Chanukah, Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah Gift Guide

I love when blogs I read round up gifts for a holiday gift guide, so here are some of my favorite Chanukah and Mitzvah gift ideas for all ages. See below the infographic for links to purchase your favorites.

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1. Deck the halls with matzo balls sweatshirt is cute/hilarious/ironic for an ugly sweater party or for the eight nights of Hanukah if you’re bold!

2. Want to be a bit more subtle with your Chanukah flair? These menorah socks will add some light to your step,

3. Looking for something completely unique? A custom invitation pillow will knock their (menorah) socks off!

4. I got one of these as a new baby gift and I’m in love! A Bar Mitzvah Onesie or a Bat Mitzvah Onesie are such a cute gift for a brand new little one.

5. This rollin with my homies dreidel shirt is the perfect word play for Hanukkah. I think my son would look adorable in it!

6. Love me some Sammy Spider! This time our favorite Jewish spider is showing us about Bar Mitzvahs.

7. Another creative way to showcase a Bar or Bat Mitzvah invitation is with a custom shadow box.

8. Add a little mazel and sparkle to your life with mazel temporary tattoos . These would also work well for a tattoo bar at your Bar or Bat Mitzvah party or you could work with this company to create your own custom tattoos!

Hope this guide helps you find the perfect Chanukah, Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah gift for someone on your list!

Pop Color Thanks! Second Year Edition

Pop Color Events has so much to be thankful for this year. Here's a list of people and things who deserve the biggest THANK YOU!!! | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA

With tomorrow being Thanksgiving, I won’t be publishing my usual Thursday blog post. Instead, I’m about to get a bit personal and share some of the things I’m most thankful for this year. It’s been a big year for my family, as we welcomed our second son, Jonah Rhys on September 18. Running a Pop Color Events with a very little one (he’s 9 weeks old!) has been challenging, exciting and tiring. I have much to be grateful for this year.

My husband

Chad is an amazing husband and co-parent. As I build Pop Color Events, it’s a lot of nights and weekends, but he never complains about the time he spends solo parenting. He loves our boys more than I ever could have imagined and I feel so lucky to have him to raise my children with. He listens to me hash out new ideas, encourages me to keep going when I’m unsure and helps me see the positive in everything.

My boys

Being a mom of two is a balancing act, but I’m lucky to have such amazing kids. Levi has taken to being a big brother so naturally. And Jonah is a champ for sleeping through the night starting at about 5 weeks (hopefully I haven’t jinxed myself!). I feel so blessed to have 2 happy, healthy boys who have so many exciting things ahead of them.

My extended family

I’m so thankful to my parents, sister and in-laws for their help in a very busy November and (upcoming) December. Over the past year, they’ve been an extra set of hands to help set up and staff events, watch my children during busy times and we’ve had a lot to celebrate. I’m so thankful for their love, support and willingness to drive down south.

My Clients

Without you there would be no Pop Color Events. Thank you for allowing me to help you plan such an important day in your lives. Thank you for your trust, humor and honesty. I am so lucky to work with and for such amazing people!

Colleagues

Working from home can be lonely, but I’ve met so many amazing vendors.  Between networking groups and the Facebook group I started for Bar/Bat Mitzvah Vendors, I’ve learned so much and made many new friends. And that facebook group I started? It’s nearly 400 members strong and has vendors from all over the country.

Opportunities for growth

This year has presented some exciting new experiences which have allowed me to grow personally and professionally. I’m most proud of my first styled shoot and my first published magazine article. I participated in my first vendor showcase and several vendor conferences and virtual trainings. There have been challenges and set backs, but I know both my business and I are stronger for it.

Here’s to another year of things to be thankful for!

Candle Lighting Ceremony-Yes or No?

Should you have a candle lighting ceremony as part of your child's Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah party? Here are some pros and cons. | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA

Candle lighting ceremonies have long been a part of Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah celebrations (psst. Want to know more about what a candle lighting ceremony is? I got you covered). I mean, I remember being a slightly awkward 13-year-old and standing in front of a cake calling up family and friends to light candles. However, the tide seems to be turning. Less than half of the Bar or Bat Mitzvahs that I’ve done in the last year have included one. Should you have a candle lighting ceremony? Here are some pros and cons so that you can make the choice.

Pros to a candle lighting ceremony

A candle lighting ceremony is a way to publically honor people who have been important in your child’s life. Yes, there are other opportunities to honor family and friends–aliyahs, kiddush, motzi, etc., but they are limited. Candle lighting ceremonies allow ALL of those people to get their moment in the sun.

Along the same lines, a candle lighting ceremony is a great photo opportunity. Time is limited to get photos of your child with friends and family and this will ensure you get at least 1 image of the most important people.

Cons to a candle lighting ceremony

A candle lighting ceremony can take a long time. Each candle requires honoree(s) to walk to the table, light the candle, give the Mitzvah child a hug and then take a photo. Multiply that by 13 and you’ve easily taken at least 20-25 minutes from your party. That’s time you and your child could be dancing, playing games or shmoozing with friends. It’s also more than enough time for your guests (especially the tweens) to get antsy, chat with each other and stop paying attention.

These ceremonies can exclude people and make them feel left out or uncomfortable. Imagine sitting and waiting to see if you’ve made the cut to be called up to light a candle, especially as a pre-teen. How would you feel if you waited and were never called?

Things to consider

There are a few things you should consider when making the decision of whether or not to have a candle lighting ceremony. First, how comfortable is your child speaking in front of a group? Next, there is a lot of preparation that needs to happen prior to the ceremony. Who will write the poems/speeches for each candle? What song will play as the honoree walks up? What will the candelabra look like? Who will set everything up? Also, will you be having a photo montage? A montage is a much shorter way to honor family and friends by showing photos of special times with special people. Finally, what kind of party do you want? Do you want people to be up and dancing or do you want to have a more subdued party?

Need help deciding if you should do a candle lighting ceremony? Pop Color Events can help!

 

You get what you pay for in Mitzvahs

Think hiring a Bar or Bat Mitzvah professional is expensive? Try hiring an amateur! Paying for experience will make your party run smoothly | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VAThink hiring a Bar or Bat Mitzvah professional is expensive? Try hiring an amateur!

I see parents balk at prices for different Mitzvah-related vendors, wondering why they’re so expensive. Of course, there are a ton of variables that can cause a difference in pricing, but one of the things you’re paying for is your vendors’ experience in both their field and in Bar or Bat Mitzvahs. That experience is absolutely priceless to you in making your event run smoothly.

These scenarios keep me up at night: The band who has never done a Jewish event before and learned the hora, just for you. The family friend who has a great camera and wants to get into events. Your co-worker’s son who DJs school dances. The restaurant who wants to get into the catering and is giving you a deal.

You see the savings and I see all of the potential pitfalls. Talent inexperienced in Mitzvahs? Leads to a hora where people are awkwardly standing around and not sure what do. Your friend whose never shot an event before? He doesn’t know where to be to get the right photo when you need it. He doesn’t have the experience in the lighting to catch you in the most flattering way and your photos suffer for it. The DJ who does school dances? He don’t know how to engage both adults and kids at the same time; half your crowd stays off the dance floor because the music isn’t right. That restaurant? Its staff doesn’t know how to pace a meal for 150 and it comes out cold and mushy.

The reality is that you get what you pay for. Is saving money really worth it so you can be someone’s learning experience? Let someone else be their guinea pig. Hire a professional if you want professional results.

Contact me and I can recommend wonderful, professional vendors who will create an amazing Mitzvah experience for your family.

Pop Color Vendor: Marvelous Montages

Montages are a special part of many Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, but you may not know that there are companies that are devoted solely to designing those awesome Montages. Marvelous Montages creates unique, one of a kind montages that you really do have to see to believe. Marlene, Graphic Designer of Marvelous Montages does amazing things that I’ve never seen in another montage. She actually animates your still photographs to bring them to life, as well as helps you select the perfect songs to compliment your images. One of the great things about what she does is that everything can be completed online or in the mail so wherever you are in the country, or even overseas, you too can have your very own Marvelous Montage! Here’s Marlene to tell you a bit more:

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Why did you start Marvelous Montages?

