The Rosenzweig family of Closter, New Jersey, celebrated son Jake’s Bar Mitzvah service and reception on January 25, 2014, at Powerhouse Studios and Entertainment in Paramus, New Jersey.
Jake, a Brooklyn Nets fan, decided on a “Jammin’ with Jake” theme and his celebration included a surprise guest who came to party with Jake and his friends.
Pictured L-R: Dad Todd, Mom Ilene, Bar Mitzvah boy Jake and Sister Camryn.
Photography was by Powerhouse Studios & Entertainment and the rest of the vendor information is listed at the bottom of the spotlight.
Jake’s invitation was black card stock with white text in a modern font from Lori of All About Invitations.
Powerhouse Studios is a unique 17,000 square foot event venue making it a perfect choice for the family who wants their service and party in one location. According to Mom Ilene, “Powerhouse Studios makes hosting a party fun and non-stressful!”
Guests seated during the Havdalah service
Jake’s logo was inspired by his favorite basketball team, the Brooklyn Nets, and was created by Lori of All About Invitations.
Powerhouse Studios has built-in decor. Jake’s guests enjoyed looking at famous scenes from some of Hollywood’s most popular movies. Powerhouse Studios is a Hollywood themed venue that also boasts a night club environment with illuminated tables and lounge furniture.
The DeLorean from “Back to the Future” was a popular spot
Jake posed with Marilyn Monroe before the party
The logo was on the lampshade centerpieces and the table linens were black with white napkins
Their huge 1,500 square foot dance floor, high-tech lighting effects and video walls, created the perfect atmosphere for a rockin’ party
Since the theme was “Jammin’ with Jake,” all of Jake’s friends, family and close family friends rocked the night away. MC Darrell and the dancers were amazing and interacted all night with guests.
Jake up in the chair for the Horah
MC Darrell, the dancers and the Rosenzweig family with Jake
A perfect photo op for Jake’s friends with Godfrey, one of the dancers
And for Mom Ilene and her friends too!
The sign-in board was a huge poster of Jake featuring his logo.
Powerhouse Studios has built-in interactive fun including great arcade games.
Jake had fun with air hockey
On the Move Events and Entertainment provided a special surprise guest. Verbal Ace, a beat box sensation and contestant from “America’s Got Talent,” was a big hit among the kids.
Definitely a fun addition to the party!
The family decided on a traditional candle lighting ceremony.
The cake was delicious and perfectly stated
The family made a wish together
Jake’s Mitzvah Project was a great achievement. He chose to do a food drive for the Closter Food Pantry in Closter, New Jersey. He collected 45 overflowing bags and delivered them to the pantry where he dated, sorted and stocked all the non-perishable food items he collected.
Jake felt a great sense of accomplishment and will be holding another food drive in the future
Some advice from Mom Ilene:
“I cannot believe I actually survived all the Bar Mitzvah planning. I would love to be able to give some Mom-to-Mom advice that I wish I had. I would have to say to relax and enjoy all of the planning. Make it a fun time. The celebration goes so fast that you might as well enjoy every moment planning and celebrating your child along the way. I would also say not to sweat the small stuff. All the little extras really don’t matter in the whole picture. It’s the special people and the love you feel in the room that makes the celebration a true success.”
The following vendors helped to make Jake’s celebration special. If you give any of them a call, please let them know you read about their services on MitzvahMarket.com.
Venue/Photography: Powerhouse Studios & Entertainment, Paramus, New Jersey location, 201-265-9060
Party Planner: Nicole Estrada, Powerhouse Studios & Entertainment
Music Entertainment: Powerhouse Studios & Entertainment, MC Darrell
Invitations/Logo/Favors: Lori, All About Invitations, 845-357-8070
Sign-in-board: Robert, Powerhouse Studios & Entertainment
Verbal Ace/Speciality Act: On The Move Events and Entertainment, 212-229-1009
Cake: Gourmet Desserts, 973-815-1111
Dress for Sister Camryn: Party Girl, 201-568-8804
Dress for Mom Ilene: Saks Fifth Avenue
Bar Mitzvah boy Jake’s suit: Sam’s Fine Men’s Clothing, 973-422-1000
Dad Todd: Tom James, 212-599-1650
Hair/makeup: Studio Nina, 201-767-0008