The Brenner Bat Mitzvah Family Spotlight


The Brenner family celebrated their daughter Rachel’s Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at Temple Chaverim in Plainview, New York. Following the service, there was a Kiddush luncheon and then an evening celebration which was outRACHous fun for family and friends at The Tam O’Shanter Club in Brookville, New York.

Mitzvah Mom Bonnie writes for Mitzvah Market and is happy to share Rachel’s special day with our readers.


 Pictured above (L-R): Mom Bonnie, Bat Mitzvah girl Rachel, Brother Jayson and Dad Steven.

All party photography was done by Simon Elliot Events and the rest of the vendors are listed at the bottom of the spotlight.





Rachel’s service was held at Temple Chaverim with a Kiddush luncheon catered by Hasson Caterers.



Brenner Bat Mitzvah spotlight temple
The Brenner family at the bimah

Brenner Family Spotlight  yarmulke basket
Turquoise and gold trimmed kippot were ordered and delivered in 10 days from





Rachel chose her favorite color combination of turquoise and gold for her Luscious Verde invitation which was customized by Ellen Futterman of Proper Notice.



Brenner invitation

 The layered invitation featured a plumeria flower

Brenner stamp

 Rachel included her dog Cody, who is wearing a yarmulke on the custom stamp!


 Stamp - Mitzvah Style

Rachel’s long gown was from Outrageous Boutique and it was the first dress she tried on!  Mom Bonnie found her champagne gown at Mieka Boutique.



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Rachel’s long turquoise gown featured crystals and was accented by her Aunt Jodi’s tiara that she wore at her wedding

Brenner Family Spotlight Rachel and Mitzvah Mom Bonnie
Bat Mitzvah girl Rachel and Mom Bonnie strike a pose





The Tam O’Shanter Club was the setting and Mom Bonnie raved about GM Maureen, Carl, Matt and Chef Renaldo who went above and beyond in accommodating the Brenner’s requests.


Delicious food displays included a raw bar for guests during the cocktail hour


Since Rachel’s celebration was on March 17, the Brenners included a touch of the Irish!



 Stamp - Mitzvah Decor

Jennifer McKeon, owner of Verbena Designs, a floral and event planning boutique created much of the decor. In doing research for Mitzvah Market, Mom Bonnie found some great ideas online and Jennifer brought them to life! Party Harty put together the lounge area in a very creative way.



Brenner "R"
The art theme was clear when guests arrived and saw this awesome letter “R” made of crayons

Brenner Bat Mitzvah bar centerpiece

Beautiful flower arrangements were placed on the four corners of the bar along with some bling

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Verbena Designs used Rachel’s artwork as the vase for the adult tables filled with beautiful flowers

Brenner Bat Mitzvah table numbers
The table numbers were created from drawing pencils

Brenner decor
The Finishing Touch provided the jewel gold overlays and turquoise lamour linens and napkins

Brenner decor
The back wall of the ballroom was filled with different shots of Rachel on a shimmering fabric

Brenner Mitzvah Family spotlight Rachel gobo
The lit up stage and gobo was brought in by Party Harty

Brenner Bat Mitzvah Party Harty lounge
The kids had a great time in the lounge especially sitting at the acrylic high top tables which formed the letter “X”

Brenner Bat Mitzvah S couch
The “S” shaped couch was a big hit!



 Simon Elliot Events created the LED place card seating tower that was lit up with the adult guests names.



Brenner seating chart

 Brenner Bat Mitzvah Friends Lounge Sign
Rachel’s friends and cousins were all listed on a poster for the lounge




Rachel’s outRACHous themed Bat Mitzvah was made special by the amazing vendors who brought her vision to life. It started with the splatter art logo that graphic designer Amy Wohl created. It was also incorporated into other aspects of the decor like the personalized napkins, menu cards, favor tags and even thank you notes!


Brenner menu card

 The menu card

Brenner napkins
Mom Bonnie ordered custom napkins from The Stationary Studio

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One of many posters created for the reception

Brenner signage
A great dance floor decal with Rachel’s logo

Brenner pillow
Custom pillows were placed in the kids lounge area and now are in Rachel’s room

Brenner Thank You Note

 The thank you note features Rachel during the Horah




Rachel made her grand entrance on top of a golf cart which was GM Maureen’s idea!



Brenner Bat Mitzvah Rachel's Entrance


Stamp - Mitzvah Music


MC Howie, Evan and the dancers of Party Harty provided great music, high energy and lots of fun all night for the kids and adults.



Brenner Family Spotlight everyone dancing 
Everyone on the dance floor having fun!

Brenner Bat Mitzvah Party Harty dancers
Rachel with the Party Harty dancers

Brenner Bat Mitzvah Evan and Rachel's friends
Who is having more fun, Evan or the girls?





