Mollie led services as a bat mitzvah at Congregation Or Hadash in Sandy Springs, sharing her special day with nearly 200 friends and family members. For the service, she wore a tallit made by Elite Tallit from her great-great grandmother’s lace.
Proud parents Mindy and Warren hosted a Shabbat dinner at Congregation Or Hadash after Friday evening services, catered by Yum! Following Saturday services, the family hosted an afternoon “Fall Ball”, highlighting Mollie’s favorite season through colors and decor. Mollie’s family chose an afternoon affair because her sibling had celebrated with a formal evening party just one year earlier. This party needed to feel and look different, since many of the same guests were in attendance. A casual after-party at the family’s home was set for the evening.
The Kosher-style affair at 103 West featured stations serving Mediterranean dips, Asian noodles, salmon, a waffle bar with inventive toppings and a kids’ buffet with sliders and pasta.
With lounge areas connected to the ballroom, adults enjoyed a separate cocktail hour while the teens got game time with DJ Neezy. Neezy impressed the guests by learning kids’ names quickly and getting on the dance floor himself to keep the energy high.
The seating plan allowed older guests to be farther away from the dance floor so they could hear themselves talk, and put the kids and younger adult guests closest to the action. Balloons Over Atlanta developed a chic outdoor theme, incorporating items that Mindy had collected over time to create an autumnal feeling in the room. Balloons in tones of red, orange, gold and green, fall leaves, and illuminated initial ‘M’ signs created a warm atmosphere.Tara Nixon captured the day in photography and the video montage of Mollie, produced by Spotlight Productions, created a happy, emotional response from family members. “It was the first time I used someone else for my montage. Pam of Spotlight was so easy to work with and it came out better than I ever imagined,” said Mindy. “It’s a work of art!”
The hora was a hit with guests and seeing everyone together on the dance floor having a great time was the family’s favorite moment of the weekend. Mollie and her dad also shared a daddy/daughter dance to a favorite song. Atlanta Mitzvah Connection day-of event manager Amy Ackerman of JDV Occasions kept everything running smoothly.
In the evening, out-of-town guests came back to the family home for dinner and socializing. Two food trucks – one for pizza and one for frozen custard – provided dinner and dessert for the gathering. Guests loved the novel dinner service. With tables set up ahead of time and paper goods for eating, the relaxed evening didn’t require a lot of clean up afterward. For mom Mindy, this was the best part of the weekend. “While the weekend was focused on Mollie, it was also important for all of us to spend time with those who traveled to be here with us. We had more quality time with our favorite people by arranging the weekend this way, and it made it so special.”
Mindy said, “Shelly of AMC helped me with venue selection and I used the deals to save on vendors. Also, I subscribed to the Mitzvah Minute newsletter, which gave me lots of ideas for the weekend.”
Advice to Other Parents
Keep it centered on your child, Mindy notes. “Remember that it’s a celebration of your child’s achievements and focus on what will be fun for them and age-appropriate. Also, savor the weekend and don’t stress. It’s over so fast!”
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Décor: Balloons over Atlanta
DJ: DJ Neezy
Day of Planner: JDV Occasions
Venue: 103 West
Food Trucks: Food with Purpose Food Trucks
Montage: Spotlight Productions