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MITZVAH & PARTY IDEAS

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1. Introduction 3 2. Mitzvah Themes & Styles 5 3. Color Trends 7 4. Décor 95 Invitations 13 6. Music & Entertainment 17 7. Interactive Entertainment 19 8. Catering 22 9. Mitzvah Cakes 2510. Desserts 2711. Kippot 3112. Tallit 3213. Favors 3414. High-Tech Mitzvahs 3615. Mitzvah Projects 3816. Charity / Green Mitzvahs 3917. Bonus – 20 Sources Of Inspiration From The Experts 41

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TABLE OFContents

Photo  Credits  (Cover  from  Top  Le-):  Swank  Produc9ons,  A  Magic  Moment,  H&H  Photographers,  A  Magic  Moment,  Sara  Renee  Events,  Dan  Aguirre  Photography  via  NM  Events,  Dance  Time  Entertainment,  A  Magic  Moment

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MITZVAHIntroduction

Personalized. Meaningful. Creative. FUN!

These  are   the  words  to  describe  today’s  bat  &  bar  mitzvahs.  Families  are  thinking  outside  of  the  box  to  capture  the  teen’s  essence  in  recep9ons  that  exude  elegance  and  style.

We   can’t   wait   to   tell   you   about   all   of   the   exci9ng   b’nai  mitzvah  trends  and   ideas   from   industry   experts.    But  before  we  dive  in,  please  keep  in  mind…  

Your  child’s   bat/bar  mitzvah   should   reflect   their   personality  and   interests.   Sure,   the   nightclub   theme   is   fun   and  sophis9cated,  and  Radiant  Orchid,  the  2014  Color  of  the  Year,  is  gorgeous.  But  we’re  not  sugges9ng  everyone  have  a  purple  lounge  theme!

Our   goal   is   to   inspire   you   with   the   latest   trends   and   party  ideas,   so   that   you   can   infuse   them   with   your   child’s  personality  and  style.    And  have  loads  of  fun  along  the  way!

We   sincerely   hope   you   enjoy   this   report.   We   love   and  appreciate  feedback.    Send  your  thoughts,  ideas,  or  advice  to  [email protected].    

Mazel  Tov  from  all  of  us  at  Mazelmoments.com!!

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About Us

Find  the  perfect  venue  and  vendors  to  make  your  vision  a  reality.  

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Mazelmoments.com is the award-winning website designed to help you plan the perfect Jewish-inspired event.

Receive  exclusive  deals  and  discounts  from  vendors,  mitzvah  inspira9on,  and  updated  Trends  Reports.

Interac9ve  Tools,  Checklists  &  Expert  Advice  to  help  you  plan  your  event.

Our  constantly  updated  blog  is  filled  with  fun,  entertaining  &  inspiring  posts!  Read  about  hot  new  trends,  view  Real  Event  photos,  and  so  much  more.

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More than ever, bat & bar mitzvahs are “doing their own thing” by being completely unique and personal, and infusing traditional themes with their personality and style to make it their own. - Jazzflower

Industry experts share the most popular bat & bar mitzvah themes and styles for 2014.

For  boys   as  well   as  girls,  the   lounge   look   is   prevalent.  Teens   are   loving   the   fun,   alterna9ve   sea9ng   as  opposed  to  tradi9onal  tables.  -­‐  The  Event  of  a  Life9me

Sophis9cated   and   unexpected   elements   are   being  used  in   the  décor,  like  standing  or  hanging  lamps,  and  elements  that  bring  in  a  private  club  effect.  -­‐  Swank  Produc9ons

Many   teens   are   incorpora9ng  their  names   into   the   theme,  such  as   "Sweet   Caroline"   "Jilly   Beans"  "Liv  it  Up"  or  "Saturday  Nat  Live."  

–  Vision  Entertainment  Group

Families   are  also  using  the   child’s  ini9als,   or   a   custom   mo9f,   to  create   a   mitzvah   logo,   which   is  used   throughout   the   event   from  the   invita9ons   and   centerpieces  to  the  cake  and  party  favors.

MITZVAHThemes & Styles

The  Event  of  a  Life.meView  Profile

Casey  Fatche;  Photography

Club  &  Lounge  Theme

Name  Theme  &  Logo

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MITZVAHThemes & Styles

Besides  the  ever-­‐popular  dance  club-­‐lounge,  top  themes  are:  •  Candy,  which  can  take  on  many  different  forms  from  Dylan’s  Candy  Bar  to  Charlie  and  the  Chocolate  Factory  or  Mad  Haker.  Also  trending  are  themes  inspired  by  a  favorite  TV  show  or  pop-­‐culture  Icon.  -­‐  Swank  Produc9ons•  New  York,  including  Broadway  Musicals,  NY  Akrac9ons,  and  Fi-h  Avenue  Shopping.  -­‐  Jazzflower•  Other  common  themes  for  girls  are  Fashion  &  Shopping,  Sports,  Movies,  and  Travel.  -­‐  Life  O’  The  Party

Balloon  Ar.stryView  Profile

Mizrahi  CenterpiecesView  Profile

Popular  Themes  for  GirlsPopular  Themes  for  Boys

The  Sports  theme  is  always  a  favorite  regardless  of  any  other  trends.    Boys  are  choosing  the  theme  of  sports   in  general,  or  focusing  on  a  sport,  team  or  city.  -­‐  Life  O’  The  Party

Other  top  themes  include:  •  Ac9on  and  Super  Heroes•  Hobbies  or  interests  such  as  Technology  or  Music      •  Movies  are  on  the  rise  with  favorites  like  Harry  Poker  and  Twilight  topping  the  list.    –  Swank  Produc9ons

Las.ng  Memories  PhotographyView  Profile

Las.ng  Memories  PhotographyView  Profile

Focusing  on  a  particular  color  or  group  of  colors  is  becoming  a  theme  in  itself.

