We hope by spotlighting this Mitzvah Family, you will be inspired to take some of their ideas and make them your own.
The Adler Family wanted a warm and elegant celebration for their son Max’s Bar Mitzvah which was held over Thanksgiving Day weekend 2007 at the East Meadow Jewish Center. By the look of their photos, we think they achieved their goals! Thank you for sharing your Mitzvah memories with our Mitzvah Mail readers.
The Adlers all looked great. Leslie’s dress was by designer Issey Miyake from Eleanor Schain in Brooklyn, NY, and Sydney’s pretty blue dress was made at Designing Dreams in Mineola, NY. Max had his vest, which coordinated with the theme made by them too. Leslie’s hair was done by John at The Salon at 230 West in Syosset. (All contact info at bottom)
Sydney, Eric, Leslie and Bar Mitzvah boy Max Adler
Max’s theme was “The Max Adler Experience.” Using bright jewel colors, tie-dye and psychedelic patterns, the look was achieved by Barbara Becker at Dazzling Parties.
The room all set up and ready for guests…
All party photography was done by Jack Katz
The Max Adler Experience placecards greeted guests and were small converse sneakers with your table number – very cool and clever!
The Adlers wanted their guests to know that another Mitzvah celebration would be happening in a few years (2010) for their daughter Syndey. They used Big Huge Labs, who we wrote about in a previous Mitzvah Mail newsletter, to make these personalized custom “Coming Soon” movie posters.
Sydney with her Big Huge Labs movie posters that they made online were displayed with bagels and Maxin’ Donuts as guests left the party
Their invitations were done by Darlene Barzilay, who can be reached by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 516-681-4602.
The one-piece invitation ensemble had a masculine plaid pattern
The Adlers used Total Entertainment with Rick Mantovi as their MC. As an added treat, the Adlers purchased gift certificates to favorite local sneaker stores and gave them away to the kids during dance and game contests.
Total Entertainment really got the crowd dancing
Max making his entrance! Designing Dreams made headbands for the dancers to match Max’s vest!
The favors for Max’s friends were created by And That. The white sweatshirts had a logo on the front and “Are You Experienced?” on the back. Leslie found the tie-dyed bags online and ironed on her own labels.
Front and back of the white sweatshirt party favors
The sweatshirts were packed in these matching colorful bags from online vendor startrackinc.com!
Some of Max’s special moments:
Max and his friends
Max with his sign-in book and matching stand, all made by Dazzling Parties
Mitzvah Mom Leslie has this advice having been through planning her son’s Bar Mitzvah, “If you are making yourself crazy during the planning process so that you are miserable, then you have forgotten what the event is really all about.” Thanks Leslie; a great thing to keep in mind!
Mitzvah Dad Eric is a cancer survivor and with that in mind, the Adlers surprised their guests as they got in their cars to go home after their joyous party. They asked the valets to hang a beautifully written note from the family in each car from the rearview mirror. The note explained how much their support meant to the family during Eric’s battle and that a donation was made to Lance Armstrong’s foundation, LiveStrong and a LiveStrong magnet was placed on their car’s bumper.
Here is a list of the Mitzvah Vendors who helped make Max’s Bar Mitzvah special. If you call any of them, please let them know you read about their services on MitzvahMarket.com. Thanks!
Eleanor Schain – 718-444-4253
Designing Dreams – 516-248-1988
Dazzling Parties – 516-766-1471
Big Huge Labs
Total Entertainment – 201-894-0055
And That – 516-364-9222
East Meadow Jewish Center
The Salon at 230 West/John – 516-921-2017
Jack Katz Photography – 917-885-1824
Invitations by Darlene Barzilay – 516-681-4602