Mitzvah Family Highlight
A Bar/Bat Mitzvah Kid doesn’t do it alone! We highlight the festivities of area families who recently celebrated a Mitzvah.
Leah and Seth Nuffer, daughter and son of Marcia and Kevin Nuffer, celebrated their B’nai Mitzvah in late summer at Temple Sinai. More than 200 relatives and friends attended the service and evening celebration, which was also held at the synagogue, using an enchanted forest theme to transport guests to an imaginative outdoor fantasy.
Sharing the weekend with so many out-of-town guests was special to the Nuffer family, as was the moment during the Shabbat service when the Bar and Bat Mitzvah stood on the bimah holding the Torah. “Leah cried happy tears!” said Marcia.
Bringing the outdoors in, Track 7 transformed the synagogue social hall “even more than I imagined,” Marcia said, keeping within the décor budget. Decorative touches included foliage gobos creating leafy wall patterns, rustic lanterns and wildflowers as centerpieces, and tall stands of string lights that twinkled like fireflies.
The Mitzvah kids made their grand entrance, and the celebration was filled with high energy and the dance floor was full. Guests captured the moment in the Southern Nights Photo Booth with plenty of props to bring out their personalities, and took home their pics as party favors. Jon Marks Photography took synagogue portraits and photographed the event, with a custom-designed album to follow.
Food and drink played a huge role in underscoring the theme, with a custom menu developed by C. Parks Catering & Events. A popular rolling appetizer cart for the kids’ area offered pretzel bites and mini corn dogs, and young guests drank bug juice from mason jars. Adults were served “Mojito” Adult Bug Juices in mason jars as well. Playing up the enchanted forest/camping theme, desserts included mushroom cap cupcakes and s’mores served hot and fresh from waffle irons.
A trail mix bar in the lobby offered an assortment of treats to mix and match, including M&Ms, Chex Mix, chocolate-covered pomegranate seeds, animal crackers, peanuts, and jelly beans. Kids and adults filled treat bags for take-home snacking.
Advice to other parents:
Stay on schedule (according to the APC timeline) Marcia notes. “While it seemed like I was doing some things much earlier than necessary, I was busy right up until the end with all the little details that emerge during the process. I can’t imagine what the last weeks would’ve been like if I hadn’t gotten a lot done ahead of time!”
Hiring a day-of event manager helps to keep the family relaxed, says Marcia. The Nuffers worked with one of Shelly’s recommended planners, Jamie, who was “on top of everything and worked well with the vendors” to ensure the Mitzvah family enjoyed the celebration.
Get a Shelly’s Special discount on some of Leah and Seth’s vendors:
Décor: Track Seven Events
Catering: C. Parks Catering and Events
Photography: Jon Marks
Party Consultant: Shelly Danz
Photo Entertainment: Southern Nights Photo Booth