Every special occasion deserves your undivided time and attention. Whether it is your first time organizing a sleepover or preparing for an upcoming holiday, throwing a memorable party is much easier than it looks, but it does require some prior planning. The smallest details can often make or break a child’s birthday event. Considering the importance both culturally and socially, a Bar or Bat Mitzvah Party is the last place where a parent wants to be caught off guard. Taking some precautions before the big day can help everything run smoothly come show time while making a lasting impression on your young son or daughter.
Transitioning Into Adulthood
A Bar or Bat Mitzvah symbolizes the transition into adulthood. Encourage your child to exercise their right to choose by making them a part of pre-party decisions. Not only will this give them the opportunity to select some of the things that truly make them happy, it will also give the young man or woman a feeling of accomplishment throughout the whole process.
Drawing Up a Guest List
Now is not the time to make amends with estranged family members. To avoid confrontation, only invite people who will add something special to the party. Make sure there is a healthy mix of guests. Your child’s friends and classmates are a crucial ingredient that will help ensure the party’s success. Guests can be from any faith. In fact, a big celebration is a great time to acquaint others with your religion.
Picking a Theme
A Bar or Bat Mitzvah is a time to pull out all the stops. The event can be grandiose or small and intimate. It can be exclusively held for children or include a mix of guests from all age groups. It can take place outdoors, in a home, or rented venue. A wide range of colors are available to choose from and can help set the tone. Help your child pick a theme centered on their interests and then plan around it.
Some creative themes include:
• Pool Parties.
• Hooray for Hollywood.
• A 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, or 1980s Birthday Bash.
• Casino Night.
• Asian Influence.
• A Walk through Paris.
• An African Safari.
• An Old West Showdown.
• And many, many more!
Depending on your level of involvement, you may want to enlist the help of others if you already have enough on your plate. Caterers offering a wide variety of cuisine can be found in the Yellow Pages or online. Videographers and DJs can be found this way as well. Make sure to meet in advance with anyone that you sign a contract with. This will prevent surprises and unnecessary heartbreak from happening. Clearly state your needs and don’t settle for less. You are under no obligation to use a person if they don’t conduct themselves professionally.
Planning an event in advance can save you both time and money. Use the skills that you learned with this occasion to inspire your next milestone event.