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Tech Inspired Bar Mitzvah Theme
October 7th, 2018

Tech Inspired Bar Mitzvah Theme

Picking a theme for your Bar or Bat Mitzvah can be overwhelming, but when you work with a talented event planner, sometimes the answer is easier than it appears. Melisa Imberman, owner of The Event Of A Lifetime, tells Mitzvah Market about a recent party at Club Infinity in Pleasantville, New York where she utilized the Bar Mitzvah boy’s name, his love of technology and some great colors and to create a cohesive feeling for the event decor, favors and giveaways. 

Ethan Cherry, is known as “E” to his friends and family, so Imberman created the main logo with an “E,” a pair of cherries and bright neon colors. She then put a “technology twist” on that logo to create centerpieces, wall and floor decals, pillows, napkins and awesome giveaways. The result? A modern, vibrant vibe that was uniquely Ethan. 

Ron Holtz Photography was the photographer. 

Tech Inspired Decor

Logos Galore

Hi Tech Entertainment and Giveaways

We thank Melisa Imberman for sharing this awesome party with our readers. To learn more about The Event Of A Lifetime, please visit their extended profile page in our Vendor Directory.






The Perfect Suit-Free Bar Mitzvah
September 16th, 2018

The Perfect Suit-Free Bar Mitzvah

When the Kaye family of Long Island began to plan son Brendan’s Bar Mitzvah, one guiding principle steered them: NO SUITS! After attending so many Bar and Bat Mitzvahs throughout the year, Brendan wanted to wear a sports jersey and shorts to his party. With that, a theme was born. For the warm night in June, guests at Dave & Buster’s in Westbury, NY, sported their favorite team or player. Others, including mom Janice went one step further, with customized, rhinestone-adorned jerseys. The result was a fun, relaxed night filled with games, prizes, dancing and plenty of hockey and tennis decor. 

Photo above (L-R): Bar Mitzvah boy Brendan, dad Larry, brother Max and mom Janice show off their custom jerseys.

The pictures were taken by Maven Jade Photography. Additional vendor information is listed at the end of the spotlight. 

Event Space Dave & Buster’s Westbury

“From the moment we booked the date we knew Dave & Buster’s would be the perfect venue for our son,” mom Janice tells Mitzvah Market. “Karen and everyone at Dave & Buster’s were so attentive and easy to work with. We had the cocktail hour in the billiards room where our guests ate, played games and won prizes. Next we moved into the private event space which was set up with tables and a lounge for the kids. At the end of the night, they even had security guards on hand to make sure kids left the party with the correct adult. They thought of everything!”

Music Entertainment

Decor & DIY

Mom Janice is a self-proclaimed DIYer and she added many personal touches to the event including lanyards for the kids’ Dave & Buster’s cards, custom water bottles, place cards made from tubes of chocolate tennis balls and more. “It was a lot of fun and all a labor of love,” she says.

Special Party Details

Party Food

“The food was great and plentiful and the staff was beyond attentive to us and our guests,” mom Janice tells us. “We had a buffet dinner and Karen made sure that my husband and I ate by bringing us a sample of everything. It was really a special touch.”

Mom-to-Mom Advice

“Planning a Bar Mitzvah can be stressful, especially given the combination of kids and adults,” says mom Janice. “Listen to your kids and plan the party around what they want. My son didn’t want a black tie affair, as much as I did. He wanted a fun night with games, friends and a bit of craziness. Don’t get caught up in all the ‘stuff’.”


