A Sweet Celebration: Ellie’s Candy-Themed Bat Mitzvah

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As Ellie approached her 14th birthday, she stepped into a new chapter of her life in the sweetest way possible–with a Bat Mitzvah themed around candy! Held in Fort Collins, Colorado her celebration marked a significant Jewish milestone. The festivities included fun, vibrance, and energy that reflected Ellie’s bright spirit.

Color Scheme

The chosen colors for Ellie’s day included shades of lavender, giving a nod to the spring season and setting an enchanting mood for the day. Male family members dressed in gray suits and wore lavender ties which added to the elegance of the celebration.

Family Photos

An hour before the morning service, the immediate and extended family gathered for photos at Har Shalom, Fort Collins. In addition to capturing family moments, there was time to photograph Ellie with the Torah since the service could not be photographed.

Evening Celebration

As the day transitioned to evening, the celebration moved to the elegant Lincoln Center’s Canyon West Ballroom. The ballroom’s 5,000 square feet easily accommodated the 200+ people attending. The space features coffered ceilings and exquisite wood accents, all illuminated by programmable lighting. Guests appreciated this indoor location as the day had hurricane-force gusts of wind and dust storms throughout.

A World of Sweetness

The theme of candy came to life through imaginative decor primarily crafted by Ellie’s mother, Dara. The striking centerpieces contained translucent vases with purple lights inside. On top of this, a silver disc held oversized candy signs featuring classic sweets like Nerds and Hershey’s bars. Ellie’s grand entrance into this candy wonderland was nothing short of magical, greeted by a lineup of friends and family, high fives, hugs, and countless photos captured on smartphones.

Lighting and Decor

The Lincoln Center complemented the candy theme with purple LEDs and glowing warm chandeliers. Combined with this, the DJs added pink and purplish uplighting to add to the Candy Land effect. Even the table cards creatively used the motif crafted as colorful swirled classic large suckers on a stick that displayed each guest’s name and seating assignment.

Culinary Delights

Greens Point Catering provided an array of food that satisfied all ages, particularly the comforting macaroni and cheese, chicken tender, and refreshing fruit salad. The evening featured two cakes–one celebrating the Bat Mitzvah and another for Ellie’s upcoming birthday. As the night drew to a close, children and adults alike helped themselves to a long banquet table brimming with assorted candies and aptly named, “Ellie’s Sweet Shop.”

Fun Games and Festive Traditions

The event was filled with interactive games and prizes led by MC Jeff and DJ Erik of Mountain Event Services, which kept the energy high and the dance floor packed. A slide show projected on a large screen brought back fond memories of family and friends of the last 13 years. Traditional dances like the Hora uplifted Ellie and her family, adding to the joyful celebratory spirit of the day. Additional touches like glow sticks and light-up glasses enhanced the vibrant, festive atmosphere, leaving everyone with lasting memories of a night filled with joy and laughter. Mazel tov, Ellie!

Candy-Themed Mitzvah Party Highlights

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