Winter Storm Bar Mitzvah Celebration

The Kratz B’nei Mitzvah Family Spotlight

The Kratz B’nei Mitzvah Family Spotlight

Hi All!

The Kratz Family from Chappaqua, New York had a very snowy, yet memorable B’nei Mitzvah for their twins Michael and Jonathan on February 27, 2010.

A huge blizzard didn’t stop family and friends from coming from all over the country to help this family celebrate. The party was held during the afternoon at the Salem Golf Club in Westchester County. We want to thank the Kratz Family for sharing their photos and ideas with Mitzvah Market. A reminder that all Vendor information is at the bottom of this story. All photography was done by Mitzvah Gallery – Peanut Portraits.

Pictured L-R: Bar Mitzvah boy Michael, Mitzvah Mom Laurie, sister Jessica, Mitzvah Dad Eric and Bar Mitzvah boy Jonathan


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The Kratz B’nei Mitzvah almost didn’t happen. Mitzvah Mom Laurie vividly remembers and tells us, “School was canceled that Thursday and Friday before the Mitzvah because of the weather. We woke up at 5:00am Friday morning to no electricity – and had to check into the local Holiday Inn.  We had tons of out-of-towners (Georgia, Florida, etc) who miraculously flew in on Friday in spite of the storm.”

Krantz snow

The Salem Golf Club the day of the party…a day after the blizzard!




Small Fry Press created their invitation. The Kratz family decided on a classic square shape in tan and navy.


kratz INVITE



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Are you ready for some football! The theme of this B’nei Mitzvah was college football and creative party decorator Brian Serino of Brian Williams Decorators took every opportunity to turn this venue into a football fantasy.

The entrance to the ballroom..we mean the Kratz Bowl

Krantz placecards
Dual purpose football jersey cookie place cards were created by All Things Creative. It featured each guest’s last name and their table number


The room is ready for guests to arrive


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Music entertainment was provided by KDW Entertainment with MC Kevin Williams.




Jonathan and Michael with their MC!

Krantz in chairs

The boys being lifted..check out the football balloons on the ceiling

Kratz mom and kid

Mom Laurie and Michael having a nice moment

Michael and Jonathan like being the center of attention!


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For their sign-in board, we love what Mitzvah Mom Laurie got the boys. She bought real lockers with their initials/names on each one which are now being used in their home.


Krantz Double locker

lockers!


Artist John Steven’s caricature of the twins and their younger sister playing football for their favorite college football team was on display at the party

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All Things Creative scored an easy touchdown with the boys favorite teams’ helmet cakes.




Jets and Giants football helmet cake


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Michael and Jonathan volunteered their time and raised money for Lung Cancer Alliance – in memory of their grandfather, Gordon Loveland who passed away from the disease in 2005.


Lung Cancer Alliance


Mitzvah Mom Laurie tells us her boys had their bris in the middle of a snow storm, so she wasn’t surprised with the timing of this winter storm! To spite the weather, she has this advice, “Enjoy every minute of it – it goes by so fast.  And remember it’s your child’s day!!!  Make the party one THEY will enjoy… and remember, they are 13!”




Here is a list of the Mitzvah Vendors who helped make the Kratz B’nei Mitzvah special. If you call any of them, please let them know you read about their services on Thanks!


Venue: Salem Golf Club: 914-669-5485
KDW Entertainment/Kevin Williams 917-797-7062
Décor/florist: Brian William Event Decorators/Brian Serino 845-628-0614
Favors: Promowear/Andrea Bromwell 561-372-0505
Photographer: Mitzvah Gallery – By Peanut Portraits Phillip Callaci 914-232-4222
Party Entertainment: Photo booth/PhotoChe 917-698-1293
John Stevens 1-866-724-4425
Invitation: Small Fry Press/Andrea Kronthal 914-747-6668
Cake: All Things Creative/Jessica Manfro 845-264-1008
Gym Lockers: Global Industrial
Decor on Lockers/Direction Cards/Envelopes: Chives Creative
Dresses for family members: Saks Fifth Avenue/Nordstroms
Suits for family members: Lubins/Rothman’s 914 -428-5725
Hair: Regina at Billy’s of Mount Kisco 914-666-9078
Makeup: Steven Lawrence 917-658-6059
Transportation: Chappaqua Transportation 914-238-4404
Party security: Provided by Salem Golf Club

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