Temple Sinai in Sandy Springs gave Margo a home court advantage as she became a Bat Mitzvah in front of her congregation on a December Shabbat morning, and then returned to celebrate her milestone that evening with a basketball-themed bash. Nearly 200 family members, friends, and “fans” were in attendance for the big day and night, along with some surprise visitors! Another special element of Margo’s celebration was that she, along with her proud parents Stacey and Steven, were the winners of Atlanta Party Connection’s 10K Mitzvah Giveaway, receiving a complete event design, and decor package from Track Seven Events, valued at $10,000!
Mom Stacey was proud of all the hard work Margo did in preparing for her big day, and was thrilled to welcome guests from the Atlanta area, as well as New York, New Jersey, California, Florida and Maine who came to share in the simcha. “Having people from all different parts of our lives come together for such a wonderful occasion was priceless!”
The family made their grand entrance to upbeat music, and then immediately welcomed guests to join them for an extended version of the hora. “Having the hora that early was ideal,” said Stacey, “because everyone got on the dance floor quickly.” Then DJ Daniel of Espeute Productions seamlessly segued into party music to keep the high energy going. Margo’s family provided a list of 1970s party songs along with contemporary pop songs for a playlist that all the guests enjoyed, and Espeute worked with the family to create a party plan that incorporated all the elements they wanted. Young guests went in hot pursuit of items for a fun scavenger hunt/musical chairs game. A pre-planned ending to the game had Margo seeking her Nana, who reliably carries the last required item (coffee candies) in her purse. Margo ended the game a winner, along with her Nana, for whom the Fountains of Wayne song “Stacey’s Mom” was then played!
“The music and décor really lent itself to lots of people coming together,” commented Stacey about the room design by Track Seven Events, which included a personalized projected gobo (logo light), low-key votive centerpieces, colorful uplighting around the room, a light-up bar area and the Track Seven glow ball feature (think a bigger, more sophisticated version of the traditional play place ball pit) that everyone could enjoy. “Margo loved it,” said Stacey. “It was silly, fun and a different form of entertainment than most kids have encountered at a party. Adult guests loved it, too. Guests had a ball, literally!” To play up the basketball theme, cubby walls in the ballroom held basketballs, Margo’s name appeared in marquee lights near decorative basketball hoops and a unique metal basketball sculpture themed the food stations.
But basketball fanatic Margo had no idea what awaited her when the ballroom doors opened midway through the party… three Harlem Globetrotters jogged onto the dance floor to involve Margo in basketball stunts and ball handling tricks! “The Globetrotters appeal to young and old,” Stacey said. “Margo was wowed. She got right into the groove and had fun with it, and months later she’s still talking about getting to play with them!”
The menu by Epic Events Catering included kid faves like Caesar salad, chicken tenders and macaroni and cheese, while the adults dined on made-to-order dishes prepared at Asian stir fry, seafood, and Southern barbecue stations. All enjoyed the DIY ice cream sundaes and pick-up sweets, and Stacey found Epic’s service and attention to detail to be outstanding. At the end of the night, custom-made logoed t-shirts by Blue Rose Promotions went home with each guest as a wearable memento.
Advice to other parents:
“Use your venue to your advantage, says Stacey. Make sure you scope good locations to take family photos ahead of time so you’re not trying to scramble to find a good spot at the last minute. And use your real estate wisely: spread out food tables or stations so people don’t feel they have to stand in one long line but rather they form smaller lines in different areas.”
“Working with a planner like Shelly is a huge help, notes Stacey. She kept me on track and introduced me to vendors who were talented, competent and eager to put on a great event.”
And her biggest piece of advice: “Once the big day arrives, don’t worry about anything. Just enjoy, it’ll all work out!”