If you’re party description starts with something like “..the party was held on a hill top in the Judean desert in a bedouin style tent,” or “guests rode in on camels….” there’s a good chance that the phrase awe-inspiring or jaw-dropping may apply. Such was the case for this mitzvah held in — where else? — Israel. A once in a lifetime trip for friends and family celebrating guest of honor Sydney, we couldn’t believe the out of this world details that went into the week long celebration. (Custom suitcase invitations, anyone?) Do yourself a favor, take that coffee break and settle into these pictures from Studio A Images.
Can you give us an overview of the event? We held my daughter Sydney’s Bat Mitzvah in Israel. Our friends and family joined us there for a week of touring and parties. Each day we toured in different locations, and at night we would have dinner in a special location. The main party was held on a hill top in the Judean desert in a bedouin style tent. The guests rode to the party on camels and then arrived at the tent which overlooked the desert. As the sun set, everyone danced, ate, and partied. The night ended with fireworks over the mountains.
What were your playful twists that made the event unique? We had something new for the guests each day that they would need for the activities of the day. We started out with beach bags filled with hats, cards (each card had a different picture of Sydney,family, and friends-like a mini photo album) , toiletry kits given out in each of their hotel rooms. On the day we were snorkeling, we gave out customized towels, on the day we went ATV-ing we gave out T-shirts.
Tell us about the food and desserts: The food was Mediterranean influenced. There was lamb tagine, pitas made in front of the guests with hummus and olive dips as appetizers. The main meal was served at each table family style with a varitey of salads and meats.
For dessert we had baklava, and we also ordered custom mini cupcakes decorated like wildflowers.
What was the most memorable moment? Dancing the night away on a mountain top while the sun set over an empty desert, and feeling like we were the only people in the world. Watching my daughter’s face as we surprised her with a flashmob we had practiced was another.