Lila’s Bat Mitzvah – Temple Ohabei Shalom, Brookline + Jewish Community Center, Newton

Lila became a Bat Mitzvah this past April at the beautiful (and newly renovated Synagogue) Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline. The celebration continued with a Kiddush immediately following the services and then continued that evening with a celebration at the JCC in Newton.

The Leventhal Sidman JCC holds a very special place in the hearts of the Goldstein family, so for their youngest of three daughters, they decided to celebrate her Bat Mitzvah at the JCC. The space is ample, so that wasn’t a problem. The caterer had worked there several times, so that wasn’t a problem.  It was how do we transform the space into a party that Lila would love?  To start with, we had to convince this sweet and savvy 13 year old girl that this space, which started as a blank canvas, could and would transform. And that yes, it would be the outstanding party she envisioned.  First, we had to gain her trust and involve her by listening to her ideas and input. Knowing what was most important to Lila and pairing that with what Mom and Dad envisioned and wa-la, “Fashionably Lila” was born, and it couldn’t have been more fitting!

Lila is a little fashionista herself, a true girly girl through and through.  But like many of our parties today, she didn’t want a full out theme so we had to capture the feel of the party in another “fashion”.  Our top picks for amplifying impact are: color scheme, logo, lighting and rentals (and that includes renting a dance floor, even if you don’t need one!). If you are forgoing a theme, these are absolutely necessities to pulling off a look that is going to transform!  The first time I met Lila and her mom, they showed me paint swatches that Lila thought would be great for her party. These became the color scheme of the entire day; from the invitations, to the kiddush and the party itself.

As guests arrived, they walked in on the “pink carpet” and had their photo taken in front of the custom step and repeat.  Adults remained in the lobby which was transformed into a cocktail hour space and the kids went into the room with the DJ and flip book station.  During this time, Lila’s friends also had the chance to say a few words (there was a line up of kids)!

The celebration was a party in progress; lots of food, people moving about and no assigned seating.  This kept the party moving and allowed for a more casual, social vibe.  From the dinner stations to the passed desserts, dancing and eating was definitely the main focus but there were lots of other formalities including a speech from Lila’s older sisters (who changed into costumes for the occasions), a few words from her parents, a candlelighting and a video montage.  So, as always, a well constructed flow of events was imperative!

Thank you for letting us take part in your big day, Lila! Mazel tov!

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Event Planner: The Day Of

Synagogue: Temple Ohabei Shalom, Brookline

Reception Venue: Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Newton

Photography: Stefanie Jasper

Rentals: Rentals Unlimited

DJ: Siagel Productions

Decor: Art of the Event

Entertainment: Fun Photo Flips

Caterer: Catering by Andrew

Liquor: Murray’s Liquors