Bat and Bar Mitzvah Party Planning Guide
The bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah is more than a party. Really, the party is just the result of such an important event. And that party, well, it represents a milestone for Jewish parents—a special day when their child reaches the age of adulthood. It’s a big day full of meaning and care, and it needs to be celebrated! But where do you start?
Planning your child’s bar or bat mitzvah doesn’t have to be a chaotic and confusing process. With the right direction, venue, and details, planning the perfect celebration for your child will be a piece of cake. After all, your child is preparing for the most difficult part of the Mitzvah, so your responsibilities should be easy. We’ve seen a lot of bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah celebrations at NOAH’S Event Venue, so we’ve gathered together the best bat/bar mitzvah party planning advice into this easy guide. So, congratulations on the growth and success of your child, and happy planning!
Step 1: Know the date!
When your child is around ten-years-old, contact a synagogue or temple about the timeframe required for the event. Formal lessons typically begin when the child is twelve, but the date of the bar/bat mitzvah celebration may be assigned as soon as your child turns ten (depending on the size of the congregation). Make sure you contact the temple or synagogue with plenty of time to get a feel for the preparation necessities and timeframe.
Step 2: Reserve the Venue.
There are a lot of factors to consider when selecting a venue, but some of the biggest include the vendor policy and the versatility of the space. In order to have full control over food, decor, and entertainment, you must find a venue with an open-vendor policy (which means you can bring in whatever caterer, DJ, etc. that you like). Whether you want to use your child’s favorite restaurant for catering or a potluck with family and friends, an open-vendor policy is necessary for decision-making power. NOAH’S Event Venue values the tastes and preferences of our clients (and their budget!), so we never force clients to use overpriced onsite catering or entertainment, and we proudly offer an open-vendor policy.
The other very important factor for selecting a venue is the versatility of the space. You want your child to be able to celebrate somewhere nice with options for showing their personality. NOAH’S ceiling design provides endless customizations—lights, banners, slinkies, and more can hang from our ceilings! Our space is already chic and modern, so even without elaborate decor, it’s a beautiful place to celebrate such a wonderful occasion.
No matter what, make sure you reserve your venue well in advance! Venues will often need a year’s notice or more to reserve your date (unless you plan to celebrate on a weekday…).
Step 3: Choose a Theme.
Your child should be very involved in picking the theme for the after party! It’s their big day, after all. We’ve seen amazing themes at NOAH’S Event Venue! Our favorites? Candyland, favorite sports teams, underwater, winter wonderland, and superheroes! Use NOAH’S linens to find table linens that fit the vibe of the theme, and make sure your venue allows you to bring in your preferred elaborate decor (NOAH’S does, of course!).
Step 4: Hire Entertainment, Caterer, and Other Vendors
Selecting a vendor-friendly venue gives you decision-making and money-saving power when it comes to vendors, which means that you need to make some decisions. Choose food that your child loves within your budget. That may mean family potluck, food truck, or even fast food catering. Whatever it is, make it memorable and fun!
Choosing entertainment is equally important. Photo booths, DJs, magicians, caricature artists, and more could be incredibly fun additions to your celebration. If that’s a bit out of your price range, utilize one of NOAH’S flatscreen TVs or projectors to play your child’s favorite movie or plug in a phone into NOAH’S state-of-the-art surround sound system and play some fun dance music.
If you’re not sure where to find the top vendors in your area, check out NOAH’S magazine, MOMENTS. This magazine includes a list of our preferred vendors. To find your local edition of MOMENTS, navigate to your location on the NOAH’S website and scroll down until you see the graphic of the magazine.
Step 5: Send Invitations
About two or three months before the event, send out invitations! Invitations to the mitzvah can be formal or informal and hand-written or typed, but they should always include a response card (or phone number/email guests can use to RSVP) to make sure your guest list is accurate for the big day.
While this guide may not include instructions to every detail of your child’s Mitzvah, we’re confident it will put you on the path needed for a perfect mitzvah afterparty. With the right vendors, decor, and preparation, this day will become a wildly memorable event for you, your child, and your entire family. No two Bat or Bar Mitzvahs are the same, but they’re all special and celebrate the growth and hard work of your son or daughter. We’d love to help you with this special event at NOAH’S Event Venue. Schedule a tour today, and our awesome coordinators will show you exactly how versatile our venue is and how your child’s special day may fit within our elegant and modern building.