Blizzard Bat Mitzvah Weekend of 2016 | MitzvahMarket

Winter Storm Jonas Didn’t Stop This Bat Mitzvah

Winter Storm Jonas Didn’t Stop This Bat Mitzvah


As the weekend blizzard of 2016 was upon us, we knew there would be many families here in the New York tri-state area making tough decisions about their child’s Bar Bat Mitzvah service and celebrations. We wanted to share one story with a happy outcome!

The Levine family was set to celebrate daughter Lauren’s Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, January 23, 2016, with a Havdalah service at Temple Sharaay Tefila in Bedford, New York, followed by a celebration at the Elmwood Country Club in White Plains, New York.


A little thing called Winter Storm Jonas got in the way, but with the help of their event planner, Melisa Imberman, The Event Of A Lifetime and flexible vendors, everything worked out!

As Melisa Imberman tells Mitzvah Market, “We followed the weather closely all week and came up with plan B, C, & D and cleared them with the venue and all of the vendors. If the storm was to hit earlier than expected, we would be ready with a daytime party, if the storm was coming later, we would change it to Sunday. We even looked into alternative weekends in case the storm was really bad.”

On Friday afternoon, after much deliberation, the family and Melisa made the call to change both the service and celebration to Sunday. All the deliveries were made on Friday before the storm hit and they set up as much as they could on Friday so they didn’t have to worry about traffic or accidents. All guests were notified about the change via email.

We are excited to report that Lauren’s celebration was truly “A SpectacuLAUR Night!”


Bat Mitzvah blizzard

Chad David Kraus was the photographer and he captured this great shot of Lauren in the snow!
Her expression says, “What’s the big deal about a blizzard on my Bat Mitzvah?”

Bat Mitzvah family
The Levine Family was all smiles at Lauren’s celebration
L-R Mom Nancy, Bat Mitzvah Girl Lauren, Dad David and Brother Brian

Bat Mitzvah placecards

Party colors of purple and silver decorated the escort card table. Additionally, guests could take pictures in front of the logo’d Step-N-Repeat

Bat Mitzvah style Lauren’s white ball gown went well with the outdoor scenery!

Bat Mitzvah style Check out these custom sneakers hand painted by Camryn Monfried with her tagline: A SpectacuLAUR Night


Bat Mitzvah lounge

A modern lounge area for Lauren’s friends designed by Geo Events

Bat Mitzvah lounge

The lounge area included logo’d high boy tables

Bat Mitzvah decor
Custom pillows decorated the chairs and couches

Bat Mitzvah menu card

Custom menu cards by Small Fry Press, who also did the invitations and escort cards

Bat Mtizvah details

 Her tagline on the napkins

Bat Mitzvah sign-in

“Ghost chairs” were rented for the adult tables, plus a new one to be used as the sign-in board

Bat Mitzvah Sign-in
Friends and family wrote special messages to Lauren on the custom chair 

Bat Mitzvah DJ

Geo Events provided the music entertainment

Bat Mitzvah horah

Lauren up in the chair for the Horah

Bat Mitzvah celebration

In addition to giving “A SpectacuLAUR Night” t-shirts to guests on the dance floor, they also received selfie sticks customized with Lauren’s tagline 

Bat Mitzvah favors

For extra entertainment there was a Nike Elite Sock Station

Bat Mitzvah photo favors
Guests also enjoyed photo favors

Bat Mitzvah candle lighting

Lauren and her brother during the candle lighting ceremony

Bat MItzvah candle lighting

Look at all the friends who made it to this celebration…a day later!

Bat Mitzvah details

As guests left, they received hot cocoa in purple cups along with waffles in a bag that read, “Hope you had a SpectacuLAUR Night!”

Mazel Tov to the Levine family – We are so glad all worked out beautifully during a difficult weekend of weather!

VENDORS: Event Planner: Melisa Imberman, The Event of a Lifetime, Inc. LLC; Photographer: Chad David Kraus Photography; Decor/DJ: Geo Events; Invitation/Menu/Escort cards, Small Fry Press

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