Photo Props and Cool Backdrops

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 ......

Wedding, Bar & Bat Mitzvah Dates to Avoid 2015-2020

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

Jewish Holidays - Wedding, Bat & Bar Mitzvah Dates to Avoid View Print Version of Holiday Calendar

Major Religious Jewish Holidays

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 ......

How To Address Mitzvah & Wedding Invitations

Addressing wedding or bar/bat mitzvah invitations has just gotten a whole lot easier with this amazing infographic from the Wedding Planners Institute of Canada.

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

How to Address Wedding & Bar/Bat Mitzvah Invitations

We hope this makes the process of addressing your wedding or mitzvah invitations a bit more fun!

How to Create a Bar/Bat Mitzvah Cash Gift Registry

Giving Gifts With Impact: Deposit a Gift’s Online Registry

With a bar or bat mitzvah, inevitably comes gifts. Lots of them. And probably a lot of ‘stuff’ you don’t need. Cash is really the most useful gift; after all, those summer trips to Israel and college tuition aren’t going to pay for themselves.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could register for people to contribute to your child’s goals and dreams to help them fund the important things in life? Yes it would. And it is possible.

Deposit a Gift is a a cash gift registry service that lets your child customize a unique gift list and allow friends and family to contribute easily online via credit card. It’s a simple way for people to contribute to things that actually matter, and safer alternative to worrying about cash and checks.

Click here to create your bar or bat mitzvah registry now. 

Cash Registry for Bar & Bat Mitzvah Gift with Deposit a Gift

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Have a Stylish Bar/Bat Mitzvah at the Fox Hollow Long Island

Celebrate and honor your child’s achievement with a unique and powerful experience at The Fox Hollow, Long Island’s event destination featuring a state-of-the-art catering facility, all-suite boutique hotel and fine dining restaurant all on an 8-acre Gold Coast Estate.

Cool Bar & Bat Mitzvah Venues in Long Island NY

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2015 Color Trends for your Wedding, Mitzvah or Party

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!

Marsala Wedding & Party Ideas 2015 Color Trends - Red Marsala, Wedding, Bat Mitzvah Party Ideas

Image Sources: Table via The Perfect Palette, Flowers via Lover.ly, Bridesmaids via Knots Villa, Cake via The Perfect Palette, Flowers via Soiree Event Designs

Marsala & Gold Wedding & Party Ideas
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Long Island Bat Mitzvah Glitters!

A VIP lounge ambience met summery vibes in Zoe’s glittering Long Island Bat Mitzvah. Swank Productions was the mastermind behind the amazing décor at Haute Durvo in Long Island, NY.  Photography by 5th Avenue Digital.

Purple Bat Mitzvah Party Long Island, NY - LED Lounge

Zoe wanted to celebrate becoming a Bat Mitzvah with a big dance party.  As soon as guests arrived to Haute Durvo, they saw this this Long Island catering hall was transformed into an underground VIP club. READ MORE ......

Raise Money Online For Your Mitzvah Project

Mitzvah Projects are not just a growing trend, but often a synagogue requirement, and an incredible way for students to engage in a social action project in honor of their upcoming bar/bat mitzvah. A mitzvah project teaches the value of tzedakah and giving back to the community. Now with a modern twist, it can teach students how to have a greater impact using the Internet for good, while making the process more fun and easier than ever.

That’s where Deposit a Gift comes in. Deposit a Gift is the crowdfunding platform that allows you to create a fundraising website to raise money for your mitzvah project online, so that friends and family from anywhere can get involved. A mitzvah project is all about pursuing something you are passionate about for the greater good, and now by bringing it online, you can have a bigger impact than ever before. Click here to create your mitzvah project site now.

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Mitzvah Project – Hoods That Help

Melisa Imberman from The Event of a Lifetime shared a great community service project from a local teen.

Sarah is collecting sweatshirts to donate, including bar & bat mitzvah sweatshirts, school, camp and team sweatshirts that kids have outgrown or no longer wear.

The organization is called Hoods that Help and she will be donating to different organizations throughout the year. The first organization Hoods That Help will be collecting for is “Person to Person” in Darien, Connecticut.

She has put a drop box at a local store, Shuppee in the Village Yard in Chappaqua, and Melisa is happy to collect them as well and get them to her.

If you’d like more information, you can contact me or Sarah at hoodsthathelp@gmail.com

We can’t think of a better way to make good use of all those old clothes!