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On The Bar Bat Mitzvah Circuit…With Carrie

 

By Carrie Berk

 

About 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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since my camp friend Hailey Levine is such a high-energy, outgoing, and fun-loving girl, I knew that her Bat Mitzvah would match her personality.

 

Carrie: Hailey Levine
Hailey and Carrie

Carrie: Hailey Levine
Hailey with her proud parents

She chose pink (her fave color) for the theme as well as the letter “H.” All her fellow Camp Hillard CITs got a big kick out of it and teased that the H was for Hillard!

Carrie: Hailey Levine
When we first walked into the venue—Guastavino’s under the 59th Street Bridge in NYC—there was a huge poster of Hailey. So glam!

Carrie: Hailey Levine
At the cocktail hour, we played a game called “Friendly Feud” where Hailey’s besties could answer trivia questions in teams. There was also a huge buffet serving a large variety of delicious foods, from sushi and sliders, to mozzarella sticks.

Carrie: Hailey Levine

Signage included her name hung over the bar

Then it was time to go upstairs for the main party. I made a beeline for the Nail Art Bar. So cool! My friends and I had photos of our faces “painted” on our nails in less than 3 minutes!

Carrie: Hailey Levine
There was a green-screen photo booth, and also a karaoke booth, where you could pick your favorite song and sing it with a friend. The best part: I got to take home a CD with the song to remember Hailey’s special day!

Carrie: Hailey Levine

The boys surrounded the basketball hoops…and I have to admit, I shot a few as well.

Carrie: Hailey Levine

After we danced and danced, we sat down to chill on white sofas and comfy chairs. I loved the giant “H” in the center of the lounge. Everything felt so special and customized for Hailey.

Carrie: Hailey Levine

Carrie: Hailey Levine

Hailey up in the chair for the horah

When it was time for dessert, they served vanilla and chocolate milkshakes. But I have to admit, I stole a bite of one of the adult’s plated chocolate lava cakes. It was sooo delicious!

Carrie: Hailey Levine

Carrie: Hailey Levine

Hailey’s cake was enormous and as beautiful as the Bat Mitzvah girl: pink, white, and gold details on multiple tiers. The inside was vanilla cake with milk chocolate icing, and my friends and I inhaled it!

Carrie: Hailey Levine

For favors, Hailey chose grey hoodies and white beanies, all with a golden “H” emblazoned on them. Guess what I wore the next day?

Carrie: Hailey Levine

Carrie: Hailey Levine

As we left the party, guests were welcomed into a candy bar with sweets “to grab and go,” and invited to take home a slice from the pizza truck stationed outside.

Carrie: Hailey Levine
Carrie: Hailey Levine
I am so proud of Hailey and glad to have spent her incredibly beautiful Bat Mitzvah with her!

Vendors: Event Decor: Stefan Event Decor; Music Entertainment/Photo booth: Total Entertainment; Venue: Guastavinos;
Cake: Cakesbyandrea; Photographer: iNsYnc Photography; Party planner: Michelle Farber, mstudioevents; Dress: Mori Lee Sticks and Stones; Food Truck: Eddie’s Pizza Truck

Read more of Carrie’s blog posts:
Blog #1 here
Blog #2 here
Blog #3 here
Blog #4 here


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