The Denmark Family Bat Mitzvah

The Denmark family of Jupiter, FL, celebrated their daughter Zoe’s Bat Mitzvah on October 15, 2016.

Zoe’s invitation was a custom acrylic die cut of her name. The invitation was designed by Zoe’s mom Liz, along with Haley Krul of Paperazzi. Elements of Zoe’s invitation were carried throughout the service and party for extra detail. The unique RSVP card was a mad lib and allowed the guests to request their favorite song.

The weekend festivities began on Friday night at Temple Beth Am with a Shabbat dinner hosted by Zoe’s Nana, Fran Denmark. In addition to the delicious cuisine created by Chef Eric Weiner, the family was thrilled with the Z shaped challah that was homemade for Zoe by close family friend, Gali Levkovitz. At the service, Zoe and her parents lit the Shabbat candles and she was thrilled to have her best friends Maya Voorhees and Rebecca Steidle come up on the bimah to present gifts from the Temple Youth Group.

The Havdalah service was also held at Temple Beth Am where Zoe attended preschool also had her baby naming ceremony. Liz wanted to make the service as special and personal as possible. With the help of family friends Brianna Steidle, who created the graphic design for the siddur cover and Tracey Freedland, who helped with the layout, Liz created custom siddurs and selected certain prayers and songs. The cover of the siddur was a picture of Zoe’s tallit and the letters on Zoe’s name that matched her invitation. The siddur included photos from Zoe’s pre-mitzvah shoot and a tribute to Zoe’s grandfather, Morris Denmark who was there in spirit. Zoe’s parents, Nana Frances Denmark, Grandparents Martyn and Sheila Winston, Great Aunts and Uncles, Aunts and Uncles and preschool friends all participated in the service. Zoe’s grandparents and Nana presented her with a beautiful tallit designed by artist Robin Singer. The family is especially thankful to Rabbi Alon Levkovitz, Cantor Jessica Ferrari, and Rabbinical Intern Brett Tancer who worked with Zoe and taught her both her Torah portion and the Havdalah service. All of Zoe’s hard work showed as Zoe was incredible on the bimah and the service was beautiful.

Liz’s advice is to mitzvah parents is to be in the moment and remember to breathe. During the ceremony, all of Liz’s emotions came to the surface as she watched her daughter shine. She was beaming with joy and crying with pride as she watched all of Zoe’s hard work come to fruition.

Zoe’s party was held at Tequesta Country Club in Tequesta, FL. Her theme was Zoe’s Seaside Dream. The letters of Zoe’s name were used throughout the room that included shades of blue, white and silver. Zoe’s logo, which included her initials, ZSD, was created by Samantha and Scott Harris of Alexander Mason Designs.

To tie in the theme, the entrance to the celebration included a surf board sign in board and a beautiful sign in book was also created from Zoe’s pre-mitzvah photos taken by Neil Cohen.
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The extra-large Hershey bar place cards were a DIY project created by Liz. The wrapper matched her siddur cover and included a photo of Zoe’s tallit and her logo. Instead of having table numbers, each table was the name of a different beach that Zoe has been to.

Liz, along with her friend Jennifer Doctor, created a montage that was enjoyed by all. As a surprise, the montage included Zoe’s favorite Minion characters that randomly appeared throughout the montage. There was not a dry eye in the house when the video of Zoe dancing with her late grandfather was played.

The room was illuminated in blue up lighting. The gorgeous centerpieces were filled with multi-toned blue hydrangeas and tall curly willow. The blue and silver color scheme along with Zoe’s logo was incorporated throughout the party. Silver chiavari chair accented the blue linens. Photos from Zoe’s pre-mitzvah shoot were displayed on the sign in table and place card table. The décor was a mix of DIY and vendors and reflected Zoe’s fun personality.

Zoe’s friends loved the teen lounge area which included lounge furniture and custom logo pillows.

