The Curhan family from the San Francisco Bay Area have three sons and celebrated their youngest son Jake’s Bar Mitzvah on May 28, 2011.
Jake’s service took place on Saturday morning at Congregation Rodef Sholom in San Rafael followed by a Kiddush luncheon and then a celebration Saturday evening at The Meadow Club.
Mitzvah Mom Randi had already pulled off two very creative Bar Mitzvah parties and did not disappoint with Jake’s. She is in the “Mitzvah” business, but tells us a few of her ideas were found on Mitzvah Market! She went with a campy jungle theme because Jake has always loved animals. Ironically, his nickname is “Jake the Snake” and this worked perfectly with the event logo she designed.
All event photography was done by Susan Adler Photography and the rest of the vendors are listed at the bottom of the story.
Jake’s fun, colorful lime green invitations were created by Alex at Folio.
His RSVP card featured an acrostic idea that Mom Randi found on Mitzvah Market!
Their “Jake of the Jungle” themed celebration took place at The Meadow Club in Fairfax, California.
This Country Club is up on Marin’s scenic Mount Tam with beautiful rustic décor that fit with the theme
Although it rained all day, the skies cleared in time to take some photos outside before the guests arrived
Pictured above the Curhan family, L-R: Brother Evan, Dad Greg, Mom Randi, Bar Mitzvah boy Jake and brother Noah
The family worked with party planner Jayne Greenberg and Hunt Littlefield Stone, Stem & Leaf to pull off their theme.
Neil from Hunt Littlefield Stone, Stem & Leaf used tropical leaves, orange African pincushion flowers and gerbera daisies to complete the look with velvet cheetah print linens
The kids’ tables had balloon “palm trees” created by Balloon Delights
Jayne also filled the centerpiece buckets with gummy worms and other candy and placed jungle leaves down the center of the table
Mom Randi wore her last of three amazing Bar Mitzvah dresses designed by Melony Mazzeo of East Williston, New York.
Mom Randi in her beaded gown
Let’s not forget the guys. Jake wore theme appropriate ties by Lee Allison Company – check them out above and below
Neil from Hunt Littlefield Stone, Stem & Leaf also designed a vine-covered display for the place card table which was flanked by beautiful tropical arrangements.
On the vines hung the animal themed cards. They were attached by green and black plastic “Barrel of Monkey” monkeys
Sometimes it’s the extra special touches that your guests will notice!
Party Planner Jayne Greenberg found these cute coconut drink cups
Mitzvah Mom Randi found assorted jungle animal print blankets at Walgreens and Jayne used them to decorate the bar area couches and then they were given out at the end of the night to their guests
Illusionist Jay Alexander wows the crowd!
Talk about keeping in theme! Denon and Doyle provided the musical entertainment and had a plasma screen set up on one side of the dance floor with a custom “Jake’s Jungle” screen playing the song “Welcome to the Jungle.”
Jake swung into his party on a rope to the music theme song from “George of the Jungle”
The truss was decorated with jungle leaves by Balloon Delights and with birds and butterflies provided by Just Jayne Events
The Sign-in board and lit entry sign were the poster of Jake as “Jake of the Jungle.”
This was a collaboration using a photo of Jake taken by Susan Adler and then designed and Photoshopped by Dirk Wentling with text and concept design by Randi, Designed by Randi
Wentling’s Studio ran a fun, interactive green-screen photo booth using backgrounds that coordinated with the theme and was a huge hit with guests.
Notice Jake’s logo on the picture!
Talk to the animals!
The candle lighting idea was taken from Mitzvah Market. They had a delicious and fun cupcake display with cupcakes custom decorated by Susie Cakes with jungle animals, cheetah and zebra print and jungle colors.
Mitzvah Mom Randi has a graphic design and montage business called, Designed By Randi and developed Jake’s logo below. This logo was used on table signs, place cards, menus, bar-signs, and his T-shirt favors.
Logo created by Mom Randi, Designed By Randi
T-shirts by Corporate Creations
Here is some great advice from a 3-time Bar Mitzvah Mom!
“When planning a Bar/Bat Mitzvah when it is a destination event or one with a large number of out-of-towners, try to incorporate some elements of a family reunion. I always have a bag or basket of goodies and snacks for the visiting guests and include an itinerary with addresses and extra info for the weekend events. I like to incorporate the event theme in the logo stickers (while not giving everything away). It does not have to be that elaborate or expensive but some sweet, savory snacks, waters and some local and/or theme related products are always appreciated. Stuffing bags and delivering to hotel rooms is a great thing for your girlfriends to help out with if they offer to help.
If you are not using a party planner, try to use a venue and a DJ who are pretty turn-key instead of a venue where you have to create the wheel on every element of the party. Moms do not really comprehend the amount of detail that goes into planning even if using a venue including the caterer, catering manager, tables, chairs, linens etc. Plus the weekend of, you will want to enjoy the event and not worry about so many details.
Remember to enjoy yourself after all of the planning. I work with a party planner but do enjoy being hands on with many of the details (creating the artwork, montages, etc). However, when it is time for the event, I pass anything I have off to my trusted party planner and try to enjoy the special time with our family and friends. Not every detail will go according to plan but that is not the important part. As my rabbi, Michael, says “Take it all in!”
If possible, plan a getaway weekend for the weekend after to relax and unwind from all of the excitement and stress of your family’s big weekend.”
The following vendors helped to make Jake’s celebration special. If you give any a call, please make sure you tell them you read about their services on MitzvahMarket.com
Kiddush Caterer: Taste by Two Caterer, Susan Schatzberg 415-454-9979
Venue for Party: Ray Manzano, The Meadow Club
Photographer: Susan Adler Photography
Music Entertainment: Denon & Doyle
Photo Booth: Wentling’s Studio
Florist: Hunt Littlefield Stone, Stem & Leaf 415 738-2360
Service Programs: Designed By Randi
Invitations: Alex, Folio
Ties: Lee Allison Company
Randi’s Dress: Melony Mazzeo of East Williston, email@example.com
Logo: Mom Randi, Designed by Randi
T-shirt favors: Corporate Creations Mainline, Robin Swerdloff 610-828-9394 firstname.lastname@example.org
Table Linens: La Tavola 415-440-3333
Balloons: Balloon Delights 415-461-8119
Party Planner: Jayne Greenberg, Just Jayne Events 415-640-0259
Magician: Illusionist Jay Alexander 415-883-7878
Poster Printer: www.posterbrain.com
Cupcakes: Susie Cakes 415-461-2253
Candle Lighting Poems: www.rhymezone.com
Montage: Designed By Randi