On May 17th, 2014, Rebecca celebrated her Bat Mitzvah with a ceremony and evening party at the Westmoreland Country Club. The Havdalah ceremony took place in the evening and was led by Rabbi Donni. Friends and family gathered to help Rebecca celebrate her religious milestone.
The evening party was held in the ballroom, where the dance floor separated the kids seating arrangements from the adults’. Upon completion of the ceremony, the adults were invited into the elegant living room where cocktails and hor d’oeuvres were served including their signature cocktail, the “Big Apple-tini” which was a nod to her event theme-New York City.
Rebecca chose a New York City theme for her Bat Mitzvah, because she loves traveling to New York City with her family and enjoys the city itself. Laurie Lieb of Festivities dazzled with her custom décor. Decorations included an outstanding balloon arch reading “Becca” in silver balloons with red and black balloons to accompany it. Centerpieces for the kid’s tables were oversized balloon arrangements held down by large shiny red apples. For the adult tables, centerpieces were a variation of prominent street signs in New York City and replications of the Empire State Building elevated on a 4 foot pole with details at the bases including mini shopping bags from Becca’s favorite NYC stores, large red apples, miniature replica statues of the Statue of Liberty and photo cutouts of Becca placed atop photos of Becca’s favorite NYC spots. Red tea lights were placed throughout the venue and lit for a more elegant experience.
One of our favorite décor elements was the escort table. A 6 foot tall Statue of Liberty replica was positioned in the living room on a large round table covered in a black vinyl table cloth to replicate street black top. The escort cards were tented on top of mini yellow taxi cabs placed around the table looking like a traffic jam of NYC taxi cabs circling the Statue of Liberty.
The food selections were connected with the theme as well. The adults ate from stations representing foods from NYC neighborhoods including China Town, Little Italy and South Street Seaport.
The children attending the bat mitzvah were invited into a separate section of the ballroom where various vendors were waiting to kick off Becca’s after party. Kids were invited to the dance floor by DJ Alex Foster from Soundtastic Enterprises, who provided an impressive mix of upbeat music and various games for guests to enjoy. Vendors for the evening included ELF Entertainment which provided a shootout basketball game, as well as a green screen display so that guests could take pictures and be placed in front of impressive scenes such as Times Square. Entertainment Unlimited airbrushed t-shirts for guests all night, with exciting designs to pick from.
Towards the end of the night, a s’mores bar, catered by Bella Christie, allowed guests to roast their own marshmallows over a delicate flame. The s’mores bar included different flavored gourmet marshmallows and spreads to create a customized s’more experience for each person. This was not the only dessert provided, however. During the celebration, doors opened to an entire dessert room complete with custom candy station provided by Pittsburgh Candy Buffet, an ice cream sundae bar, and displays of mini cupcakes. Adults and children were able to take a specialty candy box labeled, “Becca’s Candy Bar” and fill it with the numerous candy types.
Becca’s Bat Mitzvah was branded with a custom logo. The logo was an “I (heart) NY” theme and included the title “Becca’s Bat Mitzvah” and the date of the event. The stylish logo was first introduced on the ceremony programs which were designed with a cover that looked like a Broadway Playbill. The logo was also used in the following ways: printed on fondant and placed atop the mini cupcakes, on the plasma screen flanking the DJ, and printed on the drawstring bag giveaways for kids. This branding was a perfect tie-in to the entire NYC party theme.