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Bar Mitzvah Party

Bar mitzvah planning tips

A bar mitzvah party (or, for girls, a bat mitzvah party) is an important event in a young Jewish person's life. It is common practice for a celebration to follow the bar or bat mitzvah, a rite of passage ceremony during which a young man or woman is invited to read from the Torah in Hebrew during a religious service in a synagogue.

Bar mitzvah planning should take place well in advance, as parties typically take place in banquet halls and community centers, and booking options may be limited if you leave it to the last minute. Use the timeline below to help you with your bar and bat mitzvah planning.

Bar and Bat Mitzvah Planning: What to Do and When to Do It

Planning should commence up to two years before the event. Here's what to do:

  • Two years ahead of time: Check with your rabbi to plan an educational program for the candidate.
  • One year ahead of time: Create a budget for the party. Book the venue and pay any necessary deposits.
  • Six months ahead of time: Make a guest list, send out the invitations and keep track of RSVPs. Arrange for catering and entertainment, including a DJ and arrange for any equipment or party supply rentals you may need, such as tables, chairs, food service equipment and party decorations. Make sure the candidate is making sufficient progress with his or her bar or bat mitzvah lessons.
  • One to two months ahead of time: Finalize the guest list and take the candidate shopping for clothing. For young men, a bar mitzvah suit is essential; bat mitzvah dresses should also be chosen carefully to ensure they conform to any necessary style guidelines. Create a seating plan for the guests who will be attending the bar or bat mitzvah party. Confirm the date and time with the DJ and any other entertainers.
  • One week ahead of time: Check with the caterer to ensure that everyone will have enough to eat and make any necessary adjustments to the seating plan based on the final guest list.

Enjoying this special occasion with family and friends will make the careful planning worthwhile in the end.

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