Ryan Adelman celebrated his Bar Mitzvah in December 2011. They had a luncheon for the adults following Ryan’s service at Congregation B’nai Israel in Millburn, New Jersey.
Later that evening, there was a kids party at Mountain Ridge Country Club in West Caldwell, New Jersey.
Jesse Hernandez was the photographer and the rest of the vendors are listed at the bottom of this spotlight.
Pictured above (L-R): Mom Heather, Sister Hilary, Bar Mitzvah boy Ryan, Brother Tyler and Dad Marc
Both Ryan’s luncheon and kids party featured a sports theme including his love of the Mets and golf.
Ryan’s invitation by Paper Capers and his kippahs were displayed in a “sporty” way in baskets along with clips on an orange shoe lace
For the luncheon following Ryan’s service, the Emerald Garden dressed up golf equipment donations that were used for centerpieces during the luncheon. Junior golf clubs were purchased to adorn the bimah and then were donated
Mom Heather put together orange table card boxes filled with grass and blue chocolate kisses directing guests to their “hole” (table)
We are impressed! Mom Heather used her needle pointing skills to create Ryan’s custom kippah.
The kippah included his logo!
Mom also created a needle point talis bag and Ryan’s grandparents gave him the talis as a gift
Party planner Dayna Platnick pulled the “sports” elements together for Ryan’s celebration with his friends.
Ryan’s game jerseys decorated the entrance to his celebration – an idea adopted from a Mitzvah Market family spotlight
The table cards were orange and blue golf ball keychains with guests first names attached on the key holder
The orange flowers by Emerald Garden subtly carried the theme into the adults’ tables
Oversized logo on the dance floor displaying Ryan’s logo was designed by Adam Padilla, a marketing design consultant who works with Ryan’s Dad at The 100 Mile Man Group. The decal was made by LTLPrints
Jersey Street Furniture provided the lounge furniture and metal figures who were dressed up in more of Ryan’s uniforms
One of the metal figures
Mom Heather used photos of the Bar Mitzvah boy at various ages to number the tables (also an idea from Mitzvah Market)
Shine Events provided the music entertainment with Jamel as the MC.
Ryan makes his entrance
Ryan’s friends help with a “stage dive”
Guests having fun
There were many creative touches that added an element of fun to Ryan’s celebration.
After reading about Picture This Nashville on MitzvahMarket.com, Mom Heather called and booked this unique photo favor booth
Ryan’s sister, Hilary, loved using the photo booth all night long
Hamming it up for the camera
Love Peace Paint created temporary tatoos on guests
Send In The Clowns provided games
Party Planner Dayna Platnick created the sign-in board using the table number pictures.
Mr. G provided logo’d napkins and cups.
Baked By Melissa cupcakes spelled out “Play Ball!”
Mr. G also created the shirts for the young guests.
Mom Heather has this advice for us:
“Enjoy the planning process of your child’s Mitzvah because the actual day goes by in a flash. Take pleasure in working on every detail and then remember on the actual day to live in the moment, savor the service, revel in being surrounded by your friends and family and appreciate the fact that the most fun moments are the ones you did NOT plan, ie. the stage dive at the end!”
For his Mitzvah Project, Ryan collected golf clubs, bags, shoes and balls to benefit The First Tee.
The First Tee is a national organization that introduces kids to golf and provides an opportunity for them to develop life-enhancing skills, such as confidence, perseverance and good judgment.
They wrote about Ryan’s Mitzvah Project here.
The following vendors helped to make Ryan’s celebration special. If you give any of them a call, please let them know you heard about their services on MitzvahMarket.com.
Service/Luncheon: Congregation B’nai Israel
Venue: Mountain Ridge Country Club
Party Planner: Dayna Platnick, firstname.lastname@example.org, 973-945-0884
Music Entertainment: MC Jamel, Shine Events, 845-525-3100
Photographer: Jesse Hernandez Photography, 732-781-5935
Décor/Florist: Jimmy, The Emerald Garden, Millburn, NJ, 973-564-9519
Favors (shirts, cups, napkins): Mr. G’s Embroidery, 908-432-9246
Photo Booth: Elaine Pardo Ingram, Picture this Nashville, 615-352-0024
Tattoo artist: Shayna Craig, Love, Peace and Paint, 908-768-7687
Invitation: Paper Capers, Livingston, NJ
Cupcakes: Baked By Melissa
Sign-In board: Dayna Platnick
Place cards and table numbers: Mitzvah Mom Heather
Hair/makeup: Anne Sussman, 973-985-9850
Videographer: Kristen, Lasting Memories Productions, Kristen.email@example.com
Games: Gary, Send in the Clowns, 516-354-1515
Décor/furniture: Jersey Street Furniture, 973-779-7444
Decal floor logo: LTL Prints, 800-672-6741
Kosher Caterer for Temple luncheon: Chaya, Pomp Caterers, 973-539-4314 ext. 112
Acappella Group at luncheon: Princeton Tigertones