Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Gifts 2 go

Gifts 2 Go

We met some great Mitzvah vendors at this past Sunday's Celebrate! Party Showcase and have written about all of them on our Virtual Showcase blog.

Gifts 2 go had a booth and was kind enough to sell us some of her adorable products at the end of the day. She offers discounted trendy unique gifts targeted towards GIRLS & BOYS ages 5-teenage years and specializes in party favors for Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, birthday parties and of course people that need a quick "Gift 2 go"!

My daughter LOVED her peace sign watch and my son was THRILLED with his autograph basketball.

Check out her Website for more great Gifts 2 go!

Think Like An Editor!

We all want great photo or video montages for our kids' Mitzvahs, birthday parties, weddings or other milestone celebrations. And to get those great montages, we need one thing --- great footage! So don't forget the camera! Whether it's a "monumental" occasion like a school talent show, or just an everyday candid (as seen here), be sure and start clicking! Your photographer will thank you!

Monday, March 30, 2009

The Visual Image

We love a man on a mission. And when we checked out the The Visual Image's Website, we learned that Dennis Gartner of The Visual Image is a Certified Master Photographer who has a goal:

In part, the mission statement for The Visual Image is: "Emotions are what we're after ... so that you can experience the love and excitement of your special day over and over again throughout your lifetime."

Makes sense to us! The Visual Image has been creating exceptional imaging in the New York area for over 35 years. Learn more on their site.

And take advantage of their current Mitzvah Reward:

REWARD: New cutomers only get $250.00 Off any Bar/Bat Mitzvah photography and/or video package. Cannot be combined with any other offer. One discount per family/household/party. Just tell them the Mitzvah Moms sent you!

The Visual Image
2565 Beverly Road
Merrick, NY

Friday, March 27, 2009

Spaghetti Ice Cream

Have you seen this Spaghetti Ice Cream? It was featured on the Food Network. We stumbled across it and thought it was very cool (no pun intended!) and so creative. Makes you just want to dig in, no?

Visit The Spaghetti Ice Cream Company Website for more info!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Kacey K Fine Jewelry

We like Kacey K Fine Jewelry. It's on-trend, oh-so-pretty and much of it is customizable. All of the Kacey K Collections are perfect for a night out and perfect for a very special Mitzvah gift. Thinking ahead to Mother's Day? You might want to put a Kacey K keepsake on your wish list!

We also like the woman behind the company. Kacey K is a Mitzvah Mom herself with 3 kids. Here's the story straight from the Kacey K Website:

KACEY K. FINE JEWELRY is a New Jersey based fine jewelry design company founded in the spring of 2004. Kacey Karp is the head designer and founder of KACEY K. FINE JEWELRY; her collections specialize in personalized and monogram keepsakes. Not only is she an artistic businesswoman, she is a wife and mother of three amazing children. Kacey started her collection by designing a necklace for herself honoring her children. The response she received from family, friends, and even strangers was overwhelming. From there, the line evolved into a collection of personalized monogram keepsakes.

Check it out! And keep in mind that Kacey K is offering a fabulous Mitzvah Reward right now.

REWARD: Receive 15% off any Kacey K purchase when you tell Kacey K the Mitzvah Moms sent you! Or reach them at info@kaceyk.com or 1-800-KACEYKLLC.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Creative Events by Allyne

If you live in the Chicago area, you may very well know of Allyne of Creative Events by Allyne. Her site shows off some of great ideas and successful events and she tells us she can even fold up her centerpieces and ship them anywhere! Check it out!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Table Art and Event Designs

In yesterday's newsletter, we mentioned a Mitzvah Find called Table Art and Event Designs which makes these amazing floral arrangements. Felicia Greenberg is the designer behind the company who can make an original design for your Mitzvah or you can rent one of her stock items. Either way, her table art will certainly be a conversation piece.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Clever Cookie

These cookies by Clever Cookie are fabulous! They're almost too adorable to eat! Consider using Clever Cookie to create unique and memorable placecards, favors or a festive dessert offering. Clever Cookie gift baskets also make wonderful thank yous. Check out Clever Cookies' Website to learn more! Or call 800-Best-Gift or 800-237-8443.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Read My Feet

A few months ago, we had a Mitzvah Contest where we gave away 2 sets of Read My Feet flip flops. To date, it has been our most popular contest! We also talked about how Read My Feet can make flip flip Mitzvah favors, which is pretty cool.

Now that Spring is (almost) officially here, our feet will want to get out a little more! And the good news is -- Read My Feet's Website is now up and running. Check it out!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

promom couture

If you are a mom, but still like to have that stylish edge, promom couture has the T-shirts for you.

