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The Malavsky Bar Mitzvah Family Spotlight

The Malavsky family of Yardley, Pennsylvania, celebrated their son Max’s Bar Mitzvah with a Havdalah service on January 19, 2013 at the George School Meetinghouse in Newtown, Pennsylvania. Following the service, it was basketball all the way for an action packed party at Chickie’s & Pete’s Play2 in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Pictured L-R: Older Brother Jake, Mom Ellen, Bar Mitzvah boy Max and Dad Andy.

Photography was by A&G Picture This! and the rest of the vendors are listed at the bottom of the spotlight.





Max’s service was held in a beautiful, 200+ year old Quaker Meetinghouse on the campus of The George School where older brother Jake attends High School. The family loved the simplicity of the Meetinghouse and Max felt comfortable in a less formal venue. The Meetinghouse lent itself to more casual attire, so Max’s friends were dressed in jeans and jerseys and went to the party immediately following.



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The family taking part in the service




 Max’s invitation was designed by S & J printing and featured orange with black text.



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  The basketball player silhouette on the R.S.V.P. hinted at the theme



 It was all about basketball, Max’s favorite sport. A family friend created a cool logo with neon splatter paint with a basketball player silhouette.


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The inspiration for the logo was the original Air Jordan silhouette- the splatter paint gave it an updated, urban feel




 The venue was Chickie’s & Pete’s in South Philly, one of the most famous sports restaurants and bars in the Northeast and as authentic as it gets in terms of sports and arena-style food…two of Max’s favorite things.


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Max showing how much he loves their world-famous crab fries



Balloons over Philly took care of the balloons and designed all of the great signage. The color theme was mostly black and orange with neon green and neon blue as accent colors. There were no formal centerpieces as there were no formal tables.



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A real sports bar with the decor built-in 

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Guests walked into a festive area decorated with balloons

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Great signage added to the decor




For some of the small round high top tables, Mom Ellen bought galvanized buckets from Target and created centerpieces herself. She made labels with Max’s logo and used orange paper shreds and swirly lollipops to compliment the decor colors.



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The dress code was jeans & jerseys for the kids, and denim & diamonds for adults. Adults really embraced the dress code as a welcome change from the more formal Saturday night Bar Bat Mitzvah attire.


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 The Malavsky brothers looked great in their jerseys

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The kids loved wearing their favorite sports jerseys and jeans




There were many fun moments at the party including Max taking basketball shots with MC Christian.



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One of many slam dunks Max made

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Bar Mitzvah boy Max being a good host



 Max used a bright orange locker as his sign-in board. 


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Mom Ellen found Max’s sign-in locker online at Shelving.com

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Max’s friends signing in




Max entered his party like a sports champion.


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Making his way in

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Mom Ellen bought lime green and bright orange rally towels which spurred Max on




Christian of All Around Entertainment was a great MC and was chosen because he works for the 76er’s basketball organization and loves basketball almost as much as Max!



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MC Christian flipping over Max

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MC Christian leading guests on the dance floor

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A great shot of all the kids on the dance floor in their jerseys




Max slowed down the pace and shared a special dance with his mom.



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Kristin of Divine Cakes was very creative and brainstormed with Mom Ellen on the cake and M&M dessert idea.


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Max in front of his colorful cake! He also had a fun dessert of custom M&M’s in champagne flutes with a cupcake on top

Even the cupcakes were in Max’s color scheme




Max’s friends received two great favors: A sweatshirt inside a drawstring bag.



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Chickie and Pete’s had a perfect spot to hold the favors

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The front of the hoodie with text, “Game On!”

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The back with Max’s logo




The candy bags were neon green and orange. They were customized with Max’s basketball silhouette logo.


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The clear basketball bags were filled with cotton candy

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Instead of a traditional “candy bar”, Max decided he wanted the bags pre-filled with candy




Some advice from Mom Ellen:
“This was my 2nd time planning a Bar Mitzvah. It was definitely easier the 2nd time. I love the details so I can’t say I didn’t sweat the small stuff because I did, by choice. The best advice I can give a mom is DO NOT make the planning about you! I kept the focus on Max and all the things Max likes. This made the planning less stressful. Also, if your child doesn’t want to do a deep-dive into the details, that’s OK. There are so many decisions to be made, you can’t expect a 12 or 13 year old to be interested, or have the focus that you have. In looking through the pictures used for this feature, it reminded me that Max had the time of his life that night. He was so happy. You can see it on his face. What more could we ask for?”




Max had the perfect Mitzvah Project for him, since Max is “all about” basketball! He volunteered his time to help coach a 4th grade boys travel basketball team. Twice a week, he attended the team’s practices and helped the coach demonstrate drills and skills and he refereed their scrimmages. In Max’s words, “I hope the team had as good a time with me as I had with them!”





The following vendors helped to make Max’s celebration special. If you give any of them a call, please let them know you read about their services on MitzvahMarket.com.


Service: George School Meetinghouse215-579-6500
Chickie’s & Pete’s Play2: 215-218-0500
Music Entertainment: MC Christian, All Around Entertainment, 215-354-0124
Photographer: Gene, A&G Picture This! 215-728-1720
Alan, ADS Hi-Tech Video, 215-342-2789
Photo Booth: Shutterbooth of Philadelphia
Décor/Florist: Rick, Balloons Over Philly, 856-346-0158
Favors: Drawstring Bags: Totally Promotional, 866-795-4657
Sweatshirt Hoodies:
Paul, Colonna Enterprises, 215-355-8448
Invitation/Candy bags: Sara Jane Kimmel, S & J Printing, 609-895-0703
Locker: Shelving.com, 800-637-9508
Rally Towels: RallyTowels.com
Cake: Kristin, Divine Cakes, 484-368-9251
Lollipops:  Melville Candy Company,  800-638-8063
M&M’s: MyMMs.com
Neon Sunglasses: Quality Logo Products, 866-312-5646


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