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While themes that reflect your child’s interests or hobbies are still popular, recently there has been a swing towards styling the event around a palette of signature colors, or a child’s initials rather than a traditional theme.  –The Event of a Lifetime

Sparkle   and   shine   is   in.  Crystals,  sequins  and  gliker  will   be   hot   for   years   to  come.

According  to   the  color  experts  at  Pantone,  the  Color  of  the  Year  for  2014  is  Radiant  Orchid.  The  color  is  elegant  and  warm,  and  radiates  a  sense  of  joy  and  crea9vity.

Playful   pakerns   like   chevron,  zebra,  bold  geometric  prints  and  Moroccan   pakerns   are   showing  up  in  everything  from  invita9ons  to  linens  to  GoBos!    

MITZVAHColors

Las.ng  Memories  Photography  -­‐  View  Profile

Swank  Produc.onsView  Profile

Color  Trends

Bedazzle  with  Bling

Prints  &  Patterns  

Pantone’s  Top  Colors  for  Spring  2014  include  an  eclec9c  mix  of  vivid  brights  and  so-  pastels.  

Color  of  the  Year  2014

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MITZVAHColors

Bat   mitzvahs   con9nue   to   showcase   all  shades   of   pinks   and   purples,  with   more  sophis9cated   tastes   leaning   towards  blues,  greys  and  this  year’s  color  emerald  green.  –  Swank  Produc9ons  

Bold   bursts   of   color   are   also   hot,   with  fuchsia,  hot  pink,  lime,  silver,  and  bright  neon  colors  making  color  palekes  pop.  -­‐  Life  O’  The  Party

When   it   comes   to   color   the   choices  are  about  chic   contrast.    Bold  mixes  like   aquas   and   eggplants,   greys,  emerald   greens   and   magentas,   are  crea9ng  intense  palekes.    It’s  not  just  the   tables   and   linens,   but   also   the  ligh9ng,   invita9ons,   and   oumits  pushing  the  envelope  right  now.  -­‐  Swank  Produc9ons

For   bar  mitzvahs,  expect   to   see   lots  of   blue,   silver   and   pla9num,   black,  gold  and  sports  team  colors.  -­‐  Life  O’  The  Party

Luciebelle  Photography H&H  PhotographersView  Profile

A  Magic  Moment

Popular  Colors  -­‐  Girls Popular  Colors  -­‐  Boys Chic  Contrast

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Bat & bar mitzvah décor is becoming more similar to wedding décor, with clean and elegant design. Teens are infusing their style into everything from the invitations to the food and décor. The “New Generation B’nai Mitzvah” is all about trying new things. Here are some exciting décor trends to try!

MITZVAHDécor

Ligh9ng  is  being  used   to   take  décor  from  preky   to   STUNNING.   LED-­‐lit   vases   and  glowing   centerpieces   are   great   op9ons,  along  with   light-­‐up   tables,   furniture   and  dance  floors.  -­‐The  Sands  at  Atlan9c  Beach

A   hot   trend   is   Illuminated   “glow”   bars,  using  the  teen’s  photo,  colors  and  logo.  –  Vision  Entertainment  Group

B’nai   mitzvahs   today   are   all   about   the  unexpected   personal   touch.   Logos   are  becoming   standard   as   teens   enjoy  crea9ng   a   unique   symbol   or   graphic   to  represent  their  style  and  can  be  featured  throughout   their   party   details,   such   as  invita9ons,   centerpieces,   cake,   party  favors,  and  GOBO  ligh9ng..

The   Recep9on   Lounge   is   a   trend   that’s  gepng   more   and   more   prevalent.    Families   are   ren9ng   couches   and  okomans   in   their   signature  colors,  or   all  white,   to   create   an   in9mate   “chill   out”  area.  

Take   it   up   a   notch   with   Light-­‐Up  Furniture.    –  Vision  Entertainment  Group

The  Sands  at  Atlan.c  Beach  -­‐  View  Profile Westminster  Hotel  -­‐  View  Profile City  Sounds  Entertainment  -­‐  View  Profile

Lighting  &  LED The  Teen  Lounge Mitzvah  Logos

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MITZVAHDécor

Families   are   thinking   ahead   about   their  event  photos,   and   using   fun   props   and   crea9ve  backdrops   to   spice   things   up.     Backdrops   are  being  used  to  add  personality   and  style   to   the  photo   booth   and   dessert   table,   while  showcasing   their   child’s   theme   or   color  paleke.     Anything   goes   for   fun   backdrops,  including  pinwheels,  garlands,  string  lights  and  paper  cranes.

A  trend  we’re  loving  is  ceiling   décor.   Hanging  flowers,  crystals,  parasols  and  lanterns  are  popular,  while   suspended   glass  orbs  filled  with  flowers  or  themed   details   such   as  candy   are   dangling   from  centerpieces,   trees   and  ceilings  everywhere!

