A Bat Mitzvah is a thirteen year old girl’s right of passage in the Jewish faith and definitely something kids of this age look forward to for a very long time. They study and prepare to read from the Torah in front of all of their friends and family and decide what type of theme fits them best. It is a day they will always remember usually followed by a party to celebrate this huge accomplishment. When Lily and her family contacted us about being a part of this special event, we were so excited. Especially when they expressed their desire to not only help in the Bat Mitzvah planning and day of coordination, but that Lily wanted a whole new bedroom to start her teen years in. Today we will begin a three part series showcasing Lily’s Bat Mitzvah luncheon, the party she had for her friends at MB2 Raceway, and her brand new room. As we previously mentioned, a Bat Mitzvah is really all about the ceremony that takes place so we will begin with the most important part of this event and the reception that immediately followed.

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Lily spent many years preparing for this day and made sure to make every detail just right. In fact, she had a very clear vision for what she wanted the day to bring and was with us and her parents through every step of the process helping to make every decision. She looked absolutely stunning and seemed so confident as she stood in front of her peers and read.

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This was an extremely special event for her entire family as well. Each of her parents and her younger sister, Olivia, beamed with pride and shared in all of the day’s festivities.

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A kippah is a type of head covering that many Jewish people wear when they pray. Lily had custom kippot made in a pretty lavender satin with her name and Bat Mitzvah date printed inside. These were displayed just outside the sanctuary along with printed programs for each guest to take on their way into the service.

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When we began planning for this event with the family, we loved their attention to detail and the vintage aesthetic that they wanted to incorporate into Lily’s day. So many personal touches were added to the decor including mini chalkboards with handwritten notes, a large frame filled with chicken wire to hold the custom seating cards that we made, rustic crates for height and depth, and beautiful florals in mason jars created by none other than Kayla of House of Magnolias.

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Each guest was encouraged to “leave a note for Lily” on a stone. The gold paint pens they had to write with made each note look extra special. These will later be placed in a special spot in her room as a reminder of all of the love and support she received this day.

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A vintage suitcase was used to hold cards and small gifts.

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Lily’s luncheon was held at the temple where Lily feels at home. In keeping with the overall vintage look, we decided to keep the room very simple with various vintage details used throughout.

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Lilies were mixed in with other garden flowers in mostly white with touches of yellow, orange, and lavender, to give a soft feel. We used wooden platforms to keep all of the flower arrangements together and different shapes and sizes of glass containers to give height and depth. Candles were added in low mason jars for a bit of ambiance. We finished off the look of each centerpiece with handmade table numbers made from craft paper with stamped gold edges for a vintage effect.

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The food was so fun! Guests enjoyed pastas, salads, and bite-size gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches.

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Speeches were made by Lily’s parents and her sister followed by an adorable video montage filled with photos of her life and friends and family.

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Don’t even get us started on this cake! It was as delicious as it was beautiful! The custom marquee letters which were a gift for Lily from her parents lit it up perfectly. These letters definitely will not go to waste. They will look incredible hung up in her room, and we know just the spot for them …

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… and we love this photo of the Bat Mitzvah girl! How cute is she?

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We feel so blessed to have been a part of this special girl’s day! It means so much to us especially because we have known her since she was born. Her grandmother was like a second mom to us growing up and her mom was our babysitter and someone we still look up to to this day. We even watched her and her sister a time or two. We are so proud of this beautiful and mature young lady! Of course, we couldn’t have done this all alone. As we mentioned, Lily and her parents were extremely involved in the planning, purchasing, and creating processes. The following vendors also left their special mark on this day. Thank you to Angela for enhancing all of the girls’ outer beauty, the staff at Temple Adat Elohim for setting up the room to perfection, Tarte Catering for their delicious food, Maria Barker for the stunning cake, Kayla at House of Magnolias for once again hitting it out of the park, and Karen Ard Photography for capturing every last detail.

All photos taken by Karen Ard Photography.

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