A Bar/Bat Mitzvah Kid doesn’t do it alone! We celebrate area families who recently celebrated a Mitzvah and find out about their festivities.
Natalie, daughter of Stacy and Kevin Wolff, became a bat mitzvah on a fall Shabbat at Temple Sinai. Her evening celebration also took place at the family’s synagogue, with more than 200 family members and friends in attendance.
The service was especially meaningful as both Natalie’s grandmothers were able to participate in passing the Torah to her, and presenting her tallit. “It’s all about the family being together and sharing traditions – l’dor vador,” Stacy said.
Natalie’s party décor by Track Seven Events focused on a motif of her name and the colors of her invitation – lime green and muted purple. Lighted bar height tables made the dance floor a focal point, and logoed pillows dotted the furniture in Natalie’s lounge area for friends and cousins.
The entire family made grand entrances and the most senior members of the family welcomed everyone and said the blessings.
A kids’ buffet featured Natalie’s favorite foods, including sliders, Caesar salad, and macaroni and cheese. Adults got a taste of Southern barbecue and all guests enjoyed mini-desserts and a chocolate covered strawberry tree. Jon Marks Photography created a portrait sign-in for guests to share sentiments with Natalie, and Horizon DJ awarded guests gift cards for winning games and showing off their best moves. The dance floor remained busy with the exception of a quick break to watch the wonderful montage by Spotlight Productions!
Guests also posed in Southern Nights Photo Booth with an array of props, and took home their pics along with bags of some of Natalie’s favorite treat: flavored popcorn by the Popcorn Lady Productions.
Late in the evening, a catering truck from Coldstone Creamery arrived to serve ice cream with an array of toppings. “Seeing the kids having so much fun, and seeing everyone we love in one place celebrating together was amazing,” Stacy said.
Advice to other parents:
Find the total package in vendors, Stacy advises. “I loved all of my vendors.” Stacy said. “Each one of them delivered what we hoped for.” But her favorite vendors, like Spotlight Productions, which produced her daughter’s video montage, provided the big three: “great communication, an easy working relationship and a fabulous final product.”
She also recommends taking a moment to appreciate what’s happening. “Live in the moment! And don’t lose sight of what’s truly important about the Mitzvah weekend.”
Get a Shelly’s Special discount on some of Natalie’s vendors:
Décor: Track Seven Events
Catering for Kiddush Luncheon/Shabbat Dinner: Chef Cary’s Cuisine
Photography: Jon Marks
Montage: Spotlight Productions
Party Consultant: Shelly Danz
Photo Entertainment: Southern Nights Photo Booth
Popcorn Bar: Popcorn Lady Productions