Covered   centerpieces   are   great  because   of   their   versa9lity.     Domed  plakers,   terrariums,   and   apothecary  jars   can   be   filled  with   flowers,  sweets  and   desserts,   or   small   decora9ve  objects   for   a   beau9ful   and   crea9ve  themed  centerpiece.

Many   families   are   also   using   vases   of  different   shapes   and   sizes   rather   than  one  large  centerpiece.  

Many   teens   now   have   pre-­‐event  photo   shoots   in   unique  or   fun   loca9ons.     The   photos  are   being   incorporated   into  the  party   décor,  such   as   sign-­‐in  books,  wall  hangings,  photo  slideshows  and  centerpieces.

Sara  Renne  Events

Luciebelle  Photography

Decorative  CeilingsUnique  Centerpieces

Pre-­‐Event  ShootsBackdrops  &  Props

HoneyBee  in  the  City

Full  Circle  Ligh.ng  &  Produc.ons  via  Luna  Bazaar

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ON DÉCOR

JazzflowerLaura  Long                        

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Blooming  Brides  FloristJoann  Montague  View  Profile

Life  O’  The  PartyMark  Ze/ler                  View  Profile

Swank  Produc.onsMaya  KalmanView  Profile

The  Event  of  a  Life.me

Melisa  Imberman  

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Roey  Mizrahi                Events

Roey  Mizrahi    

Vision  Entertainment  Group

Daniela  GrafmanView  Profile

The  Sands  at  Atlan.c  Beach

Brianna  Ellis    View  Profile

Thank you to the following experts for their décor ideas & trends:

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Resources

•  Bar  &  Bat  Mitzvah  Timeline  &  Checklist

•  Mitzvah  Party  Trends

•  9  Tips  for  Planning  a  B’nai  Mitzvah

•  Color  Trends  for  Summer  2013,  for  Spring

•  Trend:  Hanging  Ceiling  Decora.ons

•  65+  Themes  &  Real  Event  Photos

•  10  Ways  to  “Set  the  Bar”

•  15  Fabulous  Sign-­‐In  Board  Ideas

•  Free  E-­‐Book:  50  Ways  to  WOW  Your  Guests,  That  Won't  Break  The  Bank!

Other  ar(cles  you  might  enjoy:

H&H  PhotographersView  Profile

Powerhouse  StudiosView  Profile

Las.ng  Memories  PhotographyView  Profile

Check out Florist & Décor professionals on mazelmoments.com

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Invitations set the tone for your child’s b’nai mitzvah. They’re your guests’ first peek into the type of event they’ll be attending. Teens can take it as an opportunity to reflect their personality and style, and showcase their overall theme.

Teens are becoming more involved and very sophisticated when it comes to their choices. - Michael Zac Design Group

The   trend   is   all   about   color.     Bar  and   Bat  Mitzvahs   are   gepng   bold  with   dynamic   color   combina9ons,  many   with   black.     What's   on   the  fashion   runway   inspires   invita9on  design,   with   color   blocking   and  green  very  much  a  trend.  -­‐  Michael  Zac  Design  Group

Many   invita9ons   incorporate   a  religious  aspect  of  the  bar  or  bat  mitzvah,   such   as   the   Star   of  David   or   tallit.     If   the   b’nai  mitzvah   has   a   theme,   try   to  incorporate   i t   in   a   smal l  manner.    It  shouldn’t  necessarily  overpower   the   invita9on   and  the  event.    

-­‐  Cindy  Witkow  Designs

MITZVAHInvitations

 Yankee  Pinstripes  Invita.on  Suite  by  Cindy  Witkow  Designs  -­‐  View  Profile

Michael  Zac  Design  GroupView  Profile

Color

Theme

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MITZVAHInvitations

Pocket   style   invita9ons   are   also  in   style.     Boxed   Suites   let   you  mount  the  invita9on  on  one  side  and   organize   each   card   (rsvp,  direc9ons,  etc.)  in  pockets  on  the  other   side.  It’s   clean,  simple  and  elegant,  in  a  9dy  package.  -­‐  Cindy  Witkow  Designs

Cindy  Witkow  DesignsView  Profile

Pocket  StyleBling   is   in   this   year.    Girls  are   drawn   to   sparkly  elements   and   Swarovski  crystals   on   their   bat  mitzvah  invita9ons.

H&H  PhotographersView  Profile

Crystals  &  Bling

The   laser   cut   technique   con9nues   to   be   a   popular   choice   for  invita9ons   because   it   adds   such   drama9c,   luxurious   effect.   It  gives   a   true   wow   factor   when   guests   open   it   up,   which  is  always  what  we  strive  for.  -­‐  Ceci  New  York

The   technology   of   laser   cut   allows   us   to   design   extremely  delicate,   intricate   pakerns   into   many   parts   of   the   suite   -­‐  whether  it's  a  sleeve,  a  bellyband  or  part  of  the  invita9on   itself.  From  ikat,  floral,  paisleys,  gates,  even  the  skyline  of  New  York,  it  is  a  medium  that  allows  for  the  ul9mate  in  ar9s9c  freedom  and  beauty.  Perfect  for  the  family  seeking  a  unique,  custom  design.

Laser  Cut  Designs

Ceci  New  York

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MITZVAHInvitations

More   and   more   families   are   choosing  invita9ons   in   modern   shapes   like  squares   or   circles.   Innova9ve   designs  are   being   created   for   twins   and  triplets.   Invita9ons   with   rounded   or  scalloped  edges  are  also  trending.

