The Frankel Family Spotlight

The Frankel Family Spotlight

The Frankel Family Spotlight


The Frankel family of Randolph, New Jersey, celebrated daughter Emma’s Bat Mitzvah on September 28, 2013, at Adath Shalom, in Parsippany, New Jersey.

A reception followed at The Mountain Lakes Club in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, with an “Emma-tainment” theme.

Pictured L-R: Brother Brady, Mom Jenifer, Bat Mitzvah girl Emma, Dad Gary and Sister Dara.

Acme Photography and Video was the photographer and the rest of the vendors are listed at the bottom of the spotlight.




Mom Jenifer designed the invitation which was a t-shirt, inspired by the E! Entertainment Network logo, that listed Emma’s Bat Mitzvah information.


frankel invite

The sticker on the shirt directed guests to a website mom Jenifer created to look like an entertainment website. Guests could either type in the address themselves or scan the QR code on the sticker to get to the website.

frankel favor

The front of the t-shirt had Emma’s logo

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The back told guests where to “tune in” for Mitzvah information Emma Frankel glee thank you

The “Glee” inspired thank you card incorporated a picture of Emma, can you spot her? They were printed by




Mountain Lakes Country Club is a great venue with beautiful grounds. They had the cocktail hour outside in lovely weather.



Frankel venue
Cocktails were set up poolside

Frankel Venue

A perfect backdrop for the cocktail hour





Emma’s elegant cocktail dress with tulle skirt was from Kids at Heart.


 Frankel Mitzvah Style



 Mom and Dad came up with much of the decor with Debbie’s Bouquets supplying the beautiful floral centerpieces. The logo incorporated an orange and white chevron design similar to the E! Entertainment Network logo.


Frankel theme

The step and repeat was designed by Mom and Dad and created by

Frankel Bat Mitzvah place cards
The place cards were CDs of dance music with labels that said, “#keepthemusicgoing #emmataimnent2013” 

Frankel Bat Mitzvah centerpiece

On some tables tall clear vases were used as centerpieces with Emma’s clever logo prominent

Frankel Bat Mitzvah centerpiece
The chevron design popped on the turquoise linens 

Frankel menu
The menu card placed beautifully in the turquoise napkins on gold chargers

Frankel custom pillow

Custom pillows were copies of the creative t-shirt invitations




 The sign-in board was two shadow boxes that held the t-shirts that were used for the invitations.



 Frankel sign in

Frankel Sign in

Guests enjoyed signing the shadow boxes





Emma had a great “E! True Hollywood Story” inspired entrance video that included celebrity messages made especially for Emma that kids and adults enjoyed.  

 Watch Emma’s entrance video


MC Charlie and the entire Hi NRG team provided non-stop fun on the dance floor.



Frankel entrance

 Her dancers wore custom “Emma-tainment” t-shirts

Frankel Mitzvah Style

Emma changed into a navy beaded cocktail dress from Best Dressed NY 

Frankel Bat Mitzvah music

Lots of great energy at this party




There was a virtual photo booth from SCE Event Group.  The guests took pictures themselves and uploaded them to Instagram with the hashtag #emmatainment2013. Then the pictures automatically printed to a kiosk at the party. The pictures looked like they were from Instagram with Emma’s logo on them. In addition, there was a surprise in the lower level of the club…bowling!


  Frankel instagram photo booth

Guests ready to take a picture

Frankel photo favor

The pictures instantly printed to a kiosk at the party

Frankell photo favors

Fun photo favors with Emma’s logo for all the guests to enjoy

Frankel Family Spotlight bowling alley
The Mountain Lakes Club has bowling lanes that were used by the kids during the cocktail hour





Each of Emma’s guests received a chocolate Emmy, made by a friend, for the candle lighting ceremony.



Frankel chocolate emmy's

The chocolate Emmys were individually wrapped

Frankel candle lighting

The whole gang celebrating with Emma





Mom Jenifer explains: “The bakery dropped the cake on the way to the venue and had to bake a new one during the cocktail hour! Unfortunately, it wasn’t what we wanted, but we did have a cake.”


 Frankel cake

The replacement cake




The Frankel family designed the candy bar themselves except for personalized marshmallows made with Emma’s logo. They were created by FeteSetter on



Frankel candy signage

A frame handmade with Dots candy

Frankel Bat Mitzvah candy buffet

Color coordinated candy bar

Frankel Bat Mitzvah custom marshmellow

Customized marshmallows 




 Emma gave out off the shoulder white sweatshirts for the girls, hooded sweatshirts for the boys.



Frankel favor bags

The turquoise chevron bags looked great with the orange tissue paper inside

Frankel Bat Mitzvah favor

The sweatshirts had an Instagram logo and read “#emmatainment2013” and “#bestdayever”

frankel favor

Emma with some of her camp friends posing in their new sweatshirts




 Emma had a bake sale to raise money for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. People donated baked items and she raised over $600. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is a national non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for pediatric cancer research. They provide the support and resources for individuals and businesses to host local fundraising events, as well as other simple ways for anyone to get involved.


 Frankel Mitzvah Project

Emma and her friends with their delicious baked goods




The Frankel family has a B’nai Mitzvah to look forward to in 2017! 


frankel photo


Some advice from Mom Jenifer:
“Its cliché but true, try to get as much done ahead of time so that you are not scrambling the week before.  With the exception of the flowers, my husband and I did everything ourselves so we were up to all hours of the night in the days prior to the Bat Mitzvah.”




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

Venue: Mountain Lakes Club, 973-334-4610
Music Entertainment: MC Charlie and Hi NRG Sound Productions, 718-818-8490
Florist: Debbie’s Bouquets, 973-476-0097
Photographer/Videographer: Acme Video and Photography, 732-972-0202
Mom created, friend printed
Party Entertainment: SCE Event Group, 888-278-0900
Thank You cards:
Personalized marshmallows: FeteSetter
Step and Repeat:
Chocolate Emmys:
A friend of the family
Mom’s dress
:  Red Carpet Boutique, 973-258-0028
Emma’s service dress: Kids at Heart, 973-992-2440
Emma and Dara’s party dresses: Best Dressed NY, 212-600-4607
Suits for Dad/brother: Lord & Taylor/Sams, 973-422-1000
Hair/makeup: Tara Siegel, 973-214-8045
Transportation: Vogel Bus Company, 908-298-0045


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