Planning a Bar or Bat Mitzvah

Monday, September 2, 2019

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The day a son or daughter becomes a bar mitzvah (for a boy) or bat mitzvah (for a girl) is an important milestone for Jewish parents. And in recent years, it has become the reason for a big celebration with family and friends.

To help make sure the celebration goes off without a hitch, The Party Place offers our extensive rental catalog  and services that allow you more convenience during your party or event. Renting much-needed seating, tables, décor, and more can making planning for your child’s bar or bat mitzvah easier. Renting necessities will help you save time, money, and effort. Renting items you need is not only cheaper, but it also eliminates the task of needing to find a place to store your party supplies and items for the celebration, both before and after the event. The Party Place offers drop off and pick up service with our rental items, as well as assistance with set up and take down of your event rentals.

Of course, there is a lot that goes into planning for a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah. The Party Place can answer any and all questions you might have at any point of the planning process for your event, large or small. Here are some tips for planning a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah.

Choose Your Date

The first thing you’ll need to know before you plan your party is the date your child will celebrate his or her bar or bat mitzvah in the synagogue. The date may be assigned up to three years in advance, depending on the size of the congregation. Usually, it’s close to your child’s actual 13th birthday.

Book Your Party Venue

Before you choose the location for your party, you’ll need to decide whether you want your party to be held in the afternoon or evening. If evening, keep in mind those dates will book up first. Consider also the size of the party when choosing a location. Be mindful of your budget and refer to it often as you compare options that may result in greater savings.

Plan Out Food and Beverages

Make sure you have enough food and beverage to go around at the bar or bat mitzvah. If you find yourself needing more service ware to keep the food you’re serving at the right temperature, you can rely on The Party Place’s rental catalog. If you plan to host a cocktail party before the main meal, discuss cocktail options with your caterer. Consider making a kids menu available to younger guests. This allows for more kid-friendly options for the pickiest of eaters and ultimately helps save on the costs of food.

Consider a Theme

While having a theme isn’t necessary, it can make planning and decorating easier. Have a theme that relates to your child’s interests, such as sports, dance, movies, or theater. Ask your child what sort of theme they might like.

Hire the Entertainment

There are many entertainment options you could consider for a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah, depending on your budget. Whatever you do, remember to choose a good balance of entertainment for the different ages of your guests, e.g., at a mixed-age party, you don’t want all of the entertainment geared toward the kids, nor do you want to provide only adult entertainment, or you’ll have a collection of bored kids sitting at the table. Send Your Invitations

As with any invitation, you’ll need to inform your guests of all the details of your event, such as times and locations. Invitations are usually the first place you’ll show off the theme and mood of the party as well.

  • The invitations can be formal or informal.
  • They can be addressed with handwritten or printed calligraphy.
  • Video invitations have become popular.
  • Invitations can even be sent in a box with a balloon.

Party Favors

Party favors are usually only given to the kids and reflect the theme of the event. A typical party favor is personalized with the name or initials of the bar or bat mitzvah child. It might be a t-shirt, shorts, beach towel, or sports cap.

Candle Lighting Ceremony

A candle-lighting ceremony has become a popular tradition with bar and bat mitzvas. The bar or bat mitzvah lights a candle for the important people in his/her life, or for special family members who have recently passed away. Very often, as the candles are lighted, the bar/bat mitzvah recites the names in a clever, rhyming or poetic speech, which oftentimes ties into the theme. There may also be photos of those honored placed around the candles.

Centerpieces and Decorations

You’ll need to plan centerpieces for the tables where your guests will be seated. You may also add centerpiece decorations to the serving tables or buffet service. Centerpieces can be balloons, flowers, jars of colorful candy, topiaries, etc. You may also want to add other decorations to the party rooms. First, you’ll need to choose a color to tie in with your theme, and this will be used in your table linens and possibly chair swags. Beyond that, your decorations can simply be fun elements, like a large balloon arch, or something that ties into your theme, like palm tree blowups or balloons for a tropical theme.

Plan the Best Bar or Bat Mitzvah Celebration with the Party Place

For birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, or corporate events — no matter the event you’re planning, The Party Place has everything you need! Whether you need service ware to keep your food warm, lighting to brighten up your event, tables for your guests to sit at, or chairs for your guests to sit on, or heating equipment for your outdoor event, we have it all. Contact The Party Place or call us at (503) 548-4880 today to discuss our extensive rental catalog and find a theme, rentals, and other party supplies that are right for your next event.


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