It’s  no   longer  just   about  the  invita9on.   Famil ies   are  c h o o s i n g   u n i q u e   a n d  modern  fonts  to  match  their  theme.   More   thought   is  going   into   envelope   liners,  address   labels,   and   stamps  to   make   the   invita9on   truly  stand   out.     Designs   are  making   their   way   to   the  outside  of  the  envelope

Cindy  Witkow  DesignsView  Profile

Michael  Zac  Design  GroupView  Profile

Details

Unique  Shapes

Teens   put   so   much   effort   into   finding   an  invita9on   that   fits   their   personality   and  style.     There   are  many   crea9ve  op9ons   for  crea9ng   beau9ful   keepsakes   from   these  designs.   For   example,   Carol   Colman  Crea9ons   designs   ar9s9c   collages   from   the  invita9on,  and  Sew  Many  Gi-s   can  turn  any  invita9on  into  a  pillow.

Keepsakes

Sew  Many  Gids  -­‐  View  ProfileCarol  Colman  Crea.ons  -­‐  View  Profile

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ON INVITATIONS

•  Bat  &  Bar  Mitzvah  Invita.on  Trends

•  Crea.ve  Menu  Card  Ideas

•  Photo,  Name  &  Invita.on  Pillows

Other  ar(cles  you  might  enjoy:

Cindy  Witkow  DesignsCindy  WitkowView  Profile

Michael  Zac  Design  GroupRachel  YohaiView  Profile

Ceci  New  YorkCeci  Johnson

Thank you to the following experts for their invitation ideas & trends:

Check out Invitation Vendors

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Musical   teens   are  performing  for  their   guests   –   singing,  playing   an  instrument,   or   even   taking   DJ  lessons   to   perform   a  mashup   for  the  crowd.  

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Bat & Bar Mitzvahs are going beyond the band or DJ to provide complete entertainment for guests. An entertainment company can be hired to coordinate elements like lighting, music and specialty talent to give your guests an experience they won’t soon forget.

Music &Entertainment

Live   musicians   are   performing  a longs ide   DJs   ( l ike   vocal i s ts ,  saxophonists,   or   drummers)   to   get  people  on  the  dance  floor.  –  Vision  Entertainment  GroupDJs   are   hoker   than   ever   because  they  can  mix  it  up  with  mashups.    –  Swank  Produc9ons

Along   with   dancers   and   mo9vators,  many   families   hire   magicians,  psychics,  acrobats  or  even  LED  robots  to  keep  guests  entertained.    

Entertainment   starts   as   early   as  cocktail   hour   when   specialty   acts  interact  and  perform  for  guests.

Vision  Entertainment  GroupView  Profile

Casey  Fatche;  Photography ILoveAirbrushView  Profile

DJs  &  Live  Music Guest  of  Honor Specialty  Acts

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Music &Entertainment

Teens  are  loving  photo  booths.    They’re  fun,  silly,  and  provide  the  perfect  favor  for  guests.    Modern   photo   booth   op9ons   include  LED  ligh9ng,  and  are  highly   interac9ve,  lepng   guests   immediately   share  photos   on   social   networks.   –   Vision  Entertainment  Group

YouTube  has  inspired  teens  to  create  fun  and  drama9c  entrances.  -­‐  The  Event  of  a  Life9me

The   entrance   video   has   goken   a   high-­‐tech  makeover!   Mitzvah   Entrance   Video   can   help  you   create   a   video   with   celebrity   shout   outs,  custom   graphics,   and   a   totally   unique   and  entertaining  storyline.

Flipbooks  are  similar  to  photo  booths,   but   take   mul9ple  shots   of   guests,   which   are  immediately   turned   into   an  animated  flip  book.  

Flipbooks  available  from  S9ll  in  Mo9on  Video

Mitzvah  Entrance  VideoView  Profile

Vision  Entertainment  GroupView  Profile

Entrance  Videos

Photo  Booths

Flipbooks

PhotoJojo.com

2014   is   all   about   interac9vity   and   guest  engagement.    Custom   Incredibles  allows   guests   to  build  &  print  their  own  photo  collage  or  single  print  from  photos  the  company  takes  live  at  your  event.

“Build  Your  Own”  Photo

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InteractiveEntertainment Interactive games, high tech activities, and virtual reality are very

popular with teens. Here’s what’s trending….

5  Hot  Products  from  Interac3ve  Entertainment  Concepts

Guests  can  virtually  spray  paint  their  photos  on  a  giant  canvas.

View  Profile

Play  Angry  Birds,  Cut  the  Rope  or  any  game  or  app  that  you  can  use  on  an  iPad.

View  Profile

Virtual  Graffiti  Wall Giant  iPhone Giant  Arcades

Giant  Strip  Photo  Booth LED  Ping  Pong

Larger  than  life  PacMan,  Tetris,  Connect  Four,  and  more!View  Profile

Giant  Photo  Booths  that  produce  Giant  Photo  Strips!

View  Profile

Illuminated  ping  pong  tables  add  excitement  and  fun  to  the  game

View  Profile

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InteractiveEntertainment

Play  any  sport  using  real  equipment  -­‐  baseball,  football,  hockey,  soccer  and  more.

View  Profile

Virtual  Sports  Arena Human  Hamster  Balls Immersitron

Using  camera  technology,  immerse  your  whole  body  into  virtual  ac9vi9es  like  skydiving  or  soccer.