Seen on moms like Angelina Jolie, Cindy Crawford, MM Sheri and MMIT Erica (and recently seen on Oprah), these shirts are ultra cool and ultra comfortable!Some of our favorites are:

Rock N Rule Mom
Couture Mom
Knock-Out Mom
Grateful Mom

Check out promom couture's Website to take a look or to shop! And remember, any Mom honored in our Nom Your promom Writing Contest will win a promom T-shirt!

Enter Our promom Writing Contest!

Calling All Kids!

Enter our Nom Your promom Writing Contest!

We want to hear what makes your mom a PRO! What is that makes her special to you? We are looking for entries that are 250 words are less. We will be judging in two age brackets:

Ages 6-9 and 10-13

We are looking for honest, creative and original entries. We will pick 5 winners from each age bracket. The five winning entries will be published in our newsletter and/or our blog. The 10 honored PRO MOMS will win very cool T-shirts from promom couture.

Check out all the fine print on the contest.

Email your entries to mitzvahmail@gmail.com before midnight on April 24, 2009.

Good luck!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Passover Fun

Our friend Faron over at Low Schmaltz has some new kitchsy T-shirts up for sale in his CafePress shop. All the shirts are Passover themed and will definitely make you smile.

Check it out!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Mazel Toes!

At Sunday's ORT Showcase, MM Sheri met up with Lori Goldstein of Jaylor Party Favors Custom Designed Apparel. She has all the latest in party favors: shorts, t-shrits, sweatshirts, sweats, etc. She can design a custom logo or you can choose from her many themes.

Lori's Mazel Toes socks caught Sheri's eye, although all of Lori's products are fabulous. Lori does not have a Website to date, but she is available for a complimentary consultation. Feel free to reach her at 516-643-2511 or at lorjay2001@aol.com and tell her the Mitzvah Moms sent you!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Mormile Florists and Event Decorators

Where did you get those gorgeous flowers?

That is the question most commonly asked when Mormile Florists & Event Decorators provides the floral decor for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. For nearly 100 years (wow!) and 4 generations of designers, this family-owned business has been importing beautiful and desirable flowers from every corner of the world.

The Mormile team is offering a fabulous Mitzvah Tip ....

TIP: Mormile owner Bill Kakis has some great advice as to when you should start looking for flowers for your Mitzvah. He says, "A year before the event is a good time to start thinking about flowers because you can get to 'feel' the season as well as the flower availability." (We love that!) Bill adds: "Of course, starting as early as when the date and locations have been selected is also appropriate."

Want to learn more about Mormile? Check out their Vendor Profile in our Unique Vendor Directory.

Or visit the Mormile Florists & Event Decorators Website.

Mormile Florists & Event Decorators
443 N. Long Beach Road
Rockville Centre, NY 11570

Sunday, March 15, 2009

ORT Party Planning Showcase

I spent a good part of the day on Sunday walking around at the ORT Showcase and got to speak to some terrific vendors about trends in Mitzvah planning:

DanceJock Productions - Owner Scott Neglia (pictured above) told me about a trend he's been seeing. The "club look" is very big. He is able to transform the simplest rooms using LED lighting decor (as seen in the background of the photo above). People are going for simple understated looks and lighting can do a lot for a room. Great tip Scott!

I chatted with Evan and Bonnie from The Active Edge Clothing Company who told me he's doing a lot of straight-leg sweat pants and is still seeing a lot of tie-dye. He believes once your party is over there are only three things left: your photos, memories and the favors. Good point!

Lori Bellan from NY Lounge Decor had a cool looking set-up. She says, "Our inspiration is our very own New York City, where you will find some of the trendiest and classiest lounges that are imitated nationwide."

This past weekend, I attended our friend's son's Bar Mitzvah. Harry Kaye had his Bar Mitzvah at the North Ritz. It was a fun party and their DJ was Howie from Party Harty. As my friends know, people just don't remember me, but Howie immediately recognized me from the day before. I was impressed! His colleague Stephanie was showing me something brand new: their TV Truss. They are multi-colored LCD screens and they recommend using up to 4 for your party. Not only can your zap photos play on these cool looking trusses, but the kids can play WII and other video games. Talk about multi-functional!

Shira Younger was from Image Maker/Aarrow Promotions. They have designer inspired designs for sweatshirts, T-shirts etc. According to Shira, "Simple doesn't cut it anymore; kids don't want their favors to look like anything you can find at the mall." This fashion-forward company can even put personalized "thank you's" on the inside of the kids favors. Does that mean less thank you's for your child to write out by hand?! Their other very cool "thank you" alternative was a special ring tone card. What will they think of next?!

Jeff Yahney was there wearing his signature coat. He's been working at a variety of camps since 1991 and has a very warm way of dealing with kids. He represents the Northeast original Dance Head machines and had a long line of kids waiting to try it out!

