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The Notrica ‘Around The World’ Bat Mitzvah Celebration


The Notrica family from Cortlandt Manor, New York, celebrated their daughter Nyssa’s Bat Mitzvah on April 18, 2015, at Temple Israel of Northern Westchester in Croton-on-Hudson, New York. 

The celebration with close family and friends had an “Around the World” theme at Elevate Event Lounge in Yorktown Heights, New York.

Pictured L-R: Sister Lucy, Mom Stacey, Bat Mitzvah girl Nyssa, Dad Cory and Sister Hannah.

The photographer was H&H Photography and the rest of the vendor information is listed at the end of the spotlight.




The family worked with Invitations4less.com on the classic layered invitation.  A chocolate brown and sky-blue ribbon completed the invitation.


 Notrica Invitation


Notrica temple

Nyssa during her formal temple portraits

Notrica family

The family outside their synagogue




 Elevate Event Lounge gave the family the atmosphere they wanted — a warm intimate feel with a “night club” vibe!

Notrica decor





Nyssa has her sights set to travel to foreign countries and thought an “Around the World” theme would be fun. Nyssa’s dad Cory designed the logo.


2015 Nyssa Bat Mitzvah Logo from montage lower res




Guests enjoyed an amazing array of food choices from “Around the World” such as sushi, Italian and Mexican buffets.


 Notrica food

A variety of sushi options

 Notrica Food

Pizza was a big hit!

 NOtrica food

Mexican tacos and chips with all the fixings




H&H Photography created the poster board of Nyssa.



Notrica sign-in

Guests wrote notes to Nyssa





Suzie of Olden Designs on Etsy.com created world atlas bags to be used as table centerpieces.


notrica custom world map centerpieces
The bags were beautiful luminaries




MC Dan and Double Image Event Production provided the music entertainment and did a great job. The dancers interacted with guests and kept the action going throughout the party.



Notrica entrance

 Nyssa made her entrance with one of the dancers

Guests had fun on the dance floor

  Notrica dance floor
Nyssa front and center surrounded by her friends




 Elevate Event Lounge also provided a photo booth and photo station.



 The props were a big hit!

Nyssa and her friends were all smiles




 There were many warm moments throughout the celebration.



Dad Cory spoke and toasted daughter Nyssa

  Notrica moment
They also shared a dance together




 Homestyle Desserts Bakery created the delicious “Around the World” themed cake.



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 The base was created to look like a suitcase with three tiers of delicious cake embellished with “Around the World” icons and landmarks

Notrica candle lighting
Nyssa posed in front of her cake 




 The family used MazelTovGear.com for the logo’d drawstring favor bags.



Notrica favors
Elevate Lounge’s cubbies were a great spot for guests to store their favors and photos

  Notrica favor Nyssa’s logo looked great

Notrica favor
Flannel pajamas




Nyssa volunteered at an animal shelter called Pets Alive Westchester in Elmsford, New York. She played with the cats and walked the dogs.




Some advice from Mom Stacey:
“The first thing to book immediately is the venue, photographer and the DJ. Once that’s done, the rest falls into place. Use lots of checklists. The really do keep you organized and on top of things!”





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

Venue: Elevate Event Lounge, 914-352-6400
Music Entertainment/MC/Party Entertainment: Double Image Event Production, 914-773-1950
Invitation: Invitations4less.com
Photography/Sign-in board: Dan Fried, H&H Photographers, 914-591-4200
Favors: Eileen Bowden, MazelTovGear.com, 855-629-3543
Cake: Homestyle Desserts Bakery, 914-737-4659
Décor: Brian Williams Events, 845-628-0614
Florist: Cooke’s Little Shoppe of Flowers, 914-862-4558
Custom made Luminaries: Suzie, Olden Designs on etsy.com
Dresses for family members: Bloomingdales, Amazon.com, Neiman Marcus Last Call and Ruelala.com
Hair: Salon Alicia, 914-762-2007


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