This was the third Mitzvah for the Karen family who celebrated daughter Ali’s Bat Mitzvah on May 28, 2011 with a morning service at Temple Beth Torah in Jericho, New York followed by an evening party at North Shore Synagogue in Syosset, New York.
Although there was not a specific theme, Ali used pink and orange as her colors and there was lots of neon in the ballroom for a disco feel. The ballroom was transformed with terrific lighting and decor.
All photography was done by Neal Bloom and the rest of the vendor information is listed at the bottom of this spotlight.
Pictured above: (L-R): Older sister Marissa, Dad Rob, Bat Mitzvah girl Ali, Mom Carla and older brother Jordan
All three of the Karen women wore white. Bat Mitzvah girl Ali’s dress was from Outrageous Boutique, Marissa’s was a BCBG and Mom Carla bought her long gown from Melony Mazzeo in East Williston, New York.
Everyone looks gorgeous in their white dresses with accents of silver or gold
Ali’s invitation was done by Robin’s Write Invites and featured her Bat Mitzvah colors of pink and orange.
The ballroom at North Shore Synagogue was transformed by Paul from Party Interiors. Del Mir Caterers provided all the delicious food.
Black and white chair covers and crystals create a striking look
Ali poses in the kids lounge area
Ali’s place cards coordinated with her invitations and were created by Karen Garber who also did the calligraphy on the invitation envelopes.
Entertainment Tonite provided the music entertainment with Matt as their MC.
A large crowd fills the dance floor
MC Matt gives Mom Carla a lift!
Guests enjoy the music
Del Mir Caterers created a beautiful matching cake in orange and pink.
The Karen family blows out the candles
Ali shares a special moment with one of her friends who was celebrating her birthday on the same day
Close friend Gail Janicola made Ali’s sign-in book using an Apple computer.
The pages were filled with pictures of family and friends
Brother Jordan “signs in”
Another friend, Janet Kesner had a great idea for the table numbers.
Using an old picture of Ali, she was able to photo shop different numbers onto the same photo. Copies were made at Walgreens and each photo was placed in a frame!
Ali and her Dad share a special moment and father/daughter dance.
Michelle Weissman created Ali’s favors and matching drawstring bags for her friends featuring her saying, “Be Happy, Be Ready.”
The girls received “flash dance” style sweatshirts saying “Be Happy” and the boys received T-shirts that said, “Be Ready Basketball”
As guests were leaving, they found a candy bar set up inside and a waffle truck outside!
Mom Carla successfully planned three Mitzvahs for her children and has this advice.
“Don’t get caught up in the small details, it’s all about the love in the room. Take a moment to step back and look around. Everyone is there because of your child and your family.”
The following vendors helped to make Ali’s Bat Mitzvah special. If you give any of them a call, please let them know you read about their services on MitzvahMarket.com.
Caterer/Venue: Del Mir Caterers at North Shore Synagogue
Music Entertainment: Entertainment Tonite, MC Matt
Favors: Michelle Weissman Creative Specialities, 516-637-0493
Photographer: Neal Bloom, 631-754-7442
Invitations: Robin Cohen, Robin’s Writes & Invites, 516-822-5108
Place Cards: Karen Garber, 516-681-2939, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cake: Del Mir Caterers
Décor: Party Interiors by Paul 516-586-5492
Waffel Truck: Wafel and Dinges
Dress for Mom: Melony Mazzeo, email@example.com
Dress for Ali: Outrageous Boutique
Dress for Marissa: BCBG
Videographer: Entertainment Tonite