Steven Dalsimer from Dalsimer Florist and I have a mutual friend and it was nice to finally meet him in person. His services include floral decor, atmospheric lighting, fine linens, custom theme decor, balloon sculpture and professional on-site supervision.

Double G Productions has a team of event planning specialists who provide a complete spectrum of services to fulfill all entertainment and party needs including photograhy, videography, theme/floral decor, extra entertainment and a party room for up to 150 guests. (I've been to their party room and thought it was great!).

Andrea from Calligraphy & Invitations Plus had a busy booth - she was so busy I wasn't able to stop by and say hello! She is one-stop shopping for all your printing needs for any special occasion. We featured her in our newsletter on January 12, 2009.

It's always great to see Ed Jacobs EJ The DJ. I loved his comment which sums up the day...."You can get married a few times, but you only have one Mitzvah!" he tells me. "Parents are being smarter shoppers, but don't want to miss out on giving their kids a special day." Well said!

Thanks to Sandy Aranoff and Debbie Bernstein for allowing MitzvahMarket.com complete access to the ORT Party Showcase. The next ORT Party Planning Showcase dates are:

Sunday, November 8, 2009, at the Huntington Hilton and Sunday, March 14, 2010, at the LI Marriott, Uniondale. Mark your calendars!

We will be attending another showcase on March 29, 2009. The Celebrate! Party Showcase will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich, Connecticut. We hope to see you there!

Make It Snappy

A special thanks to Sol from Make It Snappy! for having his very talented artists create a one-of-a-kind special airbrushed shirt for my daughter. As soon as I got home, she immediately put it on and loves it! Sol's airbrush artists can do any type of customized design - they are real artists and it is amazing to see them at work up close and personal.

I loved the airbrushing on basketballs (my son would like that!), flip flops and even his newest favor: photo boards.

Sol can be reached at 718-876-9305 or at mispartycentral@aol.com. Make sure you tell him the Mitzvah Moms sent you!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Last Chance to Win The Carrier!

RuthMichael, Inc. has the coolest accessory we've seen in a long time. It is called The Carrier and it is meant to help you keep it all together in your car, which for many of us is a place we spend a lot of time!

RuthMichael is generously giving away one to a MM reader if you "refer a friend." But hurry today is the deadline! Check out Monday's newsletter to learn how!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

i.d. Salon

Someone once told me that a good hair style is worth investing in ... it's an accessory you wear every day! And we know that when we have "good hair days," we feel a little better about the world around us! True, no?

Make every day a good hair day! Let the talented staff at i.d. Salon handle all your needs. Their professional team of stylists offers the highest quality in color, cutting, styling formal hair and make-up. They would be happy to help you plan your special event today and look forward to working with you in the future.

Reward: First time clients please accept 20% Off all hair and makeup services.

i.d. Salon
25 S. Oyster Bay Road
Syosset, NY 11791

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Nom Your "promom" Kids Writing Contest For Mother's Day

Nom Your “promom” Writing Contest

Let your mom know you think she’s a pro by entering her into our Nom Your “promom” Writing Contest as seen in our newsletter on Thursday, March 12, 2009. Ten lucky moms will win promom couture T-shirts and winning entries will be published in the Mitzvah Mail newsletter and/or on the MitzvahMarket.com blog.

Who is Eligible?
The Mitzvah Mail "nom your promom contest" is open to all children in the U.S. ages 6 to 13. Only parents can submit entries on behalf of their children. The MitzvahMarket.com and Mitzvah Mail team will be judging entries in the following brackets:
• Ages 6-9
• Ages 10-13

What do I need to submit?
In 250 words or less, tell us why your mom is a PRO. Send us your entry in the body of an email. (No attachments please). Each child can enter only once.

We are looking for original, creative and honest entries. All entries become the property of MitzvahMarket.com. The MitzvahMarket.com and Mitzvah Mail team will judge based on originality, creativity and honesty.

Send entries via email to mitzvahmail@gmail.com. Please type “Mom Contest” in the subject line. Or if you wish, you can mail your entry to Mitzvah Market, P.O. Box 507, Jericho, NY 11753.

When is the deadline?
To enter the contest, a parent/guardian must email us by 11:59:59 pm EST on Friday, April 24, 2009. Entries mailed in must be postmarked before or on Friday, April 24, 2009.

What are the eligibility requirements?
This competition is open to all children ages 6 to 13 in the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. The children must be U.S. residents and because they are minors, they must obtain their parent's consent to participate in the contest.

