Bar mitzvah at New York’s Scarsdale Golf Club

A simcha grand-slam!

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The Wurtzburger family on the day of Ryan’s Yankee-themed bar mizvah.
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The Yankee theme was incorporated into every aspect of the party — even making an appearance on the dance floor.
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Mom, Jen Wurtzburger, relaxes in Yankee slippers before the party.
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Invitations were collected at an authentic ticket booth.
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Each table at Ryan’s bar mitzvah had Yankee pinstripes.
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The Wurtzburgers scored plenty of praise with baseball-filled centerpieces.
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Decorative Yankee bobble heads reminded guests that this party was all about having fun.
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Ryan and his VIP friends.
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Now that’s what we call a nice, looking loaf of bread. Challah!
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Ryan’s Yankee Stadium cake was made by Lulu Cakes (everythinglulu.com).
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Candle lighting time!
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Ryan is lifted in a chair during the hora.
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Even the party’s servers donned Yankee uniforms.
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A view from above.
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The lounge area at Scarsdale Golf Club (www.scarsdalegolfclub.org).
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The family takes center stage with help from Double G Productions (www.doubleg.com).
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Mom and son dance.
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The family put together the party favors themselves.
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And they offered a few additional souvenirs.
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Double G got the whole party on their feet and dancing.
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No bar mitzvah celebration is complete without glow necklaces.

We here at the Bar & Bat Mitzvah Guide thought it would be helpful to share the bar mitzvah stories of families who have already planned and hosted a bat mitzvah and lived to tell about it. These families have learned what to do (and sometimes what not to do) and are willing to share their knowledge with our readers. Pick up some helpful hints and savvy suggestions from moms, dads, and kids, as they share their personal experiences with you.

The Wurtzburgers have had sufficient time to recover from their son Ryan’s bar mitzvah in October 2013, and mom, Jennifer, says that using a “one-stop shop” definitely decreased the amount of recovery time she needed. The production company made planning Ryan’s bar mitzvah easier, but the Wurtzenburgers definitely got personal, and added many of their own personal touches. The family’s love for the NY Yankees took center stage at the reception and also influenced Ryan’s mitzvah project. These baseball-loving folks share fond memories of both the service, held at the Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emanu-El, and the reception, held at the Scarsdale Golf Club. Here’s what Jen and Ryan had to say about Ryan’s special day.

BBMG: Was there a reception theme? If so, what was it and why did you choose it?

Jen: NY Yankees! Ryan — and all of us — is a huge Yankees fan!

BBMG: What was your Torah portion and did you tie it into your celebration at all?

Ryan: Hayem Sarah, and no.

BBMG: What was the biggest challenge?

Jen: Getting Ryan to practice his Torah portion.

BBMG: Did you have a mitzvah project?

Jen: Yes, Ryan helped coach a little league team of 6-year-olds for two seasons and donated new equipment to the [Elmsford] league.

BBMG: What was the most rewarding experience during the bar mitzvah process?

Jen: Seeing it all come together on the final day.

BBMG: What was your favorite moment from the day?

Ryan: When I realized I did it and the service was over! And also that night – my whole party!

Jen: Seeing Ryan up there reading his Torah portion so beautifully and watching how happy he was.

BBMG: What was the coolest aspect of your bar or bat mitzvah celebration?

Ryan: The theme and just how awesome the party was!

BBMG: Have any tricks of the trade?

Jen: We used a production company, so it was like one-stop shopping. We also ordered the favors ourselves and put together the goody bags at home.

BBMG: What is the biggest piece of advice you can give to kids preparing for their day?

Ryan: Enjoy it and have fun!

BBMG: What is your biggest piece of advice to parents planning such a large event?

Jen: Don’t stress out and remember it’s all about the kid. It’s a celebration for them and their friends; it will be wonderful.

Vendors:

Photographer: Todd Shapera Photography

Venue, caterer, and event planner: Scarsdale Golf Club (Hartsdale, NY)

Outfits: Tallia Orange custom suits for the boys

Decorations: Ryan’s awesome logo and place cards were designed and created by Sherrie Goldstein of Logos and More.

Cake: Lulu’s Cakes

Entertainment: Double G Productions

Favors: We did them ourselves!

Invitations: Jody Kramer of Trans Trade Promotions.

Updated 5:23 pm, April 7, 2014
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