Julia’s Bat Mitzvah – The Verve, Natick MA

Julia became a Bat Mitzvah in November at Temple Beth Shalom in Needham.  She was so fortunate to be able to share the bima  with one of her closest friends.  They celebrated, immediately following the service, with a shared kiddush catered by Swartz Catering with gorgeous donation centerpieces for Cradles to Crayons created by Hopple Popple.

My first meeting with Julia was the only one, so we got right to business. And that was easy because Julia knew exactly what she wanted her party to be. Colors: black and white.  Decor: balloons. For a girl of 13, her choice to keep the theme of her party a very graphic black and white, was impressive!  My one recommendation was to pick a color to pull in, and she chose purple.

We jazzed up the black and white by choosing a combination of polka dotted, chevron and striped tablecloths.  The end result was a very impactful, fun party that, well…looked like a party! The centerpieces packed a punch with enormous balloons and ribbons with more stripes and dots. The logo that we came up with for Julia was also very clean and simple. I love to use logos in places that make sense; enough to tie the party together, but not overdone. The first place guests saw the logo was the adult placecard board where we had a 3×3 foot board showcasing the design. We also tied the dot design into the adults custom placecards.  The logo also appeared on the various shades of purple cocktail napkins, the purple gobo that shined on the all white dance floor, the cover of the scrapbook, the logo on the photobooth pictures and the kids long sleeve t-shirt favors!

The kids went right into the room and ate kids favs like jumbo pretzels, mozzarella sticks and loves the purple mocktails.  Adults remained in the lobby with crowd favorites that included fall inspired tomato soup with mini brioche grilled cheese, butternut squash panzerotti and mini lamp lollipops…just to name a few!

Following cocktail hour, the crowd went wild as Julia made her entrance into the party to her favorite Lady Gaga song, Applause. Julia stunned in a bright pink dress and her signature Adidas kicks. This girl has style!  Friends and family gathered on the dance floor to boogey and play games thanks to the fantastic Siagel Productions Entertainment.  This party just never stopped!  Adults and kids both enjoyed stations for dinner, which is always a great way to keep the party in motion, particularly when there aren’t several formalities to slow the party down.  However, such memorable moments, where things did slow down, were when Julia’s brother and her Great Grandmother cleared the dance floor for the traditional mozie and kiddush. Soon after, Julia’s parents welcomed everyone with a heartfelt toast. After all the girls had chosen their socks, a longer dance set followed and everyone jumped in for Coke Pepsi and  a fun snowball dance. Next, guests circled up for the Hora! We ended the night on a sweet note as adult dessert was a combo of passed and stationary while kids enjoyed a sundae bar.  And on the way out the kids grabbed  long sleeve white t-shirts, with the logo printed on the back, to remember the night! Mazel Tov, Julia!


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Event Coordination: The Day Of

Entertainment: Siagel Productions

Photobooth: The Snapboxx

Photographer: Evolution Media

Balloons: Big Balloon Bash

Decor: Art of the Event, Inc.

Rentals: Rentals Unlimited

Linen: Party Designs

Stationary: Allure Invitations

Synagogue: Temple Beth Shalom, Needham

Kiddush Caterer: Swartz Catering

Donation Centerpieces: Cradles to Crayons