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8 June 2022

7 tips on how to plan and organise a great Bar / Bat mitzvah

by Liz Gatherer
, estimated reading time 2 minutes

The Bar / Bat mitzvah is a significant milestone for a young Jewish child who is transitioning into adulthood. It’s an incredible occasion that requires a lot of planning and organisation to make it memorable.

Here are seven tips to help you plan and organise a great Bar / Bat mitzvah celebration.

  • Budget Planning As with any event, the first step is to determine the budget. Consult with your family and come up with an amount that you’re comfortable spending. Once you have a budget in place, you can start allocating funds for things like venue, catering, decorations and entertainment.
  • Choose a Venue Choose a venue that is spacious enough to accommodate all the guests and activities planned for the day. Consider the location, accessibility, size, and most importantly, the vibe of the place.
  • Set the Date Pick a date that is significant for your child and your family. Consult with your rabbi to ensure the chosen date is also suitable according to the Jewish calendar. Making early bookings for the venue, catering, and entertainment will help you avoid last-minute stress and disappointment.
  • Plan the Menu Good food is an essential part of any celebration. Whether you choose traditional Jewish delicacies or modern fusion cuisine, make sure that the menu caters to all dietary requirements and preferences of your guests. However, it is necessary to consult with your rabbi to ensure the kosher status of selected food and ingredients.
  • Entertain your Guests Providing entertainment for your guests is an excellent way to keep them engaged and make the day more memorable. Consider hiring a DJ, a live band, a magician or any other entertainment that aligns with your theme or guest's interests.
  • Decorations Decorations set the mood and add personality to an event. Consult with your child about their interests and passions, and select designs and colours accordingly. It's a good idea to hire a professional to take care of the decorations, adding an extra touch of elegance, and creating a visually appealing atmosphere.
  • Invitations Crafting and sending invitations is one of the essential aspects to consider when planning and organising a Bar / Bat mitzvah celebration. Make sure that the invitations are sent out at least six weeks before the event to give guests ample time to RSVP. Include important details such as the date, time, venue, menu, theme, and dress code where necessary.

In conclusion, planning a Bar / Bat mitzvah celebration can seem overwhelming, but with the right plan and organisation, you can create a memorable event that your child and guests will cherish for years to come. By following these seven tips, you can organise an enjoyable and meaningful Bar / Bat mitzvah that will be a day to remember for everyone involved.

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