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Mitzvah Inspire: Sophie’s Swim Meet Mitzvah

 

Samantha Spector, founder of Milk & Honey Special Events located in San Francisco, California, sent us this wonderful Bat Mitzvah she recently planned.

The family is known for their  great parties, especially for their kids. Samantha and the Milk & Honey team knew that this Mitzvah celebration needed to be amazing and centered around Bat Mitzvah girl Sophie’s favorite things.

Since Sophie is a swimmer, choosing the theme was easy. By using a purple and lime green color scheme, this party really made a splash!

 

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Sophie during her formal pictures on the bimah

 Swim theme signage

 Signage directing guests

 Swimming Bat Mitzvah venue

  Adults enjoyed the beautiful gardens of the Piedmont Community Hall 

 Swimming Bat Mitzvah centerpiece

The purple and green centerpieces included a scattering of swim goggles

 Swimming centerpiece
Swim Meet terms were used for table names

Swim Meet ropes decor

Swim lane dividers attached to stanchions, (in lieu of the typical velvet ropes), were used to mark off where guests should form a line. It reinforced the theme and managed the traffic flow

Swim Meet MIchael Phelps

Michael Phelps even made an appearance via a giant cardboard cut out at their “selfie station,” where guests could take a photo by his side

Swimming theme details
A Cup Noodles bar was set up; a most popular item of swim meet fare!

Swim Meet details cup of soup

The highlight was the signs sticking from the top of the bar featuring Sophie popping out of a giant Cup Noodles with her swim goggles on

 Swim Meet drinks

A blue/green signature drink (for the adults) was dubbed “The 50 Fly” for the butterfly stroke and was a Long Island Iced Tea with Curacao for it’s amazing color

Swim Meet consession stand
The bar/concession stand featured a giant bucket of Gatorade bottles and sodas for the kids to grab if they didn’t want to wait to get their drinks.  Also available: delicious teriyaki bowls, burgers, hot dogs, baked potatoes, chips and candy

Swimming theme trivia card
Fun trivia cards were placed at each table with questions about swimming, Bat Mitzvahs and all-about-Sophie

 Swim meet venue

 Inside the main event space is a great party room for the teens, with a high, beamed ceiling, shining herringbone hardwood floors, chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling windows

  sophies swim meet dj
The DJ gave away sunglasses, glow necklaces, bracelets and inflatable microphones

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One of the most popular activities of the evening was when the DJ rolled out a huge sheet of plastic bubble wrap for everyone to jump on. It’s the simple things…

 

Swim Meet candy buffet

In addition to dessert served at the snack bar, a purple and green candy bar kept the younger guests revved up with enough energy to keep the dance floor packed

 Swim Meet candy

Large purple balloons were used as a backdrop for the candy buffet as the windows were too beautiful to cover

sophie's swim meet T-Shirt

Another fun party element included Sophie’s t-shirt favor. At swim meets, participants are each given a shirt with the names of all the competitors on the back. Guests loved grabbing their shirts and finding their names which were hung on the back trees. Each person used a fabric highlighter to highlight their name when they claimed their shirt.

 

Swimming theme cookies

Delicious cookies with Sophie in swim mode

 Swimming theme cookie

 More custom “Sophie” cookies

 

 

 We thank Samantha Spector of Milk & Honey Special Events for sharing this creative Bat Mitzvah with our readers.

 

Event Design & Planning: Milk & Honey Special Events; Photography: Karen Schneider Photography;
Catering: Carrie Dove Catering; Venue: Piedmont Community Hall; Balloons: The Balloon Lady, Candy: Candy Warehouse; Candy Bar Labels: Tickled Teal.

 

 


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