Tu B’Shevat

Posted on by Jeanne Woodyard

“Go out on a limb
That’s were the fruit is”
I’m not exactly sure who this quote belongs to. My search to find its author is resulting in multiple answers. Anyway, I found this quote to be inspirational and quite appropriate for today’s blog about the Jewish Arbor Day holiday, or Tu B’Shevat.

The observance of the Tu B’Shevat holiday occurs on the 15th day of the Jewish month Shevat. Judaism has several different “New Years” and Tu B’Shevat is the New Year for the reason of determining the age of trees for tithing.

Why is determining the age of a tree significant in the Jewish tradition?

 

When you come to the land and you plant any tree, you shall treat its fruit as forbidden; for three years it will be forbidden and not eaten. In the fourth year, all of its fruit shall be sanctified to praise the L-RD. In the fifth year, you may eat its fruit.

-Leviticus 19:23-25

One may observe Tu B’Shevat in a number of ways. A popular custom is to eat fruit for which Israel is known: olives, dates, raisins or grapes, and pomegranates.

Trees are often planted on this day. As an alternative, some people donate to charities that will plant trees in Israel.

Tu B’Shevat will be celebrated in 2013 from sunset on Friday, January 25 to nightfall on Saturday, January 26. Since this coincides with the Jewish Sabbath, this is a popular date to have a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. A Tree of Life theme for the Mitzvah celebration would be an appropriate way to recognize this special day.

Above are images for invitations that would be perfect for any Bar Mitzvah held on Tu B’Shevat.

Top center: Majestic Pocket Bar Mitzvah invitation

Lower left: Rooted Bar Mitzvah Invitation

Lower right: A Colorful Land Bar Mitzvah Invitation

Wishing you and yours a very fruitful Tu B’Shevat!

Hoop It Up with a Basketball-themed Bar Mitzvah!

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I was cruising Pinterest today looking at Bar Mitzvah ideas and found, no surprise, sports-themed Bar Mitzvahs are still going strong. With Basketball Season just ahead, it seems a great time to dunk into some inspiration for planning a Basketball-themed Bar Mitzvah party!

Basketball Bar Mitzvah Party

Basketball Bar Mitzvah Party

Invitations4Less.com offers a fabulous basketball Bar Mitzvah Invitation by Krepe-Kraft. We love the basketball-texture paper used in creating this unique invitation. There will be no question about what the theme of your event will be when your guests open their invitations!

Everyone gets in the spirit with basketball yarmulkes from MazelTops.com!

And what young man wouldn’t thrill to the site of his very own scoreboard from The Prop Factory?

Sometimes the cake is just too pretty to eat. That’s where Cake Pops come in handy! (OK, we know you’re going to eat the cake anyway, but cake pops, too? Bring it on!). These were decorated by Popolate in Syndey. Clever!

The mini gumball machines from Wedding Centerpieces Online make adorable favors, and the sticker can be customized for your event. Sweet!

We can’t stop staring at this fabulous cake from Pink Cake Box! Seriously, makes me want to move to the east coast just so I can have them bake cakes for all future parties!

And in the category of “Why didn’t I think of that?”, a truly original centerpiece design by the Prop Factory brings elegance to a theme that’s pure fun.

And just in, this brand new basketball Bar Mitzvah invitation created by our designers here at Invitations4Less.com!  This invitation is super budget-friendly and will set the tone for your Basketball-themed Bar Mitzvah party!

Check out all our finds for basketball-themed Bar Mitzvahs on our Pinterest Board!

Shell Rummel Invitations

Posted on by Jeanne Woodyard

It’s been a busy spring and early summer here at Invitations4Less.com. Much of Jeanne’s time has been spent selecting and adding new invitations for all of our invitations lines. This year is somewhat unique for our Bar and Bat Mitzvah collection as most of the printers we work with have debuted new albums.  We are proud to offer a collection of Bar and Bat Mitzvah invitations by Artist Shell Rummel. The Shell Rummel invitations are perfect for anyone who has a love of art.

