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The Backalar Bat Mitzvah Family Spotlight

Jodi Backalar is from Farmington Hills, Michigan and celebrated her Bat Mitzvah in September, 2010 at Temple Shir Shalom in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

Jodi loves tennis, so this family had an easy time coming up with her theme! She celebrated with “Jodi’s Tennis Ball.”

We thank them for sharing all their creative ideas with Mitzvah Market.

Pictured L-R: Brother Dylan, Mom Julie, Bat Mitzvah girl Jodi, and Dad Ernie

All photography was done by Justin Munter and the rest of the vendor information is listed at the bottom of this spotlight.

 

 

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Jodi’s pretty yellow and lime green dress with a basket weave top was from Guys N Gals.

 

 

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In true athletic form, Jodi switched into a cute pair of Nike “tennis” shoes for her party!

 

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In keeping with Jodi’s theme, her invitation, created by bumpercards.com featured tennis racquets, balls and Jewish stars in pink, lime green and yellow.

 

 

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Backalar invite

 

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All their decor was created by Debbie LeClaire.

 

 

 

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The tennis theme continues with “Have A Ball With Jodi”

 

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These creative place cards were done by Dad Ernie! Guests were seated at “courts” not tables

 

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Jodi’s celebration was held at Temple Shir Shalom.

 

 

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Large signage hung in the ballroom

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The pretty room is ready for guests

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Clever centerpieces featured tennis racquets that Jodi collected and were then donated after her party as part of her Mitzvah Project

 

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Star Trax provided the music entertainment with Jordan as the MC.

 

 

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Backalar DJ

 

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Check out the adorable sign-in board created by Debbie LeClaire!

 

 

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Jodi is a cover girl!

 

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Jodi’s cake was created by Olga Creations.

 

 

 

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Of course it was a big tennis raquet!

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Jodi with her tennis coach Steve who lit a candle

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Even their kippots were tennis themed!

 

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Jodi’s logo was designed by her Dad and used on her T-shirt favors.

 

 

 

Backalar favors

 

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Here’s some advice from Mitzvah Mom Julie:
“During the planning phase, you may not believe it, but it all comes together in the end.”

 

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Jodi’s Mitzvah Project related to her theme of tennis. She collected used tennis balls and donated them to an assisted living center. They use them for physical therapy and for the bottom of walkers. Also, she collected and donated new cans of tennis balls and new and gently used tennis racquets that were used in the centerpieces. After the party, the centerpieces were taken apart and donated to an inner city tennis program.

 

Stamp Vendor's Directory

 

The following vendors helped to make Jodi’s celebration special. If you give any of them a call, please let them know you read about their services on MitzvahMarket.com.

 

Venue: Temple Shir Shalom 248-737-8700
Party Planner: Mom Julie
Music Entertainment: MC Jordan, Star Trax
LogoPlace cards: Dad
Party entertainment: Tattoos, Rad-a-tattoo, Photo Booth, Intel Bill Photography
Invitations: Michelle at www.bumpercards.com
Cake: Olga’s Creations
Jodi’s Dress: Guys N Gals, 248-851-1260
Décor: Debbie LeClaire, 248-738-3971
Sign-In board: Debbie LeClaire
Hair/Makeup: Karen Siegel Faces by Karen
Party Security: Pat Blackwell Party Assurance, 248-366-6778
Photographer: Justin Munter
Videographer: Scott MacKinnon, 248-792-9232
Tennis Kipot: Kipot.com

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