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The Ives Bar Mitzvah Family Spotlight

The Ives Bar Mitzvah Family Spotlight

The Ives family celebrated their son Alex’s Bar Mitzvah on December 4, 2010. The service took place at Temple Beth El in Chappaqua, New York and the reception was held at the Renaissance Westchester Hotel in the Mansion in West Harrison, New York.

Alex is a snow boarder and Mom Jen is a graphic artist and owns her own company, Chives Creative, so you know there were some very special touches at this party.

Additional vendor information is at the bottom of this spotlight.

All event photography was done by Philip Callaci of Mitzvah Gallery: A Division Of Peanut Portraits.

Pictured L-R: Oldest son Noah, Mitzvah Mom Jen, Bar Mitzvah Boy Alex, daughter Lily and Dad Alan.


The invitation was custom made by Mitzvah Mom Jen – the colors are navy and beige and incorporated a logo that was used throughout the party decor.



Alex’s love of snowboarding set the tone for the party and with his Mom’s graphic expertise they were able to incorporate his favorite sport in a variety of ways.

Ives place cards

Mom Jen made lift tickets as place cards which hung on a snowy mountain

Ives Place card

A close-up of the cards

Ives signage decor

The “Mash” sign alerted guests to the different mountains

Ives signage

Alex’s lodge is where the kids hung out


Ives decor
Mom Jen made this poster that decorated the reception

Ives decor

A cut out of Alex snowboarding was on each table

Ives decor


Ives decor
When Alex is not snowboarding he is playing lacrosse!



A real snow board was used as the sign-in “board!”




Ives Sign-in board

Young guests were asked to sign this snowboard


Starlight Entertainment provided the music for Alex’s celebration.


Ives Make An Entrance

Alex “makes his entrance” with two of the Starlight Express dancers

Ives dancing
Kids of all ages had fun at this party!

Stamp - Mitzvah Cake


The blue and green cake from Lulu’s Bakery incorporated their version of the Burton logo deliciously!



Ives cake
Notice the detail of the evergreens on the side




A candy bar was set up for guests to enjoy!



Ives candy bar decor

Creative Mitzvah Mom Jen made this “Candy Buffet” sign

Ives candy bar
Another sign and beautiful candy display by Jen

Ives candy bar

The kids enjoying the candy buffet


Young guests received a sweatshirt favor by ABPromowear.

Ives favor

Great hooded grey sweatshirts with Alex’s snowboarding logo

Ives favor bags
Silver bags with Alex’s logo fit into the snowboarding theme perfectly

Mitzvah Mom Jen has some advice for our readers:

“Everything will get done before the big day…just keep saying that to yourself. Enjoy every moment!  The party goes by so quickly. Remember it is a very special day for your child. Take lots of photos. Have fun and eat!”

Stamp - Mitzvah Project Idea

As part of his Mitzvah Project, Alex volunteers at the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Westchester. He teaches 3rd-5th graders how to play lacrosse. He also donated new and old lacrosse sticks to the club.  In addition, Alex and his Dad delivered meals to the home bound elderly through City Meals on Wheels in New York City.



The following Mitzvah vendors worked with the Ives family to make Alex’s celebration special. If you call any of them, please let them know you read about their product or service on

Venue: Renaissance Westchester Hotel 914-694-5400
Mitzvah Mom Jen’s company Chives Creative
Favors: ABPromowear, Andrea Bromwell 866-508-5554
Phillip Callaci of Peanut Portraits 914-232-4222
Starlight Express 516-742-1100
Videographer: Starlight Express
Entertainment/Photo booth:
The Main Event 800-839-0918
Cake: LuLu’s Bakery 914-722-8300
Clothing for family members: Nordstrom
Hair/Makeup: Eurospa 914-769-8262

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