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March Madness Bar Mitzvah Theme

March Madness Bar Mitzvah Theme

The Comito family from Peabody, Massachusetts, celebrated son Josh’s Bar Mitzvah with the service and party on March 18, 2017, at Congregation Shirat Hayam in Swampscott, Massachusetts. Everything centered on the March Madness basketball theme and was cleverly incorporated throughout the party. Mom Stacey created many of the party’s special details.

Pictured L-R: Dad Bob, Bar Mitzvah boy Josh and Mom Stacey. 

The photographers were Take Aim Photography and Richard Messinger Photography.

Save the Date/Invitation/Out-of-Towner Gifts

 Bar Mitzvah Service

 March Madness Mitzvah Decor

Special Party Details

Mitzvah Candle Lighting

Music and Special Entertainment

Mitzvah Favors and Exit Treat

Josh’s Mitzvah Project

In Josh’s congregation, the Bar Mitzvah boy is expected to complete a series of “13 Mitzvot” that reflect Jewish tradition, learning, service, and Tzedakah or charitable giving. For example, Josh had to learn his great grandfather’s recipe for making homemade horseradish, directly from the root grown in his backyard and he initiated a project to raise money for the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Cancer Center. Along with several friends, he sold rainbow loom bracelets and chocolate lollipops in the shape of cancer ribbons. Over three years, they donated $2,000 to fund cancer research.

Mom Advice from Stacey

“Enjoy the moment! Step back at some point during the evening to look around and try to take it all in. Enjoy yourself – you deserve it after all of the planning. We actually extended the evening party from 4 hours to 5 hours as we knew we wanted to enjoy every single second. We had many guests who traveled from out of town, so my husband and I made sure to tell them how happy we were that they were a part of Josh’s special day. We gave them a “shout-out” in the program book, included them in the candle lighting and visited tables to show our appreciation. Also I started doing my research about 2 years before the Bar Mitzvah and took notes on everything I read from and their Facebook posts. I would search for concepts and collect ideas from past Mitzvah Family Spotlight stories. Mitzvah Market was incredibly helpful and I found so many event ideas including seating chart layout, sign-in locker, photographer shot list, referee jerseys for the DJ, décor ideas, giveaways, candle lighting display, how to wrap hoodie sweatshirts, and so much more. It’s a terrific resource and I have already shared the Website with many of my friends who are starting the planning stage. was definitely my go-to resource!”

Vendor Directory

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

Food: Bruce Silverlieb, The Party Specialist, 781-592-0988
Party Planner: Donna Kagan, Donna Kagan’s Elegant Touch, 781-631-6603
Invitation: Ivy Dorflinger, Ivy’s Invitations, 781-334-2862
Balloon Centerpieces: Jo Werling, Big Ballon Bash, 978-346-9336
DJ Entertainment/Custom Step-N-Repeat: Adam Averback, Party Excitement, 978-535-3100
Logo Artwork/Menu/Party Signage/Save-the-Date/Door hangers/Custom labels/Welcome cards design: Mom Stacey using VistaPrint
Photographers: Amy Trahant, Take Aim Photography, 203-671-0156 and Richard Messinger Photography
Videography: Josh Norton, Tanner Productions, 617-797-7007
Decor: Prop Factory, 978-532-2323
Sweatshirt Favors: Raffi Bouladian, NorthPoint Printing, 781-895-1900
Kippot: J. Levine Books & Judaica, 212-695-6888
Fashion: Pauline Spirito, Infinity Boutique, 781-599-8829







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