The Altman family from Newton, Massachusetts, celebrated daughter Jessica’s Bat Mitzvah on January, 18, 2014, with a Saturday morning service at the Newton Marriott in Newton, Massachusetts.
Later that evening it was time to celebrate at the WGBH Television Studios in Boston, Massachusetts.
Mom Caroline has a gift business specializing in monogrammed gifts and many of the little touches at the party and throughout the weekend were done by her.
Pictured L-R: Sister Lily, Dad Dave, Bat Mitzvah girl Jessica, Mom Carrie and sister Abby.
The photographer was C.A. Smith Photography and the rest of the vendor information is listed at the end of the spotlight.
Hopple Popple Events created the modern purple acrylic invitation with white font.
A “synagogue” was created in the Newton Marriott by Atlas Floral. They did a beautiful job re-creating these Chagall windows and custom purple Bimah. They also did a custom ark to match the color scheme.
The colorful glass art decor made for striking photographs and the feel of being in a sanctuary
The view from the back of the ballroom for the service
The “Mazel Tov Jessica” bags were little candies that were thrown at Jessica after she completed her Torah portion
Atlas Florists did the decor for the Friday night dinner and kiddush luncheon after services. We love the modern geometric linens!
Whimsical centerpieces on the buffet
This stylish family looked great. Sister Lily in pink tulle, Mom Caroline wearing a floor length beaded Anne Bowen gown, Bat Mitzvah girl Jessica wearing a cocktail dress with beading and tulle, Dad Dave in a custom suit by Beckenstein Fabrics and sister Abby in a purple satin cocktail dress.
The cutting-edge studios of Boston’s public broadcasting station WGBH is one Boston’s most unique event spaces. It was transformed into a wonderful party space for Jessica and her guests.
The atrium area for cocktails is modern and sophisticated
This venue includes a theater, the perfect place to watch a montage
The team from Hopple Popple Events along with NYC based Atlas Florist collaborated on the stunning design and flawless execution. With a purple and white color palette, the decor was modern and chic.
Large screens with Jess’ name and photos surrounded the room
Customized throw pillows decorated the lounge
Contemporary flower chandeliers appeared to hang from above, along with the up lighting that provided a glow in the room
Communal tables with purple linens and white accents with chairs and napkins
The flowers and vases were acrylic and were custom made through Mom’s company, Caroline Eva
Every décor detail was accounted for including coasters
Back lit bar with Jessica’s name in different fonts was a great decor element in the room
Mom Caroline was the pro at stylizing all the special little details. From the welcome bags, to labels on bathroom necessities, she tied it all together using variations of Jessica’s logo.
This raffia bag, filled with awesome goodies, was placed in the hotel rooms of out-of- town guests. The custom ribbon was used to tie the raffia hotel bags and on trays for the kippot for Friday night dinner and Shabbat services
Some of the candy treats inside
Stylish cosmetic case perfect for the weekend
Custom soap jar and paper towels in the ladies room
Hair ties, custom logo mints and personalized lip balm beautifully placed in different sized glass apothecary jars
Guests were wowed when Jessica made her dramatic entrance.
Northern Lights Entertainment did an awesome job of playing great music that kept everyone on the dance floor all night long.
The DJ set-up included a custom stage with Jessica’s name
The sign-in book had an acrylic cover with a custom logo.
Guests raved about the food from Catering by Andrew out of Brookline, Massachusetts, which was delicious and beautifully presented.
An amazing display with purple flower ice sculptures which incorporated Jess’ logo!
Modern white trays were used for serving hors d’oeuvres
Guests enjoyed the favors. TheCoolestGiveaways.com created the awesome sweatshirts and black hats for boys. Mom Caroline did the favor bags and the purple beenie hats for the girls.
The bags were lined up in cubbies waiting for guests to pick up at the end of the night
Back of the sweatshirts
Knit Beanie hats for the girls, the boys received the same in solid black
Jessica’s camp friends loved their hats!
Custom soft pretzel bar for dessert as guests left the reception.
Beautiful branded napkins and coffee cups
Jessica loves water. Her friends always joke that she is always drinking water. Jessica raised $10,000 for a charity called charity:water. As a result she will have a well in her name in Nepal. Here is the thank you letter she sent to all of her guests that donated to this special organization:
“Thank you, Thank you, and Thank you! I am so grateful to all of you who generously contributed to my charity: water campaign!! With all of your help, I was able to raise $10,000!!! As a result, there will be a new dug well in Nepal that will have my name on it. Nepal is known for its beautiful Himalayan Mountains, deep valleys and richly flowing streams — but many of its water sources are contaminated by naturally-occurring arsenic. Half of the kids living in Nepal are underweight and 60% of childhood deaths are due to malnutrition, which is made worse by dirty drinking water. Sanitation is also a major concern. As you’re probably already aware, charity: water’s “Dollars to Projects” takes charity one step further. They will show us the impact of our gift by describing the details of the project our money made possible and so successful. This is the first time I ever got involved in raising money for a good cause and the experience was so great that I will definitely try to help others again. I am so grateful to all of you for helping me make this Mitzvah Project possible! Now I just need to convince my parents to take me to Nepal to visit my ‘Jessica Altman’ well which was made possible by all of your generosity.”
Jessica with a water container
Some advice from Mom Carrie:
“Don’t forget who the party is for and who you are celebrating! We had a 250 person party with 105 kids. Throughout the planning process we always made sure that we were planning a party For Jessica celebrating Jessica. My next piece of advice would be to include your child and listen to her suggestions and ideas. She goes to Bar and Bat Mitzvahs every weekend. Make sure you ask her what has been successful at past parties she has gone to and enjoyed.”
The following vendors helped to make Jessica’s celebration special. If you call any of these vendors, please let them know you read about their services on MitzvahMarket.com.
Service/Shabbat dinner venue: Newton Marriott, 617-969-1000
Service Decor/florist: Atlas Floral, NYC location, 212-707-8355
Reception venue: WGBH, 617-964-6550
Reception party planner: Hopple Popple, 617-964-6550
Caterer: Catering by Andrew, 617-731-6585
Music Entertainment/MC: Northern Lights, Boston: 978-443-0025, New York: 212-213-2030
Photographer: CA Smith Photography, 207-468-8367
Videographer/Montage: Lucky Quarter Productions, 617-418-7640
Girls purple hat favors/bags: Mom Carrie, Caroline Eva Gifts, 617-244-7879
Sweatshirt Favors/boys hats: TheCoolestGiveaways.com, 516-466-5728
Invitation/Cupcake Cake: Hopple Popple, 617-964-6550
Custom Sign-In book/Photo props: Mom Carrie, Caroline Eva, 617-244-7879
Bathroom décor/Custom logoed cups: Mom Carrie, Caroline Eva, 617-244-7879
Dress for Mom: Personal shopper to Anne Bowen, 212-951-1102
Suit for Dad: Custom suit by Beckenstein Bespoke, 800-221-2727
Transportation for hotel guests: Prism Livery, 877-583-2247