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A “Foot Locker” Themed Bar Mitzvah Celebration

A “Foot Locker” Themed Bar Mitzvah Celebration

The Gany family of Woodbury, New York, celebrated son Ethan’s Bar Mitzvah on January 17, 2015, at Temple Chaverim in Plainview, New York.

Ethan’s love of basketball sneakers naturally led to a Foot Locker theme for his celebration. 

Pictured left: Mom Bonnie, Bar Mitzvah boy Ethan and Dad Glenn

The photographer was Simon Miller from Simon Elliot Events and the rest of the vendors are listed at the bottom of this story.

Gany Invitation
Along with Mom Bonnie, the referee-striped invitation was designed by Ellen Elmaleh from TripleEproduction and ordered from My Metal Business Cards. They were sent in a black padded envelope

Gany Temple
Ethan was all smiles on the bimah at Temple Chaverim

Gany Yarmulke

Matching the colors of the celebration, the yarmulkes came from Cool Kippahsv2stamp_style

Gany family
Mom Bonnie’s dress was from PeachesBoutique.com and the boys, (including brothers Nicolas & Tyler), all bought their suits at Kenny’s Boys & Menswear 

Gany logo

Inspired by Foot Locker’s Approved campaign, Ethan’s logo appeared on all of the decor elements, favors and signage

Gany Place Cards
The place cards were an identical copy of the Foot Locker gift card and each one had a different dollar amount indicating which table you were seated at

Gany decor

The highlight of the room decor was a handmade coffee table replica of a Nike shoe box, created by Ethan’s Dad Glenn!

Gany decor

All the sneakers in the centerpieces were from Ethan’s own collection and the top portion of the centerpieces rotated!

Gany decor

All the sneakers in the stage belonged to MC Carl. It was a total coincidence that Carl loved sneakers too!

Gany decor

Black table cloths with red napkins and candles added elegance to the sneaker theme

Gany decor

Mom Bonnie added little red, white and black Converse high tops on the tables with votive candles inside

Gany decor

Other tables featured striking white flowers in black vases of varying sizes

Gany decor

Logo’d LED tables added to the decor

Gany decor

Authentic shoe sizers decorated the sides of the referee-striped lighted tables


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Another highlight of the decor was the incredible referee-striped dance floor!


Gany decor

Posters of Ethan were hung around the room

Gany decor
The doors to the ballroom were covered with large posters of Ethan with the logo on top

Gany Make An Entrance/DJ

Ethan made his entrance with the ET dancers wearing logo’d t-shirts

Gany DJ
Ethan posed with the ET crew including MC Carl

Gany DJ

MC Carl kept the party going

Gany DJ

Ethan’s friends had a great time

Gany Candle Lighting
Hasson Caterers provided the red, black and white Nike basketball sneaker cake. Mom Bonnie purchased pillar candles from Michael’s, alternating black and white to keep with the referee stripe theme. She added a touch of red using letter glitter stickers, also from Michael’s

Gany extra fun mitzvah madness

The lounge set-up included sleek white sofas and lighted furniture with red logos and referee-striped accent pillows


Gany Extra Fun Mitzvah Madness

Friends enjoyed playing, Ethan’s House of Hoops aka Mitzvah Madness. ‘House of Hoops’ in Foot Locker stores is an exclusive section showcasing Nike basketball shoes

Gany Extra Fun Elite Feet
Ethan’s friends had trouble deciding on a design at the Elite Feet kiosk 


Gany Extra Fun

Guests enjoyed Stick-A-Pic photo favors also from Simon Elliot Events

Gany favor boxes

Sweatshirt favors were creatively distributed in authentic sneaker boxes! The shoe boxes were ordered online. They arrived flat and Mom Bonnie put them together and affixed custom labels on each one


Gany favors

Sweatshirts with a cool urban logo were inside each shoe box

Gany socks
A “Friends and Family” sign promoted “FREE dance floor socks – today only!”

Gany water bottles
Water bottles wrapped in labels with Ethan’s custom logo


Gany Mitzvah Exit
Hasson Caterers provided a Good Humor ice cream truck

Gany Mitzvah Project

For Ethan’s Mitzvah Project, this past fall he participated in the Lustgarten Foundation’s Walk for the Cure for Pancreatic Cancer. He did this in support of his dad’s childhood friend Paul Forman. Featured above: Ethan with Paul and Dad Glenn at Jones Beach after completing the walk

Advice from Mom Bonnie:
“It’s a lot of work. So many little details to juggle, but totally worth it when you see it all come together in the end result! I can’t stress enough how important it is to stay calm no matter what hiccups happen along the way. And they will! Just let the people you hire assist when they offer, and trust that they know what they’re doing. Also, if you’re going to do a lot of it yourself, as I did, it definitely doesn’t hurt to have a helpful husband and some good friends to run ideas by!”

The following vendors helped to make Ethan’s celebration special, if you give any of them a call, let them know you read about their products and services on MitzvahMarket.com.

Venue: Temple Chaverim
Catering/Cake: Scott, Hasson Catering,
Music Entertainment: MC Carl, ET Events
Party Planner/Favors:  Mom & Ellen Elmaleh, TripleEproduction
Photographer/Videographer/Party Entertainment: Simon Miller, Simon Elliot Events
Invitation: Design, Mom & Ellen Elmaleh, TripleEproduction
Invitation: My Metal Business Cards
Logo Design/Water Bottle Labels/Hot Chocolate Labels/Shoebox Labels/Seating Cards: Ellen Elmaleh
Shoe Boxes: U-line.com
Shoe box Labels: Onlinelabels.com
Kippot: CoolKippahs.com
Décor/florist: Combination of Hasson Caterers (Tables, Draping & Balloons), ET Events (Dance Floor, Cubbies, Stage), Simon Elliot Events (All the Blow-ups, Mitzvah Madness, Green Screen & Elite Feet)
Suits for men and boys: Kenny’s Boys & Menswear
Mom’s dress: PeachesBoutique.com
Hair/makeup: Unique Salon Syosset


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