The day your boy becomes a bar mitzvah or your girl a bar mitzvah is one of the most significant days in the lifetime of Jewish parents. It is a day that has always asked for a celebration, but during these last years, the number of families deciding to throw a bar or bat mitzvah party has increased immensely.
If you are soon to become a proud parent of a kid that has stepped into adulthood, then you are surely contemplating celebrating the day with your friends and family.
And you should.
But, just like with any other party that you plan for someone else, keep in mind to go as far as you think your kid would be comfortable with.
With that said, let’s dig into the steps of planning a great bar/bat mitzvah party.
#1. Know Your Budget
Obviously, when you are in for planning any kind of activity, you need to know how much you are able to or willing to spend. Handling this step right (defining the budget) will be of great help to the rest of the planning.
Oh, and we know that you must be chuffed to bits, but you do not have to go over the top. Holding a great party with a reasonable budget is possible as well.
#2. Set the Date and Venue
Usually, the day of your kid’s congression can be assigned up to three years in advance, but anyway it will be a date close to the 12th or 13th birthday, depending if the child is a girl or a boy. Anyway, the date is important for reasons that do not ask for further explanation.
The sooner you know the date, the wider choice of venues you will have. When you are considering booking a venue, you need to take a couple of things into consideration.
First, do you want the party to be at the synagogue or someplace else? Do you want to hold a kids-only party as well, or is one mixed-age party what you think is best? Do you plan on holding a cocktail hour before the main course, or not? If you do, would you want a separate room for that or will the same one suffice?
When you have these questions answered, you will know the type of venue that would fit your idea of celebration best.
And then you can go on and…
#4. Pick a Theme
With any party you basically have two choices: go general, or pick a theme.
Picking a theme is not necessary, but it is first – fun, and second – it makes planning so much easier (you will know what to look for at least!).
Deciding on this point will influence the decorations you will use for the party.
So, if you pick a general theme, your best bet is getting a banner, and then decorating the rest of the place in those colors. We have picked out two banners for a bar and bat mitzvah out of our collection, to show you how a nice banner should look like.
If you decide on having a theme, a good rule of thumb is to follow your kid’s interests and go for something that he or she likes.
Check out all differently themed decorations available on our site. You will surely find something to your liking.
#5. Think about Catering and Entertainment
This point directly depends on the decisions you made regarding the previous points.
If you have decided to throw a cocktail party before the main course, for example, then you have to think of food options that go well with cocktails. Or, if your party is with mixed guests, then you also have to have foods that will appeal to kids. You can follow the same logic for choosing the entertaining. The choices are vast but you can narrow them down if you ask the right questions.
Stop reading this post and send out the invitations!