Ben’s Bar Mitzvah at Congregation Etz Chaim in Lombard

kids dancing in conga line at Bar Mitzvah

Starting off our 2020 year of events we were honored to be asked by Ben’s family to provide our DJ and entertainment services for Ben’s Bar Mitzvah at Congregation Etz Chaim in Lombard, IL. Paul Michaels Events has had a long history with the family since we’ve already performed at two of his brother’s Bar Mitzvahs in the past!

To rock this party with Ben, we sent Paul Michaels as the Emcee, DJ Alex, and dancers Jamie and Caleb. Right after services ended, everyone started filing into the synagogue’s social hall for the party to begin!

We started playing some games with the kids (and a few select adults who wanted to join in) prior to really kicking the afternoon off! Once everyone was ready, we had a grand entrance for Ben (where he entered to ‘September’ by Earth, Wind, and Fire), followed by a few quick speeches by Ben’s family, and then everyone enjoyed a great lunch buffet. After lunch ended, we got right back at it with more games, and ‘follow-me’ dances for the kids and adults (where we show everyone how to do the dance) and partied with these guys all afternoon!

Mazel Tov Ben!! Thank you again to your whole family for letting us celebrate with you!

Services by Paul Michaels Events: Lombard Bar Mitzvah DJ

Check out some of our candid pictures below! The pictures below were taken by us, and not by the event photographer. 

Malachi’s Bar Mitzvah at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse in River North Downtown Chicago

Bar Mitzvah Entertainers in Downtown Chicago

Mazel Tov Malachi!

Our A-Team for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs in Chicago recently partied with Malachi and his family and friends at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse in River North

Malachi did an awesome job reciting his Torah portions earlier in the day at Emanuel Congregation. As a result, some celebrations were definitely in order!  As the guests arrived, we played several fun games with Malachi and his friends, and the adults enjoy some time during a cocktail hour in the next room. There was some very fierce, but still friendly competition with the hula-hoop game and the scavenger hunt was something that should be remembered for years to come.

As guests entered the main celebration are, DJ Paul and DJ Terry opened the dance floor for them. Dancer Jeffrey and Dancer Jamie led the group by sharing a few follow-along dance moves. Malachi welcomed all the guests, and his brothers and parents gave excellent speeches. While the parents partook in dinner, we played a game of huggy-bear with the kids. If you’re not familiar with that game, it’s a great way to break the ice among kids. It’s similar to musical chairs, but with hugs. You should definitely Google it if you’re not familiar with it.  

Once everyone was fed, the dance floor kicked off again with the Hora! Malachi was lifted in the chair by some guests…including his mom! 

The night continued with Malachi’s awesome photo montage and a nail-biting game of Coke-and-Pepsi. When we weren’t playing games, Malachi, his friends, and the adults were on the dance floor the entire night!

Entertainment Services provided by Paul Michaels Events: Chicago Downtown Bar and Bat Mitzvah DJ Services, Chicago Downtown Entertainment Services

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse in Chicago
Photography: David Bentley Photography

The pictures below were taken by us, and not by the event photographer.  Feel free to tag yourself on facebook by clicking here!

Will’s Bar Mitzvah at the Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus

Repeat clients are our favorite!

Our team recently was able to rock yet another Mitzvah for this family! Will and his family and friends rocked with us all afternoon long at the Hyatt Lodge at the McDonald’s Campus in Oakbrook, IL! We brought out our Mitzvah team which had multiple dance motivators (Jeffrey and Jamie) as well as a dedicated DJ (DJ Terry) and our emcee, Paul. It is such an honor for us to get ‘the call’ when a past client books a venue and knows who they are going to be hiring for their entertainment!

Will and his family belong to Congregation Etz Chaim in Lombard, IL, where we work with synagogue members quite often in helping plan their son or daughter’s big day!

When people are looking for awesome Bar or Bat Mitzvah entertainment in the Chicago suburbs, we love to help them out and turn their son/daughter’s dream party into reality!

Check out how much fun the party was in the pictures below!

Services by Paul Michaels Events: Chicago Suburbs Bar and Bat Mitzvah DJ Services, Chicago Mitzvah Entertainment Services

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus
PhotographyVicky Burns Photography

The pictures below were taken by us, and not by the event photographer. 

Sofie’s Bat Mitzvah at the NIU Conference Center in Naperville

Naperville Bat Mitzvah Kids Partying

End of an Era

The A-Team Crew of Chicagoland Mitzvah professionals assembled to help Sofie have the best Bat Mitzvah in Chicagoland just a few weeks ago! Sofie is the youngest in her family to have her Bat/Bar Mitzvah, and we’re proud to say that we’ve been the DJs/Entertainment for all 4!

For Sofie’s Naperville Bat Mitzvah we provided full room uplighting, and a name in lights design for the wall to match her theme. As you can see from the pictures below, everything came together perfectly to pull off the “Sofie’s Candy Bar” theme!

We spent the night dancing with both the kids and adults, as well as doing some games, and of course handed out a LOT of candy to Sofie’s guests!

