The Tucker family from Northbrook, Illinois, celebrated their daughter Melissa’s Bat Mitzvah on June 2, 2013.
Melissa is always on the go, so it was only natural that her theme was “Melissa On The Go.” Mom Debbie has been planning events for over 20 years and incorporated many great ideas into her daughter’s party.
Pictured L-R: Brother Justin, Dad Scott, Bat Mitzvah girl Melissa, Mom Debbie and Brother Brandon
The photography was done by North Shore Photography and the rest of the vendors are listed at the end of the spotlight.
Melissa’s service was held at Congregation Beth Shalom in Northbrook, Illinois.
The family at the Bimah
Melissa’s beautiful purple chiffon tallit was a special gift given to her by her Nana
Melissa picked out the Carlson Craft invitation herself because she felt it reflected her outgoing personality.
The front of the dual-sided invitation was colorful, fun, and meaningful
Melissa’s dress by Stella M’Lia was purchased at Frankie’s on the Park.
Comfortable silvery glitter sneakers finished the look
The Tuckers wanted a venue that was unique, convenient and outdoors! That is something most people in Chicago wouldn’t risk the first weekend in June! Pinstripes Northbrook was the ideal venue. The Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Finals was playing on the outdoor bar TV, while chefs grilled salmon and steak to order. The outdoor fire pit helped make it the perfect setting for the evening.
The party was held on the outdoor bocce courts and patio
Melissa had some definite ideas that she wanted included in her party. Since she is a girl “on the go,” with sports, school and friends, “Melissa On the Go” seemed like the perfect theme. Working with Melissa’s favorite color purple, everything coordinated perfectly.
The party logo
Mom Debbie is the owner of Eventure, LLC, a special events planning firm creating customized special events in Northbrook, Illinois. She put her expertise to work incorporating beautiful linen colors of turquoise, purple and lime green, which added pop to the outdoor space. Details such as M&M candy with the party logo and customized cocktail napkins and guest towels added to the decor of the party.
Table names were created based on Melissa’s on the go activities “On the Go with Nana,” “On the Go to Soccer,” and ”On the Go to Camp” to name a few
Adults were seated at long banquet tables adding to the casual, outdoor feeling
Long tables with bar stools provided convenient seating for the kids with custom water cups that turned purple when filled
Colorful guest towels in the restrooms stating, “Keep Calm and Celebrate,” “Keep Calm and Mazel Tov” and “Keep Calm and Party On,” added to the custom branding of the event
The energy and charisma from Flow Entertainment kept guests on the dance floor all evening.
Perimeter lighting and draped fabric in the party colors served as a backdrop for the entertainment
Melissa enjoying herself on the dance floor
The kids and adults had a great time as seen above
Great LED give-aways
Custom apparel favors were provided by Shari Coleman of Corporate Presents. The girls received tanks and boys received basketball shorts, both with Melissa’s custom logo on each. Plus, purple socks for the girls kept their feet comfy all night.
Tanks for the girls
Shorts for the boys
An enormous interactive candy station provided by Wonka Dessert Stations, was unveiled for the first time that evening. In addition, as guests left the venue, there was a cupcake truck waiting to give them a treat “On the Go.”
Both the kids and adults enjoyed the candy varieties from the Wonka Dessert station
The cupcake signage
Guests were able to select from a few of the delicious offerings from Flirty Cupcakes Chicago, in customized boxes with Melissa’s logo
Melissa wanted to do one last thing…the venue had boxed up all of the food leftovers, way too much to consume by the family. As exhausted as they were after the party, they stopped at the Northbrook Fire Station on the way home and dropped the leftovers off for them to enjoy.
For her Mitzvah Project, Melissa wanted a project that involved her friends and made a difference. She created a team for the Autism Speaks Walk calling their team, “Maddie & Melissa’s Mitzvah Magic.” Together with her closest friends and family, they walked the beautiful Chicago Botanic Garden and raised money for Autism.
Melissa and Maddie team founders
Some advice from Mom Debbie:
“I took the advice I provide to my clients. Think about the objectives for this special event in your family’s life…make it meaningful by getting input from your child where appropriate, entertaining for all guests and set a budget to work with, even though you may add things as you go along. Take the event process step-by-step to avoid getting overwhelmed and stressed. Have fun with your child in the planning process, as this is a wonderful time to connect with your child. And, enjoy the moments of the evening, it goes fast and the little mistakes don’t matter in the end!”
The following vendors helped to make Melissa’s celebration special. If you give any of them a call, please let them know you read about their services on MitzvahMarket.com.
Venue: Pinstripes, 847-480-2323
Party Planner: Mom, Debbie Tucker, Eventure, LLC, 847-877-7899, firstname.lastname@example.org
Décor: Epic Events, 847-272-3742
Invitations/Calligraphy: Ilene Diamond, 847-677-9607
Photographer: North Shore Photography, 847-849-5546
Videography: Video Experience, 847-843-3365
Custom Montage: Xpress Video, 224-723-5111
Entertainment: Flow Entertainment, 312-341-0800
Favors: Shari Coleman, Corporate Presents, 847-509-9988
Table candy: My M&M’s
Branded guest napkins/custom cupcake boxes: Eventure, LLC.
Dessert Candy Station: Wonka Desserts, 847-961-6444
Cupcake Truck: Flirty Cupcakes, 312-852-4441
Bat Mitzvah Dress: Frankie’s on the Park, 773-248-0400
Security: Elite Scheduling, 847-513-2075