Judging and Prizes
How is the contest judged?
All entries will be judged by the MitzvahMarket.com and Mitzvah Mail staff. Entries will be judged on originality, creativity and honesty. The 10 winners (five per age bracket) will be selected by MitzvahMarket.com and announced in a Mitzvah Mail newsletter in early May. By entering the contest, you are giving MitzvahMarket.com and Mitzvah Mail permission to publish your submission, including the child and mom’s first and last name, and the city and state in which you live. We will request a digital photo of each winning mom and child to be published as well. All those entering the contest will become registered users of MitzvahMarket.com. All tee shirt prizes (10 total, one for each winning mom) will be supplied and sent by promom couture.

What are the prizes for winners?
• Each of the 10 winners will receive a promom couture T-shirt, supplied by and sent by promom couture. After the 10 winners are determined, MitzvahMarket.com will pass along the email addresses of the 10 winning moms to the promom couture staff. The promom staff will handle communicating with the moms to determine tee shirt size preference as well as where the moms wish to have their T-shirts sent.
• We will publish the 10 winning entries in a Mitzvah Mail newsletter and/or on the MitzvahMarket.com blog. We will request a digital photo of each winning mom and child to be published as well. By entering the contest, you agree to let us publish the entry in its entirety and to publish the child’s first and last name, the mom’s first and last name, and the city and state in which you live. By entering, you also give us permission to register your email address on the MitzvahMarket.com Website.

More Questions?
I've got more questions. Who should I ask?
If you have more questions, please contact us at mitzvahmail@gmail.com.


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

ORT Showcase Details

Now in its 23rd year, the ORT Party Planning Showcase will be held on Sunday, March 15, from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm at the LI Marriott in Uniondale. This showcae will bring together the tri-state area's most prestigious exhibitors giving attendees information, ideas and expertise.

To make the most of your ORT Showcase visit, here is the DJ schedule:

* Body Rock will be performing in the main ballroom at 1:00 and 2:30
* Dancejock will be performing in the Skylight Room throughout the day


Monday, March 9, 2009

Any Excuse For A Party!

When it comes to Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, no party is too big or too small. Any Excuse For A Party! offers custom party packages that include professional DJ's and emcees, elaborate light shows, superior sound systems, plasma screens, party favors and motivational dancers. They also offer novelty photo options, such as pop art photos, photo view finders, bobble heads, snap lab photo stations, scene setters and their new boardwalk photo booth. Other exciting extras include game shows, sign Shoppe, video game dome, artists, entertainers & performers, casino tables, arcade games, fun foods, and much more.

Any Excuse For A Party! is a high-end entertainment and special event company which serves the entire North East and has more than 20 years of experience in making events successful. Book Any Excuse For A Party! and all you have to worry about is making great memories and enjoying yourself!

Reward: Receive 10% Off any one entertainment option OR receive $250 Off any entertainment package over $3500. Just tell them the Mitzvah Moms sent you!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Cleavage Covers 4 You

Maybe you saw these Cleavage Covers on NBC's TODAY Show in February! We saw them and thought they were fabulous and so inventive! When you need a little extra coverage and don't want to wear a camisole, you can stick a Cleavage Cover to your dress or top. Sure beats pulling at your clothing all night! Check out Cleavage Cover's Website. Right now they are running a special - buy 3 get 1 free!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Tobo Foods' Mitzvah Reward

End your Mitzvah on a (sugar) high! Have Tobo Foods park their shiny, stainless steel coffee truck outside your venu. Their trucks can be decorated wtih signs, photos, "disco" light shows, taped music and other motifs to match your party's theme.

As your guests leave, they are served a variety of items such as Krispy Kreme Donuts, fantastic "candy store" presentations, a complete assortment of baked goods, hot and cold beverages of all types, candy apples, hot salted pretzels, White Castle burgers, McDonald's, Taco Bell, Nathan's hot dogs, bagels, croissants, muffins, newspapers with "custom" front pages, flavored popcorn and much more. Friends and family will not soon forget this wonderful way that you have chosen to end your party.

Reward: Call Tobo Foods at 516-623-4624 and tell them the Mitzvah Moms sent you and you will receive 50 FREE boxes of individual-sized Krispy Kreme Donuts when you book a complete party package. New customers only.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Mitzvah Art

Looking for a unique gift for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah child?

We would like to introduce you to MitzvahArt - who offers a unique gift, the framed Torah portion. MitzvahArt commemorates the accomplishment of a Bar/Bat Mtizvah by incorporating the date, place and torah portion of the day into a custom-made, ready-to-hang piece of framed artwork.

MitzvahArt will be a precious reminder of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah's significant achievement. They have many beautiful designs to choose from and it can all be done online. It is a meaningful, timeless and unique gift!

Sidewalk Chalk

These photos are amazing! Not your ordinary sidewalk chalk artwork, eh?! You almost have to keep reminding yourself what it is you're looking at! Reminds us of Bert from Mary Poppins .... watch out for rain!