Month: January 2018

Estimating Bar/Bat Mitzvah Attendance

What factors determine your Bar or Bat Mitzvah attendance or actual guest count? | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD, & VA
I often get asked by clients while they are making their guest list, “What will the Bar or Bat Mitzvah attendance actually be?” There are so many factors that affect Bar or Bat Mitzvah attendance that it is tough to have a rule of thumb. I always tell my clients, you know your guests better than I do, so you can better guess whether they will or will not attend. Here are some factors to consider when estimating your guest count:

Time of year

Will kids be busy with sports so out of town guests will be less likely to travel? Is it a holiday weekend and guest may already have different travel plans? Are there other Mitzvahs on the same date and tweens will need to pick which one to attend? Is there a possibility of snow which may keep elderly guests at home?

Out of town guests

Are more of your guests local or out of town? And how far out of town are they? Will they have to fly or drive? Out of towners, especially those who have to purchase plane tickets, are less likely to travel, so that could decrease your overall guest count. If more guests are local, your attendance will likely be higher.

Tit for Tat

Did you attend their most recent simcha? Or did they attend another family member’s recent Bar or Bat Mitzah? When camp friends live far away, they are more likely to attend yours if you attended theirs. The same thing is true for family that is a bit more distant.

Families vs. Adults Only

There’s always a line that needs to be drawn with how many kids can attend. Do all adults who have kids get to bring the kids, even if their kids are significantly older or younger than the Mitzvah tween? If a parent is invited without their child and they have to get a babysitter, they are less likely to attend.

Last minute cancellations/No shows

Finally, you’ll always get a few people who have to cancel at the last minute. It’s super annoying, especially if you’ve already given your caterer the final guest count, but life happens.

In Conclusion

There are a lot of factors to consider when estimating the guest count for your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah. The best thing to do is go through your list to decide how likely certain guests are to attend and make your own estimate from that.

Daniel’s Outer Space Bar Mitzvah Party at Rock Creek Mansion

It was wonderful working with Daniel’s family for his out of this world, outer space Bar Mitzvah party at Rock Creek Mansion in Bethesda, Maryland. The venue was the perfect backdrop for a glowing night of Israeli dancing, more dancing, games and out of this world fun. Daniel loves science and outer space, but didn’t want it to feel too theme-y. Our awesome team of vendors was able to deliver!

Family portraits at Daniel's Outer Space Bar Mitzvah Party at Rock Creek Mansion in Bethesda, MD | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA

Invitations from Event Prints set just the right tone from the start–a sophisticated celestial celebration.

Event Prints Invitation at Daniel's Outer Space Bar Mitzvah Party at Rock Creek Mansion in Bethesda, MD | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA | Photo Credit: Michael Temchine Photography

The whole room glowed including these unique cocktail tables…

Glowing cocktail tables at Daniel's Outer Space Bar Mitzvah Party at Rock Creek Mansion in Bethesda, MD | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA | Photo Credit: Michael Temchine Photography

… lounge furniture backed by a wall of twinkle lights that changed color throughout the event…

Glowing lounge furniture at Daniel's Outer Space Bar Mitzvah Party at Rock Creek Mansion in Bethesda, MD | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA | Photo Credit: Michael Temchine Photography

… and adult tables, all by Electric Events DC.

Adult Tables at Daniel's Outer Space Bar Mitzvah Party at Rock Creek Mansion in Bethesda, MD | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA | Photo Credit: Michael Temchine Photography

Finishing touches by Mitzvah Favorites expanded on the galaxy idea.

Escort Cards at Daniel's Outer Space Bar Mitzvah Party at Rock Creek Mansion in Bethesda, MD | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA | Photo Credit: Michael Temchine Photography

Tweens loved these drawstring book bag favors.

Drawstring book bag favors at Daniel's Outer Space Bar Mitzvah Party at Rock Creek Mansion in Bethesda, MD | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA | Photo Credit: Michael Temchine Photography

Thanks to the awesome vendors who helped make it happen and mazel tov to Daniel and his family!

Photographer:  Michael Temchine Photography
Venue: Rock Creek Mansion
Catering: Potomac 18
Entertainment: Washington Talent/DJ Scott + Lox and Vodka
Invitations: Event Prints
Lounge/Photo Booth/Decor: Electric Events DC
Graphic Design/Favors: Mitzvah Favorites

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