Brady’s Bar Mitzvah – Temple Beth Avodah, Newton, MA

Brady became a Bar Mitzvah during a Havdalah service, at Temple Beth Avodah in Newton, this past October. One of the best parts, about a Havdalah service and reception at the Temple, is that the celebration gets started right away!  Brady’s older brother’s reception was  a couple years ago.  It’s not always easy to hold another amazing celebration, in the same space, with many of the same guests, so close together. However, making the room come alive with sports-themed lighting, seating and decor, Ellen made that happen with flying colors!

Place cards were printed on small Gatorade bottles for adults and for kids seating she brought in two sets of bleachers which sat on either side of the dance floor. Ellen designed and created life-sized mannequin centerpieces for the adult dinner tables, all suited up in Boston sports jerseys. The table settings were  complete with custom embroidered sweatband napkin rings in corresponding team colors!  A small sign in locker stood in place of the traditional sign in board.

To kick off the first dance set, each guest received a rally towel with Brady’s custom logo. As Brady ran into the room, everyone waved their rally towel.   Pure Energy Entertainment kept everyone on the dance floor all night, while showing a live feed of the Bruins game (Brady couldn’t fathom missing the game)! Brady and his friends played a double shot basketball, foosball, had fun at the open Photo Booth and loved the fun sport fan classics such as popcorn, pizza, pretzels, franks in pastry, sliders and french fries.  Adult dinner was delicious and there was something for everyone. Lo mein noodles with stir fried veggies, citronaise salmon on jasmine rice, pulled BBQ chicken, burger, fries and two salads…yum!  Dessert was a big hit too! A cotton candy spinner spun fresh candy floss,  the always loved sundae bar served in Boston Red Sox helmet bowls and delicious mini dessert were passed for those guests who just couldn’t get off the dance floor!

The party was so much fun no one wanted it to stop, so while Brady’s parents decided to skip the planned speeches, the one tradition they couldn’t do without was the hora!  Both the adults and kids went home with favors, because who doesn’t love a great party favor?  For the kids, there were custom t-shirt with each kids last name and water bottle favors for kids and adults. The adults were all so thrilled to walk away with a little memento of this incredible party! Mazel Tov, Brady!

A few words from Ellen:

Working with Michelle at The Day Of was a great decision! She and I met several times prior to the event, where she was very helpful with assisting me in organizing my thoughts and making vendor recommendations. However, her expertise really shown through on the day of our event when she and her assistant worked tirelessly throughout the day (and into the evening) to pull all o the moving parts of our event together! I would not hesitate to use Michelle again for a future function!


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Event Coordination: The Day Of

Ceremony Venue: Temple Beth Avodah

Reception Music: Pure Energy Entertainment

Photographer: Picture This! Event Photography

Bleachers: Special Events of New England

Lighting: Advanced Lighting and Production Services

Rentals: Be Our Guest

Catering: Swartz Catering