And this earlier story from South Florida's Sun-Sentinel published November 14th:
Remember when a bar or bat mitzvah used to involve a religious ceremony, a celebration and a lot of Israeli dancing? Well, here in South Florida, the bat mitzvah experience can be oh-so-much more.
"I wanted to have the party of the year," said 13-year-old Amber Ridinger, who celebrated her bat mitzvah with 215 of her closest friends at "Butterflies and Bling," an affair that included celebrity guests such as Mike Piazza, Irv Gotti, Alicia Rickter and Brande Roderick. "A lot of kids are having big parties these days."
Guests entered the party via a pink carpet that led into The Forge restaurant in Miami Beach. The room was decorated with crystals and gemstones. Decorative butterflies swooped down from the ceiling above tables covered in custom crystal-embroidered linens. Edible delights floated in mid-air.
Amber's parents, Internet marketing honchos J.R. and Loren Ridinger, arranged for professional recording artists Ja Rule, Ashanti, Marques Houston and Omarionto perform. But the highlight of the evening was the debut of Amber's clothing line, "Gossip," in a full runway show.
"It's a line for teens and young adults," said Amber.
Amber also introduced the perfume she created especially for the evening, "Amber No. 13."
One only has to wonder what Amber's wedding will be like.
-- Robyn Friedman