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Bar and Bat Mitzvah Celebrations on a Budget

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Have a Festive Bar or Bat Mitzvah Celebration Regardless of Your Budget!

A bar or bat mitzvah is an action-packed coming of age ceremony.

Sometimes it can even last up to an entire weekend and consist of a Saturday morning religious service, a luncheon, a big party on Saturday night, and a Sunday brunch.  No matter how large or small your event will be, make sure you provide your guests with fun favors and decorate your party with beautiful centerpieces.

Fun Favor Ideas

Providing your guests with favors is an important part of any celebration.  Party favors can be anything from a bag of “loot” full of candies and treats or a keepsake from the party.  It’s a good idea to provide your guests with unique favors but it’s not necessary to spend a lot of money on them.  Some fun mitzvah favors include picture frames or photo albums imprinted with details of the party, boxes filled with candies or trinkets, and decorative candles.

Decorating for Your Party

Determine whether you’d like your party to be fancy and formal or bold and outgoing.  You can go with a party theme to make it easier to decide on a centerpiece and decorations.  Some popular themes include sports, luau, retro, and music.  This is just the tip of the iceberg however as there are a number of other theme ideas that work perfectly.  Choose a theme that aligns with your child’s interests.  After deciding on a theme, decide on a color scheme.

Some bar and bat mitzvah centerpieces that can work with any theme include balloon arches, lollipop centerpieces, and floral arrangements.  Fruits are also great as centerpieces since the Torah often talks about fruit as being a symbol of plenty.  You can make carved oranges or cut apples and turn them into candle holders.  Fruit centerpieces are also very budget-friendly.

If you or someone you know is creative, consider using corrugated paper to build props that match your theme.  Some fun props you can build with corrugated paper include a pirate ship, tiki hut, or giant basketball. Garlands can also be used to outline your centerpiece or wrap around your other decorations.

Set the tone of your celebration with a hand painted sign welcoming your guests at the door.  Use a basket filled with favors and other goodies as a centerpiece or decoration for your party.  Other extras you can include are a fog machine, strobe light, lasers, or fireworks to give your party a festive touch.

Food for Your Party

Hiring a caterer is the most convenient option when it comes to planning your party menu.  Call around to find out which caterers in your local area are available on the date of your scheduled event and find out if they have experience catering a bar or bat mitzvah.  Since these celebrations are attended by people of all ages, it’s important to choose a caterer who has experience serving foods that will please all palates.  From traditional to contemporary or casual to elegant, plan a menu that includes dishes everyone will love.

If you are on a tight budget and are only expecting a small crowd, you can prepare your own food. Consider serving dishes with universal appeal such as tomato and mozzarella salad, chicken tenders, chocolate strawberries, and cheesy pasta.  Make sure to have plenty of finger foods on hand because these delicious dishes will disappear before you know it!

In conclusion, choose the right menu, decorations, and theme to give your party a unique and festive feel without breaking the bank.  Have fun with the planning process and make sure to think about what kind of centerpieces and favors you’d like to use to make your child’s party visually stimulating and unforgettable for your guests.

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