The Becker family of Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, celebrated their daughter Emma’s Bat Mitzvah on Friday, October 31, 2014, at Philadelphia’s Hotel Monaco. The party followed at Tendenza event space also in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
This is a family that loves everything about Halloween. Emma’s parents got married on Halloween and her Mitzvah Project was also related Halloween. It wasn’t surprising that they decided on a black and white Halloween theme and some fun elements from Emma’s favorite television show, “Pretty Little Liars.”
Pictured L-R: Mom Hollee, Brother Dylan, Dad Lance and Bat Mitzvah girl Emma.
Photography was by Tony Hoffer Photography (who had never shot a Bat Mitzvah before!) and the rest of the vendors are listed at the bottom of the spotlight.
Mitzvah Invitation, Service & Style
The invitation was created by Mom Hollee on Zazzle.com. It came packaged in a custom glossy black box from PaperMart.com imprinted with the Pretty Little Liars tagline “Got a Secret. Can You Keep It?” Inside, guests found a card encased in a clear envelope filled with real dirt and a mini plastic shovel. Emma’s service was held at The Hotel Monaco.
Emma is a huge fan of the television series “Pretty Little Liars,” based around the mystery “Who is A?” Since the party was held on Halloween they decided to run with the mystery, “Who is E?” Tendenza is a modern, industrial chic loft space. Beautiful Blooms created the table decor and Mom Hollee’s great ideas were incorporated all over.
Music & Entertainment
MC John and his crew from Unique Musique knew what a special celebration this was and kept the party going all night long. Not only was it Emma’s Bat Mitzvah celebration and Halloween but it also was Emma’s parents anniversary!
The biggest highlight of the night was the surprise hip hop routine Emma and Dad Lance broke into a few seconds into their traditional father/daughter dance.
Mitzvah Treats & Favor
At the end of the night, waiters dressed in costumes circulated with desserts. The sweatshirt favors were from The Mitzvah Mavens.
When it came time to choose a Mitzvah Project, it was clear it had to be connected to Halloween! The Becker family helped Emma with her fundraiser, “Costumes for a Cause” benefiting Little Smiles. We featured it on Mitzvah Market, to read more about this great project click here.
Emma sitting on top of all the costumes she collected
Mom to Mom
Some advice from Mom Hollee:
“Emma and I had the best time planning this party! Once she came up with the theme, we just embraced who she is and ran with it. It was such a great bonding experience, and I am so grateful for the time we spent brainstorming and tackling some of the smaller projects. There are so many great resources online — don’t be afraid to use them! And once you figure out what you want the night look like, focus on what you want your party to feel like. We had a lot of guests, but we wanted the room to feel lively and intimate — like a whimsical dinner party that suddenly turns into an awesome dance party where every single person becomes part of the celebration. Let your child lead the way. Then just let go, soak up all the love and laughter in the room and enjoy every single moment because it goes by way too fast!”
The following vendors helped to make Emma’s Bat Mitzvah special. If you give any of them a call, let them know you read about their services on MitzvahMarket.com.
Venue: Tendenza, 215-238-5750
Photographer/Guestbooth: Tony Hoffer Photography, 484-693-0055
Videographer: Trabbland, 215-867-9208
Event Website/Montage/Logos/Labels: Hollee Becker
Music Entertainment: MC John, Unique Musique Entertainment, 732-431-4082
Table Decor: Beautiful Blooms, 215-925-9300
Greeters: Jewelz Entertainment, 267-241-0577
Favor Sweatshirts: The Mitzvah Mavens, 610-642-4002
Airbrushed Trucker Hats: P Mad Graffix
Glam Bar: LexiStyle, 201-401-2703
Invitation/Sign-In Board/Pillows: Zazzle.com
Instagram signs: Jones Street Press, 770-851-9807
E straws: Krazy Straws
Cake: Tendenza, 215-238-5750
Custom Black Raspberry Fortune Cookies: KCFortuneCookieFactory.com
Clear Envelopes with Mini Shovel and Real Dirt: GoldenOpenings.com
Custom Imprinted Glossy Black Boxes: PaperMart.com
Save the Date Magnets: WeddingPaperDivas.com
Custom Kids Stadium Cups: ForYourParty.com
Orange Kippahs: Skullcap.com
Emma’s dress: Rissy Roos and Angel Bridal on Etsy.com
Mom Hollee’s dress: Intermix