The Steinberg family celebrated their daughter Andie’s Bat Mitzvah on December 15, 2012, at Life…the place to be, in Ardsley, New York.
This was a modern celebration with many fun elements.
Pictured L-R: Dad Michael, Bat Mitzvah girl Andie, Sister Molly, Brother Cooper and Mom Lainee
Max Aureli Photography was the photographer and the rest of the vendors are listed below.
Bat Mitzvah Service & Style
Andie’s Bat Mitzvah service was performed within the event space, Life…the place to be.
Abigail Kirsch Catering provided the food and Angela Giannopoulos of Studio3, an event design firm, created a contemporary lounge setting that both adults and kids enjoyed. “Dream Big with Andie” was the theme. Once the logo was designed by Samantha Karofsky the collaboration between décor, entertainment, catering and venue began! All the moving parts contributed to “an uncommon and rare experience of the senses,” according to Mom Lainee.
Music & Entertainment
Max Event Design worked it all night! The family decided on a non-traditional candle lighting ceremony.
For Andie’s montage, the Steinbergs found photos of just about every single person on the guest list! Additionally, there was footage of Andie growing up, a quick interview with her siblings, her school principal, and pop culture infusion of video clips of her favorite movies, TV and shows! They also found old home videos from 1999, and with the help of Jodie Cohen, (they found her on Mitzvah Market), at Movie & Montage Magic, they transferred old school tapes into readable CDs.
Watch the montage, created by Tanta Marla’s Studio here
Mitzvah Favors & Exit Treats
The favors and giveaways were designed by Samantha Karofsky.
For her Mitzvah Project, Andie was drawn to the concept of conducting and presenting an oral history film. She chose a 99-year-old woman to interview, set-up her DVD laptop and video camera, and asked her questions. The interviewee was a remarkable orator, very funny and had incredible recollection of her past. Andie then edited the footage to the woman’s favorite music, images, and presented it to her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Now this woman, who recently passed away, has a story that will live forever.
Mom to Mom
Advice from Mom Lainee:
“Create a list or format on the computer that works for you, try and keep all your information on a spreadsheet. Include your contacts, pricing, deposits paid out, invitations and thank you cards sent and gifts received. Items to bring on the day of include a timeline and envelopes labeled with tips for vendors. Some vendors we actually tipped just as the party “began”… so they’d hopefully feel motivated & appreciated early on to put their best foot forward. At some point during the process, stop second guessing yourself and trust your instincts, your convictions and enjoy the ride. The celebration is a 3-5 hour event give or take, but the time you begin planning up until the time you send out thank you notes, is a long journey, one that should be enjoyed and appreciated from start to finish. Try and have one wingman/point person that spends 5 minutes helping you and your kids enjoy everything at the event. Look at the sign-in board, photo booth, that little detail you put in the far right corner, anything creative, because time goes by so quickly and although you get a great overview of the entire feeling of love and family and friends, the true priority of this occasion, some of the details you pained over initially, you might not get to appreciate on the actual day of your event.”
The following vendors helped to make Andie’s celebration special. If you give any of them a call, please let them know you read about their services on MitzvahMarket.com.
Venue: Steven and Sharon Zukerman, Life…the place to be, 914-591-4400
Décor: Angela Giannopoulous, Studio 3, 212-367-7950
Photographer: Max Aureli Photography, 203 517 4252
Videographer: Eric Model, Reel Moments, 845-623-1000
DJ and Lounge Decor: Max Event Design, 914-533-7245
Extra Entertainment: Electric violinist, percussionist, aerialists, Max Entertainment
Catering: Ed Steinberg, Abigail Kirsch Catering, 914-631-3030
Logo Design/Favors: Samantha Karofsky, 914-419-9166
Invitation Design/Cocktail napkins: Jessica Riesel, firstname.lastname@example.org
Invitation Mirror and Specialty Envelopes: Jam Paper & Envelope, 212-473-6666
Sign-In Board: Stephanie Geezees, Geezees.com, 610-438-0162
Desserts: Peter, Waffle Cabin, 802-775-0058
Montage Creator: Marla Schneider, Tantamarlastudio, 914-215-2102
Video Transfer: Jodie Cohen, Movie & Montage Magic, 516-383-0634
Friday night catering: Silvia Toth Fincsi Catering, 203-569-5859
Sunday Brunch catering: Christa Tomasulo, En Vious Events, 914-804-4785
Hotel for Out of Town Guests: Renaissance Westchester Hotel, 914-694-5400
Yarmulkes: Mayaworks, 312-243-8050
Dresses for Bat Mitzvah girl Andie and sister Molly: All Dressed Up, 914-690-1593
Mom Lainee: Neiman Marcus
Suits for family members: Brother Cooper, Lester’s; Dad Michael, Bloomingdales
Hair: Denise Goldstein, 914-584-0622
Makeup: Kim Root, 914-588-7854
Transportation: Hummer Limo, M. Gucci Limos, 914-948-9099