The following vendors helped to make Brendan’s celebration special. If you reach out to any of them, please let them know you learned about their business on

Venue/Catering: Dave & Buster’s Westbury, Karen Kelly, 516-247-6337
Music Entertainment: Crowd Control Entertainment, MC Jamie, 516-390-9535
Photography: Maven Jade Photography, 516-467-6760
Favors: Print Me A Tee, Lisa Willett, 516-965-3084
Invitations: Invitations With Love, Beth Shapiro, 516-314-7298
Custom Jerseys: Designs on You, Robin, 631-473-6363
Custom Handbag: Precious Scripts, Randi Nadel/Heather Seff, 917-841-3359
Hair/Makeup: Hair stylist Elissa Bozzi; private makeup artist, Suzanne, 631-742-4589


A Fabulous (Gabulous!) Bat Mitzvah Theme
September 3rd, 2018

A Fabulous (Gabulous!) Bat Mitzvah Theme

It was a “Gabulous” night for the the Fischer family when they celebrated their daughter Gabriella’s Bat Mitzvah at Temple Avodah in Oceanside. Playing off the Bat Mitzvah girl’s name, the Gabulous party highlighted Gabriella’s love of fashion, glamour and all things pink!

Pictured L-R: Brother Jacob; Mom Odellia, Bat Mitzvah girl Gabriella and Dad Ricky.

The photographer was Chad David Kraus Photography. Additional vendor information is listed at the end of the spotlight.

Bat Mitzvah Service

Gabulous Style

Gabulous Logos

Bar Bat Mitzvah Trend To Keep Your Guests on the Dance Floor
September 3rd, 2018

Bar Bat Mitzvah Trend To Keep Your Guests on the Dance Floor

Tired of the same old Bar Bat Mitzvah dance floor giveaways? Melisa Imberman, owner of The Event of a Lifetime, Inc., offers innovative Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah swag that will keep your guests out on the dance floor. She tells us, “In addition to prizes the DJ typically hands out, we’re seeing more and more Mitzvah families who want to surprise their guests with truly custom items. The basic t-shirt & baseball cap have given way to branded tank tops, pjs, hoods, bucket hats, beanies as well as non-apparel items such as Swell and Gatorade-style bottles, customized gift cards, stickers, personal message fans, ear buds, phone accessories, rally towels, selfie sticks, bracelets and more.” All can feature the Bar Bat Mitzvah logo or tagline.

Imberman typically recommends 2-4 dozen of each item depending on the variety and number of Bar Bat Mitzvah guests, and she believes these branded giveaways will continue to evolve. “These coveted premiums really motivate the kids and encourage them to display their best dance moves during the party.” 

We thank Melisa Imberman for sharing this new trend with our readers. To learn more about The Event Of A Lifetime, please visit their extended profile page in our Vendor Directory.

Bar Bat Mitzvah Experts Reveal How They Celebrated Their Child’s Big Day
August 19th, 2018

Bar Bat Mitzvah Experts Reveal How They Celebrated Their Child’s Big Day

Mitzvah Market’s vendors are the leading experts in invitations, favors, decor, event planning, music, photography and more. They’ve seen all the best Bar and Bat Mitzvah ideas, so when it’s time to plan their own child’s Mitzvah, you know they’re going to pull out all the stops for a memorable party!

Here are some of the fun and unique ways Mitzvah Market’s experts celebrated their child’s Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. Click through the photos to see all the celebrations:

Invitations and Websites

Party Decor

Music Entertainment

 Unique Party Details

Montage/Interactive Entertainment

To see more ways families celebrated, check out all our Mitzvah Family Spotlight stories.




Branding A Tailgate Themed Bar Mitzvah
August 12th, 2018

Branding A Tailgate Themed Bar Mitzvah

How A Mitzvah Mom Branded Her Son’s Bar Mitzvah Celebration

Jen Rosenblatt starting working with Robin Hammer Design a year before her son Sam’s Bar Mitzvah. It was important to her family that their celebration was fun-filled, but also very branded. The Bar Mitzvah boy is a proud and passionate University of Florida Gator fan, making their theme an easy one to plan!  

Sam’s party took place at Coastal Sports in Fairfield, New Jersey. This venue was turned into “The SwAMp,” the nickname for the University of Florida’s football stadium which cleverly incorporated the guest of honor’s first name. Décor elements were in blue and orange throughout the venue to ensured a cohesive look. With Mom Jen’s vision and Robin’s creativity, this tailgating celebration scored big among their guests.

