Celebrate the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Service When the Party is Postponed

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:

Planning Tools & Tips
  • 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!

Expert event planners are available to help you create a special service day for your bar or bat mitzvah. Find them here