Growing up in my family’s photography business, I have been around and assisted with Mitzvahs and special occasions since I little! This naturally grew into my taking pictures and designing artwork for foto favors and also to designing albums of the celebrations. About 10 years ago, I began designing montages as well. I have always loved being creative and artistic and have studied graphic design, so all these areas have given me an outlet to use that creativity.

What’s your favorite part of what you do?

I love bringing people’s pictures to life! A photo montage opens up a world of possibilities to experience your pictures in ways that you do not get by looking at them in a photo album. In a montage, people can be moving in a picture against the background, fireworks can come alive in your July 4th photo, the clouds in the sky can be moving in that fantastic vacation photo you have… and so much more! It’s wonderful to creatively tell the stories of your photos and present to you an imaginative, well-balanced, exciting video keepsake for you to treasure.

What’s your pop color–that something special that makes you, you?

I definitely have an enthusiasm for designing and I love bringing that to your photo montage! I really invest in your montage and respect your photos – seeing how to best bring the stories in your pictures to the screen so the creativity looks natural, fun, unexpected at times, and shines with a sprinkle of “razzle dazzle” throughout! In a nice email I received from a montage family, they said that I “put (my) heart and soul into (my) work”. It’s nice to know that families see the care given to their pictures and are very appreciative of their Marvelous Montage.

What’s your favorite moment of a Bar or Bat Mitzvah?

In addition to the playing of the montage, I think the speech by the parents is always a wonderful part of a Mitzvah. Mom and Dad get to express how proud they are of their child and it is always a moving part of the celebration.

What questions should parents ask someone in your field?

Some questions parents can ask: Are your montages usually all the same layout/style or is each montage designed uniquely based on the pictures you receive? What does the price include and are there items that are additional – adding captions, fixing red-eye or minor dust/scratches, etc. What samples do you have that are representative of the montage price point I would like to have?  

Need a montage that is unlike anything your guests have ever seen? Visit Marvelous Montages, follow on Facebook to see her most recent work or visit her Pinterest page for montage inspiration.

Bar or Bat Mitzvah Kiddush Luncheon

Bar or Bat Mitzvah Kiddush Luncheon 101 | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VAAfter a morning Bar or Bat Mitzvah service, it’s traditional to have a little nosh for your guests in the form of a Kiddush Luncheon (sometimes spelled Kiddish).

What is a Kiddush Luncheon?

A Kiddush Luncheon is an opportunity to gather with friends and family immediately following your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah service and do something very Jewish–eat! Since it is Shabbat and traditional Jews do not use an oven, the luncheon usually consists of a cold, dairy meal including platters of bagels, cream cheese, lox, egg salad, tuna salad, fruit salad and/or cookies. There is usually a specific place at each synagogue where this happens, a Social Hall, Multi-purpose room or similar.

Sometimes a Kiddush Luncheon can feel like an afterthought in a Bar or Bat Mitzvah weekend since an evening party takes much more time and effort to coordinate. However, this is a mistake! While this generally a low-key portion of the Bar or Bat Mitzvah weekend, there are still a lot of logistics to think through–everything from who will be serving and cleaning up the food to how the room will be decorated. You want to take good care of your guests and make sure that the Kiddush Luncheon gets them excited for the evening party still to come!

It’s also a great opportunity to greet your guests in a less formal way, as well as for them to catch up with each other. Encourage your child to mingle more with relatives and adult guests at the luncheon, so for your evening party, he or she can focus on their friends.

Questions to ask your synagogue about a Kiddush Luncheon

Traditions related to Kiddush Luncheons are a little different at every synagogue, so you’ll definitely want to see what the norm is at your congregation. Here are some questions to ask:

  • Is this a Kiddush Luncheon included as part of my Bar or Bat Mitzvah fee?
  • If so, what is included in the luncheon? Is it possible for me to upgrade the food or other options at my expense?
  • If not, is there the option to use a space at the synagogue? How much is the rental fee?
  • What is the procedure to rent space for a Kiddush Luncheon?
  • Am I expected to have food for anyone who comes to services or is this a private function for my guests only?
  • Is there a group at the synagogue who is available to assist with a Kiddush Luncheon? (Sometimes the Sisterhood offers this as a service.)
  • If my child has a partner for their service, can we/do we have to share a Kiddush Luncheon with them?

