The Klein family of Chappaqua, New York, celebrated daughter Lily’s Bat Mitzvah at Camp Starlight in Starlight, Pennsylvania, on May 31-Jun 1, 2014.
Lily loves camp; particularly Camp Starlight where’s she’s gone for five years. So when it came time for her Bat Mitzvah, it was a natural choice for her to celebrate there. Camp Starlight was transformed into Camp StarLily for the weekend!
Pictured L-R Dad Andrew, Sister Madison, Bat Mitzvah girl Lily, brother Zachary and Mom Marlo.
Photography by Chad Kraus Photography and the rest of the vendor information is listed at the bottom of the spotlight.
Mom Marlo built a Website that had all of the information for the Bat Mitzvah weekend. She and Lily decided that a fun and “campy” way to invite Lily’s friends was with a water bottle with the Website’s URL imprinted and delivered in a customized box.
Starlily.com had all of the details for Camp StarLily Bat Mitzvah weekend
With the help of 4imprint.com, Mom Marlo created the water bottle and box and hand delivered all the boxes to the guests
Together, Marlo and Lily stuffed each water bottle with shredded blue metallic paper to make the bottle shine
Camp StarLily weekend started with lunch for 90 of Lily’s friends upon arrival at Camp Starlight.
Camp Starlight is a 385-acre campus surround by the “endless mountains” of Pennsylvania
Lily greeted the buses filled with her friends with open arms
Her guests were so excited to arrive!
After finishing lunch, Color War broke out. Big sister Madison rode in on a decorated golf cart and papers were thrown naming the blue and white teams. Back at the bunks, every guest found a bag with their name on it, a color t-shirt for their team, water bottle and bandana to get ready for Color War!
Counselors threw Color War sheets off the roof of the dining hall…
…and big sister Madison rode in on a golf cart
The “Color War Spirit” announcing teams
Custom bags for each guest included blue or white t-shirts for their team, a water bottle and bandana
Lily was partial to Team Blue!
Kids enjoyed the friendly competition
Tug-of-war was a big hit
The White team celebrated their victory!
Blue or White, they were all there to celebrate Lily
A custom Camp StarLily flag was raised before the weekend festivities began.
Lily’s sign-in pillow, created by The Pieced Palette, was waiting on her bed. As a surprise for her arrival, her bunk was decorated with lights and a special photo blanket of her and all her camp friends.
Mom Marlo designed a photo collage blanket for Lily that she took to camp that summer
Lily brought her sign-in pillow to breakfast the next morning for friends to sign
Lily’s entrance to her party was awesome! Thanks to Camp Starlight, she entered in a golf cart that was “pimped out” in blue and white. Her friends lined up to greet her as she came around the corner.
Lily’s smile said it all
Lily sparkled in her party dress from A Step Ahead Fashions. Lily’s hair and make up was done by Mom Marlo.
Lily was all smiles as she posed in her party dress
Lily danced in her blinged-out Converse
Jeffrey Craig Entertainment rocked the camp! They kept the party going non stop.
The kids enjoyed the party SWAG…
…and, Lily enjoyed the horah
“Selfie” fun with a few friends!
Lily’s friends presented her with a special gift
Lily and her besties
Instead of a traditional Bat Mitzvah cake, Lily opted for Baked By Melissa cupcakes spelling out “Lily” on platters. The cupcakes were shipped frozen to Camp Starlight, what a great idea!
Lily with her display of cupcakes
After the dance party, Lily’s friends went back to their bunks to change out of their party clothes. They were surprised to find a sweatshirt on their beds; blue for boys and white for girls. The evening ended with pizza and s’mores around the campfire and a fireworks display over the lake.
Lily’s friends wore their sweatshirts to the bonfire
The fireworks over the lake was a beautiful end to a wonderful day
The kids wore their StarLily sweatshirts to breakfast the next morning, white for girls…
…and, blue for the boys
Camp Starlight has a charity they started called Stack The Caps. They collect new hats for children with cancer. Lily collected over 1500 hats that were donated to Maria Ferari’s Children’s Hospital in Westchester, and Sunrise Day Camp.
Lily surround by the hats she collected
Some advice from Mom Marlo:
“I did everything myself. The key is start planning early and do a little each week. Make lots of lists and stay organized. You don’t need a party planner. Learn to ask the vendors lots of questions and take their advice; they have done it before.”
The following vendors helped to make Lily’s Bat Mitzvah special. If you call any of them, please let them know you read about them on MitzvahMarket.com.
Venue: Camp Starlight, 877-875-3971
Photographer: Chad Kraus Photography, 917-532-3478
Party Planner/Decor: Mom Marlo
Music Entertainment: Jeffrey Craig Entertainment, 800-690-9370
Invitation Website: Mom Marlo
Water Bottle Box/Water Bottle: 4imprint.com
Sign-In Pillow: Jane Sheinfeld, The Pieced Palette, 914-420-1746
Custom Blanket: Collage.com
Custom Flag: North Star Flags, 800-958-3009
Color War Items: Party City
Dresses for family members: A Step Ahead Fashions, 203-329-2959
Transportation: Leprechaun Coach Buses, 800-MAGIC17
Party security: Provided by Camp Starlight