The Dani Golden Bat Mitzvah Family Spotlight

The Dani Golden Bat Mitzvah Family Spotlight

This was the second celebration for the Golden family from Franklin Lakes, New Jersey at Trail’s End Camp in Beach Lake, Pennsylvania.

We already ran a Mitzvah Family Spotlight story for older sister Ally, who celebrated there in 2010. Now it was time for her sister Dani’s Bat Mitzvah. This weekend celebration, on September 8-9, 2012 all took place at Trail’s End Camp.

Simon Elliot Events was the photographer for this event and the rest of the vendors are listed at the bottom.



Pictured L-R: Mom Leslie, Bat Mitzvah girl Dani, sister Ally and Dad Lee





Invitations to Dani’s weekend lead guests to a custom Website that was built by Amy Wohl from


Dani Golden Website

Check out details from her celebration on her Website here




Dani wanted a weekend celebration like her sister had two years before. Trail’s End Camp was the perfect location to combine her love of camp and soccer which became her Bat Mitzvah theme.



Dani Golden Trails End Camp

Dani’s friends arrive by bus Saturday morning to begin the fun!

Trails End Camp

 All areas of the beautiful camp were available for guests to enjoy

Dani Golden camp bunk

Dani stands on the porch of the bunks where guests all stayed for the true camp experience

Dani Golden friends

 Dani’s friends are ready for some fun!




During the day, Simon Elliot Events divided Dani’s friends into teams and oversaw the “color war” fun!


Dani Golden color war

Dani and her friends are ready for the 3-legged race!

Dani Golden activities

Different colored t-shirts, created by A Promos USA/ImageMaker, were given out to Dani’s friends

Dani Golden flags

Each team also had a flag also created by A Promos USA/ImageMaker




After a day of fun, it was time for Dani’s Bat Mitzvah service. Due to bad weather, the service, which would have taken place at the lake was moved inside to the dining hall, but that did not stop Dani from doing a terrific job!


Dani Golden service

Dani is all smiles with her torah




The Golden girls looked great. Dani and Ally got their dresses at All Dressed Up. Mom Leslie’s dress was from Bergdorf Goodman.


Dani Golden Mitzvah Style

Dani’s skirt was removable to reveal a shorter dress underneath





 Place cards, created by Artistic Displays, greeted Dani’s guests in the dining hall at Trail’s End Camp.




Dani Golden place cards

 “Life is Golden” signage flanked the entryway




For Dani’s sign-in, Honesdale Florist decorated a mailbox for guests to write special messages on postcards.



Dani Golden sign in


Dani Golden sign in

Dani’s friends sending her a postcard with good wishes

Dani Golden postcards designed the postcards




The music entertainment was provided by Untouchable Events with Joe as the MC.



Dani Golden make an entrance

Dani makes her entrance in her shorter dress

Dani Golden dj

Dani and the Untouchable dancers

Dani Golden dj
Everyone was on the dance floor all night

Dani Golden dj






Honesdale Florist provided the centerpieces which each stated, “Life is….”


Dani Golden decor

Checkerboard printed napkins and various pastels linens created a fun look in the dining hall

Dani Golden decor

The beautiful floral centerpieces




The soccer cake was created by the Trails End Camp baker.



Dani Golden cake




There were many special moments during Dani’s celebration weekend.


Dani Golden camp friends

Dani and her friends enjoying the camp grounds

Dani Golden moment

Ally toasts her little sister Dani




“Live” event painter Martin Harding worked all night to complete a painting capturing the celebration.



Dani Golden "live" painter

The finished painting is now hanging in the Golden’s home





Each of Dani’s friends had a personalized drawstring bag, flashlight and sweatshirt, created by A Promos USA waiting for them on their beds in the bunk.


Dani Golden favors

The sweatshirt featured her logo,”Life is Golden”

Dani Golden sweatshirts

Dani posing with her sister Ally by the lake and modeling the sweatshirt favor



stamp_Mitzvah Wow! 

 At the end of the celebration, family and friends gathered by the lake for s’mores and a surprise fireworks show!



Dani Golden smores

Friends enjoying the bonfire and s’mores in comfy clothes

Dani Golden fireworks

The fireworks show on the lake




Dani volunteered for two weeks as a buddy at Camp Acorn in NJ. Camp Acorn is a summer/winter social and recreational program for children and young adults with multiple disabilities.

Camp Acorn

Since camp is such a special place for Dani, she wanted others less fortunate than her to have a camp experience.





Advice from Mom Leslie:
“Having an event planner to oversee the schedule of events for the daytime was key. We were able to enjoy the activities and spend time with our guests.”






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


Venue: Trail’s End Camp
Day of Event Planner: Michelle Collins, Simon Elliot Events, 516-586-6822
Music Entertainment/MC: MC Joe, Untouchable Events, 212-924-6299
Décor/Florist/Sign-in mailbox: Honesdale Florist, 570-253-3050
Website/Postcards: Amy Wohl,, 312-513-1698
Photographer/Videographer/Photo favors: Simon Elliott Events, 516-586-6822
Favors/Flags/Color War shirts:
Mindy, A Promo USA/ImageMaker, 800-987-8966
Cake: Trail’s End Camp
Place cards: Lori & Michelle, Artistic Displays
Live Event Painter: Martin Harding, 201-965-3441
Dresses for family members: Dani & Ally, All Dressed Up, 914-690-1593
Mom Leslie: Bergdorf Goodman
Hair/makeup: 5th Ave Hair Color Studio & Spa; Makeup, Artistic Brushworks
Transportation: Avery Transportation, 570-729-7153
Party security: Trails End Camp




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