Take a look below:

Venue Signage

Special Party Details

Sam’s Swag and Dance Floor Giveaways

We thank the Rosenblatt family for sharing their son’s great Bar Mitzvah celebration with our readers. To learn more about Robin Hammer Design, visit their profile page in our Vendor Directory.

Learn About Upper Story By Charlie Palmer, A Bar Bat Mitzvah Venue
August 5th, 2018

Learn About Upper Story By Charlie Palmer, A Bar Bat Mitzvah Venue

Are you looking for a private Manhattan Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah event space with breathtaking views?  Upper Story by Charlie Palmer, part of the Michelin-star awarded Charlie Palmer Group, will have your guests talking about the iconic city views, award winning food, modern design and flawless hospitality.

Here are 3 things you might not know about this premier NYC event space!

1. Outside Space & Spectacular Views

 2. Award Winning Food

3. Special Party Touches 

With more than twenty years experience planning Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebrations, Upper Story’s Director of Events, Jennifer Day, understands how much this day means to your family.  Her impeccable event planning and culinary pedigree will exceed your expectations! 
To learn more, visit Upper Story by Charlie Palmer’s extended profile page in our Vendor Directory.
Basketball Themed Bar Mitzvah Party In The Park
August 5th, 2018

Basketball Themed Bar Mitzvah Party In The Park

The Caparelli family celebrated son Austin Jack’s (A.J.) Bar Mitzvah ceremony at Temple Israel in Croton on Hudson, New York. Later that evening there was a party, with a nightclub feel, at The Law Park Pavilion. The theme was centered around A.J.’s favorite NBA team the Oklahoma City Thunder. Initially A.J. was concerned about having his Bar Mitzvah at this unique location but everyone loved the different feel this Bar Mitzvah celebration had and how it was catered using food trucks!  

Pictured L-R at the service: Dad Chris, Mom Rorie, Bar Mitzvah boy AJ, Sister Reese and Brother Hunter.

Harry Quiroga Photography was the photographer and the rest of the vendor information is listed at the bottom of the spotlight.

Bar Mitzvah Style

Bar Mitzvah Venue and Decor

 Bar Mitzvah Logos

Bar Mitzvah DJ and Entertainment

 Special Party Details 

 Bar Mitzvah Food

A.J.’s Bar Mitzvah Project

A.J. did a few different Mitzvah projects, one with the Special Olympics, a polar plunge as well as a basketball instruction camp for a day, and he also did a midnight run with Temple Israel and he raised money and participated with his friends in a JDRF walk to support their friend who was diagnosed with the disease.

Some Advice from Mom Rorie:

“The food trucks were very popular and the kids all got to eat food that they loved. Since we were having the party outside in a park, it was a great idea to have bracelets made for our guests so the food trucks knew who to serve.”

Vendor Directory

The following vendors helped to make A.J.’s Bar Mitzvah special. If you give any of them a call, let them know you read about their services on

Venue: Briarcliff Manor Pool Pavilion, 914-488-2115
Party Planner
: Andrea Gottschall, 914-260-7837
Photographer: Harry Quiroga Photography
Music Entertainment/Videographer: MC Evan, Party Harty Entertainment, 516-845-8585
Grilled Cheese Truck: Put Some Meat On Your Bones, 914-391-5527
Wood Burning Pizza Truck: Dough Nation, 914-305-2336
Greek Food Truck: Gyro Uno, 914-906-1444
Hot Dog Truck: Walter’s Hot Dog Truck, 914-400-3164
Bona Bona Ice Cream Truck: 914-732-3024
Cocktail Hour Caterer/Bartender: 
Tony Fortunate,105 Ten Bar and Grill, 914-236-3651
Lounge Furniture: AFR Furniture Rental, 201-974-3700
Tents: Cartwright and Daughters, 845-225-9200
Favors: Neal, TJ Promotions, 516-655-1094
Invitation: Andrea Kronethal, Small Fry Press, 914-747-6668 
Décor/Sign-In/Gift Box: Billy, Brian William Event Decorator, 845-628-0614
Logo Design: Grandmother/freelance artist Marian Pickman, 212-348-0495 
Personalized Jerseys: NBA Store, 212-457-3120 
Dresses: Lyn Kohls turned NBA jerseys into dresses, 973-467-7800
Suits for Service: Lubins of Westchester, 914-713-0300
Hair: Kim Flood, Nu’Me, 914-762-1122
Party Makeup Artist: Laura Melissa Scalere, 914-438-8018
Security: Joy, Bar Mitzvah Bouncer, 973-758-9800, 631-367-1519

