Posts Tagged ‘Bat Mitzvahs’

I Found The Coolest Scratch Off DIY Table Place Cards

Thursday, December 24th, 2015
Courtesy of Something Turquoise

Courtesy of Something Turquoise

We found the coolest site to make unique custom made diy (do it yourself) place cards for your next party or event. Our friends at Something Turquoise give step-by-step instructions on how you can make a place card yourself.

These cards have a scratch off that reveals the table number where your guests will be seated.

How cool is that?

They even provide all the instructions necessary to make these adorable place cards. Their directions say to use the template they provide. You set up the name of the guest(s) near the top of the card paper and a one inch circle in the middle of the card.

Once printed, you will apply a scratch off circle on the printed one inch circle. These scratch off circles can be obtained at your local office supply store or on Amazon.

You print – “Scratch off” so you can find your table number – at the bottom of the card so your guests can determine where they are to sit.

After you print the set up sheet, cut out the separate place cards and punch a hole at the top of the card. Tie a string through the hole and attach a small washer (get at a hardware, home improvement or general store with a hardware department). The small washer is used by your guests to “scratch off” the circle so they can again find their table number.

This simple, unique place card is so versatile that it can be used for children and adults alike. It would be ideal for Bar Mitzvahs, Bat Mitzvahs, weddings, anniversaries, birthday parties, sports and corporate events, or any party where you will have assigned seating.

For other ideas about custom guest place cards (you do it or we do it for you), please visit our Custom Place Card page.



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Great Sign In Board For Bat Mitzah Girl’s Party Celebration

Monday, August 10th, 2015
Marnie Bat Mitzvah Sign In Board

Marnie Bat Mitzvah Sign In Board

A sign in board (to the left) is for guests to sign their names and add a message or words of praise for the Bat Mitzvah (or Bar Mitzvah) celebrant. Colored ribbon and theme related items are often added to the sign in board. Balloons and other embellishments can be as well.

A sign in board is a great remembrance of a wonderful event and the guests who actually attended the party. It is nice to look at the names of the people who signed the sign in board. This can take you back in time to the party so you recall the great time that was had by all.

Marnie (see Theater Play Centerpiece article) and her mom decided they wanted a sign in board for Marnie’s Bat Mitzvah celebration party. They decided Marnie’s sign in board would be made from a 30” x 40” foam core board.

Smaller versions of the playbills used on the centerpieces were placed sporadically around the sign in board. I placed colored ribbon around the perimeter of the board. The colors coordinated with the event’s theme and centerpiece colors.

I attached two pens to the sign in board. This was for the convenience of the guests when they chose to sign the board. I attached the pens to the sign in board with color coordinating ribbons. Thus the pens were readily available for guests’ use.

The sign in board was displayed on an easel and placed close to the place cards. This way guests could take their place cards and sign the sign in board in one location.

What to do with the sign in board after the Bat Mitzvah is always a dilemma. Where should it be placed? Is it best to be displayed in the living area of the house or in the Bat Mitzvah girl’s bedroom? Most of the time it is found in both of these places before it finds its way to the basement. Even years after the event, a sign in board can bring back fond memories.

This sign in board is suitable for any event and can be customized for a Bar Mitzvah, Bat Mitzvah, wedding, anniversary, birthday party or any event where you wish to use a sign in board.

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Favorite Theater Plays Are Themes For This Bat Mitzvah Party 

Monday, August 3rd, 2015
Theater Play Theme Centerpiece - Les Miserables

Theater Play Theme Centerpiece – Les Miserables

A few years ago we did a Bar Mitzvah party celebration for Bradley. Now it was his sister Marnie’s turn to have her Bat Mitzvah party in Skokie, Il.

Marnie’s Mom Eden told me Marnie loves plays. I thought it would be a good idea to use playbills to showcase Marnie’s favorite plays for her Bat Mitzvah party. I designed a playbill for each of Marnie’s favorite plays and a special one to use on the place card sign in board (more about that in a later blog article).

Each Bat Mitzvah centerpiece showcased a different theater play. Pictured above to the left is the centerpiece for Les Miserables. Each of the theater play themed centerpieces had the name of the table printed on both the playbill at the top as well as the on the pennant off the base. This way the guests could easily identify which table they were to be seated at from the place cards.

I printed each theater playbill on paper twice and then laminated each. The two laminated playbills were made for each Bat Mitzvah centerpiece so the front and back of the centerpiece would have the exact same image. After laminating the theater playbills, I glued them onto a piece of polystyrene cut to the size of the playbill.

One end of a wooden dowel was inserted into the bottom of the polystyrene. The other end was inserted into the Styrofoam™ base at the top of a very tall, two level centerpiece. This construction showcased the theater playbill at the very top of the centerpiece where it was the main focal point.

The flexible plastic tube separated the top and bottom bases. The tube was filled with silver shred. Mylar paper poofs and onion grass added color and flair to the each play themed centerpiece.

