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Well, I’ve been hesitating to write this blog because I’m so completely bummed that I don’t have any great photos to show the results of all the hard work and planning that went into this bat mitzvah! Both Leslie and I had camera issues. Mine was that I still don’t really know how to use my new one, and hers was that she needs a new one. I didn’t have mine on auto focus so my photos are not all that clear.  Her’s took all double images.

But, that said, the event itself was great! The guest of honor did an exemplar job during the services. She and her mom should be proud of what a wonderful young woman she has grown into.

It was truly an excercise in working with and around what we had – which included a host who honorably wanted to stress the significance and meaning of the event more than the celebration afterwards.  This meant keeping the decorations and theme very limited in the function room for the luncheon.  The only place we could have at it was in the kids party room, but that room had many physical obstacles to work around.  And everything had to be done on a very limited budget. It was a challenge, but a fun one that we really enjoyed!

Kids table

I only have one terrible photo to share of the function room and the set up for the luncheon.  But as a quick run down, the dining tables had gathered fuschia runners with a centerpiece in the middle.  The adult tables had galvanized steel buckets planted with wheat grass and gerbera daisies.  Kids tables had rectangular lime green blocks wrapped in candy button strips with swirl and regular lollipops arranged on the top.

flower centerpieces

In the center of the room was the cupcake table covered in a fuschia tablecloth with 75 cupcakes in green and blue cupcake wrappers, frosted in white and adorned with a small swirl lollipop all stacked on a cupcake stand and overflowing onto the table itself.  Food tables ran down the side of the room, covered in fuschia table runners and displays of scrumptious lunch selections. At the end of the room was a beverage and a dessert table.

setting up

Down the hall, the kids party room was decorated in a candy shoppe theme.  The colors, pink, orange, lime and light blue with a little purple, were determined by some very fun balloons, found on line, that spelled out Gabby’s (a.k.a. Giselle’s) name. These were hung over the DJ’s table. The room itself was a little too big for the amount of guests and there was a LOT of junk like ladders and vacuums and kids toys and a piano, that we had to hide.  So we used the room dividers that were also there to do so, while keeping as many of the windows unblocked to optimize the natural light.

To try to liven the room up a little, we made “curtains” by draping plastic table cloths in our fuschia color behind the existing valances.  We also took advantage of the room’s chalk board to block off the fireplace opening and put a table in front of that for the candy.  All kinds of classic candy options in various glass containers were arranged on the table with some raised up for visual interest.  The table they had was 8 feet long so to fill it up, we put the galvanized drink bin on the table too. For continuity from the function room to the party room, on the candy table there were flowers similar to the centerpieces, but in a taller french pail and added large swirl lollipops.

the banner

The “Gabby’s Candy Shoppe” banner was made using paper to match the balloon colors, hand cut and sewn onto pink ribbon.  The letters were cut on a Cricut machine and glued on.  For a little more pop, we added tissue paper pom poms – they give a lot of bang for the buck. They were hung on either side of the bulletin board as well as from all the ceiling light fixtures.  To keep them from flattening out on one side, we left the tissue paper folded and didn’t fluff them out until the morning of set up right before they were hung.


To fill in some empty wall space, we made huge lollipops out of white painted wrapping paper rolls with balloons covered in cellophane attached to the tops.  There was a big chance these were going to look tacky, but they turned out to be pretty cute! To conceal a bulletin board that was bolted to the wall, we covered it with lime green wrapping paper, glued on talk bubbles, and hung a pink marker so that everyone could leave well wishes for the guest of honor.  She ended up taking it home and hanging it in her bedroom she liked it so much!

The DJ kept the party rocking all afternoon with great music, dancing, games and prizes.  The kids got way too sugared up on all the candy. And the adults had a great time watching (and some even participated in) the shenanigans. All in all it was a very successful day. And a huge congratulations goes out to Gabby!

Only a few more weeks until Giselle’s party on June 2!  Today we went to look at the hall again to finalize the floor plan and a few other details. Its exciting to know its all coming together.

Also did a test of the wheat grass for the centerpieces to make sure we could get it to grow.  And it did!  Leave it in the window and spritz with water occasionally.  Thats all it took!

Check out the pics of the first 5 days of life.

Pre-soaking the seeds

And they're planted

I see growth!

I see green!

Day 5

We chose to accept our mission and started brainstorming and researching immediately.

This was a perfect reason to get sucked into Pinterest. It was a great, although completely addicting, tool to use for this purpose.  Leslie could pin and share the ideas she found while I created my own board to do the same.

The first thing Leslie presented to Giselle was the brightly colored mylar balloons with letters that would spell out her name.  We figured if she approved that, we’d have an instant color scheme of pink, blue, green and orange to work with.  She loved them!  Whew!  Then she showed her the rest of the ideas on both of our pin boards to get her reactions to different routes we could take.  She really liked the flowers/grass centerpieces and the galvanized steel containers as well as the candy store look and feel (steering away from a literal “Candyland” theme). And she chose pink as her main color.

More musing and ruminating led to a new pin board with ideas narrowed down and concept further developed.  See it here:  Leslie reviewed that with Moe over the phone who also loved and approved of the direction we were heading. An even bigger whew!

Our next step is to source these ideas out and see just how inexpensively we can do this!

We here at LeeLee Street, (that would be Leslie and I) are officially branching out into party planning – one of our long term goals!

Enter Moe and Giselle.  Moe hired us to plan the look and feel of Giselle’s BatMitzvah happening on June 2, from theme, colors, and decorations, to event coordination, etc. (OK, truth be told, Moe is Leslie’s sister, so its a bit of nepotism – but thats what family is for).  Not being Jewish, and never having been to a Bar or BatMitzvah, I have a lot to learn.  Until I learn all the terminology, I can only use my similar Christian terms – I apologize if I unintentionally offend anyone by doing so.

So far, I’ve figured out that the sermon part comes first and is quite long. Then the guests (number will never be firm, because its traditional for members of the congregation to attend after the service if they choose to) will move into the function hall at the temple (this temple is actually in a congregational church) where they will be fed. After the kids eat, they will go to another room where the kids’ party will be held.

Moe has requested that the function hall be simple and tasteful to keep the focus on the importance of the day.  She’d also like it to be green – using recyclable or re-usable items and the budget to be kept to a minimum. Giselle has requested that the kids party room have a Candy Land theme.

And we’re off!  I will post at every step in the process so please feel free to follow along.