If your child is nearing double digits, then you may be ready to start planning their Bar or Bat Mitzvah, and of course, also the party. Bar and Bat Mitzvahs are a chance as a parent to honor your child’s transition from childhood to adulthood. It’s an important milestone for Jewish families and one that many people begin planning years in advance. Many families celebrate the occasion with a memorable party that can be fun for both kids and adults.
Most parents who plan a Bar or Bat Mitzvah party start by selecting a venue. It’s important that your venue has accommodations for what you envision for your child’s party. When it comes to a Bar or Bat Mitzvah party, venues need to have the capacity to house a large number of people, have access to catering, and have various lighting and sound system options. Once you’ve chosen the right venue for the party, the time has arrived to start planning the rest of the festivity’s details. Here are a few steps you should take that will help you plan a successful Bar or Bat Mitzvah party.
Select a creative theme
Selecting a theme for your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah party is one of the first things you’ll want to cross off your list. Since this celebration will be attended mainly by middle schoolers, you will want to brainstorm themes that will be fun and trendy for Generation Z. The sky is the limit for your ideas, just make sure you consider your child’s personality and interests. For example, think about incorporating your child’s favorite sports team, Broadway show, or TV show into a theme. If you need some inspiration, check out this list of theme ideas.
Incorporating a theme in innovative ways can make planning a Bar or Bat Mitzvah fun. You can decorate with a theme’s main colors by using table cloths, streamers, balloon archways, or backdrops. Experiment by adding themed party favors like matching T-shirts, glow sticks, or goodie bags. Talk with your venue about how you can set the mood of your event with lighting, which can further help accentuate a theme. After you choose which theme to pursue, decide how you can show it off in original ways.
Pick fun entertainment
If you want to have an animated atmosphere for your child and their friends, plan to provide some form of entertainment. There are many types of entertainment to consider, such as DJs, performers, and activities like bowling. Other fun entertainment ideas include renting a photo booth or hiring a temporary tattoo artist for the party. Any of these ideas can make a Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebration feel more energetic, and create the perfect ambiance for your event. Your child’s friends will have a blast dancing to live music, watching performers, or playing games at their Bar or Bat Mitzvah party.
Middle school-aged kids often love dancing, and a DJ can create a spirited atmosphere at any party. If you choose to hire a DJ, you can help them craft a playlist with some of your child’s favorite songs. Guest attendees will have fun dancing the night away with their friends and family.
Decide on delicious food and drink
Middle schoolers especially love to eat creative treats and foods at Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. Think about choosing age-appropriate food and drink for the kids, while also providing edible options for adults to enjoy.
To plan what types of food you should have at the party, ask your child what kinds of food they’d like to eat. Some ideas for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs include hot dogs, popcorn, pizza, tacos, sodas, chocolates, and candy. Many caterers can personalize appetizers, dessert, and drinks to match your theme, so you’ll want to discuss your ideas with them. For adults, you might want to consider offering a different menu, including drink options like beer, cocktails, or wine. Guests will leave feeling full and satisfied after sampling the delicious food and drink options you’ve provided for the celebration.
Choose an experienced photographer
Since Bar and Bat Mitzvahs are such momentous occasions, it’s important to hire a photographer who is skilled and has an eye for detail. Hiring a photographer will help you remember the party years later. Plus, you’ll be able to share the photos on social media with friends and family.
You’ll want to make sure that you hire an expert photographer who has experience taking photos at events with large numbers of people. You can visit websites like PartySlate to research event photographers (and even other vendors). When you contact a photographer, you’ll want to ask about their availability, price point, and past experience photographing Bar or Bat Mitzvah parties. Once you find the perfect fit, you can book them for your child’s big event.
Preparing the final details
After you’ve finished planning the major details of your party, you’ll need to tie up any loose ends. Double-check with your party planner, venue, caterer, DJ, photographer —and anybody else you’ve hired—any last-minute details before the day of the event. Count the number of people who RSVP’d and give the estimated number to your caterer. Help your child pick out a dashing outfit for their big party. Order any other decorations you need, like helium-filled balloons or table centerpieces. Last but not least, make sure you have a dazzling outfit to wear to the party. Now, it’s time to attend a Party Slate Worthy Mitzvah!
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