Planning Tips: Bar/Bat Mitzvah

A Bar or Bat Mitzvah is one of the most important moments in a Jewish child’s life. For boys at the age of 13 and girls at the age of 12, this coming of age celebration should be full of joy and simply impeccable. Here are some useful tips to remember while planning this grand event for your family and your community.

The Date -The first thing you should start with is choosing your date. It may be one to two years in the future, depending on the availability of your temple. This should give you plenty of time to get everything coordinated. Make sure that your date does not coincide with any other Bar or Bat Mitzvah.

The Reception- Making your favorite restaurant your reception venue could work very well. Ensure the restaurant has a private room big enough for your party. This eliminates the need for a caterer and various other vendors that would be needed otherwise.

Entertainment – You want to provide unique and memorable interactive entertainment experience for the kids. Try to hire a fun DJ/band that is used to entertaining children. Possible entertainment you want to consider includes carnival games, game shows, photo booths, face painters, impersonators, mini-music studio, simulators as well as arcade games to keep the kids involved.

Party Favors – It can be tricky to come up with a great idea for a party
favor since you may have to pick something that both boys and girls will like. A
couple of ideas to consider include hiring a caricaturist, who can draw each
child, or having the photographer put instant photos on buttons or other
items. Consider having a sign-in board for guests at the reception as well. It could be a keepsake for your child of their special day.

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