Why you WOULDN’T host a Kiddush Luncheon.

There are a few reason why you wouldn’t have a Kiddush Luncheon as part of your Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebration. First, if you’re having an afternoon/early evening Bar or Bat Mitzvah service (sometimes called a Mincha or Havdalah service), you’ll just go right into an evening celebration and skip it entirely. Second, if you’re having an afternoon party, a Kiddush Luncheon is not necessary since you’ll feed your guests at the party itself.

Pop Color Events can help with your Kiddush Luncheon! Contact us to find out how.

Pop Color Vendor: Electric Entertainment LLC

I’m excited to introduce Brian Wasser, CEO of Electric Entertainment LLC. Brian is a true nice Jewish boy who, along with his awesome team, will take amazing care of you and ensure your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah is world class. Not only can they provide your MC and DJ, but you can also use Electric Entertainment for lighting, lounge furniture, draping and novelties. Working with Electric Entertainment is an easy way to check many items off of your planning to do list. Here’s Brian to share a bit about who he is and what he does:

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How did you get started with Electric Entertainment?

Believe it or not, I started Electric Entertainment with my Bar Mitzvah money.  Like most Jewish kids, I went to sleepaway camp during the summer.  We had these terrible camp dances where the counselors would play music, the boys would sit on one side of the room and the girls on the other.  No one did anything.  I always loved to dance and perform, so I happened to have The Macarena on cassette tape with me at camp.  I gave it to the counselors and told them to play it and I would teach everyone how to do it (it was hot and new at the time!  Don’t ask…).  Anyway, I grabbed the mic and the rest was history.  After camp ended, campers would ask me if I would DJ their party back home.  When I got home, I took my Bar Mitzvah money, bought some basic equipment, and Electric Entertainment was born!

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What’s your favorite part of what you do?

By far my favorite part is being able to give families a memory they will have forever.  Watching smiles on faces and getting people outside of their comfort zone to have an amazing time is such an awesome feeling.  I will never forget a mom hugging me after a party, saying she never thought her son would be up on stage dancing with me, or a Bat Mitzvah girl asking to pose for a selfie while saying it was the best day of her life.  What’s better than that?

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What’s your pop color–that something special that makes you, you?

I think what truly makes me special is that everything I do is innate.  I have never worked for another company nor been trained by anyone.  This is all me, au natural.  I always just did things the way I thought they should be done.  From the MC’s and dancers to the lighting and lounge furniture, I’ve always just had a knack and an eye for what works and what doesn’t, how to make people comfortable, how to set certain moods, and most importantly, how to connect to people on a level way beyond just “packing a dance floor.”  My clients tell me that I “become a member of the family” and that’s what I instill in my staff.  I can’t break dance.  I can’t spin on my head.  I’m 5’7″.  None of that matters when you just KNOW how to make people FEEL GOOD, and that’s what I think truly separates Electric Entertainment from the rest.

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What’s your favorite moment of a Bar or Bat Mitzvah?

My favorite moment at a Bar or Bat Mitzvah happened recently.  I lost my father to liver disease 3 months ago and had a Bar Mitzvah just 2 days after his passing.  My client, of course, told me that I needed to be with my family and grieve my loss.  I told them that the show must go on and I would be at their son’s special day.  Entertaining is my passion, it’s what makes me feel good.  None of those guests care what I am going through.  When I walk through that door, I want to give everyone there the time of their lives.  What made this even more special was that this party was for a family that was also celebrating a different milestone; mom was finally cancer-free!  During the party, I knew I was in a zone honoring my dad.  The photographer came up to see afterward saying it was probably the best show he’d ever seen me at (He’s seen us dozens of times).  But the best moment was after the party ended.  The now cancer-free mom came up to me at the end, gave me a huge hug, and just started crying.  She told me she was so proud of me, but I told her this wasn’t about me.  She was crying because, after all she went through, her family truly had the night of their lives and they felt forever grateful.  I will never forget that hug of emotion or the tears of joy.

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What questions should parents ask someone in your field?

I advise my clients to decide what kind of party they want!  High-energy and action-packed?  More low key and reserved?  More games focused or dancing focused?  Nighttime/NY Style or less flashy?  All of those answers will help narrow the entertainment scope.  

Clients should always ask about Bar and Bat Mitzvah experience.  These parties are a completely different animal than weddings, corporate events, etc.  Maintaining energy and entertainment for 13-year-olds and 50-year-olds at the same time requires unique talent and training.  Ask about what kind of training their staff receives.  Some companies just hire former high school cheerleaders and throw them to the fire.  My company, however, hires only polished and professional dancers.  We also have monthly training sessions where we practice what we do, learn from each other, and go over tools and tricks to maximize the guest experience.  It makes a huge difference, but not every party “needs” that level of talent quality, etc.  They should also ask about meeting their MC before even signing a contract. This could help ensure there’s a connection between the MC and guest of honor, as well as get to know each other and get a feel for his or her personality and style.

When it comes to entertainment and decor, there are various price points for different reasons.  I often use the hotel analogy.  You have the Four Seasons and you have the Hampton Inn.  Both provide a bed and a room while on vacation, but the experiences are completely different, as are the price points.  You have to determine what’s right for you.  I am biased but firmly believe that entertainment can make or break your guest experience and the overall success of your child’s special day.  There are no do-overs.  So long as you do your research and believe your entertainment company aligns with your vision and style for the party, you will have made a good choice.

Need an awesome MC/DJ or help with decor? Visit Electric Entertainment’s website or Facebook to get in contact. Or follow Brian on Twitter or Instagram to see what he’s up to (and some photos of his adorable son!).

Time vs. Money vs. Quality in Bat or Bar Mitzvah Planning

Bar and Bat Mitzvah planning is a constant balance between time, money and quality of the end product | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VABar Mitzvah planning or Bat Mitzvah planning is a constant balance between time, money and quality of the end product. It’s up to each individual family to rank the value of each of these factors and make a decision about how they want to proceed. There are a million ways you can save money from spending hours researching the most budget-friendly vendors to making your own favors or decor. Here are some questions to consider when making the decision.

How much time can you realistically devote to each Bar Mitzvah planning task?

What does your schedule look like and how much will your partner be able to help with the Bar Mitzvah planning? Will hiring a planner help to save you time researching and finding vendors in your preferred price point? Do you have the time to purchase supplies for and create 10+ centerpieces? (Tip: Think about the time it will take to make 1 decor item/centerpiece then multiply by the number you think you’ll need. Then add 10 minutes per item because it will take longer than you think!) Are these the things that you’ll want to spend your free time doing? Are you a procrastinator and will spend the month prior to the event stressed out of your mind?

What does your budget look like?

If you are on a tight budget, DIY may be your best option. However, you need to do your research because it is not always such a huge savings to DIY. Vendors purchase their supplies at wholesale rates and have the experience to work much faster than you can.

What will the quality of the end result be?

If you make your own centerpieces, will they look like you made your own centerpieces? If you hire the most budget DJ or photographer, will the end result scream that you cheaped out? Consider how important the quality of the end result will be to you and decide whether it is worth it to pay a bit more for a true professional.

In Conclusion

Bar Mitzvah planning or Bat Mitzvah planning shouldn’t bankrupt you, but you also should decide how much to pay for convenience and quality. Sometimes the peace of mind in knowing that you have a quality product is worth it in the end.

If you want to save time and get quality vendors, contact me to set up a complimentary consultation.

Pop Color Vendor: It’s MY Party Consignment

I’m thrilled to introduce you to another one of my favorite vendors, Karyn Cramer Hollman, Owner of It’s MY Party Consignment. Karyn’s by appointment only shop allows you and your daughter to have a truly personalized dress shopping experience and find a bargain on a dress that your daughter will wear only once. Or, Karyn will sell your daughter’s once worn Bat Mitzvah dress giving you money back in your pocket. I love that her catchphrase is: “Together, let’s make your daughter feel like the star she is on her Bat Mitzvah!” Here is Karyn to tell you more about It’s MY Party Consignment:

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How did you get started with It’s MY Party Consignment?

It’s MY Party Consignment specializes in dressing the Bat Mitzvah girl for her party and service.  From current to classic we stock an array of affordable and age appropriate attire.  We work to nurture confidence and self-expression through a private, sensitive one on one shopping experience.  While many of the dresses are new, most come from you, recent Bat mitzvah girls.   We consign that (generally pricey) dress, worn once, ever so briefly, the consignee makes some money and a new girl benefits from the cycle!

