An Olympics Themed Bat Mitzvah Celebration

An Olympics Themed Bat Mitzvah Celebration

The Kessler family celebrated their daughter Kayla’s Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, June 4, 2016. There was a Havdalah service followed by a party at Temple Avodah in Oceanside, New York. Kayla is a competitive gymnast and has been on a team since she was 4 years old and in the sport since she was 8 months old!

The theme was: Kayla’s Olympics…Let the Games Begin! 

Pictured L-R: Dad Mitch, Sister Alexis, Bat Mitzvah girl Kayla and Mom Jodi.

The photographer was MitBark Photography and the rest of the vendor information is listed at the end of the spotlight.





Bat Mitzvah Style


Decor and Party Details

The ballroom at Temple Avodah was decorated with party themed details including Kayla’s Olympic logo created by Kombert Caterers.


Food and Drinks


Kombert Caterers did a great job with the food which was delicious and presented beautifully!

Mitzvah Entrance & Music Entertainment


After a creative entrance video, Kayla changed into a warm-up and came running into the ballroom where she lit the cauldron to the sounds of the Olympic anthem.

Live Event Painter/Cake/Candle Lighting/Friend Presentation


Mitzvah Exit Treat and Favors


For the “Closing Ceremonies,” Kayla’s Mitzvah Exit treats and favors won a gold medal!

Mom to Mom Advice from Mom Jodi

“Take a deep breath and get ready for a roller-coaster ride! Planning a Bar Bat Mitzvah has its ups, downs, twists, turns and loops. From the time you receive the date and give a check for a deposit, you begin the ride. Don’t blink! The ride starts and ends quicker than you think! To make planning a little more organized, I suggest the following: When making your guest list, have a master list with names/addresses and number it as you go. Use the guest’s # on your response card (lightly in pencil on the back or in the envelope). I also have a prepared small labeled index card for each guest (or couple) with a punched hole. As the responses come in, I use the index cards to begin making the tables. I use single, metal loose leaf rings to ring the group of cards together. Each group of cards represents one table. As the responses come in, it is easier to shuffle the guests around instead of constantly crossing out names on paper. The master list is also easy to keep track of gifts and thank you cards that have been sent. I keep the master list and refer to it constantly when a party comes around and you want to check a gift amount that was given.”

Vendor Directory

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

Venue/Caterer/Floor Logo: Temple Avodah/Kombert Caterers, 516-678-6161
Music Entertainment/MC: Geo, Geo Events, 212-572-8323
LED Screen/Lights: Ed Jacobs, EJ The DJ, 631-348-7848
Party Planner/Decor/Sign-In/Favors: Barbara Becker, Dazzling Parties, 516-766-1471
Photographer/Videographer: Harvey/Jeff, MitBark Photography Studios, 516-594-0293
T-shirts giveaways: Peter, The Baja Man, 516-378-1553
Party Entertainment: Barry, Starlight Amusements, 516-764-2061
Invitation: Creative Expressions by Stacey Ezratty, 516-983-7468
Cake: Mario’s Bakery, 516-766-0891
Event Painter: Paintings by Jessica, 917-575-2900
Pre-Party Photo Shoot: Serengeti Design Studios, 516-623-2828
Entrance Video and Montage: Family friend Rich Ejnes
Kayla’s gown: Amy, Outrageous Boutique, 516-931-3331
Mom and Sister gowns: Kimberly Towers, Runway Couture, 516-308-4639
Suits for family members: Men’s Warehouse, 516-536-0226
Hair: Salon Montage, Richie Aiello, 516-764-6680
Makeup: Jessica, Salon Montage, 516-776-7600

Posted in Mitzvah Spotlight, Family