Why A Pre-Mitzvah Shoot – Ira Casel Photography Shares Thoughts

Written by Ira Casel of Ira Casel Photography – Millburn, NJ

Why A Pre-Mitzvah Shoot?

The pre-mitzvah portrait shoot is great for a lot of reasons. Of course, we get to create some amazing images of the bar/bat mitzvah boy/girl, which are most often on display at their celebration. These photographs capture the bar/bat mitzvah kid as they really are at this moment in life and provide a counterpoint to the bima/temple portraits, which are more formal and religious in nature.

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Cutie Patootie Creations Designs Son’s Sports-Themed Bar Mitzvah

Planning a child’s bar or bat mitzvah should be fun but can also be a big challenge.  As a bar/bat mitzvah professional, Stephanie of Cutie Patootie Creations used her expertise and experience to plan and design her son’s perfect mitzvah celebration. The results are spectacular – and her son Jack couldn’t have been happier!

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3D Ketubahs | Jewish Wedding Trend

The latest trend in ketubot is to make them 3 dimensional!  Once we spotted this Jewish wedding trend, we caught up with 3D ketubah & Judaica artist Gabrielle Mizrachi-Mallin from Ashra Designs :: Judaic Art Creations to give us the scoop.

3D Ketubahs

3D ketubahs themselves seem to be something new to the market, and have only recently begun to catch on.  A 3D ketubah is in most cases a ketubah that has additional elements added to the top of the design to create dimension and add drama to the overall look.

3D Ketubah 4 Pillars Ketubah Charm by Ashra Designs Judaic Art Creations

3D ketubahs are gaining popularity because couples are desiring a document that reflects their own commitment of marriage, and is also a gorgeous piece of art.  They are attracted to the drama that the 3-dimensionality adds to the overall design and how it brings an otherwise flat piece of paper to life. Beautiful art is important, relevant, and timeless, which can represent how couples view their own upcoming marriage. READ MORE ......

Spring Theme Bat Mitzvah at Brooklyn Botanic Garden NY

Brooklyn-Heights-based Alexandra Partow Events planned a Bat Mitzvah held at Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s stunning new ecologically sustainable event space – The Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium. Photography courtesy of Maggie Marguerite Studios.

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9 Purim Gift Basket (Mishloach Manot) Ideas

Purim Creative Ideas for Purim Baskets, Mishloach ManotPurim is approaching!  That means fun, costumes, celebration, and Purim Baskets!

We’re excited to share creative ideas to make your Purim Basket, or Mishloach Manot, extra special and memorable.

 

9 Unique Purim Basket Ideas

Purim baskets typically contain cookies, candies, masks, and noisemakers, and come in a bag or box.  Lots of people get creative with these items, but it’s not as common to skip the bag or box in favor of more unique packaging.

1. Edible Packaging

Kit Kat Cake

Made in Melissa’s Kitchen

For smaller Mishloach Manot, why not make a Kit Kat Basket!

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Basketball Theme Bar Mitzvah Party

Bar Mitzvah Ceremony FloridaWhen Justin Havas was getting ready for his bar mitzvah, he expected a quiet luncheon following the service and a dinner party reception with basketball decorations. Who could have guessed the surprises that lay ahead would have the entire day pay homage to his beloved sport, and sure – a little bit to him as well. READ MORE ......

Warm Up with Tropical Themed Bar Mitzvah

AJ’s Bar Mitzvah theme was Inspired by his favorite tropical dance house music and his love of family vacations in the tropics.  Showplace Floral & Event Design‘s creative team transformed The Paramount Theater in Huntington, NY to a tropical paradise filled with bold bright colors, flowers and fauna mixed with custom “pop art” graphics for his Bar Mitzvah celebration.

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Wedding & Party Trend – Hanging Ceiling Decor

Paper Parasols Umbrellas & Lanterns

7 Ideas for a Beautiful Ceiling

When it comes to decorating a wedding, mitzvah or event space, always examine the venue from every angle.  Every nook, cranny, and surface is a design opportunity, and that includes the ceiling.  

In fact, the ceiling is ideal!  Guests won’t be expecting this, ensuring that “wow” factor!

Hanging Paper Parasols & Lanterns available at Luna Bazaar

A lot of event designers are making creative use of this often overlooked part of the room. The trend is to suspend decor elements from the ceiling on clear filament for the illusion that your decor is actually floating on air. There are lots of clever ways to use this technique. READ MORE ......

6 Ideas for an Unforgettable Honeymoon in Tel Aviv by BE Group TLV

Written by by Lisa Shiner of BE Group TLV – Israel Wedding & Honeymoon Planners 

After months of wedding planning, the time has finally come to kick back and spend that much needed quality time with your newly pronounced husband or wife. For newlyweds looking for that laid-back exotic beach getaway, couples need to look no further than the Caribbean Isles. Looking for a more international, metropolitan vibe on your honeymoon? New York City, Paris, or London beckons! Or perhaps culture, history, and sightseeing rank at the top of your list? Travel back in time in Athens or Rome!

For those newlyweds who want it all – there’s Tel Aviv. This city that never sleeps provides the framework for a unique and unforgettable honeymoon.

Expert Ideas for a Honeymoon in Tel Aviv, Israel

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