Busy Weekend + Best Food At Bat Mitzvah

dress and heels


Things over here have been busy since Thanksgiving, that’s for sure!

On Friday, we headed to New Jersey to see the Islanders play the Devils for a 4:00 PM start. While I don’t love driving to New Jersey, it is honestly better than going to the games in Brooklyn. A little side note: This coming Saturday the Islanders return to playing some of their games right here on Long Island at the Coliseum again! Not that anyone reading really cares but I care so I’m telling you.


I had a slice of pizza as soon as we walked into the arena.


By the second period, I wanted cookie dough. Normally I get a Mrs. Field’s brownie when at Devils games or football games at the Meadowlands, but something told me the cookie dough looked worth the try.

IT WAS SO GOOD. I even told the cookie dough server people how much better I thought it was than Cookie Do which I usually get at Citifield.

cookie dough

Saturday during the day was nonstop. Starting with my run in the morning followed by Target, getting my hair blown out, nails done, makeup done, browsing the mall with a stop at Trader Joe’s too, all before going to a Bat Mitzvah in the evening.

dress and heels

^Bailey 44 velvet dress (not sure if still available) with my Kate Spade heels that I recently told you about!

So okay. I live and breathe event planning which means I do hyper focus on the details but I’m telling you, this Bat Mitzvah was LEGIT. Not only because it was my friend’s daughter’s party but because the decor was perfect and the food was everything I could have asked for, and more. From the way it was served (presentation for guest experience is everything) to the variety and taste, I was in heaven. I absolutely ate more than I have in a really long time and it was worth every bite.

Hello onion rings during cocktail hour.

onion rings

It’s all about serving mini style right now — How cute are the little spaghetti and meatballs?!

little meatballs

I didn’t get pictures of everything but I really did try to do my best because the food was that pretty and worth reporting about! In addition to the abundance of awesome cocktail hour food stations (I can’t recall everything but I know I had dumplings and some sort of crispy Brussels sprouts dish), how fun are the pretzels?!


The salad was served so nicely with the pecans and cheese toppings on the side. Honestly, I was so full from everything I ate during cocktail hour but couldn’t pass up the rest of the night’s food!


I ordered the vegetarian plate.


I knew dessert would be good. Don’t even ask, it was a NONSTOP dessert party.


The servers were coming from every corner with trays of Italian ices, Haagan Daz bars, and pastries, and then came the  s’mores station, ice cream sundae bar ….and then the Hostess cart rolled on through. It doesn’t get better than this. I loved a good Ring Ding as a kid.

hostess cart

On exit was the candy store and bakery. Such a fun night. Gotta love a good Bar/Bat Mitzvah party!

bakery candy store popcorn

Selfie with the Mitzvah Mom. This was her third Bat Mitzvah (she has three girls!) so she’s totally a pro at these parties.

By yesterday, I was done. Dead. Tired. I went slower than usual getting myself together in the morning but did make it outside for a nice walk. I really do love a good walk which is not something I ever thought I would say!

Are you shopping Cyber Monday? I don’t really think that I am although I probably should, right? My email inbox is overflowing with the deals! I know Bloomingdale’s is an additional 25% off everything that is already 25% off AND Henri Bendel is 30% off everything full price. I will report back if I buy anything!

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Author: The Cookie ChRUNicles

Hi! I'm Meredith. Join me while I run and cook my way through single motherhood. It is always an adventure trying to teach my 12 year old son the benefits of an active lifestyle combined with healthy eating while of course, still leaving room for dessert.

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