The Epstein Family of Yardley, Pennsylvania, celebrated the Bar Mitzvah of son Alec on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at Congregation Kol Emet in Yardley, Pennsylvania. The reception was held at Beat Street in Huntington Valley, Pennsylvania.
This high-energy party celebrating Alec focused on the kids and most importantly, fun.
Pictured L-R: Mom Andrea, Bar Mitzvah boy Alec, Sister Chloe and Dad Jeff.
The photographer was Creative Photography by Maya (which recently merged with A&G Picture This!) and the rest of the vendors are listed at the bottom of the spotlight.
The service was held at Congregation Kol Emet.
Alec did a great job reading his Haftorah
Dad and Mom joined Alec on the bimah
The black satin kippot were placed in a silver wicker basket
The family worked with Sara Jane Kimmel of S&J Printing on the invitation and the very funny Mad Libs style RSVP card.
Alec loved reading the RSVPs as there were some really great responses
The Epstein family looked hip and stylish. Bar Mitzvah boy Alec and Dad Jeff got their club attire at Schweon’s Clothing & Formal Wear. Mom Andrea’s shimmery purple and black embellished cocktail dress was from Gabrielle and sister Chloe looked great in her dress from Nordstrom.
The venue, Beat Street, had everything the Epstein family wanted including colorful pop art style walls, a balcony, large dance floor and an awesome game room. Other than some additional lounge furniture and balloons, everything was already in place.
LED lounge area for the adults from Lounge Around
For the entrance, the Epsteins added some balloons and Alec’s sign-in door
Colorful pop art on the steps leading to the balcony before the guests arrived…
and after, with all of Alec’s friends!
Custom water bottles and napkins with Alec’s logo were a nice touch.
Alec’s bedroom door was used as the sign-in. Sweet Pea Studio painted it using some of Alec’s favorite things.
BME/Bobby Morganstein Events had everyone on the dance floor all night!
Alec gave high fives on his way to the center of the dance floor
Everyone had a great time dancing
MC/Owner Bobby Morganstein was on hand to add to the high energy party
Mom Andrea and Dad Jeff performed a rap to “Fight for Your Right to Party” by The Beastie Boys instead of a traditional toast. Everyone enjoyed it and Alec wasn’t too embarrassed by it!
The great looking cake included all of Alec’s favorite things.
During the candle lighting ceremony Alec was surrounded by friends and family.
Alec called his friends up for their honor
Alec gave special time to sister Chloe
The t-shirt favors from The Mitzvah Mavens, a division of Custom Discount Apparel had Alec’s logo on the front.
The front of the shirt
The back included a picture of an Ipod with Alec’s initials
Pretzels in the shape of an “A” for Alec were given to guests to enjoy on the way home.
“A” delicious treat
Alec participated in two Mitzvah projects. First, he participated in the Remember Us project. Alec received the name of a young boy who was killed in the Holocaust and chose to honor him by sharing his Bar Mitzvah with him.
The second Mitzvah Project that Alec focused on was raising money for Golden Slipper Camp Alec’s favorite place to be is his sleep-away camp, Camp Nock-A-Mixon. For this reason, he chose to raise funds to sponsor a child to attend Golden Slipper Camp. When he learned that he could help to provide an opportunity for a child to go to overnight camp who could otherwise not afford to go, he instantly knew this was the Mitzvah project for him. Golden Slipper Camp is a not-for-profit overnight camp in the Poconos section of Pennsylvania.
Alec held many fun events throughout the year to raise money such as collecting money for Superbowl boxes, running a fundraising night at a Hebrew School called “Wear your Slippers for Golden Slipper,” and running fundraising nights at a local frozen yogurt shop. Alec raised over $1,600 which was used to sponsor a child for an entire week of camp plus meals for other campers.
Some advice from Mom Andrea:
“My best piece of advice is to stay organized and cross things off your list as soon as you can. Do not wait until the date is closer and closer. Figure out the important elements to you and hire the best vendors you can. Everyone has different priorities so do not try to compete with your friends. Just make your celebration as personal as possible and focus on your family. I highly recommend all the vendors I hired. They were so much fun to work with.”
The following vendors made Alec’s celebration special. If you contact any of them please make sure they know you read about their services on MitzvahMarket.com
Venue: Beat Street, 215-364-1844
Photographer: Creative Photography by Maya, (recently merged with A&G Picture This!) 215-322-7237
Music Entertainment/MC: Bobby Morganstein, BMP Entertainment, 215-355-8288
Lounge Furniture: Lounge Around, 215-355-6552
Favors: The Mitzvah Mavens, 610-642-4002
Photo Booth-Green Screen: The Main Event, 800-839-0918
Invitations, napkins: Sara Jane Kimmel, S&J Printing, 609-895-0703
Water bottle labels: Etsy.com
Kippot: Mazel Skull Cap, 718-435-3288
Sign-In door: Sweet Pea Studio, Nancy Levitt, 215-873-9977
Mom’s Dress: Gabrielle, 610-668-2801
Sister Chloe’s Dress: Nordstrom
Suits for Alec and Dad: Nordstrom
Shirts/ties: Schweon’s Clothing & Formal Wear, 215-357-0600
Transportation: Four Seasons Bus Company, 609-851-2309