Since 1986, Evan Karfinkel, owner of EK Productions has been producing Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebrations. So when it came time for his daughter Amanda’s Bat Mitzvah in February, 2016, there was just one question: Could he be a guest at his own daughter’s celebration without “working” the party?
The answer was yes! Evan and his team customized the entire event which took place at the Nicotras Ballroom at the Hilton Hotel in Staten Island, New York. The theme was “Pandalicious,” which was a play on Amanda’s nickname, Panda. As you will see below, every detail was customized by her Dad including the a new candle lighting table used at her event.
Pictured above: L-R, Dad Evan, Bat Mitzvah girl Amanda, Mom Debra and sister Brooke
Their Bat Mitzvah invitation with a purple border was ordered online from SarahSchwartz.com.
Party Details from EK Productions
There were many customized details created just for Amanda!
EK Productions used their DJ illumination booth with Amanda's logo on three large screens
The black and white dance floor customized with a floor decal
The place card table featured one of the EK Production's illuminated lamps to match the decor
The place cards were in frames that would later hold guests' pictures from the photo booth
Custom menu card with an adorable panda
Guests enjoyed a Lids Station where they could have a hat customized with a choice of 12 different designs
EK Productions provided all of the light-up lamp centerpieces. These colors where set to match the decor
EK Production's feather centerpieces were used on alternating tables
EK Productions also handled the custom pillows on the couches and crystal centerpieces on the lounge area hi-top tables
Dad Evan created this custom light-up logo'd candle lighting table
Amanda during her candle lighting ceremony. Notice the candles Dad Evan found to match the party linens!
Guests left special written and video messages for Amanda on this Digi Sign-in from EK Productions
Music Entertainment From EK Productions
Amanda made a grand entrance
Amanda Karfinkle danced with MC Michael and EK's Stevie of KR Productions while making her entrance
MC Michael and Amanda are all smiles
Amanda had a great time!
EK Productions provided a drummer to entertain guests
T-shirts given to guests on the dance floor
Guests enjoyed EK's Photo booth with Amanda's logo'd step n repeat as a backdrop
Guests loved EK's Star Pix photo booth. An interactive experience with the ability to immediately post on social media
Hamming it up in the Star Pix photo booth
EK also provided games
Amanda's friends enjoyed the Glitter Tattoo station
EK Apparel Prints created these custom drawstring bags for the sweatshirt favors
Amanda modeled her sweatshirt hoodie
Amanda's cake from Jackie Cakes
Signage and candy buffet by EK Productions
As guests left, they grabbed delicious treats from the EK Dunkin' Station
Dad Evan: “Hiring an event planner who can handle all your details is a crucial part of creating a great event.”
The following vendors helped to make Amanda’s celebration special. If you give any of them a call, let them know you read about their products/services on MitzvahMarket.com.
Venue: Hilton Hotel, 718-477-2400
Party Planner: Evan Karfinkel, EK Productions
Music Entertainment: MC Benny & Michael, EK Productions
Photographer/Videographer/All Party Decor/Games: EK Productions
Favors: EK Apparel Prints
Cake: Jackie Cakes, 718-477-1770
Dresses: Dream Dresses, 732-607-1112
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