2015 South Florida Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah Planning Group Meet and Greet
Mitzvah Tips from David Ockman
1. Direction Cards. Make sure that your invitation includes direction cards to the temple and party.
2. RSVPs. Include a stamped response card. Make sure these are numbered. DO NOT use email RSVPs.
3. Facebook. Do not allow vendors to post your bar or bat mitzvah photos on Facebook until after the event.
4. Parking. Make sure you have valet parking at your event.
5. Invitations. Mail invitations. Do not use Evite or other similar services.
6. Tattoos. Make sure that tattooed vendors cover their tattoos for your event.
7. Toasts. Make sure you serve champagne if you make a toast.
8. Lighting. Do not allow fluorescent lighting to be used by your venue during your event.
9. Challah. Have a large size special occasion challah to cut during the Hamotzi.
10. Food. Don’t allow your food to be so "nouveau" that you don't have any of the traditional staples that people love.
11. Security. Have security to keep the tweens and teens in the party space. Don't allow groups of kids to go to the bathroom together.
12. Kids’ Food. Have the kids‘ food be nut free due to allergies.
13. Alcohol. Serve alcohol to adults - especially on a Saturday night. If you cannot afford alcohol, at a minimum, have a cash bar so adults have a choice.
MAKE YOUR PARTY MEMORABLE
Special touches connect guests to the celebration and create a festive and memorable party. Beyond typical decor, special touches set the mood and are a way of separating your party form the rest.
For some of us, by the time we have committed to the necessities of our mitzvah celebration, we have exceeded our budget and with limited additional means to spend special touches we want them, we just do not know what touches we want and how to blend them into our party. Careful planning and budgeting helps to ensure special touches are included in your bar/bat mitzvah.
“Enhance your mitzvah party with something as simple as sparklers and blasting rock music to introduce the bar/bat mitzvah child and family. Brand your party with custom printed M&M’s in your choice of colors. Create a theme matching specialty drink for the adults to enjoy during the cocktail hour. Add a “beach chair” lounge area for the teens to hang out in at a beach theme party.” These are just a few ideas from Chris Weinberg of South Florida based East Coast Events. “Whether by theme, color scheme or emotional connection, special touches inspire your guests to get into the spirit of the night and create lasting memories.”