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Maddie’s Bat Mitzvah Service in Bethesda

I love when I get to be part of the service portion of the Bat Mitzvah in addition to the party. Maddie’s family decided to have her Bat Mitzvah service in their Bethesda home. They worked closely with their rabbi to craft a service that felt intimate, personal and so full of love. One of the best parts of having …

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Ask the Vendor: Maryland Photo Video

I’m so excited to start a new feature, “Ask the vendor.” Today, Josh Barry of Maryland Photo Video is answering a pressing photography question. Q: How long does it take to receive photographs from a professional photographer? My daughter’s Bat Mitzvah was a month ago, but the photographer has only sent me 5 photos with his logo on them.  Why is …

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Pop Color Vendor: John Farr Lighting Design

I had the pleasure of working with John Farr, Founder and President of John Farr Lighting Design, at a recent Bat Mitzvah and I was blown away by the depth of his knowledge and his experience at so many venues in the DC-metro area. It makes sense–his business is celebrating its twentieth year. Wow! Read on to learn more about how …

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Maddie’s Rustic Bat Mitzvah at Rocklands Farm in Poolesville, MD

Maddie’s family was the absolute sweetest and I loved working with them to put together Maddie’s special day. They also had a lovely, personal Bat Mitzvah service in their home, so stay tuned for images from that. The family wanted something a little bit different than the typical Bat Mitzvah, so a barn with additional seating in a tent fit …

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Reisa’s Bat Mitzvah at Pinstripes Pike and Rose Bethesda

I loved working with Reisa and her family for her feminine orange and pink Bat Mitzvah party at Pinstripes Pike and Rose in Bethesda. Reisa wanted a bright and colorful party to fit her spunky personality and her mom wanted to ensure it felt elegant and youthful. I think we created that look with a mix of real and paper …

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Creating a Play List and Do Not Play List

  Your Bar or Bat Mitzvah should be all about YOUR family. That’s why it is so important to communicate your preferences to your vendors. We want to throw the party that will reflect your family and wows you. A great way to do this with your MC or DJ is to provide them with a list of music selections. …

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James’s Game-Filled Bar Mitzvah Party at Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner

I had a blast working with James and his family for his game and balloon-filled Bar Mitzvah party at Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner. James wasn’t a big dancer but he loved games! We came up with the theme, James Likes Games where each word described the party. It also highlighted his initials – JG. This theme was great because it …

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5 Steps to Prepping Photos for Your Mitzvah Montage

Everyone loves a good montage, but it is a lot of work–even if you are hiring someone to do it for you. The most exhausting part is looking through the thousands (millions?) of photos and videos you’ve taken of your child since birth. Give yourself a nice chunk of time to just start looking through your photos. Summer vacation, a …

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Bar or Bat Mitzvah Table Placement Considerations

Your planner, venue or caterer should put together a comprehensive floor plan for your Mitzvah event space including guest table placement. Ideally, they’ll also assign numbers to each of the tables too. However, it is up to you to place guests at tables and situate those tables within the room. This can be trickier than it sounds. Notice the floor …

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Ava’s Whimsical Fantasy Bat Bat Mitzvah Party at ZavaZone

Everything at Ava’s Bat Mitzvah was BIG! From the venue itself to her grand entrance to giant light up bears to unicorn dessert tables, we created a magical tone full of whimsy and fantasy. It was the AvaZone! Guests had a great time playing on ZavaZone’s equipment (high ropes, ninja courses, an indoor roller coaster, climbing walls and more) during …