Tree of Life Magenta

Tree of Life Magenta

Some of our latest invitations are designed by Shell Rummel. Rummel’s designs reach across the age spectrum of young and old. Her richly symbolic artwork is full of color, vibrancy and beauty. Her designs are unique with style and Jewish tradition. Carlson Craft is printing her stunning designs and we are proud to offer them on our site. Our Bar and Bat Mitzvah families are already submitting rave reviews.

Rummel Torah

Rummel Torah

All of the Shell Rummell invitations are offered with single envelopes.  Hebrew names and blessings may be added to these invitations. We have a Hebrew typesestter on staff to assist with the Hebrew design and translation. The invitations from this collection are paper with 30% recycled content. A wide variety of ink colors are offered with this collection as well.

Rummel Bat Mitzvah Invitation

Rummel Bat Mitzvah Invitation

As the Shell Rummel invitations have been added to our Bar and Bat Mitzvah collection, it’s been exciting to receive our customer’s feedback. Add to our blog by letting us know what you think!

Top Bar and Bat Mitzvah Party Themes

Posted on by Jeanne Woodyard

Bar & Bat Mitzvahs can range from simple ceremonies followed by a kiddush luncheon at the synagogue to all-out Hollywood-style celebrations. After all the hard work the Bar or Bat Mitzvah has put into this rite of passage, and in many cases a mitzvah project, it’s understandable to want to celebrate their accomplishment with family and friends.  Today we share the top Mitzvah party themes.

Planning a party is almost always easier from start to finish if you have a “theme” which creates a framework within which to work and keeps your planning from running off the rails. Ultimately, the final theme decision should be up to the Bar or Bat Mitzvah, but often they are so busy working on their studies and projects that they don’t have time to brainstorm ideas and it’s up to mom or dad to offer up themes their child might find appealing. If you’re lost on this account, here’s a list of top Bar & Bat Mitzvah themes to get you started:

Perhaps the easiest theme to incorporate into your celebration is one which stems from a hobby or activity your child is involved in. For this very reason, sports are a long-running popular theme for celebrations. This theme is easy to incorporate into the decor, food, invitations and favors!

Soccer Party

Soccer Party

credits: Cupcakes – Martha Stewart; Soccer Invitation: Invitations4Less.com; Candy Vendor Image: Celebrations At Home; favor balls: MiniSportsBalls.com

While a sports theme may appeal to both genders, some Bat Mitzvahs may prefer a more “girlie” theme and they’re in luck with the recent popularity of the Candyland (or just generally Candy) Bat Mitzvah theme. This has become very popular of late and is a very easy and fun theme to carry through your party. The image below should give you some inspiration.

Candyland Party

Candyland Party

credits: Invitation: Invitations4Less.com; PlaceCards – Your Party By Karen; “Cake” and Candy container place cards: MitzvahMarket.com; Room Decor: BridalGuide.com; Candy Topiary: KarasPartyIdeas.com

If that’s just a little too sweet, perhaps your girl would prefer a walk on the wild side with a Hippie Chic Bat Mitzvah replete with tie dye and peace symbols in bright colors.

Peace Party

Peace Party

credits: – Hippie Chic Bat Mitzvah Invitation: Invitations4Less.com; Peace-ful Lounge Seating: Mitzvah Market; Peace Symbol Balloon Sculpture: Jessica Claire Photography; Candy Bar Wrapper: Bunny Prints; Sweets to Dye For sign: Celebrations; Tie-Dye Gown: Morilee; Tie-Dye Yarmulke: Mazel Tops

Boys and girls alike may really enjoy a technology-themed party. We’re calling it “Geek Chic” and we found some really fun ideas, such as the great smart-phone place cards complete with the guests’ own avatars!