Fire and Ice Themed B’nai Mitzvah
July 22nd, 2018

Fire and Ice Themed B’nai Mitzvah

The Kossak family celebrated Ryan and Matthew’s B’nai Mitzvah at Temple Beth Rishon in Wyckoff, New Jersey. Later that afternoon there was a party in their honor at SPACE, an all-inclusive party venue in Engelwood, New Jersey.  The boys chose a theme that was the perfect mix between hot and cool as the brothers are very different – like “Fire and Ice.”

Pictured L-R: Bar Mitzvah boy Matthew, Dad Andy, Mom Natalie and Bar Mitzvah boy Ryan.

B’nai Mitzvah Service

B’nai Mitzvah Invitation & Logos

B’nai Mitzvah Decor

Special Party Details

Mitzvah Video

 Mitzvah Project

Matt collected gently used sneakers for Dunk Your Kicks. Dunk Your Kicks is part of the The Max Cure Foundation which collects gently used sneakers and recycles them as affordable footwear in developing nations to raise money for families battling pediatric cancer. Ryan loves cooking and put his talents to use making chicken cutlets, lasagna and cookies that were all donated to a local men’s shelter.

Advice from Mom Natalie:

“Be organized and make lists. Have fun and enjoy the day.”

Vendor Directory

The following vendors helped to make Ryan and Matthew’s B’nai Mitzvah special. If you give any of them a call, let them know you read about their services on

Venue/Caterer/Decor/Entertainment/Security: Sara and Lindsey, SPACE, 201-567-3810 
Photographer: Stolen Moments Photography by Joanne, 201-805-5380
Videographer: Rob Shotwell, Shotwell Productions, 732-735-8006
Logo Design/Sweatshirt favors: Howie, Gotham T-shirts, 516-676-0900
Airbrushing: Top Gun Airbrush, 718-819-1094
: Sloane Zane, Etched in Sloane, 201-848-6006
Lockers: Joregenson Lockers, 800-952-0151
Exit Treat: Cookie Dough Bar by Cookie DŌ NYC
Mom Natalie’s Dress: Lord & Taylor
Boy’s Suits: Men’s Warehouse
Hair: Lindsey, David Michael Hair Studio, 201-843-2727
Makeup: Jessica Mamola, 201-286-1285
Transportation: First Student Bus, 201-843-3331

New Bar Bat Mitzvah Event Space, Ocean Wonders: Sharks!
July 22nd, 2018

New Bar Bat Mitzvah Event Space, Ocean Wonders: Sharks!

Wildlife Conservation Society – New York Zoos & Aquarium Events & Catering has opened a new exhibit perfect for hosting your child’s Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah celebration!

Ocean Wonders: Sharks! is the New York Aquarium’s highly anticipated new exhibit. Guests will be able to get nose to nose with sand sharks while enjoying some of the most beautiful coral. Additionally, they will be able to dive into cocktails while observing underwater views of nature’s most colorful underwater attractions.  Should you have the need to invite up to 2,000 of your closest friends, their park can accommodate that as well!

Wildlife Conservation Society provides all catering needs at the New York Aquarium. For Kosher Catering they partner with Mark David Hospitality.

To learn more about this and other great entertainment options, visit the Wildlife Conservation Society’s extended profile page in our Vendor Directory.