We had a wonderful time celebrating with the Brothers at Zeky's Bar Barakah. Casie does such an amazing job! It's a pleasure to help out and be a part of her parties. This was a special CeLeBration for their son who turned 13 this month. Instead of going with the traditional jewish idea of a Bar Mitzvah, they decided upon making it more of a time of blessing for him as he enter manhood. Bar Barakah means Son of Blessing, and the afternoon was just that a time for his father to bless him, a time for some of the men in his life to bless him, and a time for them to pray sweet blessings over him. Aside from helping get ready for the big day, Christi's family also shared a song that they wrote special for Zeky on this day. I pray he holds all of the words that were shared with him close to his heart and in his mind.
Because Zeky plays piano, Casie went with a music theme, using black and white stripes to represent a piano and one of his favorite colors, green. She also incorporated other fun things that are favorites of Zeky's. She used black and white fedora hats as the centerpieces with tissue paper and sparkly treble clefs and stars coming out. She also used green sour candy straws coming out of vases for a snack for guests during the presentation. Since the party started in the afternoon she wanted to make sure that the guests didn't get hungry during the ceremony part, so she also had bowls of snack mix with green sixlets and amazing M&Ms specially ordered with his face on the candy and wording that went along with the theme. It was a very fun addition. Each place setting also had a water bottle with a fun music note label with Z$ on the front. It's what he likes to be called. :)
Lots and lots of fun details......
Casie made this piano out of cardboard for the cards to go into.
A fun display at the gift table of pictures and decor.
The food was delicious and simple. Instead of serving a big meal, Casie decided on just snacky foods that would be filling. There were meatballs and BBQ Weenies, 3 different dips, chips, crackers, veggies, and an ice cream bar with toppings, syrups, and the machine to make it more fun.
Onto the ceremony.....
His dad's welcome
The men's line up for reading Scripture
The Bovee's song
After the ceremony, the guests enjoyed food, fellowship, and then a special act by 3 local comedians. There was much visiting, dancing, and enjoying the time to just hang out with one another at a special time for a young man.
Order of events for the afternoon
Some of Zeky's best buds put him on a chair and carried him around the room singing Hava Nagila, meaning Let us Rejoice, while the guests all clapped their hands. It was a very memorable moment and super special!
Casie found this great idea for the guest book. This is Zeky's bedroom door that all the guests wrote on. There are some special words on that door!
There was some great dancing going on too, led by Zeky's dad and Aunt Monica.
And the beautiful Brothers girls at the photo booth. So much fun with friends and family!
It was a superb CeLeBration! We all pray that Zeky continues to walk in truthfulness and as each day goes by, grows more and more into a wonderful man. Blessings to the whole Brothers family!
If you want to see more pics of the guests at the party, check out this blog post here of this same Celebration only with more people in the pics. :)