Texting Party

Texting Party

credits: iPhone Place Cards- OffBeatBride; TXT Message Save The Date Cards: Invitations4Less.com; Facebook Archway – MitzvahMarket.com; iPodCake- CakesDuSoleil; “Connect” Yarmulkes: SpecialEvents.com

If your son or daughter has a flair for the dramatic, a Hollywood-themed celebration may be perfect for them! This is a very easy theme to work through since large ticket items are readily available on the rental market for Oscar Nights and proms. Don’t forget the props for your photo booth!

Red Carpet Party

Red Carpet Party

credits: Red Carpet Invitation: Invitations4Less.com; Film Reel Cake: Cake Central; “Now Showing” Banner: Stumps Party; Statuette, Walk of Fame Star: Hollywood Mega Store; All Other Photobooth Props, Clapboard Place Cards: Shindigz

On the other hand, many a Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebration is held preceding a pilgrimage to the holy land, or the family simply prefers to keep the focus on the religious nature of the occasion, and an Israel theme is so appropriate. The theme may be carried out as simply as incorporating the colors of the flag or as elaborately as a designer cake and invitations sourced from Israel.

Jerusalem Party

Jerusalem Party

credits: Venue: Evoke via MitzvahMarket; Custom-created Tallit: Tallits By Sharon; City of Joy Bar Mitzvah Invitation, created in Israel, available from Invitations4Less.com; Jerusalem-design Cake

However you choose to celebrate, make your event more meaningful by including touches of the Bar or Bat Mitzvah’s personality and include a nod to family tradition and it will be fabulous.
Mazel tov!

A Hippie Chic Bat Mitzvah | Peace Symbol Bat Mitzvah Invitation

Posted on by Jeanne Woodyard

They’re here. There there. They’re everywhere! Peace symbols!  We’ve jumped on the bandwagon and have our very own peace symbol Bat Mitzvah invitation.

You can’t walk through your local mall, or your local city park for that matter, without seeing peace symbols these days and it seems just about every ‘tween girl has a shirt, bag or shoes in rotation with this very fun and fashionable statement. Given the symbolism, it’s no surprise that the peace symbol has also become a popular Bat Mitzvah theme!

Here’s a little inspiration for your very own “hippie chic” / peace symbol / tie-dye Bat Mitzvah celebration.

Clockwise from upper left:

– Hippie Chic Bat Mitzvah Invitation: Invitations4Less.com
– Peace-ful Lounge Seating: Image courtesy Mitzvah Market
– Peace Symbol Balloon Sculpture: Image courtesy Jessica Claire Photography
– Candy Bar Wrapper: Bunny Prints
– Sweets to Dye For sign: Celebrations.com
– Tie-Dye Gown: Morilee
– Tie-Dye Yarmulke: Mazel Tops

We had the inspiration for this peace symbol Bat Mitzvah invitation, and our friends at Designer’s Connection took our imagination and created a fun and colorful ensemble, one that is perfect for the young lady who is about to celebrate her milestone occasion.  The entire Mitzvah celebration can be styled around the peace sign symbolism.

Do you have questions about this funky invitation, or any of our other stylish Bat Mitzvah invitations?  Feel free to contact us and one of our friendly invitation experts will be happy to assist you.  Alternatively, you may always reach us at 888.497.3581.

What a Difference a Break Makes! | Invitation Wording

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I’ve seen my share of invitation wording in the last 12 ½ years with Invitations4Less.com and to be sure, I’ve learned a lot in that time! One of the services we offer to our customers is etiquette review. Just check a box and we’ll be happy to share our knowledge of etiquette and layout with you before your invitations are printed, ensuring the best possible presentation for you when sending out the first impression of your event to your guests.

I’ve found that, often, customers have the basic knowledge of how to word an invitation, but where we can help is in arranging the wording so that it flows smoothly and attractively. Consider the difference in the two sets of wording below.

