On May 9, 2015, the Shiff family from Pompano Beach, Florida, celebrated daughter Jordan’s Bat Mitzvah “on ice.” The Bat Mitzvah service was held at Temple Bat Yam of East Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and the evening skating party was at the IceDen in Coral Springs, home of the Florida Panther’s NHL hockey team and one of the rinks where Jordan regularly trains.
This party on ice was the perfect choice for Jordan since she is a competitive ice skater. Her whole family got involved with many of the creative touches!
Pictured L-R: Brother Jacob, Bat Mitzvah girl Jordan, Mom Melissa and Dad Justen.
The photographer was David Decoteau of Downtown Photo and the rest of the vendor information is listed at the end of the spotlight.
The family worked with Enchanting Invitations by Caryn Ellman on the modern snowflake themed invitation and postcard RSVP.
The color palette of lavender and white set the tone for the celebration
The service was held at Temple Bat Yam.
Bat Mitzvah girl Jordan with Rabbi David Spey
As guests entered the service, they could pick up a custom program designed by Mom Melissa and a lavender snowflake kippah
Jordan wore many great outfits on her special day including a custom-made skating outfit for her entrance and a Sherri Hill Design for the party.
Jordan wore a very pretty lavender dress to her service
For the party on ice, guests were asked to come dressed in their best Winter Chic outfits
Jordan chillin’ before the party in one of her two party dresses, this one by Sherri Hill
Jordan’s Nana Sally and Aunt Samantha decorated Jordan’s Converse sneakers with pearls and rhinestones
The snowflake logo with the initial “J” in the center was created by Enchanting Invitations by Caryn Ellman. The logo was used on lockers, lounge pillows, water bottles, cups, coffee sleeves, napkins, snow hats, lip balm, and even the top of her cake.
Place cards embellished with snowflakes assigned guests to one of four locker rooms. In their lockers, they found their skates waiting for them along with a bag of goodies. On the table with the place cards were pictures of Jordan that were decorated with pearls, rhinestones, and bows.
Mom Melissa purchased the place cards from Michael’s and embellished them with purple hues and
snowflakes she found on Etsy
Al Davis and his decor team at Blooming Events International helped to transform The IceDen into a soft and feminine party venue! Lots of up-lighting and decor elements helped turn the rink into a sparkly, winter wonderland with lavender and purple hues.
The rink added a platform of ice where guests could dance, relax, and eat while watching the skaters. The platform contained a dance floor, lounge chairs, nesting tables and chairs, along with a hot chocolate station, coffee bar, dessert table and a kids’ food and drink station
Beautiful lavender linens worked great with the clear Chivari chairs
Tea lights, trees with bling and snowflakes added to the decor
The reply card asked guests for their skate size so everything was organized and their skates were waiting for them.
Ice skates and a bag of goodies were waiting for guests
Custom lip balm
Customized hats to wear on the ice
Wool wraps were given to the aunts and grandmas during the party
Mom Melissa bought fleece blankets at IKEA and placed them in baskets around the dance floor for guests to use if they got cold.
Leftover blankets were donated to a local homeless shelter
Jordan’s Grandma Diann made the purple sequin pillows and Jordan’s cousin Liam had a great front view seat of all the skaters
Custom napkins and personalized M&M’s were color coordinated. The M&M scoopers were bought at the dollar store and blinged-out for $2 with craft store decorations
Gem lights, also bought on Etsy, were a great decor element
There was a variety of candies to choose from around the rink. There were M&M’s, chocolate skating lollipops, and lavender lollipops
Custom hot coffee/chocolate holders
A pair of ice skates were used for the Bat Mitzvah Sign-In.
As a competitive skater, Jordan took a moment to wow her guests during her entrance. She came out to Sia’s version of “You’re Never Fully Dressed with a Smile.”
The spotlight waiting for Jordan to enter the rink
Jordan making her entrance with snow falling and wearing a custom skating dress by Kim Walker Designs
She performed a routine to “I Lived” by OneRepublic
All of Jordan’s family and friends watched her on the ice
Jordan didn’t think her dad could skate, but he had been secretly practicing for months without her knowing! They danced to Tim McGraw’s “My Little Girl.”
She was shocked and very emotional when her Dad got out on the ice with her
Jordan with her Grandmother Diann who made the sequin pillows for the party
Jordan’s Nana Sally who is a singer, sang a very special “Happy Birthday” to Jordan since it was her actual 13th birthday
Pure Energy and MC Alberto were amazing and Alberto even put skates on along with the dancers to engage Jordan’s guests.
Horah on Ice
Jordan with two dancers from Pure Energy
Mom Melissa created the candle lighting display. She bought letters at Michaels and then spray painted them with purple glitter. She also put ribbon around the cylinders with floating candles and added a snowflake inside the candles to sparkle.
Mom Melissa made the table tulle skirt by watching a couple of “how to” videos
Keeping with the theme, desserts included winter wonderland snowman cake pops, assorted cupcakes, chocolate covered strawberries and pretzel sticks dipped in chocolate.
