The Rofe Family celebrated the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter Kara on December 4, 2010. They belong to Temple Beth Torah in Dix Hills, New York and the ceremony was performed by Rabbi Gellman, one half of the God Squad.
The reception was held during the day at the nightclub Glo in Westbury, New York. They decided to go for a fun, festive atmosphere.
All party photography was done by Double G. All vendor information is at the bottom of this spotlight.
Pictured above (L-R): Mom Diane, Bat Mitzvah girl Kara, brother Aaron and Dad Roger.
The day began with the service at Temple Beth Torah.
Kara and her family standing proudly on the Bimah
As usual, we girls spent the day getting ready and the guys just throw on a suit!
No stress here, Kara’s just relaxing by reading a book while she gets her hair done before the service
Kara striking a pretty pose – her beautiful navy dress from Nikki’s Dressing Room where Mom Diane loved the selection and service
An important day for little brother Aaron too…his first suit which was purchased at Nordstrom
Bat Mitzvah girl Kara loves art and her parents say she is a wonderful artist. They decided the perfect theme would be to have an “Art Mitzvah.” Kara wanted to concentrate on Pop Art so they infused this “Andy Warhol” style in the invitations and decorations.
The front of the invitation by Darlene Barzilay
Great personalized RSVP card featured a new trend, using your name within the RSVP selection
Color coordinated yarmulkes await guests at the service
The Rofes felt that their venue, Glo didn’t need much in the way of decor and kept it simple by placing some pop art posters throughout the club. Rick from Image Graphics created a large six foot poster and the hearts sign-in board, which greeted guests when they arrived.
Check out some of the posters in the background of this photo above
Rick from Image Graphics created this sign that greeted all of the Rofes guests
Image Graphics also created Kara’s colorful sign-in poster
Howard from Gotham T-shirts created the artwork below that was used on the favors for Kara’s young guests.
Kara’s artwork for her t-shirt favors
Carl Hartman of Green Cheese Media created an amazing celebrity “shout out” entrance video for Kara.
The video included some of Kara’s favorite celebrities like Tom Cruise, The Simpsons, The Griffiths from Family Guy, Justin Bieber and Julia Roberts. All their guests were impressed!
Check it out here.
The family used Double G with Ricky as their MC for their music entertainment.
Kara making her entrance with MC Ricky G from Double G
Some family fun
Girls just wanna have fun!
Kara’s Mitzvah cake was made up of all her favorite candy!
This cake from Sweet Candy Cakes is always a hit
Anya Taylor Favors created personalized water bottles with Kara’s picture.
Water bottle label
Custom “Kara” water bottles were given to guests
Mitzvah Mom Diane has this advice for our readers: “Organization is key. I kept very neat files. I also got a lot of great sit down information, advice and ideas from Mitzvah Market! If you think you need one more thing to make it special, you don’t. The kids will always have a nice time. I recommend not to overdo it with the candy giveaways. The kids go crazy. It is like demons take over their bodies. I spent so much time at the party worrying that the lines were too long, or if people liked the food, or the music, that I did not enjoy it nearly as much as I should have. I stressed out about stupid stuff and I could have had a nicer time, especially when I put so much effort to make this special.”
More advice from Mitzvah Mom Diane, “I would avoid the disposable cameras. I thought I would get some cute, spontaneous shots, but instead, I got pictures of some boys butts. They took the camera into the boys room and dropped their pants and someone snapped away. I cannot make this stuff up!”
Several of the Rofe’s family members have been afflicted by Alzheimer’s Disease. So Kara donated a portion of her gifts to research through alz.org.
Here is a list of vendors who made Kara’s Bat Mitzvah special. If you call any, please let them know that you read about their services on MitzvahMarket.com.
Venue: Glo 516-704-8022
Music Entertainement/PartyPlanner: Double G Productions of NY Starlight Express MC: Ricky G
Favors: Howard, Gotham Tshirts 516-676-0900
Invitations: Darlene Barzilay email@example.com
Calligraphy: Sheryl, Alltype
Cake: Tiffany, Sweet Candy Cakes
Photographer: Double G Productions
Décor/florist/Sign-In board: Rick at Image Graphics
Entrance Video: Carl Hartman, Green Cheese Media
Water Bottles: Anya Taylor Favors firstname.lastname@example.org
Disposable cameras: Custom Camera Collection
Bat Mitzvah Girl Dress: Nikki’s Dressing Room
Mom’s Service & Party Dress/Aaron’s suit: Nordstrom
Hair: Cherry from Ideal Haircutters 631-266-9705
Transportation: First Student Transportation