Your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah event is one of the most important and memorable moments in their life, and is likely to be one of the most stressful ones for you, as a parent. We understand the pressure to plan, invite and decorate to celebrate this moment properly. Over the years, the traditional bar/bat Mitzvah has been replaced with themed celebrations, and has become one of the largest parties in tradition. It’s not unusual for parents to be overwhelmed with the planning portion of the party, which is why we’ve put together this handy, step-by-step guide to planning your bar/bat mitzvah party.
Step 1 – Consider the Audience
The key to any celebration or party is the early planning process. Start planning early, and give yourself time well in advance to start thinking about themes and event décor. One of the first things you should think about when planning is the people who will be at your event. What age group are you planning for? What kind of party are you planning? If you intend to keep the part small, you will have no problem hosting within your home. However, if you intend to invite your family, friends, members of the synagogue and more, you may want to consider a larger venue and catering service to provide for an event of this size.
Step 2 – Set a Budget
Early planning allows you to set yourself a fixed budget, and work within it as you make changes and create ideas accordingly. Avoid ballooning cost by deciding and sticking to a budget, and deciding beforehand on factors such as: entertainment, venue, catering, decorations and guest amount. If you work within your budget, there’s a good chance you will have a better idea of your limitations, and a clearer head as you go through the next stages of planning.
Step 3 – Create a Theme
Remember that at heart, a Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a party for your child. Ask your son or daughter to give you their input on what theme will make their event the most memorable, before you begin planning. Creating themes and décor for your party is difficult, and not everyone has time for it. If you’re unsure how to go about this process, consider hiring an event coordinator or planner. Companies like Flowers Time will take the time to create unique, distinctive themes for a memorable, fun event.
Step 4 – Choose a Venue and Catering
Your choice of venue will pretty much mostly be determined by the number of guests invited. If you are planning a larger celebration, your party locale will need a larger space. Consider the venue you are willing to rent, and the amount of floor area you will need. If you plan to invite a mix of teenagers and adults, you may want to look or a venue with a split floor or room space, so that your younger guests can enjoy themselves to the fullest. If you’re looking to rent a space, ensure that you visit the various prospecting venues before you select one. A good venue should accommodate your guests, offer parking facilities and accommodation, as well as seating and audio/visual entertainment equipment.
When thinking about Bar/Bat Mitzvah catering you’ll want to keep the food tailored to the guests. If you’re inviting Jewish family and friends, opt for a caterer who is familiar with kosher delicacies. If your party will have a mix of non-Jewish and Jewish family and friends, consider this party a means of introducing your friends from other backgrounds to traditional kosher foods. Consider the possibility of a venue with on-site catering, for larger parties. This kind of catering service is much easier to manage, and offers the possibility of quicker service.
Step 5 – Celebrate!
Remember that a Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a time of celebration, and should not cause you stress. Come together with your family and celebrate your child’s passage into adulthood. Here at Flowers Time, we understand that today’s busy lifestyles are not conducive to planning. Let us help you plan your Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Our talented designers can help you with everything from hosting, venues and décor, and create a party that nobody will be able to forget. Get in touch with us today!