Alyssa’s Creamery Bat Mitzvah Celebration

Alyssa’s Creamery Bat Mitzvah Celebration


The Calderon family of Springfield, New Jersey, celebrated their daughter Alyssa’s Bat Mitzvah on May 2, 2015, with the service at Temple Sha’arey Shalom in Springfield Township, New Jersey, and a party following at Cedar Hill Golf and Country Club in Livingston, New Jersey.

The celebration was themed after the popular ice cream snack, Dippin’ Dots, but for this party was called, Alyssa’s Creamery.

Abella Studios was the photographer and the rest of the vendor information is listed at the end of the spotlight.


Pictured above L-R: Dad Alan, Bat Mitzvah girl Alyssa, Brother Jason and Mom Marci.





The family worked with Kindly RSVP Designs on the pocket invitation.


Calderon BM invite open

The RSVP card and directions were in the right side pocket

Calderon jeweled frame

After her celebration, Alyssa’s invitation was made into a glass jewelry box by CBL Fine Art





The service was held at Temple Sha’arey Shalom.



ALyssa Calderon service

Alyssa on the bimah with her yad that she created at Religious School





The logo, designed by Balloon Artistry, was inspired by Dippin’ Dots ice cream, Alyssa’s favorite.


Calderon logo




Balloon Artistry also created the place cards, room decor, sign-in board, and favors to coordinate with the theme. Each table was named after an ice cream flavor using logo’d boxed centerpieces.


Calderon place cards

Guests’ place cards were attached to jars filled with varying colors of sprinkles — perfect for an ice cream themed party!

Calderon room decor and style
Alyssa looked great in her silver beaded cocktail dress from Seng Couture and blinged-out Converse sneakers

Calderon ice cream theme room decor

 Each table featured clear sparkle balloons with LED lights and purple uplighting





 Balloon Artistry designed the sign-in mirror.



Calderon sign in

The mirror is now in her bedroom; a perfect reflection of Alyssa’s celebration




It was full energy with Party King Entertainment in charge of the music.



Calderon entrance

Alyssa made her grand entrance onto a ‘smokey’ dance floor!

Calderon DJ

Alyssa with MC Ronnie

Calderon dj

MC Ronnie entertained Alyssa and her friends




Photo Booth fun was provided by Party King Entertainment.



Calderon photo fun

Chalkboard signs added to the fun





Claudia of It Could be Verse designed the candle lighting puzzle. The puzzle was created from a poster size photo of Alyssa as a baby and mounted into 13 inter-locking puzzle pieces. Then as the guests come up for their honor they completed the puzzle and a current picture of Alyssa is revealed.



Calderon candle lighting

Alyssa posed next to her baby picture at the beginning of the puzzle lighting ceremony

Calderon candle lighting

As the honorees were called up, each one used a puzzle piece to make Alyssa “whole”

Calderon: Candle lighting

 Ta-da! The big reveal!




Balloon Artistry created the basketball pinneys for the boys and lacrosse pinneys for the girls.



Calderon pinney favor



Alyssa volunteers at The Friendship Circle in Livingston, New Jersey, which provides services to students with multiple disabilities. She routinely volunteers on Sunday mornings, assisting her friends with a variety of activities including music, gym and art. Additionally, she participates in monthly cooking classes and has assisted her buddies in both the summer and winter camps held there this past year.


Calderon mitzvah project

Alyssa (2nd from left) with her friends at the Friendship Circle Volunteer banquet. She received the Presidential award for volunteering so many hours!





Some advice from Mom Marci:
“Explore your options early enough so you don’t have to “settle” for a venue, DJ, etc. Be organized and keep a spreadsheet of your vendors deposits and due dates. Create one master guest list and then use that list to give to the invitation lady or calligrapher, the decorator for place cards and for yourself to print labels for your child when they write their Thank You notes! Also, have fun and enjoy the process. It all works out in the end!”





The following vendors helped to make Alyssa’s Bat Mitzvah special. If you give any of them a call, please let them know you read about their products or services on


Service: Temple Sha’arey Shalom, 973-379-5357
Venue: Cedar Hill Country Club, 973-992-4700
Photographer/Videographer: Abella Studios, 732-254-8000
Music Entertainment/Photo favors:
Party King Entertainment, 973-575-5511 
Logo/Place cards/Centerpieces/Favors: Balloon Artistry, 845-352-2828
Invitations: Rachel Zemel, Kindly RSVP Designs, 410-935-1413
Candle Lighting puzzle: Claudia, It Could Be Verse, 732-679-8093
Invitation Jewelry Frame:
CBL Fine Art, 973-736-7776
Bat Mitzvah girl Alyssa and Mom’s Marci’s cocktail dresses: Seng Couture, 908-322-8700
Suits for Dad Alan and brother Jason: Sams Fine Mens Clothing, 973-422-1000 


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