- Invite guests to join you for virtual services and create a custom Zoom logo as the video background. Encourage guests to share messages in the chat feature of your live streaming feed. Print them and bind them as a guestbook to have a record of those who celebrated with you.
- Hire a professional company to run your Zoom or live stream. Several DJ and video production companies are now offering this service to take the stress away from dealing with technical difficulties.
- If you’re using an online invitation service, please note that in some cases you can add video. If you have a montage ready to go, or personal video message from the bar/bat mitzvah, it can be edited to include excerpts in the digital invitation.
- Hold a mini party for your immediate family at your home with the vendors you’ve already contracted for your party. Celebrate with a scaled-down version of your menu, decorate the yard or main room of your home, and ask your photographer to take photos of the milestone day.
- Create a yard card or balloon display on your lawn to make it feel special.
- As current health guidelines advise that outdoor socializing in small groups is safest, consider:
– An open house celebration with a small number of guests arriving at staggered times.
– Hiring a food truck to serve treats or celebration foods to the family or a small number of guests. Food trucks are great options for Shabbat dinner or Kiddush luncheon as well.
– Set up a party space or lounge outdoors, with seating at least six feet apart for guests to visit for short periods of time.
– Set up a socially distanced selfie station for the bar or bat mitzvah to take photos with family and friends who come by. Provide props, sanitizer, and spacing markers.
- Invite guests to participate in a mazel tov car parade with signs, streamers, or whatever else they would like as decorations to help celebrate the bar or bat mitzvah.
- Distribute goody bags of treats and favors to those who come by or drive by to celebrate your teen.
- Deliver service booklets, kippot, catered meals or treats to family and close friends so they can join in the service and celebration from home. Deliver to in-town guests and mail to out-of-town guests.
- Hire a planner to make all go smoothly. While the guest list may be small, the list of to-dos remains the same!
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