Ironically, Jordan’s celebration was on the exact day of her birthday
Snowflake lavender flavored lollipops
The hot chocolate bar with signage Mom Melissa created
The hat, gloves, socks, and lip balm given earlier in the evening were part of the favors, but the girls got an extra surprise… Jordan is a big fan of athletic designer Ivivva, a company that empowers girls and gives back to the community. Jordan met with Ivivva executives because they wanted her input on clothing designs since she is a skater.
Jordan’s friends received a lavender or white Ivivva headband, small pouch and chocolates
The Ivivva Boca Raton store manager and regional manager were guests at her Bat Mitzvah
Since Mother’s Day was the next morning, the Shiff family sent off all the Moms with a special gift and cute note and label by FabuDesigns.com
Slippers, roses and lotion from Bath and Body Works
Jordan’s Aunt Suzy, a Family Court Judge in Florida, told her about a clothing closet in the courthouse to help foster children and juveniles who were trying to get back on their feet after being in the juvenile justice system. Jordan started a clothing drive in her middle school and her brother Jacob started a clothing closet drive in his High School. Their classmates were extremely generous and donated beautiful clothes and shoes. Jordan and her brother scheduled visits at the clothing closet to drop off the clothes, hang them up, and organize the closet. The clothing drive at their school continues and Jordan felt it was a great way to help kids in her own backyard.
Kids can then go shopping and take as much as they need. The closet is like a small department store
Jordan’s other project is to start an annual ice skating party around the holidays for foster children who receive services through a local organization called H.A.N.D.Y. She is using some of her Bat Mitzvah money and asking local businesses to help by donating food and items for an ice skating party this December. She hopes this will become an annual event and give kids the chance to try ice skating… something that has given her so much happiness as a child!
Some advice from Mom Melissa:
“This was my second go around, having done my son’s Bar Mitzvah two years prior. The best advice I could give anyone is make it personal. Ask your son or daughter what kind of party they want and then work around your budget and guide your child with some of the decision making. Jordan absolutely didn’t want a “club-like” party. She loves to ice skate and takes it seriously so she wanted to share her love of skating with friends and family. Jordan and I also love arts and crafts so we did a lot of DIY projects and we involved the whole family. It was fun and we created many hilarious memories leading up to the big day. I would also advise to plan ahead. Jordan’s Bat Mitzvah was in May, but since her theme was winter I found great deals at Michaels, Joann’s, and AC Moore right after the holidays. My final advice would be to enjoy the celebration and take it all in. My husband and I would take time throughout the night to just watch our daughter enjoying herself with friends and family. We hired a “day planner” to execute everything, and while there were a few glitches, nothing was going to ruin the night. You have to put things into perspective. As soon as the party started, our attention was on enjoying the night with our daughter, son, family and friends. It turned out to be a perfect celebration! As Jordan put it, ‘It was so perfect, it seemed surreal. Make the party about the Bar or Bat Mitzvah child and make it kid friendly with lots of good food.’ She was grateful that Palm Catering of Weston listened to what she wanted for her big day!”
The following vendors helped to make Jordan’s Bat Mitzvah special. If you give any of them a call, let them know you read about their services on MitzvahMarket.com.
Venue: Florida Panther’s IceDen, 954-341-9956
Photographer/Videographer: David Decoteau, Downtown Photo, 954-524-8555
Videographer: Senderey Video, 954-748-8999
Music Entertainment: MC Alberto, Pure Energy, 954-782-6989
Party Planner: Mom Melissa Shiff
Caterer: Scott Kushner, Palm Catering of Weston, 954-389-9713
Event Planner: Anna Kipnis, Best of Ultimate Events: 305-799-3884
Décor: Al Davis, Blooming Events International, 305-437-8336
Placecards/Custom napkins: Mom Melissa, Bat Mitzvah girl Jordan and many of the immediate family
Invitation/Logo: Enchanting Invitations by Caryn Ellman, 954-614-0780
Candle Lighting display: Mom Melissa, Michaels
Styrofoam ice skaters on display: Awesome Events, 888-443-4267
Purple blankets: Ikea
Slipper label: Amy Wohl, FabuDesigns, 312-513-1698
Gem lights: GemLights on etsy.com
Styrofoam ice skaters on display: Awesome Events, 888-443-4267
Custom headbands: Ivivva, 877-263-4966
Headband Embroidery: Scott Egan, Grunt Gear 561-368-8985
Converse Sneaker socks: Mitzvah Socks, 732-463-4632
Candy tags for the M and M’s and the Hershey kisses: Cara ScrapNStamp Art on Etsy.com
Water bottle labels: Product 80 on Etsy.com
Blankets for family: J Crew
Blankets for guests and donated: Ikea
Logo’d M&M’s: MyMMs.com
Snowflake cupcakes: Batter and Company, 954-900-4071
Snowflake cake: Suzie’s Scrumptious Sweets, 954-748-4740
Silver/purple lollipops with snowflakes: Sweet Caroline Confection, 305-282-1136
Hershey kiss labels: Lissalaneous on etsy.com
Jordan’s White Party Dress: Sherri Hill Designs
Jordan’s entrance skating dress: Skating Dresses by Kim Walker on etsy.com
Jordan’s service dress: Bebe
Mom Melissa’s dress: Bloomingdales
Dad Justen and Brother Jacob’s service suits: Men’s Warehouse