When you either get hired to organize a bar or bat mitzvah or organize your own child’s event, then you know that the person in charge of doing it is the most trusted person in your mind as they’re in charge of the most significant day of your child’s life. And, as flattered as you may be, you know that planning a bar mitzvah (or bat mitzvah) can be an overwhelming experience, especially if you have little to no experience in bringing a party perfectly together. The stakes are high, and there’s a lot of pressure.
What is a Bar/Bat Mitzvah?
Sure enough, what is a Bar or Bat Mitzvah? The initial phase of embarking on this voyage involves grasping the vocabulary, customs, and occurrences. For most devout Jewish youths, a Bar or Bat Mitzvah serves as a pivotal moment. It signifies their shift into adulthood within the Jewish community and marks their inaugural reading from the Torah, hence the significance of the translation as “the child of the commandments.”
In simpler terms, the bar mitzvah is the coming-of-age ceremony for young Jewish boys, which is usually celebrated after their 13th birthday, on the first following sabbath.
Following the same analogy, the bat mitzvah celebrates the coming-of-age of young Jewish girls, which is usually celebrated when they turn 12.
Regarding strict tradition, only boys had such coming-of-age celebrations, and in Orthodox circles, the trend is still prominent. Bat mitzvahs started to become more popular in the seventies and have been on the rise since.
Planning a Bat/Bar Mitzvah: The Essentials
When it comes to organizing a bar or bat mitzvah, it’s essential to understand that this rite-of-passage ceremony will mean something different for every child and family.
Still, in most cases, the type of celebration and its most crucial moments have long been decided before you were entrusted with organizing the event. For instance, many synagogues assign bar/bat mitzvah dates even years before the child turns 12 or 13, meaning that most families will have concrete ideas regarding the event.
Still, there will be plenty of things to do, as planners will often have to arrange the ceremony with the synagogue, print guides for the invited guests, purchase the kippot and more.
Planning A Bat/Bar Mitzvah: It’s in The Details
The intricacies involved in organizing a Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebration can rival those of planning a wedding. Not only does the party planning process span approximately 12-18 months, but a significant distinction lies in the fact that the guest of honor, the celebrant, is a minor. While the festivities typically lean towards being adult-centric, the planning task includes coordinating anywhere from tens to 100+ teenagers.
The initial step entails collaborating with the family to choose a theme, ranging from a personal interest to a color scheme for the occasion. Popular theme options encompass sports, music, fashion, beach, dance, or even video games. It’s crucial to bear in mind that by the time this celebration takes place, the child, along with nearly every other child in attendance, will have experienced an average of three Bar or Bat Mitzvahs over the preceding two to three years. The intricacies of the day are abundant, and a well-executed theme is merely the starting point.
Food and Beverages: The Fundamentals of a Good Time
Excellent food plays a pivotal role in both the case of adults and kids when it comes to organizing an outstanding event. Often, in the case of bat/bar mitzvahs, the biggest problem lies in finding the perfect balance between “teen” and “adult” foods.
For example, simple, grab-and-go options are great for teens who tend to move around a lot, play, have fun, sing, and dance. For that, having a designated table with a server can be an outstanding idea, as there will be somebody to handle the food, while special dietary needs or requests may be addressed before the party.
For adults, apart from good food, signature cocktails and mocktails are always a great idea.
Special food stations such as Crepes, Boba drinks, Ice Cream and Sweets will always be welcomed and loved by everyone.
Singing, Dancing, and Beyond
To make the best of the party, the bat/bar mitzvah venue should offer state-of-the-art entertainment, dances, games, karaoke singing, and more. Technology, both audio and visual, will play a huge part in completing the quest experience, meaning that video montages, lighting, special effects, and even pyrotechnics should all be up to par.
It’s imperative to fill the event with add-ons to “lift” the party up and have both the kids and the adults fully engaged. For example, add-ons such as LED Robot, Glow In The Dark theme party, Photobooth, Foosball Table and such are always a great addition to such an event.
Lastly, the venue should also be able to support the candle-lighting ceremony, which is a traditional part of the celebration.
Organize With Expert Help
Finding the best bar/bat mitzvah venue can be a hassle, as you need to find a place that also deeply understands the importance of the coming-of-age ceremony and, at the same time, knows how to ensure that all the guests are having the time of their lives.
This is where PlugIN Karaoke can help: We allocate a dedicated event planner for each event and provide an end-to-end turnkey solution, meaning we will take care of EVERYTHING for you. Your job will only be to show up on time on the big day and enjoy.