An evening of entertainment, speeches, fun and enjoyment all for that special Bar/Bat Mitzvah child to be enjoyed with family and friends! Who would not want to feel like a king or queen for a night? That is what you can expect if you are invited to a Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration, which usually takes place after the religious ceremony!
If you would like to see a template of a schedule for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah Party, click here to download the PDF.
I also wanted to share with you answers to 3 of the most popular questions I get asked! …
The best way to decide on your theme, is by choosing a theme which reflects the child’s interests or hobbies and could be anything from a Hollywood Glamour theme, to films/books or even a favourite sport. Having a theme makes the planning side much easier as it can then be tied into the decorations, invitations, centrepieces, party favours and cake. Event planners usually find out all about the child and their hobbies and see how much of their interests can be incorporated on their special day.
Alternatively if there are twins involved or finding a theme is turning out too complicated, another option would be to choose a colour scheme.
You can start of with looking around your reception hall, what sort of colours are already there… chairs, curtains, walls. Are there wooden furnishings? Is it a white marquee? Let the atmosphere of the venue guide your decision.
Most parties would have a DJ or band but what about some other entertainment ideas for your guests? Make your party really go with a swing! How about a magician to work the room and do some tricks for your guests at dinner? Or if the weather is fine you could consider some outdoor games to make the event fun for all the family. You could even hire in popcorn machines or chocolate fountains, or use an ice statue as an impressive party centrepiece! Other ideas could include artists to do caricatures or silhouettes of your guests, beauty therapists offering mini pamper treatments, face painters and photo booth to add an element of fun. The list is endless!
Gifts should not be brought to the synagogue service but rather to the reception/party following the service. There are no “traditional” gifts. Rather, when looking for a gift keep the interests of the child in mind and shop as you would for any other 12/13-year-old boy or girl. Usually Judaic gifts like a kiddush cup, tallis or tefillin are given by the parents, grandparents or other people who are close to the family, so it’s generally a good idea not to purchase those items as gifts. Money is often given in multiples of 18, which represents both good luck and the Jewish symbol of Chai, which means “life.” Other gift ideas include: iTunes gift cards, iPods, digital cameras, a DVD collection’s, gift cards, jewellery or keepsakes.
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