For best effect, read aloud:

With the richness of
tradition and the
promise of tomorrow we
invite you to share this
special moment as
our son, Raymond Jacob
becomes a
Bar Mitzvah on
Saturday, the twenty-first of May at
ten-thirty in the morning at
Temple Beth El, Syracuse, New York

Rebekah and Jonas Kaplan

Now try this:

With the richness of tradition
and the promise of tomorrow
we invite you to share
this special moment
as our son
Raymond Jacob
becomes a Bar Mitzvah
on Saturday, the twenty-first of May
at ten-thirty in the morning
Temple Beth El
Syracuse, New York

Rebekah and Jonas Kaplan

Did you notice a difference in the cadence and flow? Each time you end a line and start a new one, you are creating a minor pause. It’s subtle, but just enough to either disrupt, or facilitate, an elegant flow to your wording.

Now, think about what you can do with your wording when you are arranging the lines artfully.

You may use an alternate typestyle for lines you want to emphasize. Perhaps, you’d like the name(s) to be in a script typestyle to offset it/them from the rest of the wording which is in a block typestyle. This is done to great effect (and at no extra cost!) on many elegant invitations, but only works if you choose your line breaks carefully.

You may also wish to add extra spacing between lines to really offset the words to follow.

And while we’re thinking about arranging your wording, consider the statement you can make simply by arranging your wording using justification options!

If you’re feeling short on creativity, we’re always happy to help you make the most of your invitation wording with font styles, sizes, spacing and justification. Contact Us today with your ideas and we’ll help you create your masterpiece!

4 Exciting New Options for your Mitzvah Celebration! | New Mitzvah Invitations

Posted on by Jeanne Woodyard

Invitations4Less.com is pleased to welcome 4 new invitations to our ever-expanding line of New Mitzvah invitations. Crafted in the Foothills of Jerusalem, these invitations will express the excitement and joy for your son or daughter’s special day. Convey your Jewish pride by having the words “Made in Israel” printed on the backside of your invitation at no additional cost!

When folded, this 6″-inch square invitation displays a tree full of Hebrew letters with the name of the Bar Mitzvah below. Inside, a layer of warm white felt paper is adhered to the outer layer of wonderfully textured cactus felt paper. The English version of the invitation wording is printed on the left-hand side with its Hebrew version mirrored on the right. The Blessing Tree image is spread between both sides.

Printed on Galvanized Shimmer stock, this 7″-square invitation features a silver foil stamped Star of David which surrounds your wording. Your son’s Hebrew name can also be included with the English wording for a truly personalized statement. Your guests will be “wowed” when they receive this invitation in their mail!

This 7″-inch layered invitation features Lime shimmer paper atop an Esse Espresso back card. The Bar Mitzvah’s age and name are printed at the top of the invitation, with the event details right and left justified at the bottom. This invitation speaks of contemporary styling all the way!

Elegance abounds with this oblong invitation which measures 7.5″ x 5.5″. The back card is a “Punch” purple shimmer card on which a silver chrome card is layered. Top that off with a white layer which is preprinted with a jeweled Torah design and has silver foil accents, and you have an invitation that every Bat Mitzvah girl would be thrilled to call her own!

Stop by our blog daily as we introduce more new Mitzvah invitations for exciting selections that are appropriate for any celebration!

Peace Out With Our New and Exclusive Hippie Chic Invitation | Peace Sign Invitation

Posted on by Jeanne Woodyard

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been seeing peace signs everywhere for quite awhile now. They’re on ‘tween clothing, travel coffee mugs and water bottles, notebooks and cell-phone covers. It seems the ‘tween market just can’t get enough of this design and it shows no signs of letting up.  So why were we having such trouble finding great options for peace sign invitations?  Having done a pretty extensive search, I can tell you the options are quite limited.

What’s a savvy stationer to do? When we see a niche that needs filling, we take matters into our own hands and create an exclusive!

