Girlie elegance and sophistication were the theme of a recent bat mitzvah planned by Elm Events. Bat mitzvahs, the coming-of-age celebrations for 13-year-old Jewish girls, walk a tightrope—they must celebrate a teen girl in a way that pleases her friends and adult family alike. Hundreds often attend the parties, which follow a religious ceremony and often raise the bar for personalization and opulence.

“When I create a look and feel of an event, you have to have some consistency throughout,” says Bonnie Coleman Steinbock, president of Elm Events and the bat mitvah’s event planner. “The mom wanted a vintage feel, something a bit more sophisticated.”

The party, held at Tam-O-Shanter Country Club in West Bloomfield, hosted guests at four rectangular tables and six rounds. The farm tables, provided by Affairs to Remember, featured a runner of green and twinkle lights down the center, mercury-glass votives, blue and clear bottles of varying heights, and turquoise vintage bottles with snapdragons, poppies and fillers. 

The round tables, at which adults were seated, were draped with blush basilica linens from Chair Covers and Linens. The table centerpieces, provided by Twig and Berries, were among the event’s most eye-catching details—a glass cloche over a birch tree stump on a silver metal-and-mirror tray. Atop the stump were roses, snapdragons and Gerber daises. 

“The adult tables were breathtaking,” Steinbock says. “What Twig and Berries did was exquisite.”

Mandell Display Design draped the ceiling with white fabric and twinkle lights, and hung Japanese lanterns of various lengths in white, turquoise and hot pink. Table cards were nestled in birch bases.

“It was feminine—elegant, beautiful, fun,” Steinbock says of the event. “But it was still kid-like.”  

Options for unconventional seasonal gatherings abound across the state. 

From cities teeming with bright lights to snowy small towns, Michigan is a winter wonderland. If you’re looking for a way to make your event or post-event outing more festive, consider these unique holiday offerings. 

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