The Gruber Bar Mitzvah Family Spotlight

The Gruber Bar Mitzvah Family Spotlight

The Gruber Bar Mitzvah Family Spotlight

The Gruber family from Lake Grove, New York, celebrated son Mason’s Bar Mitzvah on May 3, 2014, at Temple Isaiah in Stony Brook, New York. A reception followed at Temple Chaverim in Plainview, New York.

Since Mason is a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan, it was all about “Mason Nation” a clever spin on “Steelers Nation,” the popular fan club of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Pictured L-R: Sister Alissa, Bar Mitzvah boy Mason, Mom Beth and Dad Ross.


The photographers were Andrew and Treavor of White Light Photography and the rest of the vendor information is listed at the bottom of the spotlight.




The family worked with Sealed with a Kiss on the modern black card, with yellow “Steelers” font, which set the tone for the party.



 Gruber invite

 The return label sticker in the color palette

 Gruber RSVP

 A postcard RSVP with one side showing Mason’s logo, the other side had the RSVP information

 Mason Gruber stamp

The custom stamp from looked great!





 Mason at Temple Isaiah on the bimah.


 Gruber bimah





 The Gruber family looked sensational. Both Sister Alissa and Mom Beth got their beautiful floor length gowns at Omnibus Fashions and had a great experience working with them. Bar Mitzvah boy Mason and Dad Ross got their tuxedos at Men’s Warehouse.



Gruber Family style
We love the yellow vest and ties for these formal pictures

  Gruber style

 For the reception Mason changed into a Steelers bow tie




 Lighter Than Air scored big time with the signature Steelers black and yellow color palette. There were countless details that helped to bring this theme full circle. Check out the over-sized seating chart with a picture of Mason.



Gruber seating chart
That photo of Mason was taken at a pre-Mitzvah photo shoot 

Gruber ballroom entryway

Mason stood proudly at the entrance to his party. The doors featured other pictures from his pre-Mitzvah photo shoot

Gruber room

The adult tables had black table linens with yellow napkins. There were yellow balloons hung from the ceiling and Mason Nation wrapped lampshades


Gruber decor

Pictures taken from Mason’s pre-shoot were used on the illuminated DJ booth

 Gruber decor
White lounge furniture in the kids’ area with custom pillows




 Anyone who knows about the Pittsburgh Steelers knows that you can’t have a celebration without the Terrible Towel. The famous rally towels were given to all guests so that they could wave them for the entrance and throughout the night.



Gruber entrance
Mom Beth and Dad Ross made their way into the reception

 Mason Gruber
Mason’s version of the terrible towel

Gruber Entrance

Lighter Than Air created this awesome breakaway

Gruber entrance

 The guest of honor made his way into his reception




Once the music began, it didn’t stop, with Party Harty providing the music entertainment. MC Howie made sure all of Mason’s favorite songs played late into the night as everyone celebrated this special evening.




Gruber DJ

 Party Harty dancers got into the action with Steelers shirts

 Gruber dancing
Mason had the right moves on the dance floor

Gruber dancing
Guests on the dance floor 





Photo books by Tara created Mason’s sign-in book. The picture was taken from Mason’s high school team and the #43 is Troy Polamalu from the Pittsburgh Steelers…of course!



Gruber sign in





Mom Beth and Mason shared a special dance.



Gruber moment

They danced to “You are the Sunshine of My Life,” which was Mason’s parents’ Wedding song




For the candle lighting ceremony, mini flashlights were at every place setting and distributed to the kids. 


  Gruber candle lighting

Everyone held up their flashlights so they could be a part of the candle lighting ceremony




Schwab’s 2nd Wind Screenprinting & Embroidery created the drawstring backpacks. The boys received black Under Armour t-shirts and the girls received black tank tops. 


Mason Gruber favor

Mason Nation drawstring backpacks

 Mason Gruber favors

 Mason, his sister Alissa and cousins modeled the favors





Hasson Caterers created a tailgate party for the exit surprise. There were hot pretzels in several flavors, churros, a grilled cheese tent, cotton candy, a food truck loaded with bags of chips, Gatorade and bottled water.




Gruber tailgate mitzvah exit

 Mason was all smiles at his Mitzvah Exit tailgate party






The Grubers’ Temple asks the children to perform 13 mitzvot to become a Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Mason completed the 13, but the one he was most proud of was being a team leader for Team Liquori for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. He did this in honor of his close friend’s mom, Jen Liquori, who is a breast cancer survivor. He raised over $2500.


 Mason Gruber Mitzvah Project

The family also made a food pantry donation to their Temple pantry – their donation had lots of pasta, cereal, etc. The Mason Nation boxes were placed on the lecterns on the bimah at the service



Some advice from Mom Beth:
“Pay attention to all the details along the way, but on the day of the affair however things are just enjoy the day. The day will happen exactly as it is meant to which is not always exactly as planned, but that’s what makes it so perfect. And remember it is about your child and not you, so if they are happy you are happy!”





The following vendors helped to make Mason’s celebration special. If you give any a call, please make sure they know you read about their services on


Venue: Temple Chaverim, Hasson Caterers, 516-367-1200
Music Entertainment/Photo Booth/Staging/Lounge Furniture: MC Howie, Party Harty, 516-845-8585
Photographer/Videographer: Andrew/Trevor, White Light Photography, 516-933-3399
: Sealed with a Kiss, 631-697-9980
Décor/Seating Chart/Breakaway Screen/Photo Blow-ups: Arthur, Lighter Than Air, 516-933-3210
Favors: Mason Nation t-shirts/tank tops/rally towels: Schwab’s 2nd Wind Screenprinting & Embroidery, 631-331-4531
Cake: Hasson Caterers, 516-367-1200
book: [email protected]
Yarmulkes: That One Special Touch, 516-496-1025
Sister Alissa’s temple dress: Bloomingdales
Mom Beth’s temple dress: Flair in Stony Brook Village
Sister Alissa and Beth’s party gowns: Omnibus Fashions, 631-422-6946
Bar Mitzvah boy Mason’s service suit: Kenny’s Mens & Boyswear, 516-921-2660
Brother Ross’s service suit: Marsh’s
Dad Ross and Bar Mitzvah boy Mason’s  tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse
Hair: Sivana Salon: 631-584-2408;
Make up: Makeup by Michelle, 917-608-9845
Party security: Provided by Hasson Caterers



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