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The Gendler Bat Mitzvah Family Spotlight

The Gendler Bat Mitzvah Family Spotlight

The Gendler family from Plantation, Florida celebrated their daughter Brittany’s Bat Mitzvah on November 3, 2012 at Temple Kol Ami Emanu-El in Plantation, Florida. The evening reception was at a unique venue, Hangar 9 located within the Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport. There were so many special touches, created especially for Brittany’s special day by her Mom Linda, which tied in with her theme and were “first class!” We can’t wait to share them with you.

Pictured L-R: Dad Richard, Bat Mitzvah girl Brittany, Mom Linda and older Brother Justin.

All party photography was done by Barry Dryer of Affordable Affairs and the rest of the vendors are listed at the bottom of the spotlight.

A close-up of the kippot basket made by Mom Linda

Along with the kippot basket, Mom Linda loved making the service programs and spice bags for the service as well

Their custom invitation, from Talento Designs featured the party’s destination and was a pop-up of  Brittany as a flight attendant! Jet Brittany Airways introduced the theme of the Bat Mitzvah celebration

The clever wording on the RSVP card looked like an airline ticket

The theme was “Jet Brittany Airways,” and this was incorporated in every aspect of the party. Bat Mitzvah girl Brittany posing on the wing of a plane!

The spacious Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport was a big and open airplane hangar with small private airplanes parked right outside. With over 250 guests, it was the perfect venue with plenty of room

Mom Linda worked closely with Mitch Amsterdam of Silver Lining Productions who transformed the big open venue into “Jet Brittany Airways” with a vivid color palette of hot pink and turquoise. A custom step and repeat red carpet welcomed all the Gendler’s guests arriving at “Jet Brittany Airways”

The hot pink linens, turquoise seat cushions, napkins and silver chiavari chairs created a colorful look

Brittany shows off her custom floor logo

Each table featured a different gate number

“Jet Brittany Airways” signage was outside the venue as well

Brittany checking-in with her flight crew before take-off

Mom Linda and Dad Richard making their entrance

An unfinished chair was purchased from Wood You Furniture. Linda painted it and then stenciled Brittany’s name, date and Hebrew name on it. She also added a beautiful quote from the Torah on the front and decorated it with lots of big rhinestones. The horah chair is now in Brittany’s room

Brittany is up in the chair!

Mom Linda made the glitter sneakers for the guest of honor

This great DIY bathroom basket had all the important items

Mom Linda also loved making the gift baskets for the out of town guests

 MC Ross of Rock With U Entertainment really got the crowd going with non-stop fun

The Rock With U Entertainment flight crew ready for take off!

Laser nails for the girls

The boys had video game fun!

Brittany and her crew

The candle lighting ceremony was beautiful with a sparkle table and alternating pink and turquoise votives

Organized in hot pink bins All the details of this event soared to new heights right down to the favors created by Squeegee Science.

The front of the shirt “Jet Brittany Airways”


The back included names of Brittany’s official flight crew rooster

As the guests headed onto their final approach, there was a pink and turquoise candy bar and boxes of Krispy Kreme donuts for each guest. Mom Linda designed and set up the candy cart with handmade gumball necklaces and coordinating glitter

Krispy Creme Donuts display

 Some Advice from Mom Linda

“This was my second go-round. My son’s Bar Mitzvah was three years ago and the best advice I can give is to be organized. I had a 3” binder I used for planning that contained dividers for every vendor I worked with (i.e. venue, caterer, decorator, DJ, invitations, favors, entertainment, photographer, videographer, transportation, temple service, etc…). My binder (or “bible” as my friends called it) actually frightened some of my vendors when they saw it. One look at it and they knew I had done my homework and shopped around for all my price quotes. Anytime I needed information or phone numbers it was right there at my fingertips and easy to access just by flipping to the section I needed.”

Brittany’s Mitzvah Project

Brittany is a competitive gymnast and wanted to incorporate that into her Mitzvah Project. The owner of the gym she trains at donated use of the facility for a fundraiser for Can’t Stomach Cancer, The Foundation of Debbie’s Dream. Her teammates and coaches volunteered to work the fundraiser and they also got a DJ to donate his services.

Can’t Stomach Cancer (CSC) was created by Debbie Zelman, a close family friend with incurable stomach cancer. The entire Gendler Family has been involved with this charity. Brittany put together “Cartwheels For Cancer” an afternoon of food, fun and flipping at West Broward Gymnastics Academy. Her friends were invited to come and asked to bring a donation for CSC. The event was promoted on Facebook and and donations came rolling in. Over 63 kids attended
“Cartwheels For Cancer” and over $1,200.00 was raised.

Vendor Directory

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

Venue: Hangar 9 at the  Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, 954-828-4955
Party Planner: Mom Linda
Décor/florist: Mitch Amsterdam, Silver Lining Event Production, 954-917-1020
In-Flight Catering, a division of Silver Lining Productions
: Barry Dryer, Affordable Affairs, 954-241-7001
Miriam Conceicao, Talento Designs Invitations, 561-347-8165
Music Entertainment:
MC, Ross Bielejeski, Rock With U Entertainment, 954-531-7900
Favor person: Kids Tshirts, Brett Wilkin, Squeegee Science
Extra Entertanment: Sara, Krispy Kreme Donuts, 305-949-5171
Kids Candy Cart: Kirk, Sugarman Candy, 954-746-2773
Flip n Pics: Barry Dryer, 954-663-0464
Laser Nails: Ann P. Fernandez, 954-389-3987
Fun Photos: Affordable Affairs
Game Zones: James, Party Antics, 954-255-1100
Horah chair: Mom Linda
Mom’s suit for service: Nordstrom’s Boca Raton Towne Center, Mom’s evening dress Susan Rose Dresses
Bat Mitzvah girl Brittany’s dress for services: Lisa, Shop Pink & Blues, 954-452-7775
and evening dress: Michelle Mario Pucci Boca, 561-982-8382
Suits for family members: Sam Nassour, Men’s Wearhouse, 954-423-4124
Hair/makeup: Alicia Truc, Femme Fatale, 954-240-5794
Double Decker Bus: Crystal, Corporate Coaches

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