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A Bat Mitzvah Celebration At Sleepaway Camp

A Bat Mitzvah Celebration At Sleepaway Camp

The Salem family celebrated daughter Samantha’s Bat Mitzvah during a fun-filled Labor Day weekend. The festivities were held at Indian Head Camp in Equinunk, Pennsylvania. Samantha wanted her Bat Mitzvah to be at her favorite place: sleep-away camp. This celebration was complete with fun foods, non-stop activities, fireworks and a campfire.

Pictured L-R: Bat Mitzvah girl Samantha, Mom Jamie,  Sister Rebecca, Sister Claire, Dad Steve, Sister Jeanette and in front, brother Eli.

Will Cadena Photography was the photographer and the rest of the vendor information is listed at the end of the spotlight.


Salem invite
This invitation was created by Indian Head Camp and included S’mores! The information led guests to a custom Website with details about the weekend. Samantha’s Sister Claire is a graphic designer and created the logo which was used throughout the party

Salem invite
The back of the invitation/tube including S’mores
 Salem Website 

 The custom Website, Samantha’s Camp Bat Mitzvah, was created by Amy Wohl of FabuDesigns. There were easy-to-navigate sections packed full of the important details guests needed to know about a weekend away at camp!

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Guests who drove up to camp were given valet service. The camp hosts many events and the family was impressed with their professionalism in planning and executing their celebration weekend. This signage was a great welcome to guests when they drove into the camp grounds

Salem Style

Both Samantha and her Mom Jamie wore gowns from Lyn Kohls. Dad Steve and brother Eli were dressed by Neal Kusnetz, the creator of the Robert Graham brand of men’s clothing. Bat Mitzvah girl Samantha with her parents

Salem style on lake
Her gown looked just as beautiful from the back in this great picture overlooking the lake

Salem entrance

Samantha’s outfit began as a gown, but had a hidden romper underneath. After her Havdalah service, she detached the gown and her romper appeared for her party

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Brother Eli looking awesome in his Robert Graham outfit

Salem Indian Head bling sneakers

Samantha wore special blinged out Converse sneakers 

Salem Indian Head Camp food

The festivities began at 12 noon on Saturday with a Welcome BBQ.. Delicious camp food with something for everyone

Salem Indian Head drink details

Beverages were served in a kayak, so clever!

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Amazing buffet choices

Salem Indian Head food

Even some delicious sushi
Salem camp bunk decor

Samantha’s bed created just for her and the custom bedding is by Barker Specialty

salem adult favors

For the adult guests, private cabins were made up with linens and coffee mugs

Salem Indian Head table decor
The decor, created by NYFF, included chic couches, ottomans, and light-up coffee tables. Beautiful linens and pink orchid centerpieces were some of the chic decor details in this rustic setting

Salem Indian Head rec hall party decor
The Rec Hall was transformed into a club feel with up-lighting and lounge furniture

Salem Indian Head  table linens

Fun seating arrangements

Salem Indian Head lounge decor
A nice spot to lounge around! This seating area included white leather furniture, custom pillows and white draping on the walls

Salem picture decor
Photos of Samantha taken from camp this past summer hung from the Rec Hall beams

 Salem Indian Head ice bar
The ice bar, by Indian Head Camp, took 3 weeks to complete!

 salem welcome gifts

Welcome gifts for guests on arrival kept with the camp theme and included flashlights with cabin numbers and custom water bottles

 Salem weekend activities

The program of weekend activities

Salem Indian Head decor

Some guests enjoyed a nice cozy spot on the lake

Salem Indian Head Camp welcome sign

Fun signage could be found around camp

Salem Indian Head staff tshirts

Staff wore custom shirts with Samantha’s name and logo

Salem Indian Head tug of war fun
Indian Head Camp organized great activities for guests of all ages including Tug-of-War

Salem campfire
Building a campfire

Salem favors 

 Guests were able to design their own flip flops. These were used Saturday evening instead of socks so guests could walk to the midnight campfire

Salem step n repeat

The custom Step-N-Repeat with Samantha’s logo

Salem Mitzvahgram 

A picture of Samantha and her friend from the “Mitzvahgram booth” which included her hashtag #TheMostSamazingBatMitzvah

Salem Indian Head entrancer

Having the Havdalah service on the lake was the perfect setting. Samantha arrived by boat!

Salem Indian Head service lighting
Mom Jamie lit the candles  

Salem service on lake
Guests had the perfect view of the ceremony from the grass

Salem service heart balloon

Lanterns were used for the candle lighting ceremony instead of candles. The 13 lanterns lit up the sky. The first one was a pink heart for Samantha’s grandmother who passed away when she was 3 years old

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After the service, it was party time with the music entertainment provided by Boogie with Bob Entertainment and Deano as the MC. Guests had a blast!

At the end of this wonderful day, a few camp traditions took place. Samantha’s name in lights

Salem campfire
A campfire for all to enjoy

Salem Indian Head fireworks

 A terrific fireworks show!

Salem camp candy buffet
The candy display which Indian Head Camp provided

Salem dessert
Amazing desserts including a chocolate cabin

Salem s'mores
You can’t be at camp without S’mores!

Salem cubbies
Favors were tagged and placed in cubbies

Salem camp drawstring bag favors

 The kids’ favors which included: a sweatshirt, drawstring bag, cups and water bottles

salem favor cups
Samantha’s logo looked great on the pink cup

Salem: Thank You Video

Click here to watch the re-cap of the weekend that the Salem’s guests received! Guests loved the Thank You video that videographer Joe Buquicchio created! When it arrived, via email, the text read: “Samantha would like to thank you all so much for being such a special part of her incredible day! Please enjoy this video as a small token of our gratitude for sharing in such a special milestone, Samantha’s Bat Mitzvah! Please click the link below to view her thank you video. With Love,The Salems.”

Vendor Directory

The following vendors helped to make Samantha’s Bat Mitzvah special. If you give any of them a call, let them know you read about their services on MitzvahMarket.com.

Venue/Catering: Indian Head Camp, winter phone number, 914-345-2155
Event Coordinator/Party Planner: Matthew Layman, Indian Head Camp, 914-345-2155
Decor/Florist: Jillian Redash, NYFF Events, 516-822-6400
Music Entertainment: MC: Deano Tracey, Boogie with Bob Entertainment, 718-382-1957  
Photographer: Will Cadena Photography, 347-829-6545
Videographer/Video thank you: Joe Buquicchio, [email protected]
Camp Bed Designer: Briana Mirzo, Yanni Erbeli Salon, 732-268-7465
Invitation S’mores: Indian Head Camp, winter phone number, 914-345-2155
Website: Amy Wohl, FabuDesigns.com, 312-513-1698
Logo graphic designer: Sister Claire Salem, 732-995-9744
Extra Entertainment: Photo Booth, Flip Flop Decorating Booth, Mitzvahgram, NYFF Events, 516-822-6400
Camp Custom bedding/logo’d Favors: Barker Specialty, 800-227-5377
Adult table linens: Indian Head Camp, winter phone number, 914-345-2155
Transportation: Shafer Bus, 607-797-2006
Dresses for Mom and Samantha: Lyn Kohls, 973-467-7800
Samantha’s blinged out Converse sneakers: Briana Mirzo, Yanni Erbeli Salon, 732-268-7465
Party clothes for Dad Steve and Brother Eli: Neal Kusnetz of Robert Graham
Hair: Yanni, Yanni Erbeli Salon, 732-268-7465
Make up: Briana Mirzo, Yanni Erbeli Salon, 732-268-7465

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