Touchdown!! Brock’s parents Charla and David beamed from the sidelines as he became a bar mitzvah at Congregation Dor Tamid. The service was especially meaningful to Brock because his entire extended family was there to celebrate with him.
Nearly 200 guests came from the Atlanta area as well as New York, Texas, Massachusetts, Illinois, Florida, and Pennsylvania to celebrate with Brock, including many college-aged cousins. The family held a candlelighting ceremony during Shabbat dinner on Friday night at a nearby restaurant, a Kiddush luncheon following Shabbat services, and then celebrated Saturday evening at The Standard Club with dinner and dancing.
Combining his love of college football with a Super Bowl weekend bar mitzvah date, Brock’s mom Charla created a Brock Bowl XIII theme for his celebration. Let’s Celebrate Events conceived an event design that was sporty but also sophisticated, using royal blue and red as the main colors and incorporating Brock’s logo in various elements. Guests’ placecards were designed like sporting event tickets, and tables were decorated with high and low centerpieces comprised of football jerseys, mini helmets, and turf highlighting Brock’s favorite teams. Football themed menus were placed at each table setting, while white folding chairs and black and white striped tablecloths added to the sporty atmosphere.
During the cocktail hour, enlarged photos of Brock playing his favorite sports were displayed on the walls, while signs with his Brock Bowl XIII logo adorned the bars. Football centerpieces with wheatgrass sat on the cocktail tables and added to the game-day mood. College football pennants covered the ballroom ceiling and a Gobo projection of Brock’s logo illuminated the wall. Two huge football goal posts provided high-impact entrances to the cocktail area and party room. The teen area had a sports lounge vibe, with sports-themed ottomans, football rugs, illuminated high boy tables, and throw pillows. The Atlanta Fever Entertainment team wore black and white striped referee shirts, and servers passed both appetizers and sweet treats on referee-striped trays.
The custom menu prepared by The Standard Club featured elevated “game day” food, including mini grilled cheese and tomato soup sips, mini Reubens, salmon sliders and pigs in a blanket served with sports-team toothpicks. Stations provided main meal options including barbecue brisket, a mashed potato bar, and pasta with assorted sauces. Small- bite desserts included housemade chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches and individual servings of crème brulee, fruit tarts, and banana pudding.
Guests were busy on the dance floor with Atlanta Fever’s DJ Mello keeping everyone engaged and making Brock the center of attention. DJ Mello played his favorite songs and the high-energy hora was a highlight of the evening, with Brock “flying… his tush was off the chair!” according to mom Charla. “I had relatives in town who’d been to a million bar mitzvahs, and they thought our DJ was amazing!” Mello helped build excitement for the Atlanta Falcons’ participation in the Super Bowl with a brief tribute, and On the Spot Memories added a Falcons background to the green screen options when the team made the big game! Guests had fun posing for photos on the background of their choice and taking home their pics as party favors, along with a logoed stadium seat as a memento of Brock Bowl XIII.
Spotlight Productions created an intro to his video montage featuring all Brock’s sports pictures that ended with Brock running through a banner when he entered the ballroom, accompanied by the Rocky theme music. The fabulous montage incorporated photos, videos, and special effects that allowed everyone to feel engaged.
Brock had a blast at his celebration and was thrilled with how the evening was ending. But mom had a surprise waiting outside… the Simply Done Donuts food truck was preparing fresh mini donuts with a variety of toppings. Brock said, “I didn’t think the night could get any better, and then the donut truck arrived!” With a big lighted sign and chalkboard menu of offerings, the truck made a big impression on the bar mitzvah boy and his guests, who enjoyed the sweet send-off.
Advice to other parents:
“It’s never too early to start! The key is putting together a timeline and following it, and working with an experienced event planner to pull it off,” said Charla. For the second time, she used Atlanta Party Connection for event planning. “I wouldn’t do an event without Shelly! She gives guidance and support, and great advice!”
Vendor communication is also important, notes Charla. “Ask lots of questions! Don’t assume you’re on the same page as your vendors until you confirm all of the details.” And finally, “Remember to enjoy every moment of this weekend. Take time to pause, look around, and immerse yourself in all of the excitement. When you see the pride on your child’s face on the bimah, and the smile as he enjoys this time with family and friends, it’s all worth it!”
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Event Planner: Atlanta Party Connection Shelly Danz
Venue: The Standard Club
Décor: Let’s Celebrate Events
Speciality Entertainment: On the Spot Memories Green Screen
Food Truck: Simply Done Donuts
Video Montage: Spotlight Productions