The Maskell Bat Mitzvah Family Spotlight

The Maskell Bat Mitzvah Family Spotlight

The Maskell family of Muttontown, New York, celebrated daughter Dylan’s Bat Mitzvah service on May 4, 2013, at North Shore Synagogue in Muttontown. The evening celebration took place at Temple Sinai in Roslyn, New York.

Dylan wanted a sophisticated and modern party with only one requirement…plenty of teal!

With a great color palette, clever poems and delicious Mitzvah Exit treats, it was a wonderful evening enjoyed by all. Added bonus: Mom Keri made the amazing Bat Mitzvah cake and treats!


Pictured above (L-R): Dad Sean, Brother Griffin, Sister Riley, Bat Mitzvah girl Dylan and Mom Keri.

The photographer was Hi Tech Photography Events and the rest of the vendor information is listed at the end of the spotlight.




The family worked with Beth Shapiro of Invitations with Love to create a custom invitation in teal and black.


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The invitation was clear acetate that was silk screened in turquoise ink with Dylan’s name in different fonts. The center was black linen silk screened in two colors with rhinestones surrounded by turquoise glitter paper. The back of the invitation featured a pocket for the direction and RSVP cards






Dylan had her service at North Shore Synagogue and immediately following was a brunch for all of the out-of-town guests, family and close friends.


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 Dylan was all smiles on the bimah





 Dylan and her family pose for photographs outside Temple Sinai.




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Dylan twirls in her gown giving a peek at her comfortable footwear

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The beautiful white tulle gown, adorned with crystals and teal accent, from It’s Simply for You

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 The whole family looked great





Hi Tech Photography Events created the modern decor in teal, the Bat Mitzvah girl’s favorite, using black and silver accents.



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 The seating chart, which resembled the invitation was a focal point in turquoise glitter surrounded by teal votives and blinged-out candles


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The illuminated bar with Dylan’s name and logo

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Stylish and fun pre-Mitzvah portraits of Dylan lined the ballroom

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 The entire ballroom was lit with blue up-lighting that created a bright, crisp palette 

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 There were alternating centerpieces with feathers and hanging crystals. Check out the chair backs in sequins!


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 This centerpiece featured teal LED crystals in a black trumpet vase with black feathers

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On the communal tables, there were silver sequin table runners with illuminated Manzanita branches decorated with hanging votive candles and crystals 

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The wall above the buffet was all about Dylan with fabulous photographs from the pre-shoot





Details galore at this party starting with the out-of-town goodie bags. There was photo-fetti on the cocktail tables, specialty drinks with custom cups, customized water bottles and ear plugs for those seated too close to the dance floor.



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The out-of-towners bags included water, goodies, directions to the temple, to the brunch and to the party; each with a handwritten note from Dylan

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Vases of varying heights added interest to the table decor. Notice the taller vase with the same graphic treatment from Dylan’s invitation, very cool! 

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Photo-fetti decorated the tables in the cocktail hour 

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DYLightful signature drinks in honor of Dylan

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Custom beverage cups with Dylan’s name and logo used for drinking during a surprise performance later in the party

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Custom water bottles with Dylan’s logo and the words Dance Past Midnight (for her initials) were given to guests when Dylan made her entrance

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Using the graphics from the invitation, these custom mint tins were created by REM Products

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Ear plugs were available for guests sitting near the dance floor





Using similar graphics from the invitation, Hi Tech Photography Events created custom vinyl clings to decorate the sign-in door from Dylan’s bedroom closet.



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The front of the door

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The back of the door signed and ready to be put back on Dylan’s closet





Dylan came in on the shoulders of the dancers and then did a back-flipped for her guests.



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 Dylan entered into the ballroom on the shoulders of the dancers






The EJ the DJ team, led by MC Kershal, had everyone on the dance floor all night! Also, Dylan sang for her guests.



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Dylan was up in the chair…

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…so was Dad Sean

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The dancers, along with MC Kershal, posed with Dylan

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Dylan, surround by her friends, sang “Cups” from the movie “Pitch Perfect” using her custom cups


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 Guests and dancers had fun striking a pose





Lots of fun SWAG with Dylan’s logo was out on the dance floor including baseball hats, pajama pants, shorts and bandanas.



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 Hats for those who lifted chairs during the Horah and for crazy dancers

White boxer shorts looked great with the teal logo

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Guests received cozy pajama pants too!




Adam (Realman) Rinn wowed guests. Mom Keri found him at a Mitzvah Market Celebrate! Party Showcase.