View  Profile

Hot  Products  from  Amazing  Amusements

Guests  can  ride  in  8  foot  balls  on  a  fun  custom  track.View  Profile

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ON ENTERTAINMENT

Thank you to the following experts for their music and entertainment ideas & trends:

•  Top  7  Mitzvah  Trends

•  Mitzvah  &  Party  Interac.ve  Games

•  Rock  the  DJ  Booth

•  Popular  Virtual  Reality  Entertainment

Other  ar(cles  you  might  enjoy:

Swank  Produc.onsMaya  Kalman    View  Profile

Vision  Entertainment  Group

Daniela  Grafman  View  Profile

Interac.ve  Entertainment  Concepts

PaG  DukofskyView  Profile

Amazing  AmusementsDavid  ZaitschekView  Profile

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Design  &  Presentation

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A major force in bat & bar mitzvahs is personalization, and catering is no exception. Menus are showcasing the child’s taste and unique personality. Food and presentation can also support the theme.

MITZVAHCatering

It’s  no  longer  just  about  the  food.  It’s  about   crea9ng   a   one-­‐of-­‐a-­‐kind  experience!   Examples   are:   custom-­‐made   serving   plakers,   coat   hook-­‐lined   walls   holding   donuts,   and  acrobats   sliding   down   streamers  serving  champagne.  -­‐  Swank  Produc9ons

Guests   are   loving  mini   versions   of  everything   –   bite-­‐size   appe9zers,  mini   desserts,   and   9ny   cocktails  and  shooters.  

Small   bites   are   being   paired   with  small   drinks,   like   tacos   and   mini-­‐margaritas.  -­‐  Exquisite  Caterers  

2014  is  all  about  the  fun  factor!    Watch  out  for  more   interac9ve  (Build  Your  Own)   food  sta9ons  and  DIY  drink  bars.  

Popular   fun   foods   include   cokon   candy,  donuts,  snow  cones  and  S’mores,

Ethnic   and   Global   cuisines   are   trending  as  families  showcase  their  culture.  -­‐  The  Glazier  Group

Swank  Produc.ons  -­‐  View  Profile

Fun  &  Interactive Mini  Menus  &  PairingRegal  Caterers  -­‐  View  Profile Morrell  Caterers  -­‐  View  Profile

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MITZVAHCatering

High-­‐End   Roaming   Carts   are  beginning   to   accompany  tradi9onal   food   sta9ons.    Servers   come   around   with  mobile   carts   such   as   delivery  bicycles   or   market   carts   and  prepare  upscale   items   in  front  of   guests.   Examples   include   a  truffle  rolling  sta9on  or  savory  waffle  cart.    

-­‐  Esprit  Events

Food   trucks   are  another  big  hit   for   the   “grab   and   go”  crowd.  There   are   trucks   for  almost   any   type   of   food   or  drink,   from   hot   dogs   to  waffles   to   smoothie   trucks.    It’s   a   great   way   to   end   the  night  on  a  fun   and  delicious  note.

Signature   mocktails   are   in   style,   and   are  o-en  inspired  by   the  child’s   favorite  flavors.    Naming   the   drink   using   a   spin-­‐off   of   the  child’s  name  is  a  great  way  to  add  a  personal  touch.  –  The  Original  JEM  Caterers

Dance  Time  Entertainment

Swank  Produc.onsView  Profile

Noodles  &  Sushi  Cartfrom  Abigail  Kirsch  Catering  Rela(onships  -­‐  View  Profile

Food  Trucks

Signature  Drinks

Roaming  Food  Stations

“Grab   and   Go”   food   is   spreading   fast.    Pass   Around   Starters   during   cocktail  hour   and   Ac9on   Sta9ons   for   dinner  engage  the  guests  and  allows  for  a  non-­‐stop  4-­‐hour  type  of  event.  -­‐  The  Original  Jem  Caterers

“Grab  &  Go”

The  Original  Jem  CaterersView  Profile

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ResourcesOther  ar(cles  you  might  enjoy:

•  Interac.ve  Food  &  Drink  Buffet  Ideas

•  “Grab  &  Go”  Food  Trend  &  Ac.on  Sta.ons

•  Frozen  Cocktail  Push-­‐Pops

•  Crea.ve  Soup  Shooters

Amazing  AmusementsView  Profile

The  Glazier  Group  -­‐  View  ProfileSwank  Produc.ons

View  Profile

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With   bat   &   bar   mitzvah   cakes,  whimsical,   colorful   and   cartoonish  cakes   are  very   popular  –   it’s   no   longer  just   your   tradi9onal   scroll   or   Torah  cake.  -­‐  Abigail  Kirsch  Catering  Rela9onships

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Many   teens   use  their  cake   to  showcase   their   party   theme  or  color  paleke.

MITZVAHCakes

Teens  are  personalizing  the  cake  with   their   favorite   things.     The  New   York   theme   i s   very  common   with   favorite   places  represented   on   the   cake.  Designs   are   more   mature   then  they  used  to  be.  -­‐  Bukerfly  Bakeshop

Bu;erfly  Bakeshop  -­‐  View  Profile

Abigail  Kirsch  Catering  Rela.onships  -­‐  View  Profile

Cake  &  Co.  -­‐  View  Profile

Whimsical  Designs

Favorite  Things

Showcase  Theme

Exquisite  CaterersView  Profile

Heather  Barranco  Dreamcakes  -­‐  View  Profile

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MITZVAHCakes

While  many  teens  will  add  candles  to  their  cake  for  the  candle  ligh9ng  ceremony,  others  decide  to  do  something  unique  with  props  or  other  decora9ons.  They  also  make  for  a  wonderful  keepsake  a-er  the  event  for  many,  many  years  to  come.

