A family from Cobleskill, New York, celebrated daughter Madelyn’s Bat Mitzvah on August 15, 2015, with a service at Temple Israel in Albany, New York, and a reception immediately following at Franklin Terrace Ballroom in Troy, New York.
Madelyn wanted a colorful Bat Mitzvah theme filled with never-ending sweets so the family came up with “Madelicious.” Her cheerful and happy theme included lots of candy decor, signage and special DIY touches all made by an incredibly creative Mom and inspiration from Mitzvah Market.
We featured brother Harrison’s Bar Mitzvah a few years back, click here to read about his luncheon with a chess theme, followed by fun at the Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Water Park in Lake George, New York
Pictured L-R: Brother Harrison, Mom Elise, Bat Mitzvah girl Madelyn and Dad Marc.
Collen Piccolino from More than Memories Photography was the photographer and the rest of the vendor information is listed at the end of the spotlight.
Invitation & Service
The family worked with Caryn Poskanzer of Caryn’s Occasions on the white and pink invitation and kippot.
Mitzvah Market made a match! After Madelyn’s older brother’s spotlight was featured on MitzvahMarket.com, Mom Elise connected with Karen, one of our readers. Elise helped Karen with her daughter’s theme using some of Elise’s ideas from her son’s celebration. Karen walked Elise through every detail of making the giant lollipop centerpieces. They never met or spoke on the phone, they just emailed for well over a year and offered advice to one another.
Mitzvah Oy Vey
The family helped assemble, move and store the centerpieces.
Donuts and candy pillows were used for the sign-in. Mom Elise created the “Madelicious” sign using real candy dots and letters from a craft store.
The family had Stan Stokas from Rappit.com create a custom “rap song” video about Madelyn. During the cocktail hour, the video and song played continuously at the entrance to the Franklin Terrace Ballroom.
Mitzvah Music & Fun
Conway Entertainment with DJ Kyle and a great party motivator immediately entertained the kids with games galore. They had awesome prizes and give-aways including: blow up shoes, hats and gift cards. Foto Magic supplied the amazing photo booth that all the guests loved.
Cake & Exit Treats
Aimee Yorke, an amazing baker and local mom, created her first Bat Mitzvah cake for Madelyn! Mom Elise created the candy bar and decorations using supplies from Oriental Trading, Shindigz and Rhode Island Novelty.
The family sent President and Mrs. Obama an invitation and got a very nice response.
A great keepsake!
Madelyn is a softball player. She truly loves playing the sport. However, there was always something bothering her about it. It was the lack of a true softball field in our town. As it turns out, her small town only has a little league baseball field which the softball players do not get much playing time on. The softball teams often are scheduled for a grassy field without a dugout, stands or even a bathroom. Madelyn decided that the girls needed a field of their own to host tournaments and feel good about. Therefore, she approached the mayor about the issue. Land was secured for the future home of “Fast Pitch Fields: It’s a Girl Thing” and the fundraising began to prepare the fields. Madelyn secured a grant, held a dance and a Zumba-thon raising over $2,500 towards Fast Pitch Fields. The real magic happened when one event led to another and subsequent fundraisers were planned throughout the summer to continue to contribute to this effort. Madelyn has now teamed up with her Girl Scout troop members and will continue the movement as her silver award project planning a softball clinic this spring. What started out as a Mitzvah Project keeps growing and will continue to inspire young girls to play softball in our town.
Madelyn was featured twice in the local newspaper for her Mitzvah Project
Mom to Mom
Some advice from Mom Elise:
“It is never too early to start planning and thinking of ideas. Do not be afraid to do-it-yourself so that whatever you are doing turns out exactly as you pictured it. Be sure to have someone to bounce ideas off of. Much of the planning must be ‘talked through’ for it to come alive as pictured. Having a site like Mitzvah Market to turn to for a never-ending flood of ideas was very important. In addition, in our case, most of the guests had never been to a Bat Mitzvah before so it was equally important to help our guests understand the special meaning of the celebration. Everyone was thrilled to be a part of such a milestone and the genuine feedback was heartwarming.”
The following vendors helped to make Madelyn’s Bat Mitzvah special. If you give any of them a call, let them know you read about their services on MitzvahMarket.com.
Temple: Temple Israel, 518-438-7858
Venue: Franklin Terrace Ballroom, 518-274-3421
Photographer Colleen Piccolino, More Than Memories, 518-514-8632
Logo Design: Adam, Gotham T-shirt
Invitations/Kippot: Caryn Poskanzer, Caryn’s Occasions, 518-438-1803
Label Printing/Programs/Hospitality notes: Race Printing, 518-234-4442
Centerpiece and Room Decor/Stickers/Table numbers/Place cards: Mom Elise
Centerpiece Decor Idea: Mitzvah Mom Karen
Music Entertainment: Conway Entertainment, 518-882-7216
Photo booth/magnets: FotoMagic, 518-877-3046
Entrance video: Dan Stokas, Rappitt.com
Exit Treat cupcakes: Baked By Melissa
CAKE: Aimee Yorke, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dance socks: Cool Party Favors, 877-328-6778
Bat Mitzvah girl Madelyn’s Dress: Terani, Ferri’s Formals, 518-374-3464
Mom Elise’s dress: Ursula of Switzerland, Fancy Schmancy Couture, 518-452-1269
Men’s Suit’s Macy’s