Beverages on Consumption vs. Open Bar

 Should you choose open bar or beverage on consumption for your Bar or Bat Mitzvah? Which makes the most sense and why? | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar and Bat Mitzvahs in MD, DC & VA

We’ve discussed different beverage options for your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah, but the next question is always should I do an open bar or beverages on consumption? Providing your own alcohol is usually the most cost-effective option, but is not always permitted. In this article, we assume it is not an option.

The open bar or beverages on consumption is a tricky question, and unfortunately, there is no one right answer since you can’t predict how much your guests will drink. The industry rule of thumb is two drinks per person for the cocktail hour then one drink per person per hour for the remainder of the party. I know this sounds like a lot to most people, but keep in mind that despite getting those drinks from the bar, you may not actually consume the entire drink. You put down the drink and forget about it, the drink gets cleared before you’re finished, etc.

Their beverage consumption may vary based on a variety of factors listed below.

Start time

Is it an evening or afternoon party? People are less likely to drink heavily in the afternoon. Some venues may offer a different price for open bar beverage packages because of this.

Drink sign at Jake's Pinstripes Georgetown DC Red and Black Hockey-themed Bar Mitzvah Party | Pop Color Events | Adding a pop of color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA | Photo by Susan Hornyak Photography

Your Guests

You know your guests best, so you are the only one who can answer the question of whether or not they are big drinkers and how many are big drinkers. Go through your guest list and add a column to estimate the number of drinks each guest will have. Some people have told me that their Jewish guests drink less, but I don’t know if that is actually true.

Cost of drinks

The final decision about whether to do open bar or beverage on consumption comes down to math. How much does a glass of beer, wine, mixed drinks or soda cost each? How many drinks do you reasonably think your guests will drink? Multiply. What is the number of drinks per guest where it makes sense to pay for a package vs. on consumption? When considering the cost of drinks, also keep in mind what is included in the open bar package–does it include wine service at the tables, hard liquor, etc.?

Graffiti Bar at a midnight blue and lavender urban lounge and club-themed B'nai Mitzvah party for twins in Beltsville, Maryland | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar and Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA

Advice

If you want to move forward with beverages on consumption check with your caterer to see if you are able to set a limit and once it is reached, either the bar will close or you will reauthorize to spend more.

In Conclusion

Doing beverages on consumption is risky, since you can’t predict how much guests will drink or how quickly will the waitstaff clear drinks. However, you know your guests best. After assessing your guest list and doing the math, you can decide what makes the most financial sense.

Jake’s Hockey Bar Mitzvah at Pinstripes Georgetown, Washington DC

I loved working with Jake and his family for his hockey-themed Bar Mitzvah Party at Pinstripes Georgetown. They are my favorite type of clients–they knew what they wanted, they appreciated my help and guidance and most of all, they wanted to have a really, really fun party. The venue was the perfect location for his low-key, Labor Day Bar Mitzvah celebration.

Jake's Pinstripes Georgetown DC Red and Black Bar Mitzvah Party | Pop Color Events | Adding a pop of color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA | Photo by Susan Hornyak Photography

The evening started with cocktails for the adults and delicious snacks, bowling and bocce for all!

Bocce at Jake's Pinstripes Georgetown DC Red and Black Hockey-themed Bar Mitzvah Party | Pop Color Events | Adding a pop of color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA | Photo by Susan Hornyak Photography

Bowling at Jake's Pinstripes Georgetown DC Red and Black Hockey-themed Bar Mitzvah Party | Pop Color Events | Adding a pop of color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA | Photo by Susan Hornyak Photography

After that, we went upstairs when the real partying began! The room looked stunning with red uplighting and centerpieces featuring lights, hockey sticks, hockey pucks and Jake’s logo. Some tables had hockey skates and others had hockey helmets as part of the centerpiece base. Each table also had a photo of Jake at various ages playing hockey which served as the table number.

Hockey centerpieces at Jake's Pinstripes Georgetown DC Red and Black Hockey-themed Bar Mitzvah Party | Pop Color Events | Adding a