Written by: Tami

Here at Side by Side Design, there is nothing we love more than working closely with a family to meet all of their design needs, and this major life event I am sharing today is another beautiful representation of what we are all about! As Lauren has been working on the design of this family’s home for the last few years, I was very honored to be asked to work with them to make their son’s Bar Mitzvah vision come to life. Not to mention, I got to spend time really getting to know this awesome family! The process for planning such a special day takes a lot of hard work, patience, and creativity. I love that Spencer (the Bar Mitzvah boy), his parents, and I really each got to take turns coming up with ideas and seeing them through but also worked closely together as a team (along with a bunch of spectacular vendors who each brought something very special to this day). Each detail from this “Block Party Bar Mitzvah” represents Spencer and his family’s love for food and a fun atmosphere. Enjoy!

Congratulations Spencer on becoming a Bar Mitzvah! We couldn’t have been more happy to be a part of your special day!

As I mentioned, this family is extra special … and super photogenic too! Shout out to Shutterdee for taking these stunning shots of Spencer and his family to help them always remember this day!

Personalized programs and custom kippot in a classic color were placed just outside the sanctuary door for guests to take and enjoy as they entered.

Spencer’s parents beamed with pride as he read from the Torah on the evening of his Bar Mitzvah. I know they are beyond happy to be passing on the traditions to their eldest son and look forward to doing the same in a few years for his twin brothers Theo and Noah.

This welcome table was set up to do just that … Welcome guests to Spencer’s Bar Mitzvah Block Party! We decorated the table with a few festive touches including a handmade chalkboard sign and included some information for Spencer’s mitzvah project. What a great idea to collect board games for kids in need!

A custom seating chart created by Bojack Studios allowed each guest to find their spot within the room. The colors make this chart so much fun …

… and brought an amazing amount of life to this room as well! These balloon arrangements from Elegant Balloons are everything, and I absolutely love the way the bright colored napkins from Signature Party Rentals pop on the otherwise white backdrop of each table.

I have to say, though, my favorite detail of the entire event (and what gives this indoor space the most outdoor / block party feel) are the strung bistro lights. So cool!

These chalkboard table numbers and mini food trucks are are my favorites in the small detail department. I am allowed to have more than one favorite, right?

The fun feel of this event was not just found in the decor … Can you believe Spencer was announced at his party this way? What an entrance!

When planning this party, Spencer’s parents and I thought it would be fun to have appetizers already set at tables when the guests entered the room (rather than tray passed or all set at one buffet table). This gave guests an opportunity to mingle with others at their table and gave the party a very relaxed “at home” type feel. The appetizers themselves were casual but displayed in a more classy way. You really can’t go wrong with crudite, dips, and pretzel bites with cheese!

The other thing we decided really early on was that we wanted to give this party an open, casual, do what makes you happy type feel. We brought in arcade games and foosball from Arcade Rental Zone to give Spencer’s friends activity options.

I am pretty sure Spencer was most excited about this slot car race track brought in by Racing Party Events!

I am kinda obsessed with how this kid’s drink station turned out! The balloons, the dispensers filled with all things kids like to drink, the adorable food trucks with with mini chalkboards attached … I love it all!

As I mentioned, these bistro lights really made the food station area of this party extra special! The idea was to give guests the feel of walking up to a food truck with each station (diner, street tacos, and BBQ). You could just grab a small plate and try one thing at a time. So many good things to eat! Shout out to Gina Feeds and her entire staff! They really outdid themselves!

Like I said, there were a million options … Fish or short rib tacos!

Sliders and french fries …

… and the best brisket and mac n cheese I think I have ever had!

Dancing? This party had that too! Tru from H2H The Perfect Element kept the party going with his endless energy!

Every event should end with somethin’ sweet, and this party did not disappoint! This sweets station included cookies, brownies, fresh fruit, and lots of ice cream!

As I mentioned, the planning of this amazing event was a true collaboration. Spencer’s parents and I worked together to make this day extra special for the Bar Mitzvah boy. They were such a dream to work with! I especially could not have pulled all of this off without my Side by Side Design team and all of the amazing vendors we had the opportunity to work with! Thank you also to Shutterdee for capturing every detail!


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