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Many families have canceled or postponed their bar and bat mitzvahs already. Others may soon have to make that painful decision. Atlanta Mitzvah Connection is here to help with answers to simcha questions that are coming up frequently in these uncertain times.
Budget blues? Help is here! When planning your teen’s bar or bat mitzvah weekend, use these tips to save money.
Who do you tip? How much should you give? Mitzvah parents wonder about this. A lot. So we went straight to the vendors to ask for their expectations and guidelines when it comes to gratuities.
Choosing a theme for a bar or bat mitzvah celebration seems easy. After all, right now your teen is SO into soccer, or YouTube, or dance. But if you’re planning the simcha one to two years ahead of the date, be prepared that his or her passions, hobbies and interests may change dramatically during this time.
Creative single servings lessen contact and keep it neat! Check out these ideas for presenting savory and sweet celebration nibbles.
Everyone wants to know what you’re serving, so menus are a must. They can also add to your décor, tie in to your theme and make a BIG impact. Here are some of our current favorite menu treatments for inspiration:
Thank guests for celebrating with your Mitzvah kid by sending them home with clever, useful or delicious themed party favors. Here are some of our current faves:
We all know cash is king as a bar or bat mitzvah gift, but since so many give it, it can be a tad (yawn) boring. Bump up the excitement of gifting bucks with these creative ideas:
You have to order kippot well ahead of your Bar Mitzvah date, but may not know your RSVP count yet. Chances are you’re going to have leftovers. What do you do with yesterday’s yarmulkes, especially when they’re personalized?! We posed the question to our Facebook friends and got some fabulous ideas:
A Simple Guide to Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah Guest List... Creating your child’s bar/bat mitzvah guest list is a challenge. Here’s a simple guide to determining who gets an invitation:
Divorce. Estrangement. Death. Real life issues can cast a long shadow on a joyful occasion. Don’t let them. We asked Jill Leitman, LCSW of Johns Creek Counseling & Coaching Services for tips to dealing with challenging family circumstances when preparing for a child to become a Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
Maybe you’ve heard of your city’s Convention and Visitors Bureau, but you have no idea what it does. Get excited, because your CVB can help a LOT with your bar/bat mitzvah planning. For real. We spoke to Visit Sandy Springs and the Awesome Alpharetta CVB to get the details. Here’s why you should reach out:
Most Atlanta families are welcoming non-Jewish family members and, at the very least, school and/or work friends who don’t know about much the Bar or Bat Mitzvah service. They may have never set foot in a synagogue before! Here’s are some of the best tips we’ve heard for welcoming and including non-Jews into the experience.
A reimagined on-the-move bat mitzvah celebration put guests On Top of the World with Sophie!
Allie’s bat mitzvah at Congregation Gesher L’Torah was a true family affair. Not only did the bat mitzvah read Torah beautifully and deliver a meaningful message from the bimah, but family members added something special.
Friends and family who joined Sophie for her bat mitzvah were truly in the “room where it happened." Congregation Gesher L'Torah for her Torah service and Kiddush and Roswell Historic Cottage for an evening celebration.
Lifelong friends Camille and Jayson have grown up at Temple Beth Tikvah, where their parents became close friends through a chavurah.
Siblings Kirk and Liv held their b’nai mitzvah service together in Israel, reading from the Torah while surrounded by family. To commemorate their once-in-a-lifetime experience, parents Lina and Gene planned a once-in-a-lifetime celebration! More than 330 relatives and friends came to the Atlanta Event Center at Opera for a dazzling night club-themed party with multiple entertainers, activities for those who dance and those who don’t, and a wide array of the siblings’ favorite foods.
All times are estimates! Sample party time below: 7:00 -11:00 pm Use this sample timeline when you meet with your DJ and your Caterer to get everyone on the same page.
Bar and Bat Mitzvahs are happening! Although different, they can be meaningful and special, and include ALL the guests you want. Of course, many of them can’t be in the same room. So, we’ve put together a list of vendors below that offer services to help you connect with guests no matter where they are. Daniel Espeut of Espeute Productions also supplied helpful tips for choosing a video production resource.
During the Atlanta Bar & Bat Mitzvah EXPO Online, we welcomed expert vendors to share their creative concepts and planning tips with Mitzvah parents. Watch the recaps below, which start with high-energy entertainment by our DJ partners!
If you’ve gotten your teen’s bar or bat mitzvah date, you may think it’s so far off that you don’t need to do anything yet. Think again! It’s time to get your mitzvah planning on track. Here’s what to do now and later.
Planning your family’s Mitzvah celebration is exciting! But it also can be stressful to worry about many “unknowns.” I’ve found that many parents have the same concerns. Here are the most asked questions I hear, along with my answers. Let’s get this planning started!!
The relatives have gone home, the leftovers are in the fridge and your Mitzvah kid is happily Instagramming about the big mitzvah weekend. If you’re like many parents, you’ll be feeling the post-simcha let down. Not to worry! There are still more things for you to do related to the bar mitzvah, believe it or not!
While many families are postponing celebrations for now, there are many ways to make the day of religious services special for your teen and include family and friends in inventive ways. Here, some of Atlanta’s top mitzvah planners – Tammie Wilson of The Party Girl Events, Marci Miller of The Perfect Day and Amy Ackerman of JDV Occasions share tips and ideas:
Oy, are those shoes killing you? All the cool kids know you have to hit the dance floor without high heels! Here are some of our current faves for dance floor gear:
Daytime or evening? While most families still opt for a nighttime soiree, many wonder about the merits of an afternoon Mitzvah celebration when planning the big weekend. There are several advantages to afternoon affairs, and things to consider, when picking your party time: