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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 …

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Ask the Planner: Do I Need a Second Photographer?

Hi Brynne, My photographer is telling me that I should add a second photographer (he actually called it a second shooter) for my son’s Bar Mitzvah. I’ve never heard of this. Is he trying to upsell me or do I actually need one? Thanks! A second photographer, also called a second shooter, is nice to have, but not always necessary for your child’s …

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Jacob’s Under Armour Bar Mitzvah at Four Seasons Baltimore

Jacob’s family was just about the sweetest you could imagine and they cleaned up pretty good as you can see.  He had a very clear vision to “littify” his Under Armour-themed Bar Mitzvah. And it was lit. MC Purnell rocked the house, Mom and Jacob surprised everyone with a choreographed dance number and guests enjoyed the legendary Four Seasons hospitality. …

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Mitzvah Trivia Dance Floor Game

Tweens love Mitzvah games and an all-time favorite is Mitzvah trivia about the guest of honor. No one knows more about him or her than you, so your MC will probably ask you in advance to come up with some questions. I recommend having Mitzvah trivia questions broken up into easy questions, medium questions, hard questions and super hard questions. …