Written by: Tami

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. It is a day they will always remember usually followed by a party to celebrate this huge accomplishment. When Olivia and her family contacted us about being a part of this special event, we were so excited. Especially since we thoroughly enjoyed working with this family last year on their older daughter Lily’s Bat Mitzvah (as seen on our previous posts: Vintage Bat Mitzvah Luncheon and Vintage Raceway Bat Mitzvah Party). When I recently got the photos back from this event, I was even more excited! There were so many awesome ones to choose from. I decided to break this post into two parts and will be featuring the decor details from Olivia’s Vintage Disneyland Bat Mitzvah party on Wednesday. For now, please enjoy as I take you on a “ride” through the event itself and all that it entailed …

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Lauren and I have been extremely lucky to know this gorgeous girl since she was born thirteen years ago. Today, we recognize Olivia’s accomplishments as a Bat Mitzvah.

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She did an amazing job preparing for this day. She spoke eloquently and read from the Torah like an old pro.

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We know her family could not be more proud!

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Just like her older sister, Olivia had many ideas for how this day would go. She opted for a traditional party in a hotel ballroom with dinner, dancing, and lots of Disney details.

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A quick wardrobe change after the ceremony and her family was ready to party! These photos are just a few of my favorites by Karen Ard of Karen Ard Photography … and could you get a more photogenic family?

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Guests arrived and enjoyed appetizers at Olivia’s cocktail hour. The Hyatt Regency Westlake truly pulled out all of the stops with their menu for the night.

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Each of Olivia’s family and friends were then prompted to grab their Disneyland Fast Pass seating card and write a note for the Bat Mitzvah girl.

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Olivia was very vocal about wanting a henna tattoo artist at her party. She visited several times and so did all of her friends.

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Pops of color made this space feel very Disney-esque. We added in some vintage touches, manicured flower arrangements, and classic movie posters to finish off the look.

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When guests entered the reception, they were immediately brought onto the dance floor for an extra long and energetic Hora. Olivia may not have felt comfortable up in the chair …

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… but her dad sure did! In fact, I have never seen anyone surf a Hora chair quite like this!

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Before beginning the meal, Olivia invited her grandmother up to say the blessing over the challah.

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Another first … throwing pieces of bread out into the crowd. It takes a very special type of family to get this into their Jewish traditions!

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Dinner was served buffet style. It consisted of a variety of Italian options including pastas, salmon, delicious vegetables, and large green salads.

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A photo booth was set up with lots of Disney inspired props and a pastel tissue paper background. Olivia’s friends loved taking home these small Polaroids as a memento.

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

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Father and daughter shared a special dance …

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… Before everyone else was on their feet dancing again! We were extremely impressed with Sean and his team of DJ’s and Dancers from H2H The Perfect Element who kept the party going full steam ahead the entire time.

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A candle lighting ceremony is a time to honor all those in your life who have made you who you are. Olivia welcomed up thirteen groups of friends and family and then blew out all of her candles (including one for good luck).

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Uncle Adam came up to help cut the cake and received some in the face from his brother, Ean. Not sure I have ever seen a more perfect theme cake than this one by Auntie Mia Cakes.

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An ice cream bar was set up for the kids …

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… as well as a sweet and salty Disneyland  inspired concession stand.

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One of the best parts of the night was when all of the lights were turned out at the very end for what the DJ calls “Neon Fantasy Prime”. The kids were given a multitude of LED party favors to wear and dance with, and everyone got down to the funky beats.

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As Olivia’s former teacher (a story for another time), I feel so blessed to have been a part of this special girl’s day! It especially meant so much to both Lauren and I because not only have we known Olivia since she was born, but her grandmother is like a second mom to us, 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 poised young lady! Of course, we couldn’t have done this all alone. Olivia 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 the Hyatt Regency Westlake for setting up the room to perfection and for their delicious food, Maria Barker for the stunning cake, Kayla at House of Magnolias for once again hitting it out of the (theme) park, Dreams America Linens for providing chair covers and organza bows that completely transformed the look of the room, another shout out to our DJ / Emcee / Everything Sean from H2H The Perfect Element, Vita Perfetta for their creative styling in henna tattoos, and Karen Ard Photography for capturing every last detail. This entire team could not have been more top notch!

All photos taken by Karen Ard Photography.

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