The Brett Bar Mitzvah Family Spotlight

The Brett family celebrated their son Jake’s Bar Mitzvah at Bridgeview Yacht Club in Island Park, New York. They wanted an urban cool vibe at the evening celebration and with the help of some creative Mitzvah vendors, their theme worked out perfectly.

We want to thank the Bretts for sharing their ideas with our Mitzvah Market readers.

All party photography was done by Simphonic Events.

Pictured (L-R) Dad Steve, Bar Mitzvah boy Jake, big brother Jordan and Mom Sue. Sue found her Mandalay dress at Eleanor Schain – it was the first one she tried on!


The party was held at Bridgeview Yacht Club with the kids cocktail hour outside due to the beautiful weather.

Jake kids cocktails

The young guests enjoying the outdoor space at Bridgeview Yacht Club

Jake food

The adult cocktail hour featured this “Jake” ice sculpture



We have talked about this idea in the past, but the Brett’s put a new spin on it! They took Jake’s bedroom closet door off the hinges and brought it to the party. Simphonic Events arranged to have a graffiti artist decorate the door during the cocktail hour and then guests could sign-in!


Jake sign in

The closet door before…

Jake sign in

Guests watching the artist at work


The closet door with signatures from the party and ready to be taken home and re-hung in Jake’s room!

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Stefan’s did a great job of transforming the space into an urban feel. The centerpieces set the mood and were quite unique.


Jake Decor

Actual chains hung from the large lamp

Jake Decor

Other tables centerpieces featured these calla lily flowers


A large JRB sign hung above the entrance to the party room

Jake blow-ups

Posters of Jake, like the one below taken by Simphonic Events lined the hallway leading into the ballroom

Jake blow-ups

Jake did a photo shoot at a legal graffiti park in Long Island City to get these cool blow-ups




The Brett family used Darlene Barzilay for their invitations. They selected dark chocolate brown with a light blue boarder and a striped envelope liner.


Jake Brett invtie




Simphonic Events arranged to have an airbrush artist customize flip-flops and hats for the young guests. They also did photo favors with personalized photo CD covers.



The airbrush artist hard at work


The flip-flops and hats

Jake Brett

As young guests left the party, they were given their take-home favor. Above are the boy and girl version of the flannel pj bottoms designed and created by Jake Mandel at


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EJ The DJ provided the musical entertainment with CL as the MC. Guests were on the dance floor the entire night!



Jake Make An Entrance

Jake makes his entrance being carried in on a couch by the EJ The DJ dancers


At some point during the celebration, Jake and the dancers changed into these logo’ed T-shirts




There were many special touches used during Jake’s Bar Mitzvah celebration. Some were planned and some like the below, were spontaneous!


Steve Brett

Mitzvah Dad Steve taking the “horah” to new heights!


Mitzvah Mom Sue came up with this great idea. To keep the “urban” feel going, as guests left their party, they could take candy from these lined garbage pails and scoop them into logo’ed candy bags




When it came to the place cards, Mitzvah Mom Sue had an idea of what she wanted. She bought supplies at Michael’s for about $30 and with the help of a friend, created her own!


Jake place cards

Stephan’s designed the place card table to appear as if the cards were on top of grass

Jake place cards


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When it came time for the candle lighting, guests were in for a treat. Instead of a traditional cake, a large picture of the NYC skyline was unveiled. Each time a guest was honored with a “candle,” Jake would ask them to join him by reading a poem and one of the buildings would lite up the city skyline.

Jake Brett

This large piece of lite-up artwork was created by Simphonic Events. It now hangs in Jake’s room. To learn how this was created, click here



Mitzvah Mom Sue has now successfully planned both her son’s Bar Mitzvah celebrations. She has this advice for our readers.

“I happened to love all the planning! Enjoy the process, it can be very fun. I would suggest making lists and more lists because there is so much to organize. Do something personal, I loved making the seating cards with a great friend because it felt more personal and I was proud that we were so creative. Most of all, enjoy all the family and friends who are there to celebrate with your family. That is the best feeling!”


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Here are the Vendor’s who made Jake’s Bar Mitzvah special. If you call any of them, please let them know you read about their services on


Venue: Bridgeview Yacht Club 516-432-2400
Photographer/Videographer/Candlelighting/Sign-in board: Simphonic Events
Airbrush favors: Simon Miller Simphonic Events 516-660-1812
Florist: Stefans 516-239-2402
Music Entertainment: CL at EJ The DJ 800-EJTHEDJ
Invitations: Darlene Barzilay 516-681-4602
Favors: Jake Mandel 516-499-7214
Mitzvah Mom Dress: Eleanor Schain 718-444-4253
Bulk Candy: Lauren at Sweet City Candy 866-971-3360


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