The Rangell Family Bar Mitzvah

The Rangell family of Woodbury, NY celebrated their son Jeremy’s Bar Mitzvah on June 3, 2017.

Jeremy’s invitation was custom designed by his mom Debbie, who owns Livengood Designs in New York. The beautiful two sided tennis theme invite featured all of the invitation wording divided up into different sections of a tennis court.

The service was held at Temple Chaverim in Plainview, New York. Jeremy wore a suit from Men’s Warehouse which was accented with a Vineyard Vines tennis themed tie. Jeremy’s parents along with his brother Alex, were very proud of him.

The male guests received beautiful black suede kippot embossed with tennis rackets and balls and bordered in bright yellow cord. The kippot were ordered from Randi Lehman of That One Special Touch.

Jeremy’s tennis themed party was held at Insignia Steakhouse in Smithtown, NY. No detail was spared! Debbie and her company Livengood Designs made sure of it!

When the guests arrived they enjoyed appetizers and cocktails in the large bar room. Jeremy’s parents create all of the bar décor which consisted of oversized martini and brandy glasses, filled with neon colored gravel, gems and tennis balls. Jeremy’s dad, Brad, created the “olives” in the martini glasses by punching holes through 3 tennis balls and inserting a dowel painted black for the cocktail skewer. They also created small centerpieces for the banquette tables which included tennis ball pyramids set on mirrored chargers that were topped with Jeremy’s name cut from his invitation.

Jeremy’s sign in “board” was a cool display of stacked acrylic cubes filled with standard sized and oversized tennis balls. Jeremy’s initials were hand cut from extra invitations and envelopes. Markers for signing were attached to the top with tape and ribbon

Guests received custom place cards that were designed to look like a tennis ball and were printed onto large, round, neon yellow stickers backed on black paper. The place cards were attached to decorative tennis balls paperclip holders that each guest could take home as a small gift. Tables were called, “Court 1, 2, 3 …”

The montage was created by Jeremy’s mom. Video clips were interspersed from different parts of Jeremy’s life adding a lot of humor and warmth. It began with a lovely memorial for Jeremy’s maternal grandparents and ended with a combination of video images of Jeremy playing tennis, his party logo coming to life with dynamic animation as well as a congratulatory message from his family starting with, “You ACED it, Jeremy!”

When Jeremy and his family made their entrance onto the dance floor, they walked under an arch that was created when 6 of Jeremy’s friends held up tennis rackets in the party colors. The DJ gave the rackets away as dance floor giveaways later in the party.

Jeremy’s family chose to have an abbreviated candle lighting ceremony with 3 candles. The short and sweet candle lighting honored many and provided great photos. Jeremy’s brother Alex assisted with first candle, which was to remember the relatives and close friends that were no longer with the family. The second candle was to thank all of the adult family and friends that were in attendance. Jeremy’s parents came up to light this candle and every guest was provided with a neon yellow glow candle to light from their seats. The third candle was for Jeremy’s friends, who came up to help him light the remaining candle and take a group photo. The ceremony took only around 10 minutes instead of the typical 30 minutes, included every guest instead of singling out only close family and friends and they were able to resume the party festivities quickly.

MC Matt from Regal Events and his incredible dancers kept the dance floor packed all day. The kids and adults both loved that he was so enthusiastic, positive and engaging. They really made Jeremy feel like king of the day.

Dance floor giveaways included distressed baseball hats and t-shirts with Jeremy’s logos designed by Debbie, oversized tennis balls, the entrance arch tennis rackets and some light up rings and glasses. The hats were created by LogoMax and the tees were created by Print Me A Tee.

The kids enjoyed sports games from Boom Event Source, a tattoo station from Artemix and a 2-player 200 game cocktail arcade table. The Rangell Family bought the arcade table since it was only a little more than the rental cost and that way they could enjoy it at home after the party.

The adults enjoyed Insignia’s Cocktail Party Menu, which offered many unique delicious passed appetizers, fresh, lovely sushi, a terrific buffet featuring steak & salmon and small dessert bites to end the meal. A beautiful tennis themed cake custom designed by Sweet Karma Bakery was also served. Everything was delicious!

As the kids left, they received lightweight zippered sweatshirts from Print Me a Tee that were packed in clear drawstring bags, a tennis ball can filled with black foiled chocolate kisses, large neon yellow tennis ball gum balls and chocolate tennis racket pops which were custom made by Chocolate Covered Cookies N Pops Oh My.

All the guests received a custom mason jar layered cake treat created by The Perfect Cupcake in Jeremy’s theme colors and custom labeled water bottles that were designed and printed by Debbie.

The family was thrilled with the photos which were taken by Christian from White Light Photography. He did all of the pictures including Jeremy’s pre-mitzvah shoot. He was great to work with.

Debbie’s advice to parents who are planning is to keep a to do list. There are so many different details in party planning, its hard to keep track of everything! Add reminders to your phone calendar to help you remember things to do leading up to the party. Enjoy every minute of the service— realize all the hard work your child has done to get to this day. What a proud moment! As for the party, don’t stress if things aren’t perfect. Only you will notice minor things that weren’t as expected and are beyond your control. Take a moment to take in the room & appreciate all who have taken time to be there with you & your family. It’s the best feeling!

For Jeremy’s Mitzvah Project, he raised money and walked in the Parkinson’s Unity Walk in Central Park, NY. This was very special for him because it honored his Grandma Arlene, who suffered from early-onset Parkinson’s and passed away 3 years before he was born. He raised over $1500, and 100% of funds go directly to disease research, conducted through multiple Parkinson’s organizations, including the Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Foundation.