Modern Jewish Celebrations Dossier

Occasion: Bar Mitzvah

Location: Glencoe, Illinois

The Mitzvah Mission

initial consultation revealed:

  • Transform the family’s backyard into a party space for 200
  • Create a Bar Mitzvah celebration that the whole family – adults and children - can share in
  • Celebrate the family’s shared passion for the Green Bay Packers

The Modern Jewish Celebrations Recommendation:


Modern Jewish Celebrations designed a backyard celebration for 200 designed around the classic Midwestern tradition of tailgating outside of Lambeau Field.


  • Buffet stations set up in the back of a black SUV, PT Cruiser and Ford 150 truck, decked out with wool, plaid blankets and galvanized tin serving pieces
  • Outdoor charcoal grills and chefs (outfitted in Green Bay uniforms) cooking live for guests
  • Bales of hay provided casual seating areas enhancing traditional tables and chairs
  • Family video montage played as “halftime entertainment"
  • Tables decorated with custom-made green felt tablecloths
  • Children’s service project set up in the garage
  • Entertainment included trampolines, corn hole and other outdoor classics


  • Donuts and breakfast sandwiches passed as guests arrived from service
  • White and dark hot chocolate/hot apple cider bar with fresh whipped cream for children
  • "Over-the-top" Bloody Mary bar for adults
  • “Cheesehead” dip (Wisconsin Cheddar and Beer Spread) and crudités
  • Halftime chili and grilling station featuring chili as well as veggie, turkey and beef burgers and Kosher ballpark franks
  • “Favre Frites” served in paper cones
  • Reese’s Cup “Cakes”, Carrot Cake Cupcakes and “Lombardi” Lollipops (cookie dough, cheesecake and Rice Krispie lollipops dipped in chocolate)