Is your child coming up on his or her bar/bat mitzvah? This is such an exciting time for them and an important milestone for you, the parent, which is why the celebration should be special and memorable for everyone involved.
Planning the perfect mitzvah for your child doesn't have to be a stressful occasion. Just follow the steps below and you'll be set!
1. Choose a Venue
Location, location, location. It's not just an obsession for realtors. The location of your child's bar/bat mitzvah can really make or break the party. You only get one mitzvah, so make sure you choose a location where you'll have an accessible space to celebrate with all your friends and family. Ask yourself is whether you'll be hosting the celebration in your synagogue or another location. We find it to be very spiritual to hold the celebration at the synagogue, but moving the party to a more relaxed venue also has its benefits.
Things you need to consider when looking for a venue include:
Budget. Know what your budget is going into the hunt for the perfect venue. That way you won't overspend here and take away from other areas of the celebration, like the food and entertainment.
Guest List. How many people will be attending the mitzvah? The size of your group will be one of the biggest factors in determining what type of venue you will need. It's also a good idea to think about whether this will be a party for your child and his or her friends, or if it will also include adult family and friends.
Travel. How far away are your guests coming to attend the celebration? If you're expecting a lot of out-of-towners, make sure whatever venue you pick has accommodations nearby.
2. Decide on a Theme
Technically you don't have to pick a theme for the mitzvah, but it definitely goes a long way toward making planning easier and opens up so many possibilities with the decor! Look to your child's hobbies and passions for inspiration. Is your son a baseball player? Go with a Big League theme. Is your daughter a die-hard fan of the Harry Potter novels? A magical theme will be right up her alley.
If you want to keep the theme simple, you can just choose colors to serve as your theme. Your child's favorite colors would do well, and colors that complement the current season are always pretty. Once you've selected the theme, keep it in mind when buying decorations, centerpieces, the cake, invitations and party favors. Tying your theme into these aspects of the party will create a seamless look that is sure to impress your guests.
3. Book Live Entertainment
What's a party without a little live entertainment? Whether you hire a DJ or a local band, music should definitely be on the list for entertainment. Everyone likes to dance, and great music will keep everyone up and having fun throughout the night. Just make sure whatever option you go with offers a nice balance for young and adult guests. Some other options that everyone can enjoy include a photo booth, game tables and a karaoke station.
4. Hire an Awesome Caterer
Most bar/bat mitzvahs include dinner, as well as a cocktail hour and dessert for the end of the night. Obviously you'll want to make sure that anyone you hire knows is an expert in preparing Kosher dishes, which is why working with PaNosh is such a great choice. Our full catering services include a service personnel team that serves the meals, buffet tables, plated meals, drinks and more. And everything is certified Kosher!
Our menus are extensive, with dishes that will appeal to the palates of both kids and adults. For kids, we offer a pasta bar, chicken tenders, an array of sandwiches, pizza and more. Adults, on the other hand, can dine on herb-roasted chicken, prime rib, grilled salmon, lasagna, and more. For both menus, we can set up food stations that allow your guests to choose from pre-selected options, or we can serve a plated meal.
When it comes to dessert, no one does it better than PaNosh. Some delicious options include a candy bar, ice cream bar, cookie and brownie table, crepe stations or butlered desserts.
You can see our full menu by visiting our website. Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions or if you'd like to book PaNosh for your child's upcoming bar/bat mitzvah. We would be happy to be a part of this special day!