Mitzvah Dance Floors

A custom, colored, wrapped, light up or even video dance floor is a piece of décor and a great way to customize your event. In the past, your only dance floor choice was parquet. Times have changed!!! At Mitzvah List we have found some of the most unique and fun dance floors around that will really make your party stand out:
LED Video Floor
Pegasus Entertainment offers a high definition LED dance floor that produces moving video and graphics. With this floor, you can create anything you could put on a TV monitor, but it is on the entire floor. You have the ability to upload ANY video content including animated images, movies, a montage and more. The only limit to this floor is your imagination. Call Pegasus today for more information and mention this article for $1500 off the rental price of this floor!  Look below to see this awesome floor in action or look at this video below.
LED Illuminated Dance Floor
Technofloors USA offers a unique illuminated dance floor that is sure to get the party started! Their showstopper floor accompanies your dance music with endless patterns of flashing color or solid illumination if desired. With this incredible floor, you also have the ability to add a custom underlayment featuring your child’s name or logo. If you are looking for the true wow factor, contact Technofloors USA for more information and click below to see this floor in action.

LED Twinkle Light Dance Floors
Star Trax offers two different LED twinkle light dance floors. Their white acrylic LED dance floor has the look of a high end acrylic dance floor, but includes ultra-bright LED twinkle lights in each panel. The LEDs can be all on, all off or can twinkle throughout the night. This solid and level floor is controlled by a wireless remote and will stand up to heavy dancing. This floor creates the perfect bling for any occasion.
Star Trax also offers a colored LED twinkle light dance floor. This floor has an all-white finish, but includes built in LEDs that provide seven different color options: red, blue, green, yellow, aqua, fuchsia and white. This remote controlled floor can be all on, all off, twinkle or color fade between a few or all of the colors. This versatile floor will certainly get noticed!
White Acrylic Dance Floor
An all-white acrylic dance floor is the perfect way to add a clean look to your party. Star Trax white acrylic floor is available in a variety of sizes and will look amazing from the beginning of your event until the end. This floor is perfect on its own or looks great when paired with a gobo or dance floor decal (see below).
Black or White Vinyl Tile Dance Floor
Pegasus offers a vinyl tile versatile dance floor that can be all black, all white, black and white checkered or black and white striped. This tile dance floor is a great way to change the look of your event without spending a fortune. Available in any size up to 30 x 30, you can also add a runaway to this floor.
If you want to customize your party, consider adding a gobo to the dance floor or any other location in your party room. A gobo is a stenciled cut out of any image, including your logo that is projected onto a surface. Gobos can be made in a variety of materials depending on your image and the look you are going for. For more information about gobos, contact Pegasus or Star Trax.
Custom Decal
Another way to personalize your event is to include a dance floor decal. A custom decal can be used in the center of any dance floor, around the perimeter or anywhere you can imagine. This removable vinyl piece of décor is a great way to customize your event without spending a fortune. Available through Mandell Display Group or Pegasus.
Wrapped Dance Floor
If you are looking for something truly unique and custom, check out a wrapped dance floor. With a wrapped dance floor, a custom vinyl adhesive overlay is wrapped over the existing dance floor. A wrapped floor can be a solid color, hologram, color, or include any image that you desire.  This very clean look is without seams. For more information on custom wrapped dance floors call the Mandell Display Group or Pegasus.
Mitzvah Dance Floors

Valet Parking at Bar and Bat Mitzvahs

Mitzvah List recently received an email from a Mitzvah Mom asking if it is worth the expense of valet parking at her son’s Bar Mitzvah. As a host or hostess, your top priority is to make sure that your guests are comfortable and having fun. Having your guests park and retrieve their car in unpredictable weather conditions can change an otherwise perfect an event. Valet parking is the first and last impression of your event. At Mitzvah List we feel that valet parking is a necessity.
With so many valet companies out there, how do you choose which is best? We spoke with Richie Abbo of Elite Parking Valet to ask what to look for when hiring a valet company.
Since 1988, Elite Parking has provided professional valet parking for events and businesses in the metro Detroit area. Serving all of Southeast Michigan, Elite has the staff, equipment, and experience to handle parking for events of any size, from 10 guests to 5,000 guests. Elite’s top priorities are safety and aggressive hospitality. They maintain full liability protection and offer competitive prices that can’t be beat.
Richie told us what to look for when hiring a valet company:
1.  Staff: A professional valet staff can make or break your event. You are trusting your valet company with millions of dollars in cars, not to mention everything that is inside those cars. Having trustworthy staff is extremely important. Ask your valet company about their hiring and interview process. Elite maintains a vigorous application and interview process which includes two interviews, a driving record check, reference check and a try out before any staff member is hired. Make sure your valet staff will be professionally dressed and ready to anticipate your guests’ needs.
2.  Reputation: Before hiring any valet company, ask for reference and make sure to check them. Asking your event planner or members of the community for their input is always a great idea.
3.  Insurance: To ensure that you and your guests are protected, it is essential that your valet company is licensed and insured. Make sure they carry general liability insurance to cover injury to a person or property, garage keeper’s liability insurance to cover damage to any vehicle in the parking lot that is under the care of the valet company and workers compensation to cover the employees in the event of injury. Ask your valet company to provide you with proof of the foregoing.
4.  Experience: In the valet parking business, there are many fly by night companies. Anyone can put up a sign, order jackets for staff members and call themselves a valet company. Check to see how long your valet company has been in business. And again, check references!
5.  Price: With anything, the cheapest price isn’t the only factor to consider. Instead, focus on the best value. Make sure your valet company’s price is competitive, but don’t choose based on price alone. As the old saying goes, sometimes you get what you pay for.
If you have an upcoming Bar or Bat Mitzvah, wedding, Shiva, corporate event or more, contact Richie and the staff at Elite Parking or check out the Mitzvah List vendor directory for all of your valet needs.
Valet Parking at Bar and Bat Mitzvahs

