3 Tips for Planning a New York Bar Mitzvah

February 13, 2023 Jessica Stewart

In the Jewish faith, all children mark their symbolic entry into adulthood by throwing a Bat or Bar Mitzvah. This event is typically celebrated on the Shabbat closest to the child's birthday when they turn 13.

As parents, you want to make this transition something you'll all remember for a long time, and the first place to start is with party planning. But what can you do to make the Bat or Bar Mitzvah special?

If you lack the inspiration to make your child's Bar Mitzvah special, keep reading because we're giving you our best New York Bar Mitzvah planning tips.

Tip 1: Book Well in Advance

When throwing a Bat or Bar Mitzvah, it's essential to book well ahead of time. Like any other significant event, such as a wedding, many vendors need to be hired weeks, if not months, in advance.

Suppose several of your friend's children are also throwing their celebrations. In that case, you need to contact and secure a venue, event planner, photographer, videographer, caterer, etc., before the other parents snap them up. Hiring the best and right vendors can take your child's New York Bar Mitzvah to a new level.

If guests are traveling from out of town, it also helps to start your party planning early so guests can make travel plans in advance before the prices increase for the season.

Tip 2: Find a Venue That Allows Your Own Catering

While many venues may have a kitchen of their own and catering staff, they may not be fully equipped or experienced enough in preparing and cooking traditional food. For this reason, you want to find a venue that allows you to bring your own food or a caterer of your choosing.

Bringing in your own food or event caterers means having complete control over ensuring everything is kosher for the guests. For example, you may have to bring platters if the venue has no kitchen. But, on the other hand, this means you don't have to miss out on goodies like matzo ball soup and challah bread.

Tip 3: Hire Some Entertainment

A party is not a party without some entertainment, so if you want to throw a Bar Mitzvah, no one will forget it's essential to hire the right vendors. Entertainment can help keep your guests pumped well into the night and add a sense of theatre to the event.

Some vendors you may want to consider are a banging DJ for the music or a live band if you prefer to go that route. A magician is another way to entertain guests throughout the party, so consider hiring one for your event. Finally, don't forget the all-important photo booth for guests to capture memories they can take home.

Throw the Best New York Bar Mitzvah Today

Throwing a New York Bar Mitzvah can be a fun activity to begin planning, and with these party planning tips, your party should be off the chain. First, book early and find a venue that can accommodate any traditional food you want. And finally, ask your child what entertainment they'd like, and you've got a winning party.

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