“I Want Candy!” That’s what Brianna Zeiberg said when asked what theme she wanted for her Bat Mitzvah celebration.
The Zeiberg famliy of Westport, Connecticut, celebrated daughter Brianna’s Bat Mitzvah on April 26, 2014, at Temple Shalom with a Havdalah service and a reception immediately following at Mora Mora in Norwalk, Connecticut.
“B Sweet” was the perfect theme for this “candy-obsessed” Bat Mitzvah girl. Guests enjoyed an evening of bright and beautiful colors and candy.
Pictured: Mom Charlene, Sister Shira, Bat Mitzvah girl Brianna and Dad Adam.
James Grout Photography was the photographer and the rest of the vendor information is listed at the bottom of this story.
Brianna’s celebration was cute and colorful right from the start. Her zebra-striped invitation, from Alpine Creative Group, had brightly colored accents and a big “B” set the tone for fun.
Notice the colorful gumballs (a hint of her theme!) on the postage stamp from Zazzle!
The Havdalah service took place at Temple Shalom in Norwalk, Connecticut. Brianna did a beautiful job reading from the torah. She wore her late maternal grandfather’s tallis during her Torah portion and later wore a tallis given to her by her paternal grandfather for her havtorah.
Brianna was all smiles holding the Torah
Brianna’s Mitzvah Style was all about pink! She wore a gorgeous bubble gum pink gown from A Step Ahead with just the right amount of bedazzle to let everyone know that this was her party. Mom Charlene looked beautiful in her dress, also from A Step Ahead.
Mom Charlene and Dad Adam followed her lead wearing shades of pink party wear
Brianna, pretty in pink, ready for her party
The “B Sweet” logo, with hot pink and bright blue text in a candy wrapper graphic, sweetened the room with special décor touches. Graphic designer, Dee Dee Hamm, added “Bri,” short for Brianna, to the logo to make it extra special.
The logo looked pretty among the colorful ribbon
A “Bri Sweet” sign made of Candy Buttons
Guests felt like a “kid in a candy store” with colorful candy at every corner of the room. Walls were decorated with wonderful posters of Brianna in fun poses.
Posters of Brianna in fun poses lined the walls
Donuts – yum!
“I Want Candy!”
Many other fun, creative poses with candy!
Place cards hung from pretty ribbon
Custom place cards with various signature photos of Brianna from her pre-Bat Mitzvah shoot. Guests found their tables by matching the picture on their place card with the photo on each table
Spectacular colors really lit up the room
Colorful tables included candy and candles matching the table color.
The chairs were decorated with matching ribbon to pull it all together
Floating candles and decorative glass containers filled with candy were on each table
Adorable logo’d napkin rings
Brianna’s sign-in board featured her “Bri Sweet” logo in a white matted sign-able frame. Family and friends enjoyed writing meaningful Mazel Tov messages with color sharpies that hung from pretty ribbon.
Brianna’s sign-in frame ready for guests to arrive
Starlight Express was the music entertainment and the DJ and MC kept the party going all night.
Brianna waved to guests as she was escorted by a dancer to the song, I Want Candy!
Mom Charlene and Dad Adam made their grand entrance
Brianna’s friends had tons of fun on the dance floor!
The MC had great dance floor giveaways of giant candy
Brianna’s candle lighting display was a work of art! “Brianna” was spelled out in over-sized letters decorated with sparkles, holding large hot pink candles that truly lit up the room.
Mom Charlene found a vendor on Etsy.com to create the candle lighting display
Brianna and her parents enjoyed the candle lighting ceremony
One of the highlights of the evening was the candy bar, a “Bri Sweet” table with jars upon jars overflowing with colorful candy of all kinds.
Fun Dip was served on trays
Brianna’s friends love the candy bar
Glass containers of all sizes added to the look
Proforma K Print Solutions created logo’d pinnies, shorts and drawstring bags for Bri’s friends. Girls received a pinny, bag, hairband formed into a lollipop and Baked by Melissa cupcakes and the boys received shorts, a bag, an iTunes giftcard and Baked by Melissa cupcakes.
“Bri Sweet” lax pinny, bag and colorful lollipop hairbands for the girls
Bri has been fundraising for The Humane Society of the United States since she was seven and has raised approximately $9,000 from her charity-based birthday parties. Also, Bri is a teen ambassador for the Meatless Monday organization, raising awareness on why to reduce the consumption of meat. She successfully worked closely with two Fairfield, Connecticut restaurants.
Brianna and her sister Shira meeting with the CEO Wayne Pachelle, of The Humane Society of the United States in Washington DC to plan her Mitzvah Project
Some advice from Mom Charlene:
“Start early and create a to do list for each month approaching the Bat Mitzvah.”
The following vendors helped to make Brianna’s Bat Mitzvah special. If you give any of them a call, please let them know you read about their products or services on MitzvahMarket.com.
Venue/Caterer: Mora Mora and Garelick & Herbs, 203-972-4499
Party Planner: MZ Events, 212-262-0609
Music Entertainment/Photo booth: Starlight Express, 516-742-1100
Photographer/Videographer: James Grout, 917-599-8818
Favors: Pinnies/Bags/Shorts – Proforma K Print Solutions, Tracey Kaye, 845-634-0500
Cupcakes: Baked by Melissa
Invitation: Alpine Creative Group, 212-989-6507
Décor: Party Ideas, Arlene Rosenthal, 203-226-3672
Sign-In board: Design: MZ Events, 212-262-0609 and Production: Arlene Rosenthal, Party Ideas, 203-226-3672
Dresses for Charlene & Brianna: A Step Ahead, 203-329-2959
Hair: Vincent Palumbo Salon, 203-454-8600
Makeup: Benefit Cosmetics, 203-349-8850
Transportation: Dattco, 800-229-4879
Party security: Provided by Mora Mora