchat story! Everyone (including me) was amazed by the adorable design!
Guests were drawn to the basketball hoop
Everyone loved the giant glowing ping-pong table
The highlight of the Bat Mitzvah was the Dominique Ansel dessert bar--including their famous cookie shots which are cups made out of chocolate chip cookies filled with milk! It’s such a popular spot in Soho with uber long-lines, we were thrilled when we saw the yummy treats and got to eat them...for free!
Photo booth fun!
Annabelle with a dancer from Untouchable Events
The kids' lounge had custom pillows and coffee tables
There was also a purple step n' repeat with Annabelle’s name splattered across it
As we left, there was a giant candy table filled with Annabelle’s favorite candies including Skittles and bags of cotton candy
Annabelle’s Bat Mitzvah was a spectacular night; I am so proud and astonished by how she put it all together in such a short amount of time. I hope that it was an occasion she will never forget, because I certainly won’t.
Annabelle and Carrie
Dress: My Daughter’s Wedding, Sneakers (silver studded high-tops!): Golden Goose, Photographer: Sarah Merians Photography; Decor: Jersey Street Furniture; Music Entertainment/Photo booth/Games: Untouchable Events; Food: Espace; Catered Desserts: Dominique Ansel and Baked by Melissa; Party Planner: Valerie Perez; Slippers: Happy Feet; Favors: Infinity; Service: Door To Door Tutoring
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