Mazel Tov! You have a new son. There are so many emotions happening at the same time – and you have to also prepare for your son’s brit milah in 8 days. Among your main priorities are selecting the mohel (or mohelet) to officiate the ceremony and perform the brit milah, and deciding where to have it.
Many families choose to either have the bris at their home or in their temple’s event space. You can view possible Bris Venues Here. To help you determine whether to have the ceremony at home or in your synagogue, we asked Rabbi Nechemia Markovits, a mohel who has almost 3 decades of experience, to share some of his thoughts. Rabbi Markovits is an Orthodox rabbi who performs ritual circumcisions for Jews (and non-Jews) of all affiliations and backgrounds.
Mazelmoments: With so many new emotions, experiences and changes awaiting first-time parents, we’d like some of your expert recommendations regarding the bris. With little time to prepare for the bris following the birth of the son, your reservoir of expertise would be helpful and informative to first-time parents of sons. READ MORE ......→
6 Ideas To Jazz Up Your Photos Using Photo Props & Backdrops
Your wedding or mitzvah is a big special day, and you want to remember it FOREVER. Goodness knows that the pictures are a big part of that. They’re worth a thousand words, after all. The problem is some of your guests may be a bit camera shy. Even the willing ones might not feel especially relaxed in front of the lens. What’s a host to do? If you give the matter a little forethought, there are ways to bring out their inner Tyra Banks. Cool props create a fun atmosphere and make photo taking part of the good times. Not only that, they boost the energy and make for better, less self-conscious pics. READ MORE ......→
Just got engaged over the holidays? One of the first decisions you will have to make is when you want to get married. Not just spring, summer fall or winter – but actual dates! If you’re planning a bar/bat mitzvah, that decision is narrowed down based on the Jewish calendar and your child’s birthday. But either way, the final date for the party is usually up to you. Caterers and venues will offer deals based not only on time of year (winter is typically the least expensive), but dates as well. Before you sign on the dotted line, we’ve put together a list of religious and secular dates that you may want to avoid booking.
Mazelmoments Major Jewish Holidays Calendar includes dates to avoid for 5 years
No matter what religion you are, you’ll also want to be sensitive to the religious observances of your guests. Even if they are able to attend, they might be fasting, eating a restricted diet, or have other limitations that will prevent them from fully enjoying your wedding. Celebration of the Jewish holidays begins at sundown on the day before the first full holiday date and ends at nightfall of the last day. You’ll also want to find out sunset times for the start and end of Shabbat. READ MORE ......→
If your invitation does not include an inner envelope, you can follow the etiquette for outer envelopes. Two exceptions are families invited with children, and guests invited with “and Guest”. In these two cases, follow the etiquette for the standard inner envelope – children’s names are traditionally included below the parents’ names, “and Guest” is written next to the guest name.
Guide To Addressing Invitations
We hope this makes the process of addressing your wedding or mitzvah invitations a bit more fun!
We’re excited to introduce Pantone’s top color pick for the new year – it’s Marsala! This moody hue embodies all that its wine counterpart does, namely depth, richness and sophistication, perfect for incorporating into your wedding, bat mitzvah or party!
Here are some ideas to add the deep red shade to your next event!
18 is a spiritual number in the Jewish culture. Gifts are often given in multiples of 18, symbolizing the gift of life and good luck. In 2013, the number 18 became even more significant for my husband Jeff and me, representing the unforgettable day our daughter Liya was born, on October 18.
To make Liya’s first birthday celebration even more special and meaningful, we decided to combine her party with her Jewish baby naming ceremony. Being the superstitious Jew that I am, we never had a baby shower, so this event was a way to FINALLY celebrate our beautiful baby girl with all of our loved ones. Planning Liya’s baby naming inspired me creatively, and allowed us to create an event that was truly personal and memorable. READ MORE ......→
Color is everywhere, and no one knows color better than the color experts at Pantone. Hot off the heels of Fashion Week, Pantone announced the top colors for Spring 2015. We saw a collection of overall soft hues – a mix of cool and warm, but all subtle. The top 10 color collection is meant to be minimalistic, going by the name “En Plein Air,” a French expression translating to “in the open air.” The entire palate confirms the notion that color is a lifestyle, and isn’t merely just for fashion or home decor, but every aspect of a person’s life…including weddings and events!
Be sure to check out Part 1 of this series, with 12 unique ideas for a candy theme, including picking out a sweet theme like Carly-land or Jasmin’s Candy Bar. We also share 7 cool ideas for centerpieces for your Bat Mitzvah, Sweet 16, party or wedding.
Chocolate and lollipops. M&Ms and jellybeans. The ways in which we love candy are as endless as the varieties themselves. So while it’s no surprise that the perfect candy-themed affair has become a growing trend among party planners, the details included are as original and exciting as ever!
30 Ideas for a Candy Theme (Bat Mitzvah, Sweet 16, Party or Wedding)
First things first…how will you incorporate candy into your bar / bat mitzvah, party or wedding theme? READ MORE ......→
We’re loving the party trend of candy and dessert buffets! Don’t worry, nothing will be replacing the beautiful wedding cake or themed bat & bar mitzvah or party cakes anytime soon. Rather, the dessert table has gotten much bigger to make room for a variety of sweet treats.
Dessert tables are another area where you can get creative, and leave a lasting impression on your guests.
Top 4 Ways to Showcase your Wedding, Mitzvah or Party Candy & Dessert Table
1. Highlight your COLOR THEME or COLOR COMBINATION: