For Macy’s bat mitzvah weekend, her family knew they’d be hosting many out of town guests. The weekend’s events were designed to ensure the nearly 200 attendees felt welcome and appreciated for coming, and that they got to experience Macy’s personality in details both big and small.
Macy impressed everyone at The Temple with her Torah reading and personal message delivered from the bimah. Following the service, guests enjoyed a Kiddush luncheon at the synagogue with décor by Let’s Celebrate Events. Later, the LC team transferred some décor elements to the evening celebration, which used the happy coincidence of Macy’s name and her love of shopping as a design theme.
Macy’s Department Store logo was adapted to fit Macy herself, reimagined with the star in her favorite color, fuschia, instead of the brand’s traditional red. With table covers of layered sequined fabric, gorgeous flower arrangements, and show-stopping centerpieces, Let’s Celebrate transformed the open industrial space of Ambient + Studio to represent bubbly Macy’s vibe. Artwork of the official Macy’s downtown NYC store was projected on the wall behind the kids lounge are in vibrant color. Guests found their table assignments on small shopping bag logoed escort cards and took home favors of t-shirts or cropped tops with the Macy logo on them.
Coordination of all the weekend’s events was handled by The Party Girl Events. Julie found their help to be essential to the smooth running of all activities. “They scheduled hair and makeup, tracked RSVPs, coordinated vendors and everything else. I wouldn’t have a party like this again without them, they were amazing!”
Mello with Atlanta Fever Entertainment kept the energy high all night, with the dance floor full of guests of all ages. Macy made her grand entrance to Flo Rida’s “Club Can’t Handle Me,” which got everyone on their feet while she “owned the moment,” said mom Julie. “Mello really made the party,” she continued. “He really gave us exactly what we wanted – it was phenomenal how he read the room.” During the hora, guests blew bubbles toward the family member being raised in the chair, which was a fun way to get everyone involved in the festivities.
Tap Snap handled photo entertainment for the evening with a photo booth that incorporated themed props. Julie brought in picture frames and logoed polaroid frames for guests to use when taking pics. “Louis made sure everyone was looking great in each picture… he’d check each one and retake it immediately if it needed a re-do vs. just snapping away,” said Julie.
Heather Dettore Photography captured images at the synagogue and throughout the celebration.
For Julie, her favorite part of the night was the screening of Macy’s video montage by Blue Orchid Productions. “I was surprised how fantastic it was,” Julie said. “It was worth every penny and then some. We were in awe of the seamless way they plugged in video clips and chose perfect songs for transitions.” Check out Macy’s montage here: https://blueorchidproductions.wistia.com/medias/snjrk70ci4
Talk of the Town Catering provided kid-friendly fare, including popcorn appetizers with toppings, Angus beef sliders, mac-n-cheese balls, fruit skewers with coconut cream and southern fried chicken fingers. Adults munched on appetizers of grilled beef satay, chicken and waffles, and pimento cheese green tomato sandwiches. Stations including Greek marinated chicken, hummus selections, beef tenderloin and poke of salmon or tuna on rice with toppings. Desserts included a Pop Tart cart, bedazzled bon bons, and retro cakes like Twinkies and Ding Dongs passed on the dance floor.
How did Atlanta Mitzvah Connection Help?
Julie attended the Bar & Bat Mitzvah Expo more than once, finding her DJ, event planner and montage vendor there. She also used the deals available on atlantamitzvahconnection.com to secure savings on services.
Advice to other Parents
Julie said, “Use the AMC website and go to the Expo. Both these resources are free and they save you tons of time and money!” From a budget perspective, she advises spending on the most impactful elements and not getting caught up in details. “Good quality liquor and food was important for our friends, so we spent more on that and cut back on kids’ area centerpieces, which hardly get seen.” And, she noted, planners are a wise use of budgeted funds.
Get a Deal on some of Macy’s Vendors
Event Planner: The Party Girl Events Get $500 off all full service weekend packages.
Décor: Let’s Celebrate Events Get 40% off room up lighting with a décor package.
DJ: Atlanta Fever Entertainment Get an extra crate of assorted giveaways or a Neon City package ($250 value.)
Photo Booth: Tap Snap 1036 Get 10% off any entertainment package.
Montage: Blue Orchid Productions Get a digital package of your montage in multiple formats ($100 value.)