Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Yosef's Upshernish

After months and months of planning, it's over! (My mother used to say "It's like a dream." We giggled behind her back. She was right.) 

Yosef was excited and a little bit nervous.
This day (his third birthday) began the start of Yosef wearing tzitzis and a kippah. His pants, vest and tie are from Janie and Jack. His white shirt, from GapKids

His two sister's were also excited about his big day. 
Cousins from out of town, a sweet table and craft table--what could be better? Zelda's dress is from BabyGap and Moussia's dress is from Target's Nordstrom's shop (no longer available.)

Behind Yosef's painted blue chair, the wall was adorned with streamers and a pendant name banner. We choose blue and yellow as the party colors because Yosef loves blue, and the hotel's walls are yellow. One young cousin asked me if we did the party in "Ikea colors"!

Snipping his hair was a process...
there were some tears... 

but mostly smiles...

And lots of fun!

A craft table was set up where the children made tzedekah boxes, decorated crowns, and played the Yosef memory game.

 After lunch came the best part--dessert!

The sweet table included brownie pops, a make-your-own ice cream sundae station, personalized cookies from a New York bakery and a candy bar.
My brownie pops were gone by the end of the day, so I guess all my hard work payed off.

Everyone who snipped got a sticker to wear...

Engineer prints from Staples are inexpensive and add a fun touch to a birthday party...

It was a long day...

Ten years until the bar mitzvah...


  1. Mazel Tov!! It's lovely--thank you for sharing all the wonderful photos. It looks like it was a smashing success. (Anything with candy is fun in my book!) :)

  2. Mazel Tov!מזל טוב
    Loved the candy bar and those cookies are fantastic
    Cute stickers too!

  3. Mazel Tov!!!
    Everything is so beautiful and just perfect! Great job!!!
    I couldn't stop smiling as I looked at the pictures! Thank you for sharing!

  4. Fantastic! That's definitely not how they do it in Atlanta. I think I need to send this post to some of my more observant cousins. It was definitely worth all of the effort you put into it. We had my son's Bar Mitzvah last May, but already pinning ideas for my daughter's Bat Mitzvah in 2016! Beautiful!!! Mazel Tov!!! Julie W.

    1. Keep pinning...I found Pinterest SO helpful with lots of great party ideas! Thanks for writing.

  5. Hi! Where r the tZedakah boxes and name banner from? It looks like a great party!

  6. The plain wood cube tzedakah boxes were ordered from Oriental Trading company (they call them banks) and I made the banner with colored paper and ribbon.

  7. My sons upsherin is right before Sukkos iyh so I was thinking of having the kids make sinchas Torah flags? Any tips on making them? Also how'd you write the name on the name banner? What was it made out of?

    1. I wrote the letters on the pendant flag free-hand using a gold sharpie pen. You can also buy peel and stick letters at a craft store like Michael's or office supply store like Staples. Michael's might even sell blank pendant flags...

      I made Simchat Torah flags out of felt a few years ago which you can see here:


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