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Adam performing: Now that’s a “hard act to swallow”



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A labor of love, Mom Keri made the cake!!! She also made chocolate covered Oreos, (colored to match decor), that were put on the dessert table.


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The beautiful multi-layered cake

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Mom Keri made chocolate covered Oreos to match the color palette

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 These whipped bite cupcakes are from Whipped Creperie & Dessert Bar





Guests received a picture of themselves with the Bat Mitzvah girl taken during the candle lighting ceremony.



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 The low floating votive candles were used for the candle lighting

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 A nice shot of the Maskell family

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 Dylan surrounded by her friends





 Bat Mitzvah girl Dylan and her dad danced to Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.”


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A special moment

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 Parents Sean and Keri toasted Dylan during the party





Michelle of Creative Specialties created the cool favors for Dylan’s friends. There were lacrosse shorts for boys and cut/ripped cropped t-shirts for girls. Limited edition sweatshirts were made for immediate family and a few friends.



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Maskell favorThe front of the girls’ shirt

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…and the back with Dylan’s initial’s highlighted in teal





Mom Keri and Dylan purchased the goodies for the teal colored candy bar.



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Lots of great treats were placed in the guests’ cars: slippers with a cute poem in the cars for moms and key chains were hung by the valet staff for dads.  Toothbrushes were a must after all those delicious sweets and candy bar!



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  Since both Mom and Dad are dentists, there were personalized toothbrushes for everyone when they left


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 “THX 4 Coming!!” key chains

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 Slippers for the moms on the front seat of each car

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A poem from Dylan on each pair of slippers




Dylan’s Mitzvah project was to raise money for The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. A very close family friend has a son who was recently diagnosed with this disease. Dylan thought of a way to use her gymnastics skills to raise money. They had rubber bracelets made up that said “iflip 4 Jack” “Help find a cure.” The family also did a walk-a-thon for “Team Jack” as well.


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 The Maskell family had rubber bracelets made up that said “iflip 4 Jack” “Help find a cure.” The bracelets were sold for $3 and each and every time someone bought a bracelet, Dylan did a back-handspring flip for them!




Some advice from Mom Keri:
“It is never too early to start planning! The most clever thing I did was ride on the coat tails of my friend whose daughter’s Bat Mitzvah was 2 months prior to mine. I figured that if I did everything that she did at the same time – I would be stress free the weeks prior to my own. Well, it WORKED! I really kept to a “fake timeline” and even pressured my vendors, dress fittings, etc. to be on the same page. I’m so glad I did it that way. It allowed me to take in the week leading up to the Bat Mitzvah. It was busy enough the week of, so without the added stress of any last minute details — I really took it all in, sat back and let this amazing day carry the momentum the entire week. Some other advice — clip coupons and buy when things go on sale! Baskets at Michael’s, socks at Modell’s, etc. And last, if you can DYI – it saves a ton of money, it only costs a little time and the rewards are so gratifying. Doing so much of it myself and with Dylan gave us such a great feeling.




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


Venue: Temple Sinai, 516-621-6800
Party Planner: Mom Keri
Decor/Flip Books: Hi Tech Photography Events, 631-923-2260 
: MC Kershel, EJ the DJ, 800- 358-4335
Invitation: Invitations with Love, Beth Shapiro, 516-314-7298
Favor Sweatshirts/Lacrosse shorts: Creative Specialties, Michelle, 516-348-1346
Party Entertainment: Strongman Adam Rinn, Adam Real Man
Cake: Baked by Mom Keri
door/Cling-ons: Hi Tech Photography Events, 631-923-2260
Table Decor: Photo-fetti, 866-496-3168
Dance floor give-aways: Creative Specialties, Michelle, 516-348-1346
Custom mint tins: Jeff,
REM Products
Rubber bracelets:
Michelle Collins, 516-459-6495
: Mom Keri known as Dr. Keri
Cupcakes: Whipped Creperie & Dessert Bar, 732-747-0076
Modell’s Sporting Goods
Creative Specialists, 516-348-1346
Custom water bottles: Tailor Made Water, 516-686-6821
Bat Mitzvah girl Dylan’s dress: It’s Simply For You, 516-921-2863
Sister Riley’s dress: It’s Simply For You, 516-921-2863
Mom Keri’s dress
: Mieka, 516-200-5501
Hotel for guests: The Roslyn Hotel, 516-625-2700
Make-up: Filis Forman, 212-580-0687







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