The Dropkin family from Cortlandt Manor, New York, celebrated daughter Eliana’s Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, August 30, 2014. The service took place at Temple Israel of Northern Westchester in Croton-on-Hudson, New York and afterwards there was a luncheon reception at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, New York.
Eliana is an animal lover so she decided on a “Rainbow Zebra Stripes” theme.
We also featured brother David’s clever geography/travel themed, click here to read about it.
Pictured above (L-R): Brother David, Dad Joseph, Bat Mitzvah girl Eliana, and Mom Suzanne.
The photographer was Alan Weiss Photography and the rest of the vendor information is listed at the end of the spotlight.
The invitation, which hinted at the theme, was in a teal blue and in a zebra striped design.
The invitations were on a shimmer metallic paper so the printed “crystal” design caught the light better
Mom Suzanne created a Website page on Freeservers.com which included an email to RSVP, the dress attire, Temple and party directions as well as Eliana’s Mitzvah Project information
Eliana’s family and friends joined her in celebrating her Bat Mitzvah at Temple Israel of Westchester.
Eliana surrounded by her grandparents up on the bimah
Eliana with her parents
The whole family was included in the service with both her Dad and brother playing guitar
Eliana had two great looks. She started off the party in a floor-length silver and black Hailey Logan gown.
Mom Suzanne got the tiara from from Amazon.com
After the cocktail hour, Eliana changed into a zebra print cocktail dress from Delia’s
A vibrant array of neon colors in a zebra pattern were part of the party decor.
Neon zebra place cards tied-in with the theme
Zebra print balloons were on each table
Everything was in the zebra neon colors including the holographic foil zebra embossed kippot and the drawstring favor bags with Eliana’s logo.
Brian William Events created this great collage which had pictures of Eliana from the past 13 years. The board was designed by Mom Suzanne on Photoshop. The middle photo is of Eliana proudly holding her personalized prayer book with her name printed on the front.
On the side of the board Eliana’s name is spelled out along with words describing her
Jimmy Dee Entertainment with MC Mike had so much energy and had guests of all ages on the dance floor.
Eliana making her entrance
Up in the chair for the Horah
Dad Joseph strutting his stuff
Everyone loved dancer Geronimo
Eliana and her friends know all the moves
The family is all smiles in front of the delicious cake.
The Westchester Marriott put the family up in their Presidential suite after the party.
How often does a girl get to stay in the Presidential suite? A very happy Eliana after the party with her balloons.
Eliana worked at a soup kitchen with her friends from Young Judaea Camp Sprout Lake in Verbank, New York. She will be working on several more Mitzvah Projects with her Hebrew School class this year. She also has chosen to help support the non-profit chimpanzee sanctuary Save The Chimps, Inc.
Eliana hopes to hold a drive through Hebrew School to collect items for Save the Chimps. She also took some of her gift money to symbolically adopt Jaybee while supporting the sanctuary.
Some advice from Mom Suzanne:
“I loved using Pinterest to keep track of fun ideas and decorations for the ceremony and party. I pinned everything from dresses Eliana liked to tallis options to rainbow zebra grosgrain ribbon and themed balloons. I even found and pinned an idea for how to make place card stands out of paper clips – the idea worked great and we used it at the party!”
Here is the list of vendors who made Eliana’s party special. If you call any, please make sure you tell them that you read about their services on MitzvahMarket.com.
Venue: Yesenia “Jessie” Segura, Sr Event Manager, Westchester Marriott, 914-631-2200
Photographer: Alan Weiss Photography, 914-739-8888
Videographer: Andrew Stein Videography, 914-788-4678
Music/Photo Entertainment: MC Mike and dancer Geronimo, Jimmy Dee Music Productions, 914-428-9231
Personalized drawstring bags: Discount Mugs, 1-800-569-1980
Invitation, stamps, placecards: Zazzle, Inc.
Balloon Décor: Billy, Brian William Event Decorators, 845-628-0614
Sign-In board: Designed by Mom, created by Brian William Event Decorators, 845-628-0614
Eliana’s gown: Hailey Logan
Cocktail dress: Delia’s
Transportation: Chappaqua Transportation, 914-238-4404
Eliana’s tiara: Amazon.com
Kippot: Mazel Skull Caps, 888-547-7247
Tallis: Shuki’s Judaica