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Sports Themed Bar Mitzvah With DIY Touches

Sports Themed Bar Mitzvah With DIY Touches

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.. 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

Guests were greeted by the Princeton University Band. They played as guests drove up…

…and created excitement right from the start!

Mom Andi is so creative. She did much of the decor herself. These personalized bobble head place cards featured a picture of each guest!

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

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

Mom Andi  put together the out-of-towner boxes which held 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

Alex in the chair during the Horah

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

Fedora’s Cakes By Design created this special cake for Alex. Cutout silhouettes of each sport that Alex plays decorated the cake

The handiwork of Mom Andi who put together this candy buffet which included a giant “A” centerpiece with glued York peppermint bites

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.”

Vendor Directory

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
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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