Samantha and Eliza Paradise celebrated their B’not Mitzvah on March 10, 2012 with a service at Congregation Rodeph Sholom followed by an afternoon party at The Edison Ballroom in New York City.
Their theme was “Dubble Trubble” using an adorable logo that was a take off of “Dubble Bubble” gum.
As Mom Stacey explains, “We did as much as we could to make both girls feel special on their milestone day.”
JoVon Photography provided all the pictures and the rest of the vendors are listed at the bottom of this spotlight.
This family is quite unusual due to second marriages by both Mom Stacey and Dad Steven. These lucky twin girls have 2 step siblings, 4 half siblings, a stepmother and a stepfather!
Pictured above L-R: Half brother Nate Kushlefsky, Stepfather Noah Kushlefsky, Mom Stacey, Bat Mitzvah girls Samantha and Eliza, stepsister Zoe Kushlefsky, Dad Steven, Stepmother Joslin and half sister Marielle Paradise
Their Checkerboard invitation was created by Maria Pappas-McKenzie of Sealed with a Kiss.
You will see below that Samantha and Eliza chose party dresses that coordinated with their invitation!
Their service took place at Congregation Rodeph Sholom in New York City.
Samantha and Eliza are ready to begin their service!
All the siblings, both half and step are picture above!
L-R: Nate (4), Jaden (13), Eliza, Zoe (15), Sophia (1) on her lap, Samantha, Caroline (2) and Marielle (5)
Yarmulkes were from www.mazeltops.com with an inscription that read, “I had double the fun at the B’not Mitzvah of Samantha and Eliza Paradise”
The girls’ matching dresses were from Nikki’s Dressing Room in Huntington, New York.
Samantha is in pink and Eliza is in blue
The Edison Ballroom, with its art deco design and large dance floor provided the dance club atmosphere that this family was looking for. They used their “dubble trubble” logo throughout the party including two giant billboards on either side of the red carpet entrance.
Their red carpet entrance
Billboard featuring Samantha and Eliza with their dubble trubble logo
Lighter Than Air created lamp shades with a hot pink background and the dubble trubble logo. They were placed atop clear cylinder vases that were filled with bright blue gel balls and then lit up from the inside. They also provided giant feather centerpieces.
Maximum Entertainment with owner/MC Joey M. and co-MCs Deano and Evan provided the music entertainment for their celebration.
Samantha and Eliza make their entrance!
The spacious dance floor allows all guests to have a great time
The Maximum Entertainment crew in their Dubble Trubble t-shirts
The girls singing with co-MC Evan
Mom Stacey created their sign-in books using Shutterfly.
Each girl had her own sign-in book with their logo on the front
The pages inside featured their school logos, their camp logos and pages that said “family” and “friends” etc., so guests could sign on the page that reflected their relationship with the girls
Their cake, complete with the dubble trubble logo was created by Jane Kantor.
The top and bottom layers of the cake matched the invitation and the middle layer featured their logo
There was a lot of entertainment at this celebration.
Trivia Expert Gene Jones of Gimme A Hint! wowed the guests
The Bumbys performed
Guests could make fun photo flipbooks…
And photo candy boxes!
Mom Stacey found Carl Hartman from Green Cheese Media Group on Mitzvah Market. Their montage included many celebrity shout outs.
Watch the montage here
Additionally, there was a large monitor in the kids’ cocktail hour room. Mom Stacey, along with her daughters created a slide show on iPhoto that was comprised solely of photos of the girls at all ages with the kids who were at the party. It played in a continuous loop during the cocktail hour so each child at the party was able to see him or herself in at least one photo. The adult cocktail hour room had 4 monitors and they created one slide show of all Samantha photos throughout the years and another slideshow of all photos of Eliza throughout the years which ran on the monitors continuously throughout the adult cocktail hour.
There were many special moments during this celebration.
Mom Stacey makes a speech
Samantha and Eliza’s friends gather around the cake for a group photo
All smiles as Mom Stacey and Stepfather Noah light a candle with Eliza and Samantha
The girls’ Uncle, Marshall Goodman, president of Firehouse clothing, created the favor and their aunt, Sabra Waxman designed the logo. The girls received white zip-up hooded sweatshirts with the logo on the back and the boys received dark grey hoodie pullovers with the logo.
The girls model their sweatshirt favor
The sweatshirts were given out in these bright blue bags with lots of dubble bubble gum thrown in! Name tags with the Dubble Trubble logo were created on www.vistaprint.com saving lots of time and money!
Mom Stacey who was also the party planner has this advice:
“Organization is the key. Make file folders for each aspect of the party – a folder for dresses, for invitations, for DJ, for entertainment, for party favors, for décor, etc. Put all your notes, receipts, price quotes from vendors and so on in those separate folders. Excel spreadsheets are great for keeping track of RSVPs and adding up the number of people attending! Get a “support group” together of other Moms who have already planned a Bar/Bat Mitzvah or who are also in the process of planning one. At a certain point, your husband will tune out and will just refuse to tell you whether the candles should go on the cake or on the table around the cake! Lastly, a big glass of wine certainly helps!”
Samantha did a drive for The Colored Pencil Project, a non-profit organization created to increase the access of art supplies to children in developing countries by distributing art supplies, specifically colored pencils and paper, and providing art curriculum to children in various orphanages, schools and rural villages in those developing countries.
Through the generous donations of family and friends, Samantha was able to donate dozens and dozens of pencil sharpeners and packages of pencils to The Colored Pencil Project.
Eliza participated in the Gift of Literacy Program, through the JCC in Manhattan, an early intervention program for struggling readers who are performing significantly below grade level. She tutors a 2nd grade student at an upper west side public school one after afternoon every week throughout the school year. The experience has been incredibly rewarding for her.
The following vendors helped to make Eliza and Samantha’s celebration special. If you give any a call, let them know you read about their services on MitzvahMarket.com.
Venue: Edison Ballroom, 212-201-7650
Party Planner: Mom, Stacey
Music Entertainment: Owner/MC Joey M, Maximum Entertainment, 516-826-8632
Invitations: Maria Pappas-McKenzie, Sealed with a Kiss, 631-697-998
Photographer: JoVon Photography, 516 922-3535
Party Entertainment: Trivia Expert, Gene Jones of Gimme A Hint!
Performance Artists: The Bumbys, firstname.lastname@example.org
Flip Books: Richard Lincoln, Fun Flips, 508-786-2989
Photo Station: Maximum Entertainment, 516-826-8632
Montage: Carl Hartman, Green Cheese Media Group, 818-934-8990
Cake: Jane Kantor, 917-750-5903, email@example.com
Décor: Richie, Lighter Than Air, 516-933-3210
Sign-In books: Shutterfly
Logo’d cocktail napkins and bathroom paper towels: www.foryourparty.com
Dresses for girls: Pat, Nikki’s Dressing Room, 631-659-3622
Make up: Brittney from Scott J. Aveda salon, Brittney@scottj.com
Videographer: Maximum Entertainment, 516-826-8632