-­‐  Life  O’  The  Party

H&H  Photographers  -­‐  View  Profile

A  Magic  Moment

Candle-­‐Lighting

a  cake  dreamView  Profile

Dance  Time  Entertainment

Morrell  CaterersView  Profile

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Candy  &  Dessert  Buffet

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Whether kids and adults eat together or in a separate lounge, everyone comes together for a fabulous dessert. - Esprit Events“Grab and go” desserts ensure the party does not have to stop for a traditional dessert hour.

MITZVAHDesserts

2014   is   all   about   fun   and   elaborate   dessert  presenta9ons   such   as   a   candy   buffet,   dessert  table  or  Dunkin’  Donuts  bar.  –  Vision  Entertainment  Group

Themed   dessert   buffets   can   showcase   your  child’s  party  theme,  a  color  or  color  paleke,  or  a  current   food   trend   such   as   retro-­‐style   desserts  or  desserts  on  a  s9ck.

H&H  Photographers  -­‐  View  Profile

Interac9ve   dessert   sta9ons   are   fun   and  engaging,   whether   you   offer   guests   a   make  your  own   ice  cream  sundae  bar  or  design  your  own   cupcake   sta9on.     DIY   waffles,   S’mores,  snow  cones  and  other  edible  goodies  are  foods  your  guests  don’t  need  to  be  seated  to  enjoy!    -­‐  Roey  Mizrahi  Events

Interactive  DessertsEsprit  Events  -­‐  View  Profile Jesse  Rasho;e  Photography  via  Weddingbells

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MITZVAHDesserts

Nothing   beats   the   smell   or   taste   of  warm   fresh   cookies.     Pair   them   with  milk  (or  soy  milk)  shots  and  you’ve  got  a  winning   combina9on   for   a   guest  farewell  snack.  

Caterers   and   pastry   chefs   are  doing   innova9ve   things   with  cake.   Examples   are   cake   push-­‐pops,   cake   in   a   jar,   and   cake  pops.

Everyday  Occasions  by  Jenny  Steffens  Hobick

A  Sweet  Goodbye

Cake...Reinvented

Push-­‐Pop  Containers  available  at  Koyal  Wholesale

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ON CATERING

The  Original  Jem  Caterers

Brianna  EllisView  Profile

Abigail  Kirsch  Catering  Rela.onshipsAlison  Awerbuch  View  Profile

The  Glazier  Group

Alexis  Fine  DeAngelis                  View  Profile

Exquisite  Caterers

Dave  Esquenazi  View  Profile

Esprit  EventsEllen  Vaknine    

View  Profile

Swank  Produc.onsMaya  KalmanView  Profile

Bu;erfly  BakeshopStacey  León  View  Profile

Roey  Mizrahi                Events

Roey  Mizrahi    

Thank you to the following experts for their food and dessert ideas & trends:

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Resources

William  Greenberg  DessertsView  Profile

Covered  in  CandyView  Profile

Other  ar(cles  you  might  enjoy:•  Crea.ve  Wedding  &  Party  Sta.ons

•  4  Ways  to  Style  Your  Dessert  Buffet

•  How  to  Set  Up  a  Candy  Buffet

•  Let  Them  Eat  Candy  Cake

•  Crea.ve  Backdrop  Ideas

•  Cupcake  Push-­‐Pops  &  Cake  Shooters

•  Candy  Sushi

•  6  Ideas  Candy  Centerpieces

CandyWarehouse.comView  Profile

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Kippahs can be Kool! Your yarmulke design can reflect your personal style, match your color palette or theme. The possibilities for personalization are endless.

Many  families  inscribe  the  bokom  of  each  kippah  with  the  b’nai  mitzvah’s  name  and  date.    You  can  also  include  fun  instruc9ons,  or  use  the  space  to  share  a  meaningful  quote.

World  of  Judaica’s  top-­‐selling  kippot  are  leather  and  sa9n  designs.  

Suede  designs  are  also  very  common.

MITZVAHKippot

There  are  even  eco-­‐friendly  op9ons,  like   the   seed   kippot   offered   from  Circles  of  Life.

Reese  Moore  Weddings

A  Magic  Moment

Popular  Styles

PersonalizationEco-­‐Friendly  Kippot

Teens   are   becoming   more   involved   in   selec9ng   kippot,  and   many   want   them   to   match   their   color   paleke   or  theme.   The   selec9on   is   endless,   with   many   unique  materials  and  crea9ve  designs  to  choose  from.

Silk  Kippot  from  Yair  Emanuel  from  Worlld  of  Judaica

Unique  Designs

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MITZVAHTallit

Women  are  drawn  to  sheer  fabric  tallit.

-­‐  The  Tallis  Lady

Matching   set  of   tallit   are  a   c ommo n   c h o i c e .  Tradi9ons   Jewish   Gi-s  offers   prayer   ensembles  of  shawls  and  kippot.   People   are   buying   tradi9onal   tallit  

with   a   contemporary   feel.  Navy   is  the  top-­‐selling  color  for  boys.