Bianca and Christianne of Tied with a Bow were the day of event coordinators. Christianne set up the majority of the party because many of the décor details were DIY projects created by Liz. Bianca provided pipe and drape and tulle to make the entrance have a beach feel. Shells, starfish, beach details and LED twinkle lights were incorporated throughout the room. Liz was thrilled when she walked into the room and realized that the day of event team had brought her vision to life. The Tied with a Bow team made sure that all of the details were perfect and the event ran smoothly.

DIY elements included various Z O and E letters in various shades of blue with LED lights, a painted surfboard sign in board with a vinyl logo, tall cylinder vase luminaries for the teen lounge area and lounge pillows and t-shirts with Zoe’s logo for the MC, DJ and dancers. Chinese lanterns were hung in the entrance way and teen area to add pops of color and a fun feel.

Zoe was involved in creating DIY too. She designed and created her candle lighting display using tall cylinder vases with various colors of blue sand and ZOE letters that were painted blue. The display included 14 candles, one that was in memory of her grandfather. Zoe did a beautiful job reading the candle lighting ceremony that she wrote herself. Candles were lit by her immediately family, best friends, friends from Meyer Academy, where she has attended since kindergarten, close family friends and cousins.

Vendors provided the dance floor logo, floral centerpieces, ZOE balloon arch and vinyl for charger plates.

Jason Bank and Tony from Jammin’ Express kept the dance floor packed all night. Dance floor prizes included big candy from It’s Sugar and everyone loved the glow rings and necklaces. Jammin’ Express created a game show that the party guests loved.

Zoe’s friends each received an airbrushed hoodie from Freddie at Art Spot. The sweatshirts were pre-printed with Zoe’s logo on the sleeve. All of the guests loved the photo booth from Eventz Photo Booth and magician.

Chef Stephen at Tequesta Country Club out did himself with a well-rounded menu of chicken piccata, a roasted vegetable tray, crudité station, sliced tenderloin, roasted potatoes, a stir fry Asian station, abundant passed appetizers, and the unique jumbo shrimp tower. The teens had their own buffet area with sliders, fried chicken, French fries, amazing mini-cheese balls and pigs in blankets.

There were tons of dessert shooters, a variety of pastries, cupcakes and an amazing Zoe’s Seaside Cake.
As a surprise treat at the end of the night, LiquidXCream provided amazing nitrogen ice cream. Everyone was in candy heaven with the blinged out candy table that was created by Tied with a Bow.

Zoe’s stunning light blue lace and tulle party dress was Lexi by Mon Cheri. Her light blue Converse sneakers were the perfect match. Liz’s seafoam beaded dress was Aiden Mattox and shoes were Badgley Mischka. Steve’s suit was by Hugo Boss.

On Sunday, Zoe’s Grandparents Martyn and Sheila Winston hosted a Sunday brunch for family at the Marriott Courtyard in Jupiter, FL. It was a lovely way to end a fabulous weekend.

Liz’s advice is to start planning early, especially if you want to include lots of details in your party. Make sure your child is involved in the process. If you are planning to DIY anything, ask for help and don’t take on more than you can handle. It’s okay to do some DIY and leave other things to the professionals. Liz also suggests a day of event planner. “Try to enjoy every minute because the day/weekend goes by so fast. It’s hard to believe – but years of planning does by in a blink of an eye.”

The family loved sharing such an amazing milestone with family and close friends. It was a wonderful weekend which will always be remembered as one of the most meaningful and special times in the Denmark Family’s lives.

As part of Zoe’s Mitzvah Project she came up with the idea to design and sell silicone bracelets to raise funds and awareness for the Loggerhead Marinelife Center (“LMC”). The bracelets were imprinted with the saying, I’d Rather Be Floating in the Sea with the LMC. Since Zoe loves the ocean, she was driven to help the LMC promote conservation of ocean ecosystems with a special focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles. Zoe raised over $700 and donated all of the proceeds to LMC.