Michigan Venues

One of the hardest decisions to make when planning a Bar or Bat Mitzvah is the venue.  The venue sets the tone of your event and determines your overall budget.   There are so many types of venues to choose:  theaters, night clubs, country clubs, hotels, banquet centers and much more.  Below are some of Mitzvah List‘s favorite venues:

Venues with Activities
Whether you’re planning a just because party or a specific celebration, every Dave & Buster’s location is ready to host. With flexible options, a full bar, delicious menus, massive screen sports lounges and state of the art games, Dave & Buster’s is the perfect something for everyone location – the only place to eat, drink, play and watch sports.

Zap Zone Family Fun Centres offer a large, indoor space for private or non-private events including banquet areas and party rooms. Attractions include: multi level laser tag arenas, glo golf, bumper cars, cannon blasters, spin zone, time freak, mini bowling, go karts, jump zone bounce house, soft play structure and concessions. Call Zap Zone or visit their website for details as packages may vary according to location.
High Velocity Sports is Metro Detroit’s Premier Indoor Sports Complex and Venue. With a full sized domed soccer/flag football/lacrosse field, 3 boarded soccer fields, 2 small soccer fields and 4 basketball/volleyball courts, HVS is “the” place to have your Bar or Bat Mitzvah, Graduation Party, Family Reunion and more!
Emagine Theater – Star Lanes is metro Detroit’s most unique and fun venue.   They offer an entire entertainment experience that includes: catering from the infamous Ironwood Grill, private event spaces, up-scale boutique bowling, 10 state of the art auditoriums and more! From Bar or Bat Mitzvahs, corporate event, school function, family party, or just a night on the town, Emagine Theater – Star Lanes will give you and your guests a night to never forget!
Kids, teens & families love Lucky Strike Novi! Located inside Novi’s own Twelve Mile Crossing at Fountain Walk, Lucky Strike Novi offer an immersive, one-of-a-kind entertainment experience to make your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah unforgettable. Whether it’s bowling on our premium lanes, gunning for the high score on our 100+ state-of-the-art arcade games or enjoying our gastropub cuisine.   While you are there, check out Stayin’ Alive for your party needs.  There’s something for everyone at Lucky Strike Novi.
Paradise Park is your Simcha destination, exceeding your expectations at every step. Paradise Park is experienced, knowledgeable and ready to serve. With over 10 acres of unparalleled fun and banquet space your guests are sure to enjoy our Formula Go-Carts, Kiddie Go-Carts, Laser Tag, Miniature Bowling, Trampoline Center, Climbing Walls, Miniature Golf, Simulation Spaceship, Automated Soccer Cages and Arcade. Paradise Park is your child’s dream Simcha location. Year round entertainment at its best.
Whirlyball Novi is Metro Detroit’s Premier place for your next Bar or Bat Mitzvah, corporate event, sales meeting of just for FUN!!!!  They offer full catering on site, two full service bars, big screen TVs, gaming Midway and lots of room for crowds up to 300! It’s a party in a bumper car!
Joe Dumars Fieldhouse is the best Bar and Bat Mitzvah venue in town. Don’t be dissuaded by the distance as the Fieldhouse is no further than 25-30 minutes from most west side locations including West Bloomfield, Bloomfield Hills, Birmingham, Huntington Woods and Southfield, and east side locations including Grosse Pointe.  Their Bar and Bat Mitzvah parties inside the Bayou Adventure combine the impossible to beat built in entertainment with beautiful and open hard wood floor space that, when decorated, can compete with the nicest party room/banquet halls in town.

Franklin Athletic Club is not only Michigan’s premier club for family fitness, but also the perfect location for your upcoming Bar or Bat Mitzvah. For more than 45 years, Franklin Athletic Club has planned and executed flawless events in their unique and upscale venue. With tons of party options, Franklin will exceed your expectations!

If you are looking for a venue that is as unique as your child, the Royal Oak Music Theatre is the perfect place to hold your Bar or Bat Mitzvah! Royal Oak Music Theatre has everything you need to create the ultimate party experience.  From the personalized marquee, grandiose theater, incredible sounds and light system and more, the Royal Oak Music Theatre will be sure to wow your guests.
The Links of Novi offers two elegant rooms, each with a spectacular view of the golf course. Whether you’re hosting an intimate gathering for 20 or a gala event for 150, the staff at the Links of Novi is committed to helping you create spectacular memories that last a lifetime! A stunning setting, outstanding service, fine cuisine and our attention to every detail provide the perfect venue for your celebration.
The Diamond Center at Suburban Collection Showplace offers a variety of ballroom spaces to accommodate any group from 50 to over 500!! Our attached Hyatt Place Detroit/Novi Hotel will allow guests to stay on site and close to your event. The Diamond Center offers a fabulous menu selection and includes white or black table linens, napkins and chair covers with a colored sash.

For more than 27 years, the Townsend Hotel has hosted thousands of magnificent events including bar and bat mitzvah celebrations. Located in the heart of the walkable and upscale shopping district of downtown, Birmingham, Michigan, The Townsend Hotel is a AAA Four Diamond, Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Luxury Hotel. The Townsend Hotel offers a number of superior event facilities to accommodate gatherings from five to 500 people. Our newly renovated Townsend Ballroom has been the home to thousands of memorable milestone celebrations.


Michigan Venues

Mitzvah Chairs and Chair Covers

At Mitzvah List, we love receiving questions from parents planning Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. We received an email from a Mitzvah Mom on a budget asking whether it was worth the cost of renting chairs or chair covers. Obviously everyone has a different budget and it is a personal choice of where the money should be spent. However, renting beautiful chairs or covering existing ballroom chairs makes a huge difference when it comes to décor.  Look at the difference below:
There are TONS of options when it comes to chairs and chair covers. Chairs and chair covers come in a variety of styles and price ranges. Since there are so many options, we consulted with chair and linen experts, Paula Phaneuf from Uncle Buck’s Party Rentals, Iva Harrison from Affairs to Remember and Sharon Harte from Linens by Harte to find out about the chair and chair cover trends.
For over 30 years, Uncle Buck’s has been helping clients “make memories” for their families and guests. They offer an extensive collection of rentals including tents, tables, chairs, china, glassware, flatware, dance floors, staging, Chiavari Chairs, specialty linens, and much more. Uncle Buck’s prides themselves on delivering exceptional products and service to help make your Mitzvah memorable.
Affairs to Remember is your best source for elegant, yet affordable, table linens and Chiavari chairs. They offer you a great deal of personal attention and can help you pull your event together by offering event-planning expertise. With over 20 years of experience in Metro Detroit, they know nearly every venue.  Affairs to Remember’s dedication to perfection will assure a beautiful atmosphere for your mitzvah.
Linens by Harte is a family owned and operated rental business that has served Metro Detroit for over 20 years. They offer a beautiful selection of chair covers, linens, napkins and place settings at competitive prices. At Linens by Harte, customer service and satisfaction is a top priority! They make sure that every event receives person attention.   Let the Linens by Harte family assist you with all your rental needs.
These experts shared with us some of the most popular Bar and Bat Mitzvah chairs that are available:
Padded Resin Chairs: If you are looking for an affordable solution to chair rentals, Padded Resin Chairs are a great option. These chairs are a perfect solution for both indoor and outdoor venues. These beautiful chairs include padded seating surfaces which providing long-lasting comfort. If you are looking for more information on these chairs, contact Uncle Buck’s Party Rentals.
Chiavari Chairs: Chiavari are one of the most popular options for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. Not only are Chiavari chairs affordable, but them come in a multitude of colors including: mahogany, silver, gold, white, black and clear acrylic. There are also many different cushion options available. If you are looking for Chiavari chairs Uncle Buck’s has them available in mahogany, silver and gold. Affairs to Remember has them available in clear acrylic, black, mahogany, silver, gold and white.
Farmhouse Chairs: If you are looking for a rustic look, Farmhouse Chairs are the perfect option! These wood chairs provide country charm without compromising modernity. These beautiful chairs are available at Affairs to Remember.
Ghost Chairs: Ghost chairs are a gorgeous choice for a modern Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Ghost Chairs are a contemporary twist on Louis XV armchairs. When placed in a room, these beautiful polycarbonate chairs seem to disappear creating an elegance like no other. Ghost Chairs are available at UDesign Ghost Chairs.
Louis XV Acrylic Chairs: If you are looking to replace the usual with something different, Louis XV Acrylic Chairs are the perfect choice! These timeless yet modern chairs are perfect for high end Bar or Bat Mitzvahs. Louis XV Acrylic Chairs can be used as accent chairs or if you have the budget, for the entire mitzvah party. For more information about Louis XV chairs, contact Affairs to Remember.
Chair Covers
If you decide not to rent chairs, you can always cover the existing chairs at your venue. There are so many chair cover options available, it could make your head spin! Not only are chair covers available in tons of colors and fabrics, but for many chair covers, you can choose a coordinating or contrasting sash. Here are some of the most popular options in chair covers:
Polyester Banquet Chair Covers: Polyester Banquet Chair Covers are an inexpensive option to dress up your event. Perfect for round of square back banquet chairs, polyester covers come in many colors and can be paired with many different sashes. For more information on Polyester Banquet Chair Covers, contact Linens by Harte, Affairs to Remember or Uncle Buck’s.
Satin Banquet Chair Covers: Satin Banquet Chair Covers are similar to Polyester Banquet Chair Covers, but are made of satin fabric. These chair covers are available in many colors and give a flowing, elegant look to banquet chairs. Satin chair covers have a shine to them and beautifully reflect light. For more information on Satin Banquet Chair Covers, contact Linens by Harte, Affairs to Remember or Uncle Buck’s.
Spandex Banquet Chair Covers: Spandex banquet chair covers offer a sleek, contemporary look for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. These chair covers are available in many colors and can be used with or without a sash. Because these chair cover are spandex, these are the most labor intensive chair covers to put on. Spandex chair covers are available at Linens by Harte and Affairs to Remember.
Universal Chair Covers: Universal Chair Covers work with any chair as they can be tied at the back to fit. Because of its universal fit, they are very easy to use. Simply place over the chair, tie and go. These versatile chair covers are available at Uncle Buck’s, Linens by Harte and Affairs to Remember.
Chiavari Chair Covers: Chiavari Chair Covers can be sheer in design to allow the elegance and luxury of Chiavari chairs shine through or can be made from beautiful fabrics and embellishments. They’re often embroidered, ruffled, or feature a sash to add a bit of extra pizazz to the Bar or Bat Mitzvah. For more information about Chiavari Chair Covers contact Affairs to Remember.
For more information about chairs or chair covers for your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebration, contact Uncle Buck’s Party Rentals, Linens by Harte or Affairs to Remember.
Mitzvah Chairs and Chair Covers

Creating the Perfect Mitzvah Candy Table

Everyone LOVES candy!  At Mitzvah List, we not only LOVE candy, but we LOVE candy tables!  Candy tables are a hot trend that are here to stay. They can be displayed on their own as a sweet treat, combined with a dessert table, or as a delicious exit treat. Creating the perfect candy table is an art. For this reason, we contacted Andrea Solomon, Party Planning expert for tips on creating the perfect candy table.
Whether you are having an event for 2 or 2,000, Andrea Solomon will make your special day unforgettable. Andrea’s start-to-finish mitzvah planning services allow you to focus on your family and guests while she takes care of all the details. She also offers day of event services, kids’ security services, fabulous invitations, hotel baskets, giveaways, amazing candy tables and much, much more! Andrea’s experience and expertise will bring your vision to life, while you relax and enjoy the fun!
Andrea gave us tips on creating the perfect candy table:
1. Determine what size table is needed. For most Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, an 8 foot table works well. Your table should be covered with a linen that matches your décor and the other tables at your event.
2. Use a variety of vessels, jars, scoopers and tongs. Large glass containers work great so that guests can see what is inside. If you are going for a certain theme, themed contained work too.
3. Choose a variety of candy that goes along with your theme or color scheme. Select at least 10 different kinds and be sure to include chocolate, sweet and sour. Consider selecting a variety of loose candy, wrapped candy along with some specialty items. When ordering candy, a good rule of thumb is to order a half a pound of candy per guest and if you are including specialty items, plan on one item per guest.
4. Display the vessels at different levels to create visual interest. Make sure that your containers and levels are not too tall so that everyone can reach the candy inside. Test this in advance so you don’t end up with containers that are knocked over.
5. Add other treats. Personalized cookies, brownies, cake pops, cupcakes, cotton candy, chocolate strawberries, chocolate pretzels, flavored popcorn or any dessert item will make a great addition to your candy table. If there is a certain candy that the guest of honor loves, but doesn’t match the color scheme, include that candy in small individual boxes with stickers or ribbon.
6. Include a centerpiece. Move the candle lighting display or other décor items onto the candy table to tie in your décor. Candy cakes or big candy also make a great addition to a candy bar.
7. Add finishing touches. Including signage, your logo, ribbon and other details gives the candy table a finished look. Remember, it’s all about the details!
8. Hire an onsite attendant. An attendant will set up, clean up, refresh, monitor the kids and tear down your display. Having someone there will ensure that the display looks great throughout the party.
9. Provide your guests with boxes or bags so they can take extra candy home. When selecting your bag or box, make sure you select something that is not too large. Adding your logo or a cute sticker to you bags is a great way to add an inexpensive detail.
If you are considering a candy table, you may want to leave it to the pros. Purchasing containers and buying candy at retail can add up. A professional candy table artist like Andrea has a variety of containers and can save you time, aggravation and money on your candy table needs.
For more information on Andrea Solomon and her amazing candy tables, party planning and more, click here for her listing on Mitzvah List.
Creating the Perfect Mitzvah Candy Table

What is Mitzvah List and Why Should I Sign Up?

Mitzvah List is a FREE and comprehensive online resource for parents planning Bar and Bat Mitzvahs created by a mitzvah mom. If you are planning a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, you will benefit from Mitzvah List in many ways. Mitzvah List includes the following:
Mitzvah List is the world’s largest list of Bar and Bat Mitzvah dates. It is a nationwide searchable database of Bar and Bat Mitzvah dates by geographic area, school, camp, zip code, synagogue and more. Parents can use this database to ensure that their child’s mitzvah date does not conflict with their friends by searching different criteria.
How do I register? Registering is easy and FREE! Simply go to and click the Sign Up and Create Box. You will need to provide information to make the searches accurate, but don’t worry, we have a strict privacy policy.
What if I don’t want strangers to know my child’s date or other information? Once you register, the only information that is provided is your child’s first name and last initial, date and synagogue. Mitzvah List would never think about selling, renting or sharing your personal information with any third party for any reason.
I already did a search, why do I need to sign up? In order to keep the information as accurate as possible, everyone should register. You may not have a conflict now, but if you don’t sign up, someone could switch to your child’s date, creating a conflict. You should also encourage your friends and family members to sign up.
What if my school already has a list? Does your child have friends outside of school? Does your child go to camp or are they involved in sports or activities? If you answered yes to any of the foregoing questions, you should register. For all of the school mitzvah date keepers out there, we know what a tough job you have! We are going to make your life easier because Mitzvah List can keep track of everyone’s dates for you.
Mitzvah List sends two types of emails. Monthly Timeline Reminders and Informational Emails. If you don’t want to receive emails, don’t worry, you can opt out at any time.
What are Monthly Timeline Reminders? If you are planning a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, Mitzvah List’s Monthly Timeline Reminders will keep your planning on track. We will send you an email 18 months, 12 months, 9 months, 8 months, 6 months, 3 months, 2 months and 1 month before your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah. You will also receive an email the month of your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah. These 9 emails are an invaluable tool that will keep your planning in check! We will let you know what you should be working on and suggest vendors that can help.
What are Informational Emails? Mitzvah List generally sends an email once a week about different planning topics. We gets tons of emails from planning parents asking questions about planning Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. We then ask the best and most sought after vendors in the business advice and information to answer those questions. Our previous emails include topics such as: Mitzvah Gift ideas, How to choose a Videographer, Dress Codes, Dessert Trends, Hotel Welcome Bags and much much more! Many of our previous emails can be found on our blog at
Vendor Directory:
Just like you, Mitzvah List is always looking for the best vendors in the business to share with our users. We add new vendors all the time! Our vendor directory can be found at You have the ability to choose vendors in your geographic area and then by category. Each of our vendors have their own page where you can find contact information, photos, videos and more. You will also see our vendors featured in our Informational Emails.
Featured Events:
We love to see pictures of beautiful and meaningful Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. Getting ideas from other people is one of the best tools around. Our Featured Event section was created for this reason. Our Featured Events can be found at After your party is over, we would love to feature you and your family! Please email us for more information at
So now that you know about the benefits of Mitzvah List, what are you waiting for? Sign up today at and make sure your friends do too!
We are looking forward to sharing many Mitzvah Dates with you in the future!
Happy Mitzvah Planning,
Beth Desmon
What is Mitzvah List and Why Should I Sign Up?

How to Make the Perfect Montage


One way to personalize your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah is to include a photo montage. Guests not only enjoy seeing photos of your child growing up, but they love when they are included in the photos! Making the perfect montage can be tricky. You need the perfect balance of enough photos, but not too many. You want the montage to be fun, and definitely not boring. At Mitzvah List, we had so many questions about montages, we consulted with Gary Freedline of Video Keepsakes, Inc. for tips on how to create the perfect montage.


Video Keepsakes, Inc. started in 1978, where there was no such thing as a Bar or Bat Mitzvah montage. In the mid-1980’s Gary and his team at Video Keepsakes, Inc. created the first Bar Mitzvah Montage, and the concept took off like wildfire! Video Keepsakes, Inc. not only creates standard 2D montages, but they create 3D montages, amazing kiosk holograms (click here to check out how cool this is!), incredible video services and more! Gary gave us tips on creating the perfect Bar or Bat Mitzvah photos:
1.  The best photos are close-up shots. You want your guests to see your child’s face, unless the background is important.
2.  Funny photos get the most reactions. If you use pictures with weird faces, sunglasses, or any props, they go over better than portrait style photos.
3.  Decide what categories, sections or types of pictures you want in the montage. Some popular sections include: growing up, siblings, family, extended family, sports, travel, hobbies, camp, friends and a recap that includes a few recent shots of your child.
4.  After you have decided your categories, place your pictures in the appropriate category. Once the pictures are categorizes, eliminate duplicates and multiple pictures during the same time period. Organize your pictures as a progression, instead of stagnating on one particular year. If you need help with organizing your photos, check out Gary’s tutorials on iPhoto or Apple Photos
5.  Decide what song(s) you want to use during each section. Keep the songs exciting and fun. Make sure you listen to the words of each song to check that they are appropriate. Cut the music so it sounds good and consider transitioning into multiple songs. The key to making a great montage is having one that is moving and exciting!
6.  Consider using clever titles between sections. Instead of saying my brothers, think of something clever, funny or unique like “The Dirt Devils.”
7.  Stay away from “goofy” transitions. Just because you have them doesn’t mean you have to use them! Use organic transitions that match the content of the photo such as autumn leaves for a fall photo or a sports ball for a sports related photo. Don’t use the same transitions over and over again.
8.  Limit the use of home movies or video clips. It’s okay to use some, but keep them short and to the point. Avoid clips with poor audio. If your guests cannot hear/understand what is being said, then the clip is of no use. If you want to use video clips, Gary suggests that you start the montage with a video clip or that you sprinkle the video clips into sections, being careful of how the video clip works with the song being played.
9.  Keep the montage under 12 minutes. A perfect target for a simple montage is 8 minutes and 12 minutes for a more complex vision. The perfect montage should be around 125 photos.
10.  Be creative! Do what works for you and your family.
11.  Consider hiring a professional. With everything that goes into planning a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, having an experienced professional create your montage can go a long way. If you don’t want someone to create the entire montage, consider hiring someone to provide custom themed elements to use as the opening and closing.
 For more information about Video Keepsakes, Inc., click here for their listing on Mitzvah List. Although they are located in California, Gary and his team create montages and provide exceptional video services, nationwide. Video Keepsakes, Inc. is about to launch a new website where you can upload and arrange your montage photos directly to his website, it will be completely automated and easy to use. In the rare case where someone needs help with photo choices, Gary uses Teamviewer (free software for you) to work with you as if he is sitting right next to you
How to Make the Perfect Montage

Mitzvah Makeup

Mitzvah Makeup

Having your daughter’s makeup and hair done for her Bat Mitzvah is exciting and fun. For many girls, this will be their first time having their makeup done. Hiring a dependable hair and makeup artist is important, but there are many other things to think about. For this reason, at Mitzvah List, we consulted with Jordyn Popour of Detroit Glam, Michael Borsuck of Studio 9 Salon and Lynette Demar of Lynette Demar Makeup Artistry to find out what to look for when hiring a hair or makeup artist.
Jordyn Popour is the owner of Detroit Glam, a Metro-Detroit based on-site hair and makeup company. They specialize in light makeup and polished hair. Jordyn and her team at Detroit Glam do not charge to travel anywhere in Metro Detroit. They can accommodate a party of any size and love working with Mitzvah Families.
Michael Borsuck is the owner of Studio 9 Salon in Sterling Heights, MI. Michael not only owns a salon, but also has a mobile hair and makeup studio that will come to you. The Studio 9 mobile studio is equipped with three styling chairs, mirrors and an abundance of professional hair and makeup lighting. When using Studio 9, you and your family members will receive hair and makeup services from professional and experienced licensed staff members, in a fun, stress free, environment.
Lynette Demar of Lynette Demar Makeup Artistry, is a professional makeup artist that serves all of South Florida. Lynette provides high quality, professional makeup on location and will give you and your daughter a flawless, long lasting look. Lynette prides herself in listening to her clients and working with them to achieve their desired results. In addition, she works with a team of hairdressers that go on location with her.
These three professionals told Mitzvah List what to look for when hiring makeup and hair professionals:
1.  Look at the work of the company and more importantly, your actual make-up artist. Some makeup artists specialize in making a 13 year old look like they are 13, while others will make a 13 year old look 25. Ask your makeup artist if they have a portfolio so that you can see what they can do.
2. Make sure your artist uses professional makeup. Some over the counter makeup does not photograph well. Your makeup artist should use makeup that is specific for photography.
3.  Book a trial appointment prior to your event to make sure you and your daughter are happy with the way she looks. Make sure the appointment is with the actual artist that you are using the day of your event.
4.  The best look for Mitzvah Girls is a natural look. You want simple makeup just to enhance your daughter’s look. Adding a few lashes is a great way to make your daughter’s eyes look open without over doing it. If your daughter wants a little shimmer or sparkle, save it for the party.
5.  Talk to the makeup artist. Sometimes Mitzvah Girls want a ton of makeup, but it is important that you give your input. Most Mitzvah Moms do not want their daughter to look like Kim Kardashian on their Mitzvah Day.
6.  A great alternative for young girls is airbrushing. Airbrush foundation is usually lighter, looks great in photos, is a natural look and may stay on longer. Your artist will guide you in what looks best on your skin.
1.  Just like makeup, do a hair trial so you know what your daughter’s hair will look like prior to her special day.
2.  Have your hairdresser do a simple, natural look. Your daughter will be dancing, running around and most likely sweating. Even the best hairspray in the world, won’t keep a very styled look in place when your daughter is running around and having fun.
3.  Skip the up dos. Up dos tend to make someone look older. Having your daughter’s hair half up is a great compromise and still looks youthful.
4.  Braids are a great way to add a finished look. Braids are very hot this Mitzvah season.
5.  Adding natural, flowing, Taylor Swift type curls is another great look for Mitzvah Girls. Curls look good, even after they fall.
Other Tips:
1.  Make sure you book in advance. Many good hair and makeup artists are booked a year or more in advance. The sooner you decide who you want to use, the better.
2.  Ask for referrals in the community. You are going to spend a lot of money on pictures, and want to look your best. It is also important to have someone that is dependable.
3.  Don’t forget to book appointments for your pre-mitzvah shoot. This is a great time to do a hair and makeup trial. During the pre-mitzvah shoot, you will have many up close pictures and having professional hair and makeup will make a big difference.
4.  Brows are important for makeup. If you choose to have your child’s brows done, consider threading or go to a reputable facility that uses high quality wax. Using the wrong wax can damage delicate, young skin.
5.  When your child gets her makeup and hair done, have her put away her cell phone. When your child is looking down the entire time, it can make it difficult for your hair or makeup artist to do their job.
For more information and to book hair and makeup appointments for you, your daughter and your family members, contact Jordyn Popour of Detroit Glam, Michael Borsuck of Studio 9 Salon or Lynette Demar of Lynette Demar Makeup Artistry.
Mitzvah Makeup

Airbrush Mitzvah Favors and Decor

Airbrushed Mitzvah
Favors and Decor

Many Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebrations include fun “extras” during cocktail hour or through the entire party. These “extras” are a staple in many areas of the country. Things like photo booths and video games have been popular for a while. The current trend is adding unique, live entertainers to WOW the crowd. Mitzvah Parents have included things like stilt walkers, light up dancers, acrobats, musicians and of course ARTISTS!
Incorporating live artists in your celebration can be done in many ways. One of the most popular ways, especially for kids on the Mitzvah Circuit, is airbrushing. When hiring an airbrush artist for your child’s Mitzvah, your guests are not only entertained and mesmerized by their dynamic creations, but they also receive mini works of art to take home and treasure forever. Finding a talented airbrush artist is difficult, so at Mitzvah List, we asked one of our favorite airbrush artist teams, Tammi and Matthew Lipp of Fester Custom Airbrushing what to look for when hiring an airbrush artist.
Fester Custom Airbrushing was founded in South Florida in 2008 by Tammi Lipp and her husband Matthew Lipp aka Fester. Originally from NY, Matthew Lipp is an extremely talented artist who has uses airbrush as his medium. Tammi has a background in marketing, sales and does freelance writing, including co-writing this article. As a Jewish family, Tammi and Matt have fallen in love with being a part of so many wonderful, loving mitzvah celebrations. They specialize in amazing airbrush favors, backpacks, shows, sports balls, helmets, banners, murals and more!
Tammi and Matt told us what questions to ask when hiring an airbrush artist:
1.  Ask your artist what they can do. Is your artist able to write names and do simple images like smiley faces or are they able to make more complex designs that match the theme of your event.
2.  Decide if you want favors made in advance, if you want favors created in front of your guests or if you are looking for décor. A reputable airbrush artist can create a stunning display at the event or make incredible, colorful, personalized favors that your guests “order”. When your artist is live, your guests will watch with amazement as this adds just enough activity without being intrusive to the main event.
3.  Ask what type of paint your artist will use. It is important that the paint is non-toxic and safe to use indoors without a mess. Water based paints are usually best.
4.  Make sure that your artist is reputable. Ask others in the community their experience with the artist. Going on a Facebook Bar or Bat Mitzvah page is a great way to get input. Ask your party planner or day of event coordinator the name of a reputable artist.
5.  Ask your artist if they are insured. Make sure that they provide you with a certificate of insurance.
6.  See if your artist is willing to make other items for your party. Many artists make things like sign in boards, banners, custom envelope gift boxes and more. Not only do these items looks great at the event, but they are great mementos from your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah.
7.  See what else your artist can do. Are they able to do airbrush tattoos or other things while they are there? It may be less expensive to get everything from one place, than hiring a second company.
8.  What items can your artist airbrush? Will they allow you to provide your own items, or do they provide them for you? Popular items include shirts, hats, bags, pillows, sports balls, cosmetic bags, spa wraps, slippers and headbands.
9.  Ask how many favors your artist can complete during  your party.  Make sure there is enough time to make an item for each guest.  If your artist is unable to complete all of your items during your party, consider hiring a second artist.
Another one of Mitzvah List’s favorite airbrush artists located in Southeast Michigan is Cathy from Airbrushed Stuff. For more than 20 years, Cathy and her team at Airbrushed Stuff has been painting hoodies, hats, blankets, aprons, towels, shoes and skin tattoos. If you can name it, Airbrushed Stuff can paint it. Airbrushed Stuff can pre-paint items for your party or create items on-location at your event. When Airbrushed Stuff is on location, your give away is complete and ready to wear at your event.
With airbrushing, there are options for every type of party, fancy or casual, budget friendly or lavish. The only limit is your IMAGINATION!
Airbrush Mitzvah Favors and Decor