Working with designer Shelley Epstein of Designer’s Connection in south Florida, we set about to transform the ever-popular, but masculine, Distinctly Personal Bar Mitzvah Invitation into a riot of color and 60s sensibility that’s equal parts modern, fun and feminine. The result is our exclusive Hippie Chic Bat Mitzvah Invitation. We’re anticipating great things for this new release, and you can only get it at Invitations4Less.com!

Photo Bar and Bat Mitzvah Invitations

Posted on by Jeanne Woodyard

Selecting the perfect invitation for your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah can be a daunting task. It’s quite normal to stress over this decision. After all, you want an invitation that is as unique as your child. Convey your child’s individuality with one of these photo Bar Mitzvah invitations that feature a photo or a sketch of your son or daughter.

A. Artistry Bar or Bat Mitzvah Invitation
This invitation features a sketch of your son or daughter which is taken from your supplied 3″ x 5″ black and white photo. A white invitation card stock is placed over a shiny silver layer which is placed over a sparkle grey layer. This will truly be a one-of a kind invitation, and alternate paper colors are available.
B. Expressions of Faith Bar Mitzvah Invitation
Your son will be proud to send this invitation which will feature a sketch of him on an ivory translucent vellum paper stock. The sketch layer is placed over an ivory card stock that has a copper shimmer backer. This invitation is fitting for your special occasion and may be ordered in alternate paper colors.
C. Faithful Journey Bar or Bat Mitzvah Invitation
Printed on a pearl shimmer card stock, this multi-colored invitation would be perfect for your son or daughter’s special day. It displays a color photo of the Mitzvah along with muted symbols of the Jewish faith. Your wording and the photo will be digitally printed.
D. Contemporary Elegance Bat Mitzvah Invitation
While shown here as a wedding invitation, this would make a lovely invitation for your daughter’s Bat Mitzvah. The black and white photo is printed on a white card stock and may be personalized with a short saying of your choice around three outer edges. The translucent overlay is printed with your invitation wording and everything is tied neatly together with a sheer white bow with satin edging.
E. Black Tie Bat Mitzvah Invitation
This layered invitation features a glossy back card that is printed with photo of the Mitzvah. The photo may be printed in color or black and white. A translucent vellum overlay displays your invitation wording and everything is held together with a ribbon which is available in several colors.

Your guests will be thrilled to open your son or daughter’s invitation with their photo prominently displayed. And, it will be a memento that you will cherish forever.

They’re here! | Peace Sign Bat Mitzvah Invitations

Posted on by Jeanne Woodyard

We’ve been seeing a lot of peace signs in the stores. They’re on everything from ‘tween/teen apparel to travel mugs, wall décor and jewelry. How could we let this one pass us by without giving you a couple of sweet Peace Sign Bat Mitzvah invitations to choose from?

The Hippie Chic Bat Mitzvah invitation was created specifically for Invitations4Less.com by one of our favorite vendors.   We had a vision of what we wanted this invitation to look like, and they made it happen!  Tie-dye paper, azalea shimmer frost card stock and a peace sign applique appear on the front along with your daughter’s English and Hebrew names.  Inside, there is sufficient room for your wording details and your reception information.

We’re all in love with our latest additions for the Bat Mitzvah invitation market.  A colorful peace sign comprised of swirls, doves, smaller peace symbols, flowers, hearts and Jewish stars appears on the left.  Below, we show the Bat Mitzvah’s name in English and Hebrew.  We’re calling it the Shalom Shimmer Bat Mitzvah invitation, and just like the Hippie Chic Bat Mitzvah invitation, you won’t find it anywhere else!

p.s. They are wonderfully affordable, too!  Claim your coupon code MITZVAH25 at checkout to save 25% off your online order.

Be sure to visit us for a great collection of Bar and Bat Mitzvah Invitations.  If you have questions about these or any other invitations, feel free to contact us and one of our friendly invitation experts will be happy to help.