-­‐  The  Tallis  Lady

Tradi.ons  Jewish  Gids

The  Tallis  Lady  -­‐  View  Profile

The  Tallis  Lady  -­‐  View  Profile

Matching  Sets

Popular  Styles

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ON JUDAICA

Thank you to the following experts for their yarmulke ideas & trends:

•  Yarmulke  Inspira.on

•  Tips  for  Buying  Tallit

•  Judaica  Metal  Art  Gids

Other  ar(cles  you  might  enjoy:

World  of  JudaicaSlava  KhvoinitskyView  Profile

The  Tallis  LadyLisa  PrawerView  Profile

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The most popular bat & bar mitzvah favor is logo apparel, where a piece of clothing is designed that incorporates the teen’s logo or motif.

For   2014   it’s   more   about   the  color   and   texture   than   specific  theme.     For   example,   kids   are  including   things   you   can   feel,  like   paint   splaker,   gems   and  jewels,  and  florescent  coloring.  -­‐  Mazel  Tov  Gear

MITZVAHFavors

Mitzvah   logos  are  a  crea9ve  way  to   capture   your   child’s   interests  and  style.  

Companies  like  Gotham  T-­‐Shirts  have  in-­‐house  ar9sts  and  graphic  designers  to  create  trendy,  unique  and  elegant  designs.

Sara  Renee  Events

Color  &  Texture

According  to  Mazel  Tov  Gear,  the  top  selling  apre  favors  are:

1.  Mid-­‐Weight  Sweatshirt

2.  Flowy  (Boat  Neck)  Shirt

3.  Mid-­‐Weight  Sweatpants

4.  Long  Sleeve  T-­‐shirt

5.  Unisex  T-­‐shirt

Top  5  Favors

Gotham  T-­‐ShirtsView  Profile

Mazel  Tov  GearView  Profile

Mitzvah  Logos

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MITZVAHFavorsOther top favors include:

Food   takeaways   are   becoming  standard,   with   guests   taking  home   bags   of   cookies,   French  macarons,  whoopie  pies   or  other  sweet  endings.  –  Esprit    Events

Candy  walls  are  a  fun  way   to  end  the   evening,   and   families   are  adding   bags   and   boxes   to   their  candy   and   dessert   buffets   for  guests   to   make   themselves   a  take-­‐home  package.    

Personal ized   par9ng   gi-s   are  becoming  more   and   more   common,  such  as   cookie  bags  with   customized  labels  filled  with  sweets.  

-­‐  Abigail  Kirsch  Catering  Rela9onships

Your  guests  can  enjoy  Mini   Cake   or   Cupcake-­‐in-­‐a-­‐Jar  favors  the  next  day  (or  the  ride  home!)  Photo:  Ruth  GilmourMade  by  Gina  TeeDIY  Instruc9ons  on  Oveat  Bride

My  Chocolate  Sunflower  View  Profile

My  Own  LabelsGet  Custom  Labels

Food  TakeawaysPersonalized  Gifts

Cake  in  a  Jar

Morrell  Caterers  -­‐  View  Profile

Candy  Walls  /  Displays

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HIGH-TECHMitzvah

The   Virtual   Graffi9  Walls   lets   guests   use   a  realis9c   spray   paint  can   to   create  a  virtual  work  of  graffi9  art.      Any  digital   image  can  be   loaded   as  a  background,  and  the  photo  booth  mode   lets   them   draw   on   their   own  photos,   making   for   great   entertainment  and  favors.

Interac.ve  Entertainment  ConceptsView  Profile

Virtual  Graffiti  Wall2014   is   about   revolu9onizing   the   photo   booth.  Crea9ng   customiza9on,   interac9on,   and   the  ability   to   share   on   the   web   as   photos   can   be  instantly  posted  to  Facebook,  Twiker,  Email,  and  more.    -­‐  NYC  Photo  PartyFlipbooks   are   similar   to   photo   booths,  but   take  mul9ple   shots   of   guests,  which   are   immediately  turned  into  an  animated  flip  book.  -­‐  S9ll  in  Mo9on  Flipbooks

NYC  Photo  PartyView  Profile

Photo  FavorsHigh  Tech  Add-­‐Ons  Bat   &   Bat   Mitzvahs   are   gepng  high  tech!    New  technology  allows  texts   from   guests   to   be  seen  on   a  big   screen.     Teens   also   have   the  op9on   to   have   digital   sign-­‐in  books.  More  ac9vi9es  and  signage  are   inc lud ing   soc ia l   media  capabili9es.

The  Event  of  a  Life.meView  Profile

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ON FAVORS

Gotham  T-­‐ShirtsHowie  ZwangView  Profile

Mazel  Tov  GearEileen  BowdenView  Profile

NYC  Photo  PartyDanielle  Ehrgo/View  Profile

•  Turn  Your  Guests  into  Fashionistas

•  Trends  in  Mitzvah  Favors  &  Logos

•  Virtual  Graffi.  Wall

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on mazelmoments.com-Click Here-

Other  ar(cles  you  might  enjoy:

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Meaningful

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Experts, Cheryl Friedenberg and Valerie Franklin, from The Mitzvah Bowl website, share their tips and advice. “The ‘M’ and the ‘P’ in ‘Mitzvah Projects’ should stand for ‘Meaningful’ and ‘Personal’.”

