The Brodsky family celebrated son Jake’s Bar Mitzvah on May 3, 2014, with a service at Congregation of Reform Judaism, Orlando, Florida, and an evening party at the Lake Mary Events Center, Lake Mary, Florida.
The theme was “Jake’s JamFest,” a take on a fantasy sports draft party.
Great themes run in this family as we previously featured sister Sara’s Bat Mitzvah, Cirque de Sara.
Pictured L-R: Mom Lisa, Bar Mitzvah boy Jake, Dad Mike and Sister Sara.
David Basher of A Magic Moment was the photographer and the rest of the vendor information is listed at the bottom of the spotlight.
Mom Lisa has a small stationery business, RSVP 2 Me, and she ordered these modern invitations from Checkerboard.
The color palette of black and blue was used to incorporate the colors of Jake’s favorite basketball team, Orlando Magic
There was a morning service at the Congregation of Reform Judaism followed by a Kiddush luncheon.
Surrounded by family and friends, Jake read from the Torah beautifully
A true fan, Jake wore a basketball kippah and so did his male guests
Jake loves fantasy sports leagues so “Jake’s JamFest” was a natural theme.
The tables were named after the teams in Jake’s basketball fantasy leagues
The dress code was listed on the enclosure card as “Game Day Attire – Wear your favorite team jersey.” Jake and his dad wore their Orlando Magic jerseys. Dad wore his with jeans and Jake paired his with Orlando Magic team shorts. Mom and sister Sara still wanted to wear dresses so they bought new Orlando Magic jerseys and D Squared Productions made custom dresses for them! Mom wanted her dress to look like a team jersey, but Sara wanted a party dress – they came out perfect!
This great family shot was was taken at the green screen booth with over 300 backgrounds to choose from
Raining Roses Productions created the awesome decor and logo. The color palette, inspired by the Orlando Magic logo, was blue with white and silver accents. They also created an awesome draft board with magnetic place cards.
Wind banners flanked the entrance to the reception
The place cards were magnets on “Jake’s All-Star Draft” board
“Congratulations! You’ve been drafted by Team _____!” The team logo was on the magnet too
Sports lockers were available to hold goodies from the cocktail hour activities. The kids used their team magnet to identify their locker, very clever!
There was a section with bleachers off the basketball court dance floor called, “Orlando Platypi Zone” which is Jake’s fantasy league name
At the venue entrance there was a gift table with the sign-in book, which Mom Lisa created through MyPublisher.
Jake made his entrance into the ballroom with dancers and stilt walkers dressed as referees.
What an entrance!
Jammin’ Express and MC Jason rocked the house.
“Hands Up in the Air”
Jake with the Jammin’ Express team including MC Jason, in his Miami Marlins jersey
All the guests dressed in sports jerseys as requested on the invitation
Jake and Mom Lisa did a very special mother/son dance. They worked on it with a friend of theirs who is an Orlando Magic dance team member.
It was a blast for them to do it together and the guests loved it
Fantastic food stations and themed cocktail hour stations were available.
“Draft” root beer station, a play on the theme
Guests enjoyed their root beer floats in a custom “Jake’s JamFest” mug. The mugs were ordered from Promos Online. They ran a great Black Friday special last year, so Mom Lisa had them six months early!
There were many fun activities for guests to enjoy including a magician, airbrush t-shirts and stilt walking basketball players.
Magician Al Courey entertained guests of all ages
Custom airbrushed t-shirts were great looking favors!
Jake’s guests tried to score on the stilt walkers!
David, from A Magic Moment, worked with Jake to create a video to accompany the puzzle ceremony created by Claudia of It Could Be Verse. The video pre-recorded Jake announcing who would place each puzzle piece, and then showed a photo loop of those people with Jake and his family. Guests loved seeing the pictures, it was very special.
Logo’d drawstring backpacks were used to hold the wax hands and airbrush t-shirts for the kids.
The backpacks were hung on a fence on top of the bleacher stands
Jake volunteered with the Seminole County Special Olympics Young Athletes Program for his Mitzvah Project.
Some advice from Mom Lisa:
“Enjoy the day and night. Don’t worry if things don’t go quite as planned. Chances are, no one will notice. Your child worked hard and as long as they have the time of their lives, the event is a success.”
The following vendors helped to make Jake’s Bar Mitzvah special. If you give any of them a call, let them know you read about their services on MitzvahMarket.com.
Temple: Congregation of Reform Judaism, 407-645-0444
Venue: Lake Mary Events Center, 407-585-1497
Photographer: David Basher, A Magic Moment, 407-536-6636
Videographer: Patrick, A Magic Moment, 407-536-6636
Party Planner: Faye Novick, Festive Occasions by Faye, 407-748-4717
Kiddush Luncheon catering: Stacey, Bagel King, 407-657-6266
Party Catering: Arthur’s Catering, Lori Player, 407-331-1993
Invitation: Mom Lisa’s stationery business, RSVP 2 Me, RSVP2Me@me.com
Décor/florist/logo: Jesus, Raining Roses Productions, 407-854-3500
Music Entertainment/MC: Jason Bank, Jammin Express 954-659-disc
Favor backpacks: Orit, Infinity Embroidery, 305-769-2202
Green screen booth: Bill, Elite Party Entertainment, 866-354-8341
Root Beer Mugs: Promos Online
Wax Hands: Cindy Costa, Pretty Crafty, LLC, 812-637-5574
Airbrush t-shirts: Pete Marin, Sure Shot Airbrush, Inc, 727-808-3359
Stilt Walkers: Richard and Doug, D Squared Productions, 407-704-6937
Magician: Al Courey, Al Courey Magic, 407-296-4119
Sign-In book: My Publisher
Banners and Flags: Audrey and Ben Sign-A-Rama, 407-960-4700
Candle lighting puzzle: Claudia, It Could Be Verse, 732-679-8093
Dad and Bar Mitzvah boy suits: Macy’s
Reception Dresses for Mom and sister: D Squared Productions, 407-704-6937
Mom and Sister Sara service dresses: Nordstrom
Hair/makeup: Carrie Czunas, 407-654-6235
Party security: Lake Mary Police Department