Tennis Themed Bat Mitzvah Party

The Backalar Bat Mitzvah Family Spotlight

The Backalar Bat Mitzvah Family Spotlight

Jodi Backalar is from Farmington Hills, Michigan and celebrated her Bat Mitzvah in September, 2010 at Temple Shir Shalom in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

Jodi loves tennis, so this family had an easy time coming up with her theme! She celebrated with “Jodi’s Tennis Ball.”

We thank them for sharing all their creative ideas with Mitzvah Market.

Pictured L-R: Brother Dylan, Mom Julie, Bat Mitzvah girl Jodi, and Dad Ernie

All photography was done by Justin Munter and the rest of the vendor information is listed at the bottom of this spotlight.





Jodi’s pretty yellow and lime green dress with a basket weave top was from Guys N Gals.



Backalar cocktail

Backalar Mitzvah Style
In true athletic form, Jodi switched into a cute pair of Nike “tennis” shoes for her party!




In keeping with Jodi’s theme, her invitation, created by featured tennis racquets, balls and Jewish stars in pink, lime green and yellow.



Backalar invitation

Backalar invite




All their decor was created by Debbie LeClaire.




Backalar place cards

The tennis theme continues with “Have A Ball With Jodi”


Backalar place cards

These creative place cards were done by Dad Ernie! Guests were seated at “courts” not tables




Jodi’s celebration was held at Temple Shir Shalom.



Backalar signage

Large signage hung in the ballroom

Backalar room decor

The pretty room is ready for guests

Backalar centerpieces

Clever centerpieces featured tennis racquets that Jodi collected and were then donated after her party as part of her Mitzvah Project


Stamp - Mitzvah Music


Star Trax provided the music entertainment with Jordan as the MC.



Backalar dj

Backalar DJ




Check out the adorable sign-in board created by Debbie LeClaire!



Backalar Sign-In
Jodi is a cover girl!


Stamp - Mitzvah Cake


Jodi’s cake was created by Olga Creations.




Backalar cake

Of course it was a big tennis raquet!

Backalar coach candle lighting
Jodi with her tennis coach Steve who lit a candle

Backalar tennis kippot
Even their kippots were tennis themed!




Jodi’s logo was designed by her Dad and used on her T-shirt favors.




Backalar favors




Here’s some advice from Mitzvah Mom Julie:
“During the planning phase, you may not believe it, but it all comes together in the end.”


Stamp - Mitzvah Project Idea


Jodi’s Mitzvah Project related to her theme of tennis. She collected used tennis balls and donated them to an assisted living center. They use them for physical therapy and for the bottom of walkers. Also, she collected and donated new cans of tennis balls and new and gently used tennis racquets that were used in the centerpieces. After the party, the centerpieces were taken apart and donated to an inner city tennis program.


Stamp Vendor's Directory


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


Venue: Temple Shir Shalom 248-737-8700
Party Planner: Mom Julie
Music Entertainment: MC Jordan, Star Trax
LogoPlace cards: Dad
Party entertainment: Tattoos, Rad-a-tattoo, Photo Booth, Intel Bill Photography
Invitations: Michelle at
Cake: Olga’s Creations
Jodi’s Dress: Guys N Gals, 248-851-1260
Décor: Debbie LeClaire, 248-738-3971
board: Debbie LeClaire
Hair/Makeup: Karen Siegel Faces by Karen
Party Security: Pat Blackwell Party Assurance, 248-366-6778
Photographer: Justin Munter
Videographer: Scott MacKinnon, 248-792-9232
Tennis Kipot:

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