The Kaden Family has visited Fire Island, NY, for many, many summers and thought a “destination Bat Mitzvah” would be perfect for their daughter Sydney’s Bat Mitzvah party.
Sydney’s service was held at Congregation Beth Sholom Chabad of Mineola earlier in the day, followed by a Kiddush brunch. Guests then made their way to Bay Shore, Long Island, where a rented water ferry was waiting to take them to Sydney’s celebration at Flynn’s in Ocean Bay Park, Fire Island. This creative venue location left their guests talking for weeks. After reading more about their party, you will understand why!
We want to thank the Kadens for sharing their beautiful party photos with us and our Mitzvah Mail readers. We think their ideas will inspire you for your own child’s Mitzvah!
Sydney waiting for her guests to board the water ferry
Sydney outside of Flynn’s
The entire Kaden family looked great at Sydney’s Bat Mitzvah barbeque. Everyone matched the blue beachy theme! Sydney’s dress was Laundry by Sheli Segal from Sak’s, sister Samantha wore Calypso St. Barth of Madison Avenue, Mom’s dress was M Missoni from Warehouse of Great Neck and Dad is wearing Tommy Bahama shirt and pants. (All Vendor information is listed on the bottom of this newsletter).
L-R The Kaden Family: Bat Mitzvah girl Sydney, Howard, Susan and Samantha
All party photography was done by Visions Photography
Sydney was all smiles, all day…
A beautiful September day on Fire Island set the stage for Sydney’s casual celebration. It helps when your Mom is a party planner! Susan’s company Silver Lining pulled the entire event together. Shell and starfish decor made Flynn’s look beautiful!
Personalized red wagons with beautiful flowers by Dana Baron Floral Designs
Candles and sand adorn every table and set the mood!
The Kadens printed banners filled with pictures of Sydney on Fire Island over the years; they also had banners filled with guests’ photos so everyone felt part of the special day!
Flynn’s of Ocean Bay Park, Fire Island
Placecards with starfish embellishments sat on trays of sand
For the cake, the Kadens decided to use individual cupcakes that were displayed beautifully. Very clever!
This unique Cupcake Tower was created by Cupcakes Catering
A close-up shot of these delicious decor-matching creations!
The Kadens used Fantasy Music Entertainment with Steve K. as their MC.
Sydney “made her entrance” in a red wagon
Sydney’s friends received plaid PJ’s customized appropriately with red wagons and her initials as their favors. The adults got delicious Rachel’s crumb cake (a well-known Fire Island bakery) to go…
The girls’ PJs are above and the boys received a masculine version. Rachel’s to go were packaged in Chinese take-out containers
Guests could also choose from this colorful candy bar for their water ferry ride home!
The beautiful invitation was custom designed and letter pressed on Strathmore Paper by Intergraphics Litho Corp. The RSVP postcard was the third tier that ripped off in the spirit of going green and conserving on paper.
Instead of a sign-in board, Sydney had a sign-in book created by Stephanie Barren.
The Kadens’ guests were entertained by Adam Ace “The Magicman”
Mitzvah Mom Susan is a special event planner, her company is called Silver Lining. She has this advice for all Mitzvah planning Moms:
“Make lists upon lists upon lists and keep crossing off as you progress all of your tasks. I used Numbers, a computer program from MAC that kept me completely organized from beginning to end! Be prepared for the unexpected! I made a plan B for every scenario and it lessened any anxiety that I may have had. Remember that no matter what goes wrong on your child’s special day, you will most likely be the only person that knows!”
Thanks Susan, great advice!
Here is a list of the Mitzvah Vendors who helped make Sydney’s Bat Mitzvah special. If you call any of them, please let them know you read about their services on MitzvahMarket.com. Thanks!
Venue: Flynn’s of Fire Island 631-665-2751
Transportation: Fire Island Ferries – Luke Kaufman 631-484-8652 and Crystal Coach Limo 516-221-1700
Party Planner: Susan Kaden – Silver Lining 516-527-9600
DJ/MC/Photo Booth: Fantasy Music Entertainment – 516-935-1111
Decor/Florist: Dana Baron Floral Designs 516-801-4352
Favors: Best Express – Susan Birnbaum 516-935-8269
Magician: Adam Ace “The Magicman” – 516-932-8376
Invitation/Photo Banner/Montage/Stickers: Intergraphics Litho Corp – 212-631-7503
Cake: Cupcakes Catering Lauren Rafanelli 516-637-7045
Photographer: Visions Photography – Christine 516-343-9591
Videography: Image Craft Video LLC – 631-789-1011
Rachel’s Bakery of Fire Island: 631-583-9552
Sign-In Book: Stephanie Barren 516-377-6147
Fashion: Warehouse of Great Neck, Calypso St Barth 212-772-0445, Saks, Tommy Bahama
Hair: Judy 516-557-3044
Makeup: Sophia 516-579-7224