The Shanker family from Long Island celebrated their daughter Marti Rose’s Bat Mitzvah on April 10, 2010 at the event space Carnival Presented by Bowlmor in New York City. This was a perfect venue for their Big Top Circus theme. With carnival games everywhere, it was lots of FUN from the moment you walked in!
We thank the Shanker family for sharing their special day with us. All vendor information is listed at the bottom of this feature.
Party photography was done by Anthony Vasquez Photography. Pictured left to right: Younger sister Ruby, Dad Michael, Mom Nancy, Bat Mitzvah girl Marti Rose and older brother Miles.
The entire family looked great. Marti Rose had her dress custom-made at Petit Chic in Cedarhurst, NY. Sister Ruby wore an old dress of Marti Rose’s that Petit Chic “re-invented” for her.
Marti Rose has some serious style – check out her funky Adidas sneakers as she is ready for her party to begin!
Ruby is wearing her big sisters dress that was re-invented for her. Petit Chic made it shorter and changed the sash from red to hot pink to match her sister!
Mom and Dad designed the logo which was also placed on the invitation done by Ellen Futterman of Proper Notice.
“Marti” was incorporated into the design of the rose – how clever!
Coordinated ensemble from Proper Notice
This 16,000-square-foot space was just recently revamped to have the look and feel of a circus and carnival environment. Carnival offers live entertainment such as circus performers and many other types of built-in entertainment. Carnival games, plush toys hanging from the walls, stilt walkers, jugglers and balloon artists were all waiting for guests to enjoy.
Marti Rose’s friends posing under the big top
One guest testing his strength
Someone is clowning around
A stilt walker
Marti Rose entered her party surrounded by the Geo Events dancers and some of the entertainers from Carnival.
For her entrance, Marti Rose changed from her high heeled shoes into funky Adidas sneakers. There was also a 6 foot custom wall graphic of Marti Rose (created by www.Fathead.com) in a carnival outfit from a previous photo shoot with Howard Rosenthal Photography
The musical entertainment was provided by Geo Events with MC Geo who really got the crowd rockin all night long.
For part of the entertainment, the Shankers brought in StudioBooth, a mobile photo booth that uses beautiful fashion lighting to capture everyone at their best. What is also unique about Studio Booth was that the guests were able to jump on a trampoline and their high speed cameras were able to catch guests mid- flight.
Marin Rose clowning around
Marti Rose’s Mom and Dad posing with their big win!
Marti Rose’s friends having fun!
Marti Rose’s favor was a T-shirt with a carnival theme created by Fishead.net. The young guests received this favor in a popcorn box with a bag of popcorn inside. As adults were leaving the party, each guest received a mylar bag of popcorn with a note thanking them for coming.
The T-shirt favor for the young adults
Prior to her Bat Mitzvah party, Marti Rose did a photo session with Howard Rosenthal Photography. Her Mom took video of the photo shoot and then her Dad made a very creative video using the footage and still pictures which played on plasmas while the guests were waiting for the elevator. Additionally, blow-up’s of some of those photos were placed around the venue.
One of many photos from Howard Rosenthal Photography
Mitzvah Mom Nancy has now planned 2 of her 3 children’s Mitzvahs. This one was all done pretty quickly and she has some advice about planning ahead.
She says, “It is never too late to start planning. In November, when we decided the weather in April was too uncertain to have an outdoor affair at our home, we then booked the entire party and planned it all in just 5 months.”
For us Moms that are stressed about the planning process, this is good to know!
Marti Rose’s Kippots for her service were handmade and embroidered by Ethiopian Jews who live in Israel. The program is run through Esra and dubbed “The Embroidery Project.” Each one is special and like a work of art. Marti Rose donated a portion of her Bat Mitzvah gifts to help pay for these Kippots. All donations to this organization help women who come to Israel with nothing other than their ability to sew.
The beautiful Kippots
Here is a list of the Mitzvah Vendors who helped make Marti Rose’s Bat Mitzvah special. If you call any of them, please let them know you read about their services on MitzvahMarket.com. Thanks!
Venue: Carnival/Presented by Bowlmor 212-255-8188
Party Planner: Nikki Lazar from Carnival Presented by Bowlmor
Music DJ/MC/Videographer: Geo Events 212-572-8323
Photographer: Anthony Vasquez Photography 718-614-6804
Favors: Fishead.net 1-877-659-2780
Photo booth: thestudiobooth.com 212-518-3643
Invitations: Ellen Futterman Proper Notice 516-621-9523
Photography Session: Howard Rosenthal Photography 800-631-7870
Sign-In board: I Photo Book
Dress for Mom: Oscar del La Renta
Dress for Marti Rose: Petit Chic 516-374-1301
Dress for sister Ruby: Re-invented by Petit Chic
Men: Hugo Boss
Hair/makeup: Gemini 14 Color Bar
Transportation: U.S Coachways 1-877-873-1838
Mitzvah Project Kippots: Esra