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Bar Mitzvah Theme: Hunter’s 8 Wonders Of His World

Bar Mitzvah Theme: Hunter’s 8 Wonders Of His World

The Caplan family from Florham Park, New Jersey, celebrated their son Hunter’s Bar Mitzvah on March 8, 2014, at Morristown Jewish Center Beit Yisrael in Morristown, New Jersey. A party in his honor followed at The Grove, an event venue in Cedar Grove, New Jersey.

Hunter’s theme was Hunter’s 8 Wonders Of His World centered around his favorite interests.

Pictured L-R : Dad Jonathan, Bar Mitzvah boy Hunter and Mom Allison.

The photographer was Ira Casel and the rest of the vendor information is listed at the bottom of this story.





The family worked with Stephanie Tarre of Stationary Stephanie on the plaid pattern invitation.



H Caplan Invite


Caplan stamp

The stamp, which hinted at the theme, was designed by Eileen Toll of The Write Address 





Hunter’s service was held at Morristown Jewish Center Beit Yisrael.




 Caplan service

Hunter at the bimah

Caplan Temple Arrangment
The beautiful bimah flower arrangement





The logo was designed by Tracey Fox of Party Artistry.









The decor was also created by Party Artistry. They captured and incorporated Hunter’s varied interests which included: camp, gardening, Broadway, martial arts, outer space, insects, reptiles and The 80’s!



Caplan decor

Airline “pilots” stood in front of a Step-n-Repeat photo collage where guests picked up “boarding pass/seating cards” to board Hunter’s World Airlines

Mitzvah signage
Cute signage that read “No Passengers Beyond This Point” blocked off an area leading to the ballroom

mitzah theme decor

Great decor elements flanked the place card table including vintage airplanes with clever signage

Caplan ballroom Decor
A view of the beautiful ballroom at The Grove

Caplan centerpieces
The adult centerpieces were large globes each one depicting one of Hunter’s interests

Caplan Broadway centerpiece
The Broadway centerpiece

Caplan: centerpieces

Hunter attends two summer camps; Jeff Lakes and Timber Lake West. Both were represented in one of the centerpieces

Caplan lounge decor
Outer space decor in the kids’ lounge area





This celebration featured lots of special touches.



Caplan details

The custom logo’d pillows looked great on the royal blue couches

 Mitzvah photo ideas

Framed photos of Hunter were placed throughout the cocktail area adding a personal touch. This one spotlights his love of camp and one of his many “first days” at Jeff Lakes Camp

  mitzvah bar details

The Grove created a Tequila luge for the adults that was a big hit




Hunter’s bedroom door became his sign-in board, thanks to Party Artistry.



Caplan sign-in
Hunter’s interests were represented on the door in fun fonts




Unique Musique Entertainment, with Larry as the MC, provided great music to dance to throughout the party.



capaln horah

A great smile for the Horah!

Caplan DJ

 MC Larry Gold, Hunter’s cousin Dillion and Hunter having a blast on the dance floor





There were lots of extra entertainment for their guests. 



Caplan fun

Airgraphics Entertainment created air-brushed hats for guests

Cap airegraphics fun

The air-brush artist in action

Caplan graffiti
Unique Musique Entertainment provided a photo graffiti booth




Mom Allison ordered logo’d candles for Hunter’s candle lighting ceremony.



Caplan candles

Hunter during his candle lighting ceremony

Caplaln candlelighting

Two special memory candles for his grandparents




A great moment captured between Hunter and Mom Allison.



Caplan moment




Blue Wave Printing provided the logo’d t-shirts for Hunter’s friends.



caplan favor

The front of the shirt

caplan favor 2

The back of the shirt




Watch a re-cap from Hunter’s Bar Mitzvah created by Professional Video, LLC.


 Caplan video highlights

Watch highlights here



Some advice from Mom Allison:
“Planning a Bar or Bat Mitzvah is overwhelming from photographers, videographers, flowers, décor, centerpieces, invitations, favors and more, it is enough to make anyone’s head spin. Stay ORGANIZED – it is the key to successful planning! An organized event is a well-run event. Remember to make the weekend about your child. Think of the children when creating such a big event. When the children have fun the adults will too!”




For Hunter’s Mitzvah Project, he volunteered at the Lester Senior Housing Assisted Living in Whippany, New Jersey.  He has been visiting weekly since September 2013 and has special friends he meets with each Sunday and he also helps with group activities.




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


Temple: Morristown Jewish Center Beit Yisrael, 973-538-9292
Venue: Michael Subarsky, The Grove, 973-239-0270 
Party Planner/ Venue Decor/Logo Design/Sign-in
: Tracy Fox, Party Artistry, 973-503-1333
Photographer: Ira Casel, 973-580-4594
Invitation: Stephanie Tarre, Stationary Stephanie, 201-463-2505
Calligraphy & Zazzle Stamp Design: Eileen Toll, The Write Address, 973-758-9368
Candle Lighting handmade candles: Teresa Cavender, Cavender Candles, 214-701-2320
Montage & Video: Seth Elgart, Professional Video, LLC., 973-218-0800
Music Entertainment & Photo Booth: Larry Gold, Unique Musique Entertainment, 732-431-4082
Favors: Scott Zabelski, Blue Wave Printing, 732-270-9200
Graffiti Airbrushing: Ivan Piedra, Airgraphics Entertainment, 201-615-8309
Temple Flowers: Debbie Cohen-Pendolino, Debbies Bouquets, 973-476-0097
Father & Bar Mitzvah Boy Suits: Sam’s Clothing, 973-422-1000
Mom’s dress & Bar Mitzvah Boy party shirt: Alex & Scott Couture, 973-535-6035
Hotel & Brunch For Out Of Town Guests: Hyatt Morristown at Headquarters Plaza, 973-647-1234

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