The Gravitch family from Staten Island, New York, celebrated son Kyle’s Bar Mitzvah on November 9, 2013, with a Havdalah service at Arden Heights Boulevard Jewish Center and a reception immediately following at Old Bermuda Inn, both in Staten Island, New York.
It was an “iMitzvah” theme which was incorporated into everything from the kippot and invitation to the party decor and favors!
Pictured L-R: Dad Dan, Bar Mitzvah boy Kyle, Sister Alexa and Mom Elisa.
The photographer was Pro Lux Studios and the rest of the vendor information is listed at the bottom of this spotlight.
There was a beautiful Havdalah service at Arden Heights Boulevard Jewish Center.
The family was all smiles at the service
For a nice personal touch, frames displaying photographs titled “Kyle’s Smiles” were on the kippot table
The inside of the kippot had the inscription “Appy imitzvah” a great play on words given his theme
One proud Bar Mitzvah boy, we mean man, holding his certificate!
Nonni’s Inspirations by Rose created Kyle’s iPhone invitation which gave his guests a glimpse of the party theme.
Everyone looked great in shades of blue. Mom Elisa and sister Alexa got their dresses at Ultimate Fashions and Bar Mitzvah boy Kyle and Dad Dan at The Clothing Center.
The decor and centerpieces incorporated each of Kyle’s interests and were created by Nonni’s Inspiration by Rose.
The place card table
One of the centerpieces represented the Facebook table
The Netflix table
The sign-in photo scrapbook was created at the party from The Voto Booth and was a big hit! The booth produces both photos and videos that are put on a USB flash drive and given to the family after the party.
Two sets of pictures printed out and the attendant put one set in the book and then the guests wrote a message to Kyle next to their pictures
Magic Touch Productions was a big hit and kept everyone on the dance floor and Al Rock and his partner John were the MC and DJ.
Kyle up in the chair for the Horah
Everyone had a great time on the dance floor
There were many fun give-aways
Kyle had some great dancing shoes
Kyle was all thumbs up waiting to start his candle lighting ceremony.
Nonni’s Inspirations by Rose made the display
The Old Bermuda Inn baked delicious cupcakes and desserts for guests to enjoy.
Delicious chocolate iPhone favors from Doreen’s Creations were a big hit!
Mom Elisa made the out-of-town baskets and delivered them to the hotel the day before the guests checked in.
A welcome note from Kyle was included along with: water bottles, toothpaste, mouthwash, floss, candy, pretzels and gum
Through the organization Remember Us, Kyle did remember a child from the Holocaust who did not get to have a Bar Mitzvah. The child’s name was Jacob Aiken. The Project provides the student and the Bar/Bat Mitzvah teacher with the name of a lost child, information about him/her, and suggestions for simple acts of remembrance.
Advice from Mom Elisa:
“Do not listen to other people when they tell you not to worry and that you have plenty of time to plan the event. Time goes very fast and you should pace yourself and get whatever you can done early so you are less stressed later on. And remember to enjoy the day!”
The following vendors made Kyle’s celebration very special. If you give any of them a call, please let them know you read about their services on MitzvahMarket.com.
Venue: The Old Bermuda Inn, 718-948-7600
Music Entertainment/MC: Magic Touch Productions, 347-210-2347
Photographer/Videographer: Pro Lux Studios, 718-946-4399
Décor/florist: Nonni’s Inspirations by Rose, 718-351-6676
Party entertainment: The Voto Booth, 718-967-2554
Invitation: Nonni’s Inspirations by Rose
Favors: Doreen’s Creations, 718-605-6797
Cupcakes: The Old Bermuda Inn
Sign-In book: The Voto Booth
Candle lighting display: Nonni’s Inspirations by Rose
Kyle’s Kippot: Best Kippah, 800-435-1621
Dresses for family members: Ultimate Fashions, 718-605-3274
Suits for family members: The Clothing Center, 732-254-0870
Hair/makeup: Makeovers Beauty Beat, 718-966-7677
Women’s Head Coverings: Alibaba.com