MITZVAHProjects

The   mitzvah   project   should   be   something   that   goes  beyond   raising  money.  Teens  should   take   it  to  the  next  level.  For  example,  talk  to  the  Execu9ve  Director  to  find  out  the  organiza9onal  mission,  see  where  the  money  is  going,  and  make  actual  deliveries.

The  en9re  family   is  finding  ways  to  get  involved,  making  it  a  more  meaningful  experience,  and  bringing  the  family  closer  together.

Save  a  Child's  Heart  Founda.on

The  teen  should  find  a  project  that  makes  them  excited  and  passionate.  It  should  be  something  that  aligns  with  his   or   her   interests.   Examples   include   collec9ng   dance  shoes   for   inner   city   dance   studios   or   volunteering   at  therapeu9c   horseback   riding   program.   The   project  should   con9nue   throughout   the   year   through   high  school.  If  they  are  excited,  it  will  last  a  lot  longer!

Find  more  informa9on  at  www.TheMitzvahBowl.com

Jessica  held  a  yard  sale  which  raised  over  $400  and  combined  that  with  her  tzdekah  money.  She  then  donated  baby  clothes,  diapers,  and  more  to  

mothers  in  need  in  Norristown,  PA.

Personal

Rachel  par(cipated  in  Fox  Chase  Cancer  Center's  'Paws  for  the  Cause'  fundraiser  by  selling  items  and  par(cipa(ng  with  her  dog.    The  

proceeds  benefit  cancer  research  at  Fox  Chase.    

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Many families take their child’s b’nai mitzvah as an opportunity to benefit society. Through charitable actions and eco-friendly options, you can make a difference.A typical bat/bar mitzvah produces between 400-600 lbs of garbage! - GreenBrideGuide.com

As  part  of,  or  in  addi9on   to,  the  mitzvah  project,  many   families   choose   to  donate  to  a  charity  that  is  meaningful  to  them.

A  Tzedakah  or  Green  Theme  is  becoming  more   popular,   where   everything   from  the  centerpieces  and  décor  to   the  favors  benefit  the  community  in  some  way.  

Some   venues   also   give   back   to   the  community.  The  Prince  George  Ballroom  donates   100%  of   its  net  revenue   to  NYC  outreach  programs   to  help   the  homeless  and   others   in   need.   230   Fi-h   provides  funding   to   medical   ins9tu9ons   such   as  Memorial   Sloan-­‐Kekering,   New   York-­‐Presbyterian  and  Lenox  Hill.

A   bat   or   bar   mitzvah   is   a   perfect  opportunity  to  give  back  to  those  less  fortunate.    A   great  way   to   give  back  is   by   dona9ng   your   le-over   food   to  local  food  banks!

Find  a  local  food  bank  or  food  rescue  opera9on  at  Feeding  America.

GREENMitzvahs

A-er   the   simcha,   you   can   donate  your  centerpieces   and   arrangements  to   synagogues,   hospitals,   nursing  homes,  or  other  loca9ons.    

Companies   such  as   Life  O’  The   Party  are  providers  of  the  Centerpieces  for  Tzedaka   for   the  NNJ   Federa9on   and  Bergen   Reads   Program.   This   is  gaining  in  popularity  for  centerpieces  and  Bima  pieces.  

You  can  also  donate  to  Flower  Power  Founda9on   or   Special   E,   which    repurpose   flowers   and   centerpieces  in   ways   that   benefit   our   planet   and  people  in  need.  

Tzedakah  Box  by  Joy  Stember  Metal  Arts  Studio  -­‐  View  Profile

Tzedakah Donate  Food Donate  Centerpieces

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GREENMitzvahs

Another   way   to   go   green   is   with  your   mitzvah   sta9onery.     Many  companies   provide   recycled   paper  op9ons   for   invita9ons,   save-­‐the-­‐da te s ,   p rog rams   and   o the r  sta9onery.     You   can   also   send   out  electronic   save-­‐the-­‐dates   from  companies  such  as  Greenvelope.    

More   and   more   families   are  sending   guests   off   with  things   they   can   eat,  plant,  or  otherwise  re-­‐use.    

Sunflower  in  a  Box  Favor  from  GreenBrideGuide.com

Seed  Paper  Save-­‐the-­‐Dates  from  GreenBrideGuide.com

Eco-­‐Stationery

Eco-­‐FavorsUnique   and   exqu i s i te  customized  invita9ons   from  Jewish   Na9onal   Fund   let  you   plant  a   tree   or  make  a  contribu9on   toward   JNF’s  water   projects   in   Israel   in  honor  of  each  guest.

Charitable  Invitations

More  than  an  invitaIon.  A  mitzvah.  

Jewish  Na.onal  Fund

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1 The bat/bar mitzvah’s personality, interests, ideas & dreams 2 The Internet 3 Well Done Store Windows - designs, color, lighting 4 Music 5 Movies & TV - Twilight, Harry Potter, America’s Best Dance Crew 6 Fashion - Red Carpet & Runways 7 Architecture 8 Technology, Apps & Social Media 9 Blogs & Real Events10 Interior Design11 Dress & Attire Features12 Venue - Wallpaper, Carpeting, Artwork13 Food14 Magazines 15 Luxury Hotel Lobbies - Furnishing & Décor 16 Flowers & Nature17 Vendor Photographs & Portfolios18 Art19 Stationery, Graphic Design20 Travel

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20 Sources ofInspiration Inspiration can come from just about anywhere!

We found out how the experts get inspired…

Hermes  Storefront

Ice  Hotel  in  Sweden

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