This was a really fun event for me and a departure from the normal wedding receptions that I do during the summer months. I had the honor of entertaining at Hanalei’s Bat Mitzvah. The celebration took place at the Statler Hotel on the Cornell University Campus in Ithaca.
I just love the Cornell Campus. It is not only beautiful with its views of Cayuga Lake and its diverse architecture, but I just feel smarter when I’m there. I arrived on campus early just to give myself some time to walk around and snap a few photos of the campus.
The Bat Mitzvah celebration was in the Terrace Room of the Statler Hotel. The staff there had done a beautiful job of setting up the room and the meal that was presented was wonderful and thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Hanalei and her guests had a really fun time having their picture taken at the “photo booth” (see the photo below as an example) and of course I played lots of popular music for the guests to enjoy on the dance floor. We had lots of party props, including glow necklaces, LED blinking rings, inflatable feet and guitars, and other assorted goodies.
It was a fun-filled evening, the highlight of which was the Candle-lighting ceremony that was put together by Hanalei. She put her own unique twist on this traditional ceremony that included every single person in the room. It was a very touching moment by a very special young lady.
I realize how lucky I am at events like this. To be able to share in such an important event means a lot to me. Hanalei, you are an amazing person and I’m so glad I was able to share in your Bat Mitzvah celebration.
Here are a few photos for you to enjoy.