There was plenty of extra entertainment for the young guests and adults.




Magician John Born wowed everyone with his magic

Brenner Bat Mitzvah pop a shot
Pop a shot is always fun!

Brenner entertainment

There was an caricaturist on hand who used Rachel’s logo and her favorite things in this picture of the Bat Mitzvah girl

Brenner Bat Mitzvah big group picture
Rachel feeling the love from her family and friends




Mom and Dad shared many special moments with their children during the celebration.



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Bat Mitzvah girl Rachel and Dad Steve share a dance

Brenner Bat Mitzvah Bonnie and Jayson
Mom Bonnie with son Jayson




Simon Elliot Events provided their digital iSign for Rachel’s guests to leave her special messages. These messages will all be compiled into a keepsake book featuring a picture of each guest next to what they wrote.



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Rachel writes a special note to her parents!


Stamp - Mitzvah Cake

Baked to Perfection baked the art themed cake and Verbena Designs made custom votive candles spelling out R-A-C-H-E-L for her candle lighting ceremony.



Brenner Bat Mitzvah cake

Each votive candle holder featured a felt letter to spell out Rachel





A Promos USA/The Imagemaker created the sweatshirt favors and bags for Rachel’s friends. She wanted a turquoise zip-up hoody for the girls and black for the boys with her logo in different colors on the back of each.


 Brenner Bat Mitzvah sweatshirt favor

 Sweatshirt favor for the girls

gift bag
The favor tags read, “Hope you had an outRACHous time”





The Brenners used Timeline Video Productions to produce Rachel’s montage. Mom Bonnie said “although they are based in Florida and I am in New York, the entire process was easy and a great experience.”



 Watch Rachel’s montage here




Two time Mitzvah Mom Bonnie has some advice for our readers:

“As a former corporate event planner I knew how I wanted things to look, but so did Rachel! Making sure we  had an “art” theme and “giving back” aspects were front and center. So compromise was key and so was finding the right vendors to make it happen.  I had some great associations through Mitzvah Market, although some of the vendors I used I found at the very last minute. Choose your vendors wisely and build great relationships with them. I was lucky to have a great collaboration between all my vendors. Rachel was so happy with how everything turned out and our guests (adults and kids alike) continue to rave every time they see me!”



Stamp - Mitzvah Project Idea


Rachel is passionate about dogs and decided to sell bracelets at school. With the money she raised, she bought dog supplies for Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center in Huntington, New York, a no-kill shelter.


Bracelets that Rachel sold at school


This poster explained Rachel’s Bat Mitzvah project to her guests and was on display at the Kiddush luncheon




Stamp Vendor's Directory


The following vendors helped to make Rachel’s Bat Mitzvah celebration fabulous! If you give any of them a call, please make sure you let them know you read about them on Mitzvah Market.


Venue/Caterer: Maureen Hollenbach, The Tam O’Shanter Club 516-626-1980
Décor/Florist: Jennifer McKeon, Verbena Designs, 516-935-3757
Music Entertainment:
MC Howie, Percussion, Evan, Party Harty, 516-845-8585
Kid’s Lounge: Party Harty
Photo Favors: Stephanie Antell, That’s Entertainment Concepts, a division of Party Harty
Favors/Custom Pillows:
Mindy, A Promos USA/The Imagemaker, 516-377-0186
Photography/Videography: Michelle Collins, Simon Elliot Events, 516-586-6822
LED Seating Tower/iSign/Floor decal/Posters: Simon Elliot Events, 516-586-6822
Invitation: Ellen Futterman, Proper Notice, 516-621-9523
Graphic Artist (Menu cards, favor tags, logo, signage, thank you): Amy Wohl,, 312-513-1698
Custom Linens: Joy, The Finishing Touch 516-827-7433
Karen Garber, 516-681-2939,
Pop A Shot/Pretzel’s
That’s Entertainment Concepts a division of Party Harty
Chair and Table rental:
A to Z Party Rental, 516-293-4192
Magician: John Born,
The Creativity Studio
Baked to Perfection, 516-944-5642
Rachel’s Dress: Outrageous Boutique, 516-931-3331
Mom’s Dress
: Mieka Boutique, 516-367-8755
Suit: Kenny’s Mens and Boys Wear, 516-921-2660
Hair: Maritza, Two Stephen Street, 516-822-2355
Makeup: Lauren, Dakotah Salon
Custom cocktail and guest napkins: The Stationary Studio
Mitzvah Project bracelets: Brace Yourself Now, 516-459-6495
Sunday Brunch: Bagel Boss Roslyn, Debbie 516-626-5599


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