The bat mitzvah is another name for the famous bar mitzvah we see in movies and amongst our Jewish friends. This hallowed event is used to mark the milestone that is a child’s transition into the grown-up world, and as Jewish parents, the event is solely your responsibility. Planning your child’s bat mitzvah is similar to planning any special ceremony; thus, it must be as unforgettable as possible. No matter the date you’ve chosen, it’s never too early to start the planning process, which is why we’ve put together a few tips to help get you started!
Get great entertainment
The best bat mitzvah entertainment ideas are those that excite and entice. You can choose to host a live band that plays classics from the past. You can also host competitions with giveaway goodies for winners. Whatever you choose, make it as memorable as possible and match it to your theme. And don’t forget to add a little thank-you note to make your guests feel loved and appreciated.
Pick a theme
Next up, you get to choose your theme. Even though a bat mitzvah is essentially a party, it doesn’t need to have a theme unless you want it to. Themes are great because they help give a clear and creative direction to your event, from decor to your catering choices. When searching for a theme, think outside the box and find something that shows your child’s personality. Your child might surprise you with modern trends you’d have never thought of, like a sports theme, neon rave or street art theme, and many more. The theme can even be based on clothing like a denim party, where all denim is allowed. Petite women can come with petite jeggings or straight-leg jeans with tees while the men can come with sandals, capris, and regular pants.
Have a date and venue in mind
To have all the fun you want with the tiny event details, you need to build your party on a solid event structure, and this will involve your date, venue, and guests invited. Liaise with your child on the best tentative dates for the party and then book your preferred venue for the chosen option. As much as possible, ensure the venue selected can accommodate the number of guests you plan to invite to avoid overcrowding. Once the venue and dates have been settled, you can then send your invites. With the invites out of the way, your menu is the next thing to focus on. Pick dishes that are delicious and creative using your guests’ dietary restrictions as a guideline.
Keep or let go of party traditions
How traditional or original do you want the bat mitzvah to be? There’s no wrong or right answer, just the one you’re most comfortable with. Traditional parties are a great way to pass on culture and knowledge. From the candle lighting ceremony to specially selected readings and custom yarmulkes, there are so many sacred traditions you can follow to make your party feel more familiar. If your child wants to create new ideas and unique traditions, by all means, make room for that as well.
Have as much fun as you can
The most important and final tip for this party is simple: Don’t forget to enjoy yourself! After all is said and done, this is a party meant to help everyone have a good time. It’s a celebration like no other, and it can fly by quickly, no matter how much time was spent planning.
Take a step back, breathe, and enjoy the reality of a party you envisioned. Make sure your child also has all the fun. This is a day she’s bound to remember for the rest of her life. Dance with family, eat with friends, and take part in all activities. Life’s short, so enjoy it!