Cole and Chase’s Amazon Adventure: B’nai Mitzvah Inspired by Family Vacation

Cole and Chase’s Amazon Adventure: B’nai Mitzvah Inspired by Family Vacation

Bar and Bat Mitzvah inspiration can come from anywhere. For twins Cole and Chase Turnof of New Jersey, a family visit to the rain forest in Panama and a love for animals led to an “Amazon Adventure” theme for their B’nai Mitzvah. (A love of the beach led to sister Kayla’s ocean themed Bat Mitzvah.) For Cole & Chase’s celebration, The Channel Club in Monmouth Beach was transformed into a lush, tropical jungle through the use of vibrant colors, foliage, natural materials and a ton of creativity. From rustic jungle cabanas for the kids to the twins’ entrance through a wall of vines, the event had a fun, cohesive vibe that was totally “wild.” 

The photographer for this event was Matt Kirchhof of Kirchhof Photograhy. A complete list of vendors follows at the end of this story.

Service & Luncheon

Amazing Amazon

Special Touches

Mitzvah Advice

“It is very important to being organized and prepare well in advance,” mom Stacy says. “For our family, it was not a frenzy last minute. Set your budget appropriately as it is easy to digress from it. It’s easy to do research and find alternative options. Pinterest and Etsy are a great resource for ideas.”

Mitzvah Project

Cole & Chase were involved in a number of community services projects over the course of their Mitzvah year– they worked at the Westfield Senior Citizens Housing Center, helped with environmental cleanup at Watchung Reservation, gardened at the Jewish Family Service’s Urban Community Vegetable Garden in Elizabeth, made hamantaschen for TSTI/Interfaith Food Pantry of Orange and Jewish Family Services of Metrowest, and assisted in building the Adath Shalom Mitzvah Garden in Morris Plains. Lastly, the boys raised over $300 for the World Wildlife Fund through their lemonade stand in Belmar, New Jersey.

Vendor Directory

The following vendors helped to make Cole and Chase’s Amazon Adventure a success. If you contact any of them about their services, please let them know you read about their company on MitzvahMarket.com.

Venue: The Channel Club, 732-229-3131
Event Planner/Decor/Logos & Graphics: Magnolia West Events, Danielle Zaleski, 732-236-4167
Music/Photobooth: JK Productions, DJ Jason Barbanel, 732-616-2015
Photographer: Kirchhof Photography, Matt Kirchhof, 732-616-2015
Videographer: Gerry Condez Studio, Gerry Condez, 908-578-3685
Kippot: DavidKippot USA, 917-683-5879
T-Shirt/Bag Favors: ProImprint, 844-PRO-IMPRINT
Inflatable Sofa/Drawstring Bag Favors: Alibaba.com
Air Brushing: Top Gun Airbrush, 718-819-1094
Gourmet Donut Stand: Deez Donutz, The Shindiggity Shoppe/Etsy (custom stands)
Invitations: Margo & Bees, +44 191 432 4911
Cake: Bovella’s Pastry Shoppe, 908-228-2937
Sign-In Board: Miraculous Gifts/Etsy
Dresses: For service, Bloomingdales (mom and sister); For party, Dream Dresses (mom) and Macys (sister)
Suits: For service, Lord & Taylor (Chase), Boytique (Cole), Jos A. Bank (dad); For party, SAMS – store closed (Chase), 580 South, 973-758-0580 (Cole), Jos A. Bank (dad)
Custom Shirts: Mtailor.com
Custom Bowties: The Bowtie Collective, 862-217-4001
Hair/Makeup: Elegant Image Salon, 908-232-4900
Transportation: Trans-Ed, Inc., 973-881-8004

 

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