What’s your favorite part of what you do?

I started It’s MY Party Consignment after years of working with teen and pre-teen girls at the boutique My Best Friends Closet in Rockville. I have seen the joy and stress in their effort to find comfort, style and self-acceptance.  I have also listened with empathy to tales of challenging and costly special occasion dress shopping.  These are young, sensitive teenage girls and not infrequently worried parents watching their daughter grow up in the blink of an eye! I get it!

What’s your pop color–that something special that makes you, you?

Perspective!!!!  Being the mother of sons, I love interacting with girls and their families. In my past life, I was a social worker working with adolescents so I also enjoy being back with this age group and offering support even though it may be a brief encounter.  This perspective has brought joy to my work. From excited, pouty, confident or uncertain these girls light up my day.

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What’s your favorite moment of a Bar or Bat Mitzvah?

There is no one moment but fortunately many!  I love seeing the generations together…doing the aliyahs, blessings and most importantly, on the dance floor!

What questions should parents ask someone in your field?

No one wants shopping to turn into a battle so I recommend being clear with your parameters prior to shopping. Length, cut, price and so on. Keep in mind that straps can always be added to a dress!  It is especially important that your daughter feels comfortable and happy in her dress. We may think a different style or color looks better on her BUT if she is not comfortable, she will not feel at ease.  Joy and confidence IS beautiful!

Want to make money selling your once worn dress OR find a bargain on a dress your daughter will wear once? Contact Karyn at It’s MY Party Consignment!

 

Pop Color Vendor: The Cookie Jar DC

I’m excited to introduce you to Lindsay Larner, Founder/Owner of The Cookie Jar DC. Lindsay makes the yummiest, safe-to-eat cookie dough and she offers a ton of options that you can bring to your event–everything from a cookie dough buffet (try it with ice cream…yum!) to cookie dough pops to custom cookie dough jars for favors. If you’re looking for a unique dessert or favor idea, Lindsay is your girl!

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Why did you start The Cookie Jar DC?

Since I graduated college in 2009, I’ve worked in marketing, communications, and fundraising for a nonprofit and then a DC-based startup. Back in December of last year, I was just looking for something fulfilling to do outside of my day job, which wasn’t doing it for me. I’m actually not a baker and I don’t particularly love to cook, but I LOVE food, especially desserts. I wanted to play around with something that was fun and unique. Something I loved but couldn’t really find anywhere. I love cookies, so I started there. Like a lightbulb, the idea of making edible cookie dough came to me. Knowing my personality, a hobby can’t stay a hobby for long. I started selling it at apartment buildings, and people were digging it. So I signed up for a commercial kitchen, and one thing led to another…a business was born!

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What’s your favorite part of what you do?

While everyone is different and you can’t make everyone happy all the time, there are certain things that just click. I love finding those things (usually from customer feedback) and then executing on them. For example, I received a lot of feedback in the very beginning when I started The Cookie Jar DC that people wanted the cookie dough delivered to them. As a result, you can now order cookie dough on UberEATS 5-7 nights a week.

What’s your pop color–that something special that makes you, you?

I know who I am from the inside out and I’m confident in that, but I’m also self-aware and I recognize when I need feedback or advice. This has manifested many times in my business. I often have very strong opinions about The Cookie Jar DC, from big things like where I want the company to go to more detailed (and arguably minute) things like what kind of spoons I want. But I’m always open to suggestions and feedback from others because I know I don’t have all the answers.

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What’s your favorite moment of a Bar or Bat Mitzvah?

I love hearing the Bar/Bat Mitzvah chant their Torah portion. You’ll see teens who would be so embarrassed to sing in front of their friends or family, and there they are chanting in front of the entire congregation.

What questions should parents ask someone in your field?

For cookie dough specifically, parents should make sure the product is safe. We don’t use eggs, and we also use a heat treated flour. This makes the product 100% safe to consume raw.

Want to learn more about The Cookie Jar DC? Visit her website,  FacebookTwitter, Instagram or Pinterest.

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