For some children, their thirteenth birthday merely signals the beginning of their teenage years (for better or for worse). But for Jewish teens, this pivotal age means much more. It’s at this time when they become a bar or bat mitzvah, meaning they make the transition into adulthood in the Jewish community. This rite of passage is traditionally celebrated with a beautiful service at the family’s synagogue – and an unforgettable party.
With each passing year, Bar and Mat Mitzvah celebrations have become more astounding and more elaborate. Many families feel it’s necessary to outdo others in the area with extravagant party rentals, entertainment, food, and favors. But it’s not always necessary to spend significant amounts of money or come up with the most outlandish party plan. If you follow these tips, you’ll be well on your way to throwing a memorable Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebration that all of your guests will truly enjoy.
Choose a Theme
Every Bar or Bat Mitzvah needs a good theme. That might be your teen’s favorite city, their favorite movie series, or even their favorite colors. Whether you go with the Golden Age of Hollywood or opt for a Tropical luau, you should incorporate this theme into your invitations, the decorations, the table linen rentals, the food, and the music. Having this celebration centered around a distinctive theme can set your party apart, help guests decide what to wear, and make your teen even more excited about what’s to come.
Hire the Right Vendors
Picking the correct venue and serving the best food available is important, of course, but you’ll also need to focus on finding the right event rental company to serve all of your needs. Renting chairs, round tables, linens, and other accessories all from the same event rental company will usually alleviate stress as the big day gets closer. Make sure to discuss specific concerns with your event rental company well in advance, including clarification on kosher dietary laws or any party rental must-haves you might have missed. You’ll also want to be certain that everything provided by your event rental company fits in with your theme and can be utilized by the venue.
Plan the Entertainment
Here’s your opportunity to really bring the wow factor. Whether you opt for a popular DJ or hire a local party band, the entertainment will set the tone for the entire event. Make sure your choice will appeal to as many age demographics as possible and that they’ll know how to get your guests up and onto the dance floor. Don’t forget that everyone will probably want to dance the hora and lift your teen up in their chair — so your choice in entertainment should be familiar with Bar and Bat Mitzvah traditions and be able to incorporate them into their set.
Ultimately, this special day should be about your family, your friends, and your teenager. As long as you’re honoring this important part of the Jewish faith, making memories with and for your son or daughter, and remembering all of the important details outlined above, the party is bound to be a real success.