The Garmise family of Port Washington, New York, celebrated daughter Hannah’s Bat Mitzvah on November 21, 2015, with a service at Temple Sinai in Roslyn, New York, and a party that evening at the Village Club of Lake Success in Great Neck, New York.
Mom Jessica is the founder of Out Of The Box Creations, a Long-Island based event decor company that specializes in unique and creative events. Jessica explains how Hannah’s celebration presented her with a unique creative challenge. “Hannah is very sporty but also has a girlie side, so we went into the event trying to find a way to tie those two parts of her together.” She adds, “Hannah loved chevron from the start so we played up that design in the invitation and all over the party (her girlie side). But we also weaved in her love of sports through her logo, the favors and giveaways.”
Pictured above: (L-R) Dad Jason, Sister Eliza, Bat Mitzvah girl Hannah and Mom Jessica.
Chad David Kraus Photography was the photographer and the rest of the vendor information is listed at the end of the spotlight.
Invitation & Service
Hannah’s navy gown from It’s Simply For You.
Window size versions of Hannah’s chevron pattern and monogram were on display in the windows of the venue
The music entertainment was provided by Geo Events with Kenny as the MC.
Mom Jessica created the montage herself. The theme was “Who is Hannah?” She used a Website called Fiverr.com to purchase a bunch of animated videos (for $5 each) including an opening video where “Who is Hannah?” is typed into the google search screen.
Party Favors/Mitzvah Exit Treats
Bat Mitzvah Highlight Reel
Watch this 90 second highlight reel of Hannah’s Bat Mitzvah which was put together by Chad David Kraus Photography.
A week after Hannah’s Bat Mitzvah, on Thanksgiving morning 2015, Hannah and her best friend Rachel Gatz participated in the Garden City Turkey Trot. As their joint Mitzvah Project, the girls decided to raise money to support breast cancer research by running the 5-mile race. The response from their friends and family was amazing. The girls raised over $4,000 to donate to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Everyone making a donation was allowed to indicate a person that they would like Hannah and Rachel to run in honor or memory of and all of those people were printed on the back of their shirts. It was a wonderful project for an even more wonderful cause.
Mom To Mom Advice
Some advice from Mom Jessica:
“My best advice: Stay organized! There are so many moving parts to planning a Bar or Bat Mitzvah and the last few weeks can be downright nutty! Pick vendors that you trust to help keep you on the right track and that will work well with each other to make your day go as smooth as possible.”
The following vendors helped to make Hannah’s Bat Mitzvah special. If you give any of them a call, let them know you read about their services on MitzvahMarket.com.
Venue: Village Club of Lake Success
Music Entertainment: MC Jason, GEO Events
Invitations: Printed by LoveLauraGifts.com
Party Photographer: Chad David Kraus Photography, 917-532-3478
Décor/Sign-In: Out of the Box Creations
Hannah’s Pre-Party Photo Shoot: Julie Shapiro Photography, 917-696-8916
Video: Stephen Andrews Studios, 516-780-9100
Photo Booth and Games: Great Neck Games
Favors: Party Favors by Robin, 646-298-5601
Kippah Box: Sweet Grace Art
Montage : Mom (with a little help from Fiverr.com)
Hannah dress: Rachel, Its Simply for You, 516-921-2863