The Boudin family of Melville, New York, celebrated the B’nai Mitzvah of their daughter Emma and son Jesse on Thursday evening, November 14, 2013, with a service at the Holiday Inn Plainview followed by a reception for family and friends on Saturday, November 16, 2013, at The Emporium in Patchogue, New York.
For these musical kids, this was the perfect location for their “concert” celebration with lots of special touches!
Pictured L-R: Dad Michael, Bar Mitzvah Boy Jesse, Bat Mitzvah girl Emma and Mom Jennifer.
The photographer was Izik Mishan Photography and the rest of the vendor information is listed at the bottom of the spotlight.
A room at the Holiday Inn Plainveiw was transformed into a sanctuary for the evening service.
Dad Michael gave a speech with his family on the bimah
The right side (front) and left side (back) of the service program
The Boudins wanted a concert-type reception and created that first impression with the invitation which looked like a concert ticket created by Paper Cake Designs. The attire was “Rockin’ Cocktail.”
We love the tear-off RSVP postcard
Emma’s gown was from Share-Wear, a place to shop on Long Island for gently loved gowns and formal wear that was owned by Mom Jen and her friend Odellia.
There was not much to do to create an awesome concert atmosphere at The Emporium. This is a one-of-a-kind venue which hosts many concerts during the week. There is a huge stage and dance floor, spacious dance floor, bowling alley and an award-winning chef.
Jesse and Emma posed in front of The Emporium with their names on the marquee
A huge dance floor made this the perfect venue to have a rockin’ celebration
A few large posters of Jesse and Emma was all the decor that was needed
Rachelle Schuster, of Captive 8 Promotions, had her graphic designer create a cool Van Halen-inspired logo based on Dad Michael’s original sketch and idea. This logo was used throughout the party and on the favors.
On the stage
Their sign-ins were designed by Dad Michael. He purchased a used drum and keyboard and brought them to a car shop to be lacquered!
The keyboard and drums ready to be signed!
These talented kids each had their own special entrance. Emma’s entrance was a live performance of the mash up of Avicci and Fergie’s “Wake Me Up/All We Got” which was produced and choreographed by The Loft Sound Studio where Emma records regularly.
Watch Emma’s performance/entrance here
Brother Jesse made his entrance performing a rousing rendition of “When The Saints Go Marching In” with the Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra.
Watch Jesse’s entrance video here
This family loves music! They had a live orchestra, the Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra as well as MC Mario and the Hart to Hart Entertainment dancers who all rocked the house!
Great concert feel and great music filled this B’nai Mitzvah celebration
Even Mom Jen got into the action
Emma performing with the Hart to Hart Entertainment dance team
The family had seen artist Joe Mangrum during a visit to New York City and were so impressed by his work that they hired him on the spot to create something at the reception. Also in the house was Ken Salaz, magician and mentalist, providing sophisticated and amazing entertainment.
Magician, mentalist Ken Salaz entertained guests
The Boudin family had a funny moment during the honor dance when MC Mario broke in and started the Chicken Dance and the dancers gave out chicken hats.
The family enjoyed a special dance
The Boudins created a concert atmosphere with the favors using concert t-shirts and t-shirt giveaways. Dad Michael’s Van Halen inspired logo was used on the shirts. There was a concert t-shirt booth for the favors. Instead of giving each kid a bag, all shirts were the same size and guests got to choose one of four colors. Rachelle Schuster of Captive 8 Promotions created the shirts.
Guests enjoyed choosing their t-shirt color
Jesse and Emma were ambassadors for two amazing charities and raised funds, donating a portion of their gifts to Dunk Your Kicks program through the Max Cure Foundation and “Supplies for Success… Give Back with a Backpack” a UJA-Federation Program. They are still involved in both.
Collecting sneakers to be donated
Part of the assembly line to give out school supplies
Some advice from Mom Jen:
“Everybody will be dancing
And be doing it right…
Everybody will be dancing,
When we’re feeling all right.
Everybody will be dancing tonight….
That’s how you know the magic’s right!”
“This songs says it all. We had non-stop fun and that was the collective goal for our B’nai Mitzvah. We are serious foodies whose lives are immersed in music on many levels. Our interests are eclectic and artsy. We wanted our guests to feel like they were one of us. This night was about sharing our passion and zest for living life to the fullest, leaving no stone unturned. Mom to Mom, my advice would be to do a personal, intimate inventory of the atmosphere you want to create for the guest(s) of honor, for your family, and special guests. Let your love shine; it will connect guests to the experience you are creating.
Be present, an active participant in your party… And people will follow suit. Stop, a few times during the event and take a deep breath, while looking around at a room bursting with positive energy. Take mental snapshots of the joy. Absorb every giggle, passing smile, and positive word spoken. Be true to yourselves and embrace this unforgettable time for your family. Michael and I were so proud of Emma and Jesse, beyond words. It was the best night of our lives; no regrets.”
The following vendors helped to make Emma and Jesse’s celebration special. If you give any of them a call, please let them know you read about their services on MitzvahMarket.com.
Service venue: Leslie Kolenberg, Holiday Inn Plainview, 349-7400
Flowers at Service: Lori, Bethpage Florist, 516-933-2525
Service prayer pamphlets: Saari, Screen Solutions Event Graphics, 516-791-8712
Party venue: Jeanne and Brigid, The Emporium, 631-627-8787
Party Planner: Mom Jen and Dad Michael Boudin
Photographer: Izik Mishan Photography, 917-291-3072
Videographer: Joe Pergolotti, Dockside Digital, 631-944-1994
Music Entertainment: MC Mario, Hart to Hart Entertainment, 516-921-6008
Band: Brother Joscephus and the Love Revivial Revolution Orchestra, 347-599-2120
Invitation: Larissa, PaperCake Designs, 949-306,9291
Favors: Rachelle Schuster, Captiv8 Promotions, 212-473-2440
Photo booth, games, zap shots, Giant iPhone: Hart to Hart Entertainment, 516-921-6008
Illusionist: Ken Salaz, 917-952-8967
Sand/street artist: Joe Mangrum, 917-348-
Photo blow up: Saari Kirschner, Screen Solutions Event Graphics, 516-791-8712
Mom Jen’s dress: Melony Mazzeo, 516-742-4679
Emma’s Gown/performance dress: Share-Wear
Loft Sound Studio: The Loft Sound Studio, 516-390-7842
Drum teacher: Kenny Schwartz of Kenny Schwartz Drum Academy, 631-335-5965
Hair: Salon Entourage, 516-496-1700
Makeup: Jen Tilden, 516-921-1963