This past weekend, my always-smiling little niece Amanda had her Bat Mitzvah. While she’s the first neice of mine to have one so far, two of my nephews had one last year. Even so, this one made me feel a tad bit old.
Maybe it’s because we’re almost at the halfway point of having all the kids reach their Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Heck, any day now we should be learning the date of Jason’s Bar Mitzvah! Seems like only yesterday I was almost fainting from his very first poop.
Anyways, Princess Amanda is the textbook definition of “not shy.” She just loves being the center of attention. Almost as much as she loves candy.
So of course, she couldn’t just have a short, sweet and simple affair. Oh no. The Princess Amanda Bat Mitzvah Extravaganza was a 3-night celebration!
Friday night she led the congregation in parts of the service and did a really nice job. Saturday morning was the actual Bat Mitzvah ceremony. And I have to say, I was uber-impressed with how well Amanda did! She not only read/chanted a TON of Hebrew, but she did so beautifully. I’m real proud of her!
Of course Amanda needed a new dress for each day, so for her actual ceremony she wore this pink Princess-like gown.
After the 3-hour service there was a pretty big oneg (that’s usually a short little dessert with soda, coffee, some cookies and brownies). It was pretty much like a wedding if you ask me. It was a full-on lunch with bagels, lox, cream cheese, tuna fish, egg salad, grilled veggies, blintzes, potato pancakes, and french toast, all served buffet style. Oh yeah, there was also a rockin’ sushi bar complete with dessert sushi!
The whole thing had a candy theme too, which was completely adorable. Unless you’re a dentist. Then it’d be your worst nightmare.
Every table was themed after a specific candy. So instead of your seating card having a table number, it had the name of a candy.
Sunday night, however, was the big Bat Mitzvah party. This one was solely for Amanda’s friends, though the immediate family was also in attendance. It was music-blasting party at a cool club called Powerhouse in East Hanover, NJ.
Being a huge fan of dancing, I think there may’ve been about 5 minutes where I wasn’t out on the floor bustin’ a move. Oh, wait. Sorry. That wasn’t me. I was off sitting at a table for most of the night, watching The Avengers on a TV in the corner.
But early on in the evening, my brother-in-law Steve hushed the crowd and announced that a very special guest had shown up to help Amanda celebrate. She knew he was getting some celebrity to show up, but being into gymnastics, Amanda was convinced it was some famous gymnast.
If your eardrums were bleeding on Sunday night around 6 p.m. or so, now you know the reason. Amanda shrieked like mad and literally raced over to Jake (His real name’s Jacob Artist) and leapt into his arms to give him a ginormous hug. Every other girl in the room was shrieking in unison as well. Now I know how the Beatles must’ve felt.
Jake spent about an hour hanging out with Amanda and her friends. He sat down and had dinner with her, talked with her for awhile and took tons and tons of photos with everyone. He actually seemed like a super nice guy too.
There was plenty of great food, desserts, games, drinks (non-alcoholic pina coladas!) and even an airbrush artist who drew whatever you wanted on the back of a sweatshirt. Talk about a sweet goody bag!
I told Steve that I wanted to renew my Bar Mitzvah vows so he could get Stan Lee to come hang out at my party with me. He liked the idea but said to forget about Stan. He’d go after Scarlett Johannson in her Black Widow costume instead. Yeah, I can live with that.
Have you ever met any celebrities?