The Ackerman Bar Mitzvah Family Spotlight

The Ackerman Bar Mitzvah Family Spotlight

The Ackerman family celebrated Alex’s Bar Mitzvah on April 27, 2013 at The Jewish Center in Princeton, New Jersey.  Dinner and dancing followed that evening at the Greenacres Country Club in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

Alex is a sports fan but this was not your typical sports themed party. Thanks to creative Mom Andi’s DIY touches and the Princeton University Band greeting guests, this party scored on every level.

Pictured L-R: Dad Brad, Bar Mitzvah boy Alex, brother Jacob and Mom Andi


The vendor information is listed at the end of the spotlight.




 Alex’s Mincha service was held at The Jewish Center in Princeton, New Jersey.




Alex smiling as he is holding the Torah




The invitation suite, in classic navy and white, was from Fran Amir of Exclusively For You.



Ackerman invitations

Alex on a stamp from



The Ackerman family looked great. Mom Andi’s silver cocktail dress was from Saks Fifth Avenue. Little brother Jacob, Dad Brad and Bar Mitzvah boy Alex were all wearing suits with blue ties from Schweon’s Clothing.



Ackerman family


stamp_Mitzvah Wow


Guests were greeted by the Princeton University Band.



Ackerman marching band

They played as guests drove up…

Ackerman marching band

…and created excitement right from the start!




 Mom Andi is so creative. We have already featured her amazing bobblehead place cards and here they are again. She did much of the decor herself.


Ackerman place cards

These personalized bobble head place cards featured a picture of each guest!

Ackerman decor

Showcasing Alex’s favorite sports teams were these centerpieces made with supplies from Michael’s Craft stores

Ackerman decor

An ardent Philadelphia Flyer’s fan, this centerpiece celebrates Alex’s favorite hockey team




Mom Andi was so creative with every aspect of this party including the out-of-towner baskets.



Ackerman Out of Towner Baskets

Boxes were used to hold snacks and water bottle labels. Stickers from were placed over black duct tape


Each table number had a different photo of Alex and corresponding age. Mom Andie covered glass cylinders in transparent paper with pictures printed from the computer





Alex making his way into the crowd for his entrance into the reception.



Ackerman make an entrance

High fives all around

Ackerman Make An Entrance

His friends cheering him on




MC Leon and the All Around Entertainment dancers kept everyone on the dance floor.



Ackerman DJ

Alex in the chair during the Horah

Ackerman DJ
Everyone on the dance floor



Fedora’s Cakes By Design created this special cake for Alex.



Ackerman cake

Cutout silhouettes of each sport that Alex plays decorated the cake




 The candy buffet included a giant “A” centerpiece with glued York peppermint bites.



Ackerman candy bar
The handiwork of Mom Andi




For his Mitzvah Project, Alex worked with a program called, Princeton Special Sports, a program for children with special needs.


Princeton Special Sports

Each Sunday he would play basketball, baseball and soccer with children and provide encouragement and instruction along the way.




Mom Andi would like to sell Alex’s centerpieces. If you live in or near Philadelphia or Mercer County, New Jersey she can be reached by the email listed below.


Ackerman centerpieces

All of these sports centerpieces are for sale

Ackerman centerpieces
These black sports silhouettes are for sale as well



Advice from Mom Andi:
“Start planning early and get organized. I created an ongoing album with photos and Websites of images of things I liked. So when I was ready to place the orders, everything from kippots to napkins, I had the numbers and Websites on hand.”





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


Temple: The Jewish Center, 609-921-0100
Venue: Greenacres Country Club, 609-896-0259
Party Planner: Mom Andi
Photographer: Susan Beard Design, 215-483-1990
Hy Paul Studios, 215-364-4144
Music Entertainment:
MC LeonAll Around Entertainment, 215-354-0124
Party entertainment: Digital photos, All Around Entertainment
Bobblehead place cards: Pro Studio Supply, 800-558-0114
: Fran, Exclusively For You,
Cake: Fedora’s Cakes By Design, 609-895-0844
Centerpiece Décor: Foam board, grass, cylinder vases, Michaels (Now for sale: contact
Candy Buffet: Large candy “A,” Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts
Candy labels:
Out of town boxes:
Water bottle labels/stickers:
Band: Princeton University Band,
Mom Andi’s dress: Saks Fifth Avenue
Suits for family members: Schweon’s Clothing, 215-357-0600


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