Sofie and Family: Thank you for having us for the 4th time, and we hope that we’ll have the honor of DJing some weddings for you in the (near?) future!

 

Services by Paul Michaels Events: Bat Mitzvah DJ and Entertainment

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: NIU Conference Center in Naperville
Photography: Elizabeth Guzaldo Photography
Caterer: Chef By Request
Cotton Candy: Spin Spun
Balloons: Balloon Endeavour

 

Check out some of our candid pictures below and feel free to tag yourselves on social media! The pictures below were taken by us, and not by the event photographer. Click here to see the facebook album which includes some of these pictures!

Jacob’s Bar Mitzvah

Just recently my team and I (Paul) were able to work with the Rabbi of Congregation Etz Chaim in Lombard to provide DJ and Entertainment Services for her son’s Bar Mitzvah at Pinstripes in Oakbrook, IL.   This was a very special Bar Mitzvah for me to work since I’ve known the Rabbi ever since she came to begin working at Congregation Etz Chaim, and I’ve known Jacob since he was born. 

We had a blast playing games with the teens such as huggy bear, a hula hoop contest, musical chairs, the limbo, and the newspaper game which kept everyone up and on the dance floor the entire time. Jacob and his family invited a really great crowd who kept us busy dancing the entire afternoon showing everyone (adults included) some new dances. We also had a video montage for Jacob which showed pictures of him, his family, and his friends throughout his life.  

Check out some of our candid pictures below and feel free to tag yourselves on social media! The pictures below were taken by us, and not by the event photographers.

Gillian’s Bat Mitzvah

Gillian's Bat Mitzvah Group Photo

To kick the 2016 season off, my awesome team (consisting of my choreographer, Kevin, and the newest DJ to join the team, Luis) were able to help Gillian celebrate her Chicagoland Bat Mitzvah at the William Tell Hotel in Countryside, IL. Gillian had her Bat Mitzvah Ceremony at Congregation Etz Chaim in Lombard, IL.

One of the things I pride myself on is working to get to know every client, and in this case I wanted to get to know Gillian instead of her parents, since after all, this is her day that we were all celebrating. Throughout this process I was able to customize our services to make them exactly what Gillian wanted, which is the biggest goal at the end of the day. I want to make sure that the guest of honor remembers this day for the rest of their life (I know that I definitely remember my Bat Mitzvah from when I was 13). During the planning process for Gillian’s Bat Mitzvah, the photographer her parent’s had chosen became unreachable, so just in the nick of time I was able to reach out to my extensive network of event professionals and helped her family find and book Narens Photography who did a great job capturing the entire day!

We had a blast playing games with all the kids and young adults, and dancing with everyone (adults included). In addition to DJ services, we were also able to provide Bat Mitzvah Photobooth services for Gillian. The photobooth was running for the entire party and since the family had opted for a package that included a memory book, Gillian got to walk away with a memory book she’ll be able to keep forever which includes pictures from all her family and friends with personal notes for Gillian.

Thanks Gillian (and family) for having myself and my team!

Check out some of our candid pictures below and feel free to tag yourselves on social media! The pictures below were taken by us, and not by the event photographers. Click here to see the facebook album which includes some of these pictures!

David’s Bar Mitzvah

Champaign IL Illinois Bar Bat Mitzvah DJ Blog Cover

Recently, my team and I went down to Champaign, IL again (for a second time, on a special request) to DJ and provide entertainment for David’s Bar Mitzvah. Rocking this party with me was DJ FastLane on the turntables, and Dance Motivator Kevin with me on the dance floor while I was the emcee.  David’s family was referred to me by a past client who’s Bar Mitzvah I DJed in Champaign two years earlier. Myself and my team were able to bring the “Chicago” feel and energy to Champaign, which is exactly what David and his family wanted!

David’s family prepared a great video slideshow/montage showing pictures of David growing up, and pictures with all of his friends from OSRUI, his summer camp in Wisconsin. We played some games with the kids/teenagers while the adults were busy with cocktail hour and lunch, and then had some interactive dances we were able to teach to everyone as well!

The party was held at the Stone Creek Events Center in Urbana where Bob, the owner was great to work with. I also had the opportunity to work with Bradley of Bradley Leeb Photography who was really great to work with, and a true professional at what he does.

Please check out the pictures below and feel free to share on social media! Sorry for the low quality, it seems the camera wasn’t setup right before this party. 

Abby’s Bat Mitzvah

Carlucci Downers Grove Bat Mitzvah Jewish Party Cover Pic

In November myself and my colleague and fellow DJ (Joe) were able to entertain for Abby’s Bat Mitzvah at Carlucci Restaurant in Lombard, IL.

Abby is the second of three siblings in the family. This family truly loves us and knows what a great job we do with Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. We had previously done the Bar Mitzvah of the first sibling, and will (in mid 2015) be entertaining for the last of the three siblings!

We worked with Bruce Pudwell Photography (again, as we did for the oldest sibling’s Bar Mitzvah) who did a fantastic job capturing all the moments of the day!

Check out some snapshots from Abby’s Bat Mitzvah, and feel free to tag your friends!