The Steinberg family celebrated daughter Molly’s Bat Mitzvah on October 25, 2014, with a Havdallah service and reception at Club Infinity in Pleasantville, New York.
Molly’s birthday is in August, but with her Bat Mitzvah date so close to Halloween, the family decided to go all out with a “Molloween” themed party.
Guests were invited to come in costume and every guest did, including the Rabbi!
This is the second celebration for this family, read about older sister Andie’s Bat Mitzvah here.
Pictured L-R: Mom Lainee, Brother Cooper, Bat Mitzvah girl Molly, Sister Andie and Dad Michael.
The photographer was Max Aureli Photography and the rest of the vendor information is listed at the end of the spotlight.
Mitzvah Invitation & Service
The family worked with Jessica Riesel of Precious Papers who designed a modern invitation that arrived in a box.
Mitzvah Style & Venue
The invitation stated, “Costume Attire Preferred” and everyone participated. The Steinberg family dressed in their own version of the royal family. In the invitation, they included information about Sophia’s Costume Boutique in Greenwich, Connecticut which not only helped guests with costumes but with Molly’s Mitzvah Project as well. Not only were costumes fun (and secretive till the night of), but a great ice breaker that encouraged all guests to mingle.
After the service, guests made their way into another part of the venue set for “Molloween.” Max Event Design decorated the club dance floor with logos, giants floor decals and Gobo lighting projections on the walls.
Music & Entertainment
Max Event Design created a high energy environment with a fun dance party. The family raved about the energy level of owner MC Mike Carson and his wife and dancer, Eliana Carson. For extra fun and entertainment there was a live percussionist and violinist on the dance floor all night with dancers dressed in Halloween costumes.
The family worked with Stephanie Engler of Pretty in Paper. She designed a distressed grey hoodie thermal shirt with a “Molloween” logo on the back. For the boys she designed a black pullover hoodie sweatshirt, with the “Molloween” logo on the back of the shirt.
Molly wanted her project to bring the magic of Halloween to all children and tie it in with her theme. Molly found a great organization The Jewish Child Care Association/The Cottage School that would graciously accept donated Halloween costumes. So Molly went to work asking for donations, collections then sorting, organizing, packing and delivering those costumes. She struck gold when she found a local dance group that had tons of costumes after their annual recitals ended. Sophia’s Costume Boutique in Greenwich, Connecticut also gave her boxes of costumes for both kids and adults! The director of the foster care division shared with us their vision that “every child deserves to grow up hopeful” and together we helped to make that vision a reality!
Mom to Mom
Some advice from Mom Lainee:
“This is our second Bat Mitzvah in less than two years. So, in some ways it was easier, we had a very good template from our other daughter’s special day. We used just about every single vendor that we used for daughter Andie’s Bat Mitzvah since we had such a great and easy experience. We worked with the owners of each of our vendor groups to translate everything for us. From Melissa Gross of Club Infinity to Mike Carson of Max Entertainment and Karen Chioccariello from Encore Catering everyone communicated and coordinated seamlessly for us! As a matter of fact, we chose the caterer, sight unseen, never did a tasting and they surpassed our expectations. Also, this time around, we chose our DJ to decorate as it was easier for us to have one less moving part to the equation. Hmm, this time around, I found that I could postpone things closer to the date, but I also still stressed over the montage, making it different and having different photos when our daughters are so close in age, was a challenge for me.”
The following vendors helped to make Molly’s celebration special. If you give any of them a call, please let them know you read about their services on MitzvahMarket.com.
Venue: Melissa Gross, Club Infinity, 914-214-4800
Music Entertainment/Party Planner: Max Event Design, 914-533-2365
Photographer: Max Aureli Photography, 203-517-4252
Invitation: Jessica Riesel, Precious Papers, firstname.lastname@example.org
Décor/florist: Max Event Design, 914-533-2365
Caterer: Karen, Encore Catering, 973-515-8000
Favors: Stephanie Engler, Pretty in Paper, 561-998-3777
Arcade games/Carnival Photo booth: Club Infinity, 914-214-4800
Live music performers: Max Event Design, 914-533-2365
Montage: Tanta Marla Studios, 914-215-2102
Sign-In board: A.I. Friedman, 914-937-7351
Service: Rabbi Deborah Salomon, Hebrew Wizards
Monster slippers: Alibaba
Bat Mitzvah girl Molly’s costume: www.quinceanera100.com
Dad’s king costume: Sophia’s Costumes 203-542-9499
Mom Lainee’s gown: Neiman Marcus
Mom Lainee’s red cape: A friend of the family made it
King and Queen crowns: Etsy.com
Sister Andie dress: Free People, Greenwich, Ct.
Dad’s King Costume: Sophia’s Costumes, 203-542-9499/ Bloomingdales
Brother Cooper Prince Charming outfit: Sophia’s Costumes 203-542-9499
Molly’s Converse sneakers: Zappos
Hair: Denise Goldstein, 914-584-0622
Makeup: Kim Root, 914-588-7854
Transportation: J and R bus
Party security: Club Infinity, 914-214-4800