I made it easier for guests to find their tables by adding a pennant to each Bat Mitzvah centerpiece. I printed the name of the theater play on the pennant along with an image of a clapboard. As a further embellishment, and to balance out the base, I added a comedy tragedy theater masks

This centerpiece is suitable for any event and can be customized for a Bar Mitzvah, Bat Mitzvah, wedding, rehearsal dinner, anniversary or birthday party as well as any event where custom designed theme centerpieces are used.

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Very Tall Buffet Table or Place Card Bat Mitzvah Centerpiece

Friday, March 20th, 2015
Bat Mitzvah Buffet Centerpiece 01

Halle Bat Mitzvah Buffet Centerpiece

Last weekend we were delighted to do a buffet table centerpiece for Halle’s Bat Mitzvah celebration party in Deerfield, IL. As a note, we actually did the centerpieces for her mother’s wedding rehearsal dinner. Imagine that!!! What an honor.

Both of Halle’s grandmothers came to us to design the centerpiece for the buffet table for their granddaughter. The grandmothers designed and made the centerpieces for the individual tables. But they wanted us to design the buffet table centerpiece for the party.

We talked about what they wanted. Both agreed they wanted something tall. They also knew they wanted to use a logo a their friend had designed for the party. They were using the same logo at various places at the Bat Mitzvah.

The logo had a play on the words “Hall of Fame”. The Bat Mitzvah girl’s name is Halle so the logo incorporated “Hal of Fame”. The logo was designed with the words “Hal of Fame” along with a white softball coming out of the top of the name. The grandmothers wanted the ball to be yellow with red stitching for the buffet centerpiece, which we changed as requested.

The grandmothers also wanted the centerpiece raised so we used two bases on the bottom. This would help raise the centerpiece so it would not be hidden by the food on the buffet table. (They still placed the centerpiece on some milk crates covered with tablecloths.) I made the upper base smaller which gave it a more aesthetically pleasing look. (more…)

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Bat Mitzvah Hockey Centerpieces Reign At The Sports Forum

Thursday, February 26th, 2015
Bat Mitzvah Hockey Centerpiece 10

Bat Mitzvah Hockey Centerpiece 10

We recently provided decorations for (part of) a B’nei Mitzvah party at the Libertyville Sports Center in Libertyville, Illinois. A brother and sister were celebrating their dual Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah at the event. We provided centerpieces for the tables for the Bat Mitzvah girl, name centerpieces for the kiddush and food tables as well as balloon columns to greet the party guests.

It was a very unique set up since the party was actually held on one of the basketball courts. There was a basketball tournament game played on the very court just an hour or so prior to the Bat Mitzvah party. Many other basketball games were being played at the same time as were several soccer games. We had to wait for all the people to leave the court and the complex people to set up the tables and chairs. Only then could we set up the centerpieces and balloons for the party.

At previous meetings we had discussed what the centerpiece should look like. We designed a centerpiece to reflect decision made at these brainstorming sessions. The centerpiece’s ultimate design focused on custom hockey puck signs the mother of the Bat Mitzvah girl had designed.

We assembled the centerpieces in a storage room while we were waiting for the crowd to disperse from the tournament. We put the custom designed hockey puck at the top of the two level centerpiece. This served as the main focal point of the centerpiece. (more…)

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Reasons Why I Feel Bar Mitzvah Thank Your Notes Are Needed

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Thank You NoteIt is true that gifts celebrating Bar Mitzvah and other events should not be given with the expectation of receiving a thank you in return. However a personalized thank you note is always very nice to receive. In our fast paced world thank you notes are often a very welcome surprise.

A written thank you note is a small token of appreciation for that wedding, shower, anniversary, Bar or Bat Mitzvah as well as a birthday gift. If a gift is sent, a thank you note also serves to notify the giver the gift was actually received.

I do not feel it is not old fashioned to send thank you notes. Rather I feel it is the proper thing to do.

It is only common courtesy to spend a few minutes and respond with a written thank you note. You should acknowledge a person who goes out of their way to pick out a gift they feel that the recipient will like and use. It is certainly not acceptable to wait to see if a check was received is by reviewing bank statement to show the check was deposited and cashed. (more…)

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Day Of Event Coordinator For This Bar Mitzvah Saves The Day

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015
Challahs For Blessing Of The Bread

Challahs For Blessing Of The Bread

I first met Sandy when she visited our show room with a friend of hers. I was working with her friend on her son’s Bar Mitzvah party celebration.

Later it was Sandy’s turn to plan her son’s Bar Mitzvah to be held in Riverwoods, IL. She called and asked me if I was available for her date. I was and we met to talk about all the details.

Sandy ordered her invitations. We also planned the centerpieces, a sign in board and a special centerpiece for the place card table. Her mom works for a company and does all the day of event coordinating of parties for their special events. Sandy said her mom would be coordinating the day of the event for her grandson’s Bar Mitzvah. She was very excited to do this as a special gift to her daughter and grandson.

About three weeks before the Bar Mitzvah Sandy’s mother became ill. She had to be admitted to the hospital. Sandy’s mom’s only concern was that she would not be able to fulfill her promise to oversee at her grandson’s Bar Mitzvah. (more…)

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