Honor a special bar mitzvah boy or bat mitzvah girl with an incredible party
June 03, 2010
For children, every birthday is special. However, for Jewish boys and girls, there's one specific event they look forward to - turning thirteen. This is when most youngsters celebrate their bar and bat mitzvah, an experience that may be one of the most memorable of their lives.
If you have a son or daughter who is about to make their way to the podium at their synagogue and recite a number of Hebrew passages in front of their close friends and family, why not mark the occasion with one fantastic bar mitzvah party? Your child has undoubtedly worked hard, and letting them know you appreciate their study of Jewish history and the difficult language of Israel will put a 1,000-watt smile on their faces.
To start, plan out some bar mitzvah decorations. These can be totally simple or completely crazy.
If your child decides he or she wants a theme at their party, make sure you stick with their chosen motif. A lot of thirteen year olds love movies, so if you know their favorite, adorn the venue with images from the film. For example, if your little man loves Star Wars, try to print out photos of C-3PO, Chewbacca and R2-D2 and use them as centerpieces. Don't forget to purchase a bunch of lightsabers for the boys and Princess Leia hair-bun headbands for the gals.
For girls, why not go with a Dirty Dancing theme? Find a few different life-sized posters of Patrick Swayze and place them around the room. The event will be beloved by children and could also turn out to be a tribute to the talented performers.
Did You Know: On the television show The Wonder Years, Kevin Arnold's best friend Paul Pfeiffer celebrated his bar mitzvah?
Next, try to find a bunch of bar mitzvah party supplies. Use your creativity with these, but make sure at least some of your purchases have images of the Jewish star. Also, don't forget about Judaica paper goods. If you can uncover napkins that have the phrases "L'Chaim!" and "Mazel Tov!" on them, all the better.
Did You Know: During the fifteenth season of The Simpsons, Krusty the Clown had his mitzvah?
Finally, don't forget about giveaways. The bar mitzvah top giveaway items include everything from T-shirts to boxers to baseball caps that have your guest of honor's photo on them. However, feel free to get creative with these handouts.
For example, if your special someone chose a sea theme, consider purchasing items adorned with slogans such as "I had a whale of a good time!" Also, never underestimate the power of LED sunglasses or glow-in-the-dark press-on fingernails. Turn the lights down low and watch the kids have a ball.
Did You Know: On an episode of Entourage, Ari Gold plans his daughter's bat mitzvah?
Planning an event like this is indeed work, but it doesn't have to be overwhelming. Just make sure you coordinate the affair weeks ahead, and your little one will be guaranteed to have the time of their lives.