Reserving Hotel Blocks


At Mitzvah List we know that a Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebration is not complete without family and friends. For many celebrations, family and friends come from near and far. Having a block of rooms reserved at an area hotel will assist out of town guests in making travel plans and ensure they have a place to stay near the festivities. Oftentimes, hotels will give a discount on room rates when blocks of rooms are reserved. We asked three hotel experts, Lisa Shapiro of the Hampton Inn Southfield/West Bloomfield, MI, Shamin Sanders of the Hyatt Place Novi, MI and Catherine Hensler of the Townsend Hotel Birmingham, MI, for tips on what questions to ask and what to look for when reserving a hotel block.
When looking to book hotel rooms, one of the most important consideration is location. The three hotels that contributed to this article all have different locations to suit your needs. The Hampton Inn Southfield/West Bloomfield, MI is West Bloomfield’s only hotel. Each of the Hampton Inn’s brand new rooms features free WiFi, breakfast, parking and access to their pool, fitness center and business center. The Hyatt Place Novi, MI is connected to one of Detroit’s best Bar and Bat Mitzvah venues, the Diamond Center at the Suburban Collection Showplace. The Hyatt Place features complimentary breakfast, WiFi, fitness center and a wonderful in house restaurant. The Townsend Hotel Birmingham, MI is located in the heart of the walkable and upscale Birmingham, MI shopping district. As one of Michigan’s only Four Diamond hotels, the Townsend Hotel offers upscale amenities, newly renovated rooms, incredible restaurants with award winning cuisine and hosts spectacular events in their beautiful ballrooms.
Our hotel experts agreed that these are some questions you should ask a hotel before booking a block of rooms:
1.  Will the hotel put rooms on hold as a courtesy or are you required to guarantee a certain number of rooms? If the hotel allows a courtesy block, you are not required to pay if your guests do not book the hotel. If the hotel requires a guarantee, you will be required to pay for a certain number of rooms if enough guests do not book.
 2.  How are the number of rooms counted for the room block? Is it based on the number of nights booked (if one person books two nights, it is two rooms) or it the number of rooms booked (if one person books two nights, it is considered one room).
 3.  Once your original block fills up, will the hotel allow you to add more rooms?
4.  How long will the hotel reserve the block? This is something that should be communicated to your guests.
5.  Will the hotel set up a web page link or a personalized page? Is there a block code or group number that guests should use?
6.  Does the hotel provide hotel information cards that you can mail to your guests with block information?
7.  Will the hotel put welcome bags in the guest’s room or keep them at the front desk? Does the hotel charge a fee to handle the welcome bags?
8.  If you guests want to add a night or two to their stay, will the hotel honor the rate?
9.  What type of rooms will the hotel reserve? Consider your guest list. Will your guests be couples or families? If you will have a lot of couples, make sure there are king rooms available. If there will be a lot of families, reserve rooms with two queen beds, consider connecting rooms or suites for larger families. Also inquire about cots or roll away beds. If you have guests with mobility issues, check to see if the hotel has accessible rooms.
10.  Are there any extra fees? In some areas, parking, hotel tax, resort fees and the like add up. Make sure your guests are aware of extra fees.
11.  Does the hotel have a hospitality room that is available for your guests? A Bar or Bat Mitzvah is a social event. A central place for your guests to gather is always a great idea.
12,  Does the hotel offer additional amenities such as a pool, dry cleaning, room service, breakfast or have a restaurant/bar? These are things that will make your guests’ stay more enjoyable.
  • Reserve your block at least one year in advance.
  •  If you are having a lot of out of town guests, or guests that will want rooms at different price points, consider reserving a block of rooms at more than one hotel.


  •  Send a save the date with hotel information. Make sure guests reserve in advance.


  •  When selecting your hotel(s), consider the price per night. If you have guests that are on a budget, make sure you give options that will be affordable to all.


  •  Choose a hotel in close proximity of your event.


  •  Consider whether your guests will have a car or if they plan to rely on other forms of transportation. If your guests will not have a car, it may be best to reserve a block in a location that is walkable.


  •  Communication is key. If there are special requests that you have for the hotel, make sure they can accommodate you and be clear what you are looking for.



By asking these questions and following these tips, your guests will have an easy stay to enjoy your child’s Mitzvah Celebration.

Reserving Hotel Blocks