In May 2021, Isabella became a bat mitzvah, with 25 family members present, in the sanctuary at Gesher L’Torah. Many more participated virtually, from out-of-town guests at the Alpharetta Marriott to loved ones in homes around the country. Isabella led the service with great joy, thrilled to see “her people” all together for such a happy occasion. While original plans included a large evening party, the celebration evolved into a more intimate indoor/outdoor experience with many personal touches that honored the moment and the bat mitzvah girl.
Isabella has been a dancer since a very young age, with a closet full of costumes and ballet shoes to show for it. But she wanted a celebration that also incorporated her love of visual arts, with a nod to the intricate paper flowers she crafts to beautify her home. Planner Marci Miller came up with a playful garden party theme to weave together all Isabella’s artistic passions, with Phase Events center providing the perfect setting for an indoor and outdoor affair.
The party utilized the creative conference space with a garage wall that opened onto expansive green space. A large outdoor tent housed dining tables and the dance floor, with paper lanterns accenting the ceiling. Four-foot-tall ballerina cutouts dotted the interior tent space alongside Isabella’s paper flowers and centerpieces featuring pink satin toe shoes and tulle. Pulling furniture from inside the event hall, Marci created a vibrant teen lounge complete with a faux flower backdrop from Atlanta Rent a Flower Wall. “We were brought to tears when we walked into the party,” noted mom Carla. “It was beautiful, whimsical, and exactly what Isabella wanted. Marci nailed it.”
Three Sisters Catering created an inventive Southern menu featuring nibbles like salmon or chicken honey maple biscuits and Coca-Cola braised ribs. Teens also enjoyed a make-your-own burrito bowl station and mac and cheese. The signature drink was Isabella’s Pink Pirouette, which featured pink lemonade and Sprite for kids or vodka with grapefruit juice and ginger ale for the adults. Both concoctions were served in a sparkly glass that showcased the drink’s color. All guests finished their meal with homemade peach cobbler (an Isabella favorite) and ice cream sundaes.
DJ Neezy hosted games to keep the teens engaged during cocktail hour while adults mingled, then brought everyone onto the dance floor with a great mix of music for all. “DJ Neezy is such a pro, he knows exactly what to do with almost no direction,” Carla shared.
Glenn Prince Photography captured the guests and décor throughout the evening. And a moving montage by Spotlight Productions was a highlight of the evening. “It was a meaningful way to bring together our in-person and virtual guests because we could all view it together. It was the most spectacular montage and showed everyone close to Isabella how they have made an imprint on her life. We could share this moment in real time, even when physically apart,” Carla said.
“We had to finetune priorities, but it was a magical weekend, and we wouldn’t change a thing,” she added.
How did Atlanta Mitzvah Connection help?
The EXPO gives you lots of ideas and helped me grasp size and scope of what our celebration could be. I felt so knowledgeable because I’d been going to the EXPO, so I knew what was out there in terms of new ideas and the best vendors.
Advice to Other Parents
“Make the most of this moment, even if it’s different than what you initially envisioned. Keep it authentic and put your faith in the team of pros you chose.”
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Venue: Phase Events - 5% off your rental in Legacy Theater
Photographer: Glenn Prince Photography
DJ: DJ Neezy
Montage: Spotlight Productions - $100 off montage
Celebration Catering: Three Sisters Catering
Event Planning: The Perfect Day! Event Planning - 12 free uplights with any event management packages
Décor: The Perfect Day! Event Planning
Tent Rental: Bash Party Rentals
Additional Weekend Catering: A&S Culinary Concepts
Who do you tip? How much should you give? Mitzvah parents wonder about this. A lot. So we went straight to the vendors to ask for their expectations and guidelines when it comes to gratuities.