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Throw a fabulous bar mitzvah for that special someone

While every child's birthday is important, there's one special moment in a Jewish girl or boy's young life that is often looked upon as a rite of passage - turning 13-years-old. This is the time for a fresh-faced youngster to celebrate entering adulthood with their closest friends and family.

And while a child must wholly dedicate himself to the process, with weekday evenings spent glued to the Torah or receiving private lessons from their rabbi, the occasion is also often celebrated with a huge, elaborate party.

So what are you waiting for? Begin preparing now for your son or daughter's big night and they'll be sure to thank you when the guests have gone home (and numerous presents are in their hands!).

First, start with the invitations. These can be traditional or modern - it really depends on what your guest of honor has in mind. For those who want to highlight the Jewish religion and the significance of having a bar or bat mitzvah, a simple blue invitation with a Star of David emblazoned on it is a fantastic option.

Of course, don't be afraid to choose a theme before popping these in the mail. If you have an athlete on your hands, try searching for announcements with photos of their favorite sport and use these images as a springboard for the rest of the party.

Next, start planning the decorations. A good party means nothing without some fabulous décor to kick it up a notch, so these small details are super-important.

First, begin with balloons. These are absolutely necessary for any party, so make sure you stock up on these and place them all around the event space. Balloons often have the power of bringing a hum-drum party into something super-special, so purchase an an ample supply of these. Also, try to locate as many bar mitzvah banners as humanly possible and hang them over the restaurant or catering hall.

Also, you're going to need a number of bar mitzvah supplies. Paper plates, cups and plastic utensils that have standout Jewish images on them may be a great way to solidify your child's affair as the soiree of the year. Also, if you really want to go crazy, try locating a number of glowsticks that say "mazel tov" on them. Pass them out to the kids and watch them go crazy.

Being a bar mitvah boy or girl isn't a complete walk in the park - the occasion calls for much time, preparation and hard work. When the ceremony is over, it's important to take the time to honor your teenager's accomplishment. Raise your glass in the air (yours filled with wine, your child's with grape juice, of course) and toast them for a job well done. L'Chaim!

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