During the Atlanta Bar & Bat Mitzvah EXPO Online, we welcomed expert vendors to share their creative concepts and planning tips with Mitzvah parents. Watch the recaps below, which start with high-energy entertainment by our DJ partners!
Launch Party & What’s New in Bar Mitzvahs
Vendors presented ideas for making bar mitzvah celebrations special, whether your guest list is 15 family members or a larger gathering. From decking out backyards and garages to host at-home services and celebrations to creating sweet drive-by moments, to making remote guests feel connected through special deliveries and virtual photo magic, these vendors are creating fresh, clever ways to mark the milestone.
What to do Now for Virtual/Micro Mitzvahs and Future Mitzvahs?
Step away from what you envisioned and let your vendors show you what’s possible, whether virtual, in-person, or hybrid! Can a Zoom mitzvah be interactive? They CAN, with word clouds, hora dancing households, group photos, and other elements to engage virtual guests. Celebrate in whatever way feels right to you, but don’t wait to document this time in your family’s life and this moment in history! Favors and clever catering options are taking center stage right now, as are staggered parties with scheduled guest arrivals or drive-by celebrations with entertainment and food trucks. Booking vendors now for future years is key! Vendors are booking rapidly for 2022 and beyond when traditional parties are expected to return.
Panel: Alpharetta CVB, Amp’d Entertainment, Blue Orchid Productions, Let's Celebrate, Life on Film Photography, Food with Purpose, JDV Occasions, Phase Center Events, Paper Matters, Xtreme Event Group
Project Mitzvah Project
With representatives from several Atlanta-based organizations and teens who work with them, this panel explored socially distanced volunteering, projects that grew into passions, and ways tomorrow’s teens can make a difference in their community. Get ideas for projects and learn about organizations your family can support.
Let’s Get Personal
Even small changes can make a difference in presenting a wholly unique experience for your guests. With colors gaining in popularity over themes, bring in lighting and décor to make those colors central to your celebration space. What can’t you do with a logo? Use it everywhere from a website/invitation, catering accents, signage, and dance floor wraps. The right entertainment can bring out your child’s personality, with input from the guest of honor about music and games. Streaming services and celebrations can be one-way or two-way to create interactions to enhance the unique experience. Vendors share their favorite personalized moments from celebrations they’ve helped create.
Panel: Balloonacy - Flowers by Holland, Dani Weiss Photography, Dewitt Smith Video, EventScapes, Jen Leitman Designs/Mitzvah Memos, Johns Creek CVB, Luxe Event Loft, MMEvents Atlanta, Party Express Entertainment
Twins Jess and Bella became b’not mitzvah together at Congregation B’nai Torah. Proud parents Julie and Craig, and nearly 200 guests, were in attendance.
You have to order kippot well ahead of your Bar Mitzvah date, but may not know your RSVP count yet. Chances are you’re going to have leftovers. What do you do with yesterday’s yarmulkes, especially when they’re personalized?! We posed the question to our Facebook friends and got some fabulous ideas: