Mitzvah Family Spotlight – Eli S.

Eli was called to the Torah at Temple Sinai in front of nearly 150 guests. Proud parents Rachel and Matt helped him welcome more than 140 friends and family members for a weekend of worship and celebration.

The Plans

Following a morning Shabbat service, Eli’s family hosted a Kiddush luncheon. That evening, family and friends joined them for a rock music-themed celebration.

Celebration Details

Eli’s parents selected Roswell Historic Cottage as the celebration venue, which requires hiring an event planner, so the family worked with APC’s Melissa Miller for weekend event management. “A day of planner is really a gift to yourself,” mom Rachel stated. “You may not think you need it, but something always comes up and you won’t enjoy this special time if you’re stressing about details.”

The party started with an adult cocktail hour while kids played games with DJ Neezy. Then the the family made their grand entrance with lots of high fives to go around. Dinner was served from the catered Farm Burger buffet, which mom Rachel said was popular with guests of all ages. At the bar, adults enjoyed wine, beer, and a signature cocktail by Sophisticated Spirits, the “Simon Sling,” which was a citrus vodka, cranberry and ginger beer beverage that got great reviews from guests.

Paper Matters handled the kippot and cocktail napkins for the party and owner Robin also gave the family a creative idea for a sign-in board that fit the theme perfectly: a guitar! Family and friends signed an old guitar of Eli’s with a silver marker, and it’s now on display in their home.

After guests filled their plates, they watched the montage, which Rachel created in iMovie as a gift for her son. Then DJ Neezy kept 60 kids and all the adults engaged and on the dance floor all night with great music, games and interactive dances. “I can’t recommend him enough – awesome,” said mom Rachel.

Themed balloon décor and up lighting by Balloons over Atlanta set the mood in the room, while guitar centerpieces created by Eli’s grandmother dressed up the tables. Guitar-themed place cards showed guests where to sit, and music note socks were available for the girls by the dance floor.

Guests posed in Memory Maker’s photo booth with plenty of props, and had a blast making mementos to take home. “I love that they give you a book of all the photo strips,” said Rachel. Daniel Menacher’s photography “really captured the spirit of the weekend,” Rachel noted, and he did pre-Mitzvah shots as well as the synagogue and party images.

“All in all, I was very happy with all our vendors.”

Favorite Moments:

Rachel said, “My son just blew me away with how he handled everything during the service. I was so proud to see him show all he’d learned up on the bimah.”  As for Eli, he told his parents that it was the best day and night of his life! “He loved being surrounded by all these people who care about him and our family; he truly felt special and at the center of everything,” Rachel added.

How did Atlanta Party Connection help?

“I went to a few APC EXPOs during the two years prior to our date so it gave me a good idea of what’s out there and what I felt like would work for our family.” Rachel noted. “I also went on the site several times to find resources like the planning tools, and I used some APC deals for décor and entertainment.”

Advice to Other Parents

Come up with a budget and stick to it, said Rachel. “Recognize that you can throw a great party without going crazy money-wise. Do what feels right for you and don’t worry about what others think.” And, she added, “No matter where your celebration is, hire a day-of person so you can enjoy and not worry about logistics.”

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Décor – Balloons over Atlanta 

Kippot and Paper goods – Paper Matters 

DJ- DJ Neezy

Photo Entertainment: Memory Maker GA

Day-Of Event Manager: APC, Melissa Miller 



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