It’s a coming of age ritual that marks an important milestone in a girl’s life. Bat Mitzvah represents a rite of passage, a signal of religious maturity which means a girl can now partake in every Jewish celebration. So, you’ll want to make sure your Bat Mitzvah is memorable, for all the right reasons. Here are some of our favourite ideas for celebrating your Bat Mitzvah.
A Bat Mitzvah is a way to mark a new chapter in your life. But, that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun to look back on years gone by. Putting together a brief presentation of baby and child photos and videos can give guests a good giggle, particularly if they spot themselves in some of the images.
A photo booth
Hiring a photo booth can inject a lot of fun into your event as your guests pile in to have their pictures taken. And, it means, even if your official event photographer doesn’t manage to take a shot of every single one of your guests, you should have lasting mementos of everyone who attended.
Choose a theme
Having a theme isn’t essential, but it can help to tie all the elements of your party together. You can take your lead from what you and your teen love, opting for a Hollywood themed bash or a winter wonderland event, for example. You could also choose a theme based on Jewish values, perhaps supporting a charity as part of your party.
Hire an entertainer
To provide extra interest at your celebration, you could opt to hire an entertainer to impress your guests. You could have fire eaters as your guests arrive or a magician to work the room. A caricaturist could draw images of your friends and family, providing long-lasting reminders of your event and who attended.
It’s an important part of any Bat Mitzvah celebration. But, before you can decide on your menu, you’ll need to think about whether you want a sit-down meal or a more informal buffet. You’ll need to keep both adults and children happy, so you may want to add a kids’ menu. If you’re keen to keep your menu Kosher, there are caterers who specialise to make sure your food is just how you want it.
Giving your guests something to take away with them can add a personal touch to your celebration. You could opt for boxes of sweets with your name and date on them, or choose custom-made cookies to tie in with your theme. Or, you could opt for quirky presents like printed socks, or donate to charity on behalf of your guests.
Set up a craft table
If you have young guests who might get bored during a long event, then you could set up a special table for them to keep them occupied. You could think about setting up craft activities or employing a face painter to keep the little ones happy.
Provide a guest book
Just as at a wedding, asking your guests to leave messages for the Bat Mitzvah girl is a lovely way to collect the thoughts of friends and family, and provide a beautiful memory book to look back on.
Choreograph the first dance
The father-daughter dance can be a daunting prospect. But, if you’ve put in a lot of effort into getting a routine together, it can take some of the pressure off, and surprise your guests. You could even involve other youngsters and parents, asking them to learn a special dance before the event.
Enjoy every moment
Because you’re focussed on making sure your guests are taken care of, you can forget to live in the moment. Take the time to enjoy the celebration and what it means. As Sheri Lapidus, who runs an online Bat Mitzvah marketplace, explains: “It’s a very exciting time in your child’s life, but it can also be filled with lots of anxiety and stress. It’s important to keep checking in with your son or daughter making sure they feel comfortable with everything that is being planned.”
Putting in the thought and preparation before your Bat Mitzvah celebration should mean everything runs smoothly, so you can enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience.