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DIY Beach Club Theme for Beach Loving Bat Mitzvah Girl

DIY Beach Club Theme for Beach Loving Bat Mitzvah Girl

Dylan Bornstein has been going to Long Beach Island (aka LBI), New Jersey for as long as she can remember. Her grandparents’ beach house is filled with special memories, and is a cherished destination for her family. When it came time to choose a theme for her Bat Mitzvah, Dylan knew she wanted to celebrate her favorite things about LBI… especially the beach. With that, the idea for “Dylan’s Beach Club” was born.

Mom Lauren Kohlberg and grandmother Helaine (a retired party planner and graphic designer) designed and executed the entire event – from the custom Tiki bar (made by stepdad Jeff from reclaimed wood) to the cabana stripe table linens and boogie board place cards. Much of the decor, including buoys, pales, shells and starfish were purchased locally in LBI. The finished product was a bright, whimsical take on Dylan’s life at the beach.

Photo above (L-R): stepdad Jeff, brother Brett, Bat Mitzvah girl Dylan, mom Lauren. The photographer for this celebration was VeroLuce Photography. A complete list of vendors follows at the end of this Spotlight.

Read on to learn more about Dylan’s creative DIY decor and more:

Maariv & Havdallah Services

Beach Party

Mitzvah Advice

Mom Lauren shares her 10 biggest pieces of advice when planning a child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah:

1. Try your best to start planning early, 1.5 to 1 year in advance.
2. Stay organized, make lists.
3. Think of your theme as early as possible.
4. Go with your gut.
5. Try to enjoy yourself.
6. Stay calm! This will help your mitzvah child tremendously as well as your marriage/relationship.
7. Allow people to help you.
8. Wear comfortable shoes!
9. Encourage your Mitzvah child to practice at least 4-5 times a week.

Mitzvah Project

Dylan collected nonperishable items for Oasis House, a shelter for women and children who are the victims of domestic violence. She also volunteers at her religious school where she works with K-2 students.

Vendor Directory

The following vendors helped to make Dylan’s celebration memorable. If you contact them, please let them know you read about their services on

Venue/Security: Congregation Agudath Israel, 973-226-3600
Party Planner/Invitations/Decor/Sign-In Board: Mom, Lauren and Grandmother Helaine
Music/MC/DJ/Photobooth: Xtreme Entertainment Group, 732-536-8155
Photographer: VeroLuce Photography, 973-449-6167
Favors: designed by mom, printed by MJG Promotions, 973-575-8877
Food/Cake: Kosher Nosh, 201-445-1186
Florist: Caldwell Flowerland, 973-226-1309
Dresses: Lola’s, 732-972-5222
Suits: 580 South, 973-758-0580
Hair/Makeup: Kathleen Vybihal, 201-787-9169

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