Saturday, July 23, 2011

Party Time Schedule

I think it's just nervousness, but I'm suddenly overwhelmed with the logistics of the actual party itself... Introductions, Candle Lighting, Blessings, Speeches, Cocktail Hour - and more of the "when does THAT happen during the party"??? I'm anxiously awaiting feedback from friends, and you! The page has been super helpful, and full of other parents and professionals that are eager to help with questions! I have also found two snippets from websites with interesting 'day of the event' information:
Sample Schedule 1
Sample Schedule 2
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Thank you!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The traditional Candlelighting

I've never actually seen one of these ceremonies in person; I guess it's not something that was popular where I'm from. My husband had one, and everyone else I know here has had their own and seen plenty others. So I've asked lots of questions and done lots of searching so that I can help my daughter come up with something short enough and interesting enough... We'll see if I'm successful. In the mean time, here are a few links to some ideas you might find helpful:

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Torah Blessings for an Aliyah

I'm sharing this short video I made to help my family (and maybe yours too) as they prepare to receive the honor of an Aliyah, the blessings before and after a Torah reading during a Shabbat (Sabbath) service. My family will be doing this during our daughter's Bat Mitzvah, for which we are so grateful! I hope you enjoy the video and find it helpful for your own simcha (special celebration). Feel free to comment, rate, or 'like' it!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


I'm on a fast spinning merry-go-round and I've got to hop off!

It's been a whirlwind frenzy of Bat Mitzvah planning activity...
-ordered invitations (from, but also liked several choices on
-firmed up a few things with the DJ contractor (
-hired a photographer (, but still considering something creative and interesting for rehearsal and portraits - ideas welcome as always!
-booked rooms (at the
-designed a logo for the sweatshirts & sent it off to the screen printer (
-started to contact some possible airbrush artists
-got approval from the world's best calligrapher to do the envelopes at no cost - THANKS MOM!
-updated the Shutterfly Bat Mitzvah website collaboration:

There is still a LOT to do, including ME practicing for my Torah reading. Now why did I agree to do THAT?!?!

Lots more fun stuff to talk about soon. I hope.