Casey Kamiel celebrated his Bar Mitzvah on October 20, 2012. He has an unusual, large family tree filled with parents, step-parents, siblings & step-siblings who love him madly.
All the pieces to his puzzle resulted in a party filled with warmth and happiness at The Wilshire Grand Hotel in West Orange, New Jersey. An intimate and moving Havdalah service was followed by Casey’s friends and family partying the night away at a 1940’s retro baseball style celebration.
Mom Dayna Platnick plans parties for a living…but planning her own child’s was a whole different ball game.
Pictured above L-R: Mom Dayna and Bar Mitzvah boy Casey.
The photographer was Jesse Hernandez Photography and the rest of the vendors are listed at the bottom of the spotlight.
Mitzvah Service & Invitation
Baseball was the theme which is Bar Mitzvah boy Casey’s passion. This party was done with a vintage feel and his logo, “Casey@ the bat” was taken from the famous baseball poem, “Casey at the Bat” written by Ernest L. Thayer. Mitzvah Mom Dayna and Jersey Street Furniture hit a home run with the vintage baseball decor. With a palette of orange and chocolate brown they created the feeling of 1940’s baseball, a la the movie “The Natural.” The room was also draped and lit in amber lights. Where the Flowers Bloom created the beautiful centerpieces.
Music & Entertainment
Shine Events provided the music entertainment.
Mitzvah Favors & Exit Treats
Late in the evening, baseball-style-vendors offered “Casey @ the bat” t-shirts to the adults while kids received an awesome hoodie! Shine Events built Casey’s Corner and it was the place to be at midnight! Complete with magazines, bottled water and retro candies, kids and adults were thrilled with the late night treats.
Mom to Mom
Advice from Mom Dayna, a party planner:
“Finding the right DJ, florist, photographer, etc. aren’t an easy task. After working with many vendors over the years, I chose an all-star cast to create “Casey @ the bat.” To me, the hard part was dealing with the emotional end of this event during the weeks leading up to it. True, the party was undeniably important to Casey & me, but ultimately I was wrestling with the fact that he was turning 13 and my baby is gone forever. On October 20th I was overwhelmed with sheer joy; beaming as my son read from the Torah, as he hugged & kissed his grandparents and as he rocked on the dance floor with his ‘Wolfpack.’ Best advice I can give? Just be in the moment; be present and feel every emotion because it’s over in a blink.”
Here is a list of the Mitzvah Vendors who helped make Casey’s Bar Mitzvah special. If you call any of them, please let them know you read about their services on MitzvahMarket.com.
Venue: The Wilshire Grand Hotel, 973-731-7007
Party Planner: Casey’s Mom, Dayna Platnick Events, firstname.lastname@example.org
Music Entertainment: MC Mike, Shine Events
Cocktail Hour Guitarist: Jason Liebman Music
Favors: Alison Halper, ID Clothing, email@example.com
Extra Entertainment: Shine Events, March Madness Tourney, Air hockey & Airbrush Tattoo, Casey’s Corner newsstand
Photo Wall: Total Entertainment
Photographer: Jesse Hernandez Photography
Videography: Kristin O’Gorman Productions, firstname.lastname@example.org
Invitation: Stationery Stephanie
Florists: Where Flowers Bloom
Computer Calligraphy: Lory Bernstein, email@example.com
Décor: Jersey Street Furniture
Day of Event Coordinator: Cynthia Pesce Events
Sign-In board: Casey’s closet door, painted by Mom
Mom’s Dress: Neiman Marcus
Suits for family members: Sam’s Fine Men’s Clothing
Hair/makeup: Rita Scrivo-Longo, My Cinderella’s Dream
Party security: Bar Mitzvah Bouncer
Socks: Epic Sports