Planning a Bar/Bat Mitzvah to Remember
Your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah is the most special birthday party. And as you probably already know, planning this party is second only to planning a wedding. Start early because planning a Bar/Bat Mitzvah can take some time, particularly if you have a particular place, caterer or disc jockey that you simply must have. So get started early and prepare to throw the party of the year.
Learn to Negotiate
This party is important to you, but it’s even more special to your child. It’s important to work together on the important decisions. Just keep in mind that your child’s idea of a great party and yours may be radically different.
Consider a Party Planner
A party planner can be worth her weight in gold in planning a Bar/Bat Mitzvah. She’ll handle all the details, leaving you with more free time. She can also help you and your child sort out areas where the two of you may not agree. True, a party planner will charge a fee, but her ability to get discounts that you can’t may be significant enough to pay for her services.
The Major Decisions
Here are the major decisions you’ll need to make for the party. Whether you work with a party planner or plan the party on your own, you’ll need to determine the following:
Just like planning a wedding, your Bar/Bat Mitzvah needs a budget and you need to stick to it. Costs can easily get out of hand otherwise, so make it a priority to make choices that fit into your budget.
You (and your child) are going to want to invite lots of people, possibly more than your budget allows. First, figure out your guest wish list — everyone you could possibly want — and then start trimming. Once you’ve determined your guest list go to our web-site and check out their wide variety of invitations.
Once you have an idea of your budget and number of guests, begin looking for a place that accommodates both. Choose two or three places you like and then determine which one can accommodate your date.
Food, of course is a key element for this party. Your venue may have a resident caterer, or may at least be able to recommend some good ones for you to interview. Be sure that you visit each of your possible caterers and sample their wares.
You’ll want to capture every moment of this special day, so a photographer is a must. Meet with as many photographers as you can. Take a look at their work, of course, but also make sure that their personal style suits you and that they have experience photographing Bar/Bat Mitzvahs. Start searching for photographers early; you may need to book as much as a year in advance to get the one you want.
Your DJ is an important part of the success of your party. A DJ doesn’t just spin tunes; a good one keeps the party flowing, entertains the crowd and anticipates what to do before guests lose interest. Work with your child to create a play list, a list of games, and prizes for the DJ to manage.
Planning a Bar/Bat Mitzvah can be a lot of work, but it also offers a great deal of reward. When you see your child having the time of his or her young life, all the effort will be more than worth it.