The Ryder Bat Mitzvah Family Spotlight

The Ryder Bat Mitzvah Family Spotlight

The Ryder Family from Long Grove, Illinois celebrated their daughter Melanie’s Bat Mitzvah service on June 11th, 2011 at Congregation Beth Am in Buffalo Grove and on June 12th with a Sunday evening reception at the Wyndam Glenview Suites in Glenview, Illinois.

Mitzvah Mom Jill is an event planner and has great ideas and thoughts to share with our readers from planning her daughter’s “Enchanted Evening” themed Bat Mitzvah.

We thank them for sharing their special celebration with our readers.

Pictured: L-R: Mitzvah Mom Jill, younger sister Chloe, Bat Mitzvah girl Melanie, older sister Jordan and Mitzvah Dad Adam.

Lee Ross Photography took all the pictures and the rest of the vendor information is listed at the bottom of this spotlight.

One side of Melanie’s beautiful invitation that was created by Jamie Joffe featured fuschia with black print, accented with a black bow and grey flowers with a pearl center.

Ryder Invite


Melanie on the Bimah at Congregation Beth Am in Buffalo Grove, Illinois.

Ryder service


Stamp - Mitzvah Decor

For Melanie’s Enchanted Evening, M&M The Special Events Company which Mitzvah Mom Jill works for,  created centerpieces with gorgeous floral and branches dripping with crystals and butterflies as well as trees around the room. There was also dramatic lighting which really enhanced the theme.

Ryder Decor

The room is ready for guests

Ryder decor
The lounge area with crisp white furniture and fuchsia accents

Ryder Lounge decor

Melanie striking a pose before the guests arrive

Ryder Decor

The kid’s tables were pushed together to form two large flowers. The kids sat at the pedals with fuchsia lamour linen and orange lamour napkins and cushions

Ryder Decor

Elegant cinnamon bichon linens were used for the adult tables with fuchsia lamour napkins and fuchsia seat cushions


The place card table is usually the first thing your guests will see. Melanie’s set the tone for her Enchanted Evening themed celebration.

Ryder place cards

The place card table featured a beautiful tree with butterflies and crystals hanging from the branches

Ryder place cards

The large fushia “M” made a statement and each place card was actually a pen with a gerber daisy glued on top. The pen said “Melanie’s Enchanted Evening”


Mom Jill made the centerpieces on the kids tables and some of the large trees around the room. She was so glad to get the trees out of her living room and over to the party! She felt like she was living in a forest for quite a while!

Ryder Decor
Melanie standing proudly next to the adult tables with the beautiful crystals hanging from the centerpieces

Ryder details
Mom Jill rented these great charger plates from her company, M&M The Special Event Company. She also found these cute flower hair bands that guests could keep and used them for napkin rings. Mom Jill wore her hair band that night as a bracelet!




Melanie “makes her entrance” into the party by walking on a custom cobblestone path.


Ryder Make An Entrance

Here she is…

Ryder decor/make an entrance
The cobblestone path led right to the dance floor which also had street lamps on each corner


Stamp - Mitzvah Music


The music entertainment was provided by H.Y.P.E. Productions with MC’s Rob and Chicken Wing.



Ryder DJ

Melanie enjoying herself with the dancers from H.Y.P.E. Productions

Ryder DJ
Melanie’s moment up in the chair surrounded by her family and friends!




Melanie’s friends received shirts from Promotional Product Partners. The pink tank tops with yellow and orange accents were for the girls. The boys received orange T-shirts with the same logo, “Melanie’s Enchanted Evening.”


Ryder favor

Mom Jill has this tip: “When printing the giveaways, I used two inks and put the more girly stuff in one color, so when it came time to print the boys I only used the one ink minus the flowers”

Ryder friends

Melanie’s friends pose wearing their fabulous giveaways




Get Flipped Chicago was part of the entertainment at the party.  The guests moved around while they took pictures and then those pictures created a mini flipbook that guests took home.



Ryder photo booth

The three sisters enjoying the photo props


Stamp - Mitzvah Cake


The Wyndham Glenview Suites brought in these beautiful cupcakes from Rolf’s Bakery that had butterflies on them and look like works of art!


Ryder cake




Guests enjoyed a colorful candy bar.



Ryder candy bar




Some advice from Mitzvah Mom Jill who works on the decor side of the business:
“As an event planner for M&M The Special Events Company, I plan Bar/Bat Mitzvahs all the time helping people and event planners pick out linens, chairs, and anything decor related. I know it’s easy for clients to get carried away. Pick and choose where you can spend your money to get the biggest bang for your buck. I listened to my own advice when planning my daughter’s party, I think the lighting is key for setting the mood.  Also, listen to your child and find a theme that suits them. My daughter just wanted beautiful and elegant and that is what we did. She is shy and I did not want to over power her, I just wanted to create an Enchanted Evening that she would never forget.”

Stamp Vendor's Directory

The following Mitzvah vendors made Melanie’s Bat Mitzvah celebration special. If you call any of them, please let them know you read about their services on

Venue: The Wyndham Glenview Suites, Glenview, Illinois 847-803-99800
Party Planner: Jamie Joffe 708-799-9383
Music Entertainment: H.Y.P.E. Productions 708-895-1400
Jamie Joffee
The company Mitzvah Mom Jill works for  M&M The Special Events Company 630-871-9999
Party Entertainment: Get Flipped Chicago 847-272-7865
Lee Ross Photography 847-786-4400
Videographer: Elbaum Video Productions 847-607-0772
Promotional Product Partners 888-772-6674
Through the Wydham Hotel Rolf’s Patisserie 847-675-6565
Betsey Johnson and Jessica McClintock

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