The Lowenstein family of Hollywood, Florida, celebrated the B’nai Mitzvah of Jordyn and Joshua on November 1, 2014, with a Havdallah service followed by reception at Temple Solel in Hollywood, Florida.
Both Jordyn and Joshua love the “The Food Network” and consider themselves “foodies,” so when it came time to choose a theme, they cooked up a great one!
Pictured L-R: Bar Mitzvah boy Joshua, Bat Mitzvah girl Jordyn, Mom Hollie and Dad Seth.
Allison Frank was the photographer and the rest of the vendor information is listed at the end of the spotlight.
The family worked with Ellen Futterman of Proper Notice on the sophisticated invitation which highlights each child separately and together.
A pink font for Jordyn and blue font for Joshua on the invitation, RSVP and stamp
Jordyn and Joshua did an incredible job during their Havdalah service, and then went right into their party to celebrate with family and friends.
Sister and brother strike a pose during their formal temple pictures
The family looked great up on the bimah
The black suede kippot from Kippot World had silver trim and were personalized with their “J&J” initials
Letters J & J in the party’s color palette were a nice touch on the kippot table
Amy Wohl of FabuDesigns.com created the logos used throughout the party.
The logo on the left was the main logo of the event and the logo on the right was embroidered on a chef’s jacket used during some pre-party pictures and for the sign-in boards
One of A Kind Decor “whipped up” amazing decor. It was a club style party with no assigned table seating. There were tables and high tops available for guests who wanted to sit. Several Food Network show logos were showcased around the room with centerpieces on the high and low top tables.
When guests entered on the red carpet, they saw pictures pictures of Jordyn and Joshua on flat screen televisions with the amazing logo illuminated with red up-lighting
The culinary duo in front of their illuminated sign in the kids’ lounge area
Large television screens with pictures of Jordyn and Joshua sat on top of an illuminated platform on alternating tables
This centerpiece featured Jordyn
Mini lit up lamps like this one were dispersed throughout the party room
Some centerpieces were decorated in glitter and placed on high and low top tables
Essential cooking tools were used as added decor along with custom napkins ordered by Mom Hollie
The kids’ lounge included black leather couches with customized pillows designed by Mom Hollie and purchased on Zazzle.com. Illuminated Lucite cubes served as coffee tables adding pizazz to the set-up
This large poster of Jordyn and Joshua holding “The Food Network” magazine was placed over the DJ booth in
front of the dance floor
Sign-in chef coats added to the fun of their Food Network theme.
The sign-in chef coats were positioned in front of a poster of Joshua and Jordyn. This shot was taken during the pre-Mitzvah shoot in a kitchen showroom
Artisan Foods created four different food stations. Each station was a “Food Network” show or had a food prop to show what type of food was being served.
“The Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” station was the slider station, serving mini hamburger sliders along with a hot dog cart, delicious fries, lots of toppings for the burgers and a soft pretzel machine. This picture with Jordyn and Joshua superimposed next to star Chef Guy Fieri hung above
The Asian food station included a truck facade with an awning extending out over the servers with a menu board and signage: “J & J Wok ’til you drop”
Mom and Dad posed by the food truck chalkboard menu
At the pasta station, there was a huge spaghetti and meatball prop with a fork on a spinning base
The sushi station food prop with a sushi roll and chop sticks
It was a night of great music and high energy on the dance floor thanks to MC Joseph and Pure Energy Entertainment.
All smiles for the Horah
A great group picture with MC Joseph on the dance floor
Max Booth customized the photo booth with different Food Network magazine covers strategically inserting Jordyn and Joshua pictures. Fantastic Photo Favors supplied the air brush station along with basketball, air hockey and football toss for the kids during the cocktail hour.
What a great way to add to the decor
Fantastic Photo Favors airbrushed trucker hats and squishy pillows and provided cocktail hour games
Joshua’s finished squishy pillow looks awesome
The candle lighting ceremony featured mini TVs and within each one was a picture of one of the Food Network shows. There was also a light placed inside each one so with the push of a button, they lit up!
Candles were placed behind the TV display for guests to light as they were called up
At the end of the evening, each guest received a delicious cupcake from Sweeter Days Bake Shop.
“Thank you for helping us celebrate our special day!
We hope you had a great time and enjoy this sweet treat 🙂 Love…J&J”
Silver, red and black shimmer sprinkles were placed around the edges to go with the edible logo on each cupcake
Beautifully wrapped and displayed
The out-of-town bags included a great picture and note from the culinary duo thanking their guests for coming, as well as informing them of Sunday brunch for hotel guests and immediate family.
Both Jordyn and Joshua chose to volunteer their time caring for needy and abandoned animals at the Humane Society of Broward County, Mitzvah Mutts program. There they met with other kids and spent time with all of the animals by giving them lots of love and attention.They also made treats for the animals and whatever else was needed at the shelter. While being part of this “Mitzvah Mutts” program, they also raised funds for the humane society as generous friends and family members decided they wanted to contribute. They will also be participating in an event called, “Walk for the Animals” in February.
Jordyn playing with one of the shelter’s cats
Some advice from Mom Hollie:
“People would say to me, ‘Enjoy every minute of this because it goes by so fast,’ well they were right! When you plan a party of this magnitude for almost 2 years for your kids, and its over in just 6 hours, it’s so important to cherish every minute. I know it’s easier said than done, but you must stop, take a deep breath, look around you, and take it all in and remember what this special day is all about. My husband and I were doing this only one time since we have twins, so we needed to feel we gave 100 percent. I put a lot of pressure on myself to make sure it was as close to perfection as it could be. In the end, I loved the way everything came together, however, what I realized, is that when your friends and family are in the same room, surrounding you with love and support, seeing your kids smiling from ear to ear and happy all night long, that is what is really important! A couple last bits of advice would be to try to eat and drink the delicious items you chose for your special menu, trust that the team you hired will do their job properly (because at some point it’s out of your control) and while seeing your kids and guests enjoying themselves, dance the night away…because it’s your special day too!”
The following vendors helped to make celebration special. If you give any of them a call, please let them know you read about their services on MitzvahMarket.com.
Venue: Temple Solel; 954-989-0205
Catering: Artisan Foods, 954-983-5338
Photographer: Alison Frank Photography, 954-536-4456
Videographer: Senderey Video Productions 954-748-8999
Invitations: Ellen Futterman, Proper Notice, 516-621-9523
Logo: Amy Wohl, FabuDesigns, 312-513-1698
Decor: One Of A Kind Event Design, 954-838-0040
Kippot: Kippot World, 305-932-5472
Music Entertainment: MC Joseph, Pure Energy Entertainment, 954-782-9118
Cupcake favors: Sweeter Days Bake Shop, 954-396-3979
Customized Photo Booth: MaxBooth, 561-37-BOOTH
Party Entertainment/Cocktail hour games: Funtastic Photo Favors: 561-306-3700
Sign-In Chef coats: Shirts R Us, 954-533-4695
Custom pillows: Mom Hollie created on Zazzle.com
Custom cocktail napkins: For Your Party
Video Montage: Amy Kratish, 954-520-4591
Hotel gift bags: Totally Tote Bags, 866-795-4657
Jordyn’s service dress: Ted Baker, Bloomingdales
Reception dresses for Mom and Jordyn: Sondro Boutique, 954-739-5037
Suits for Dad and Joshua: Nordstrom and Men’s Wearhouse
Makeup: Nancy Rand, Touch Cosmetics, 786-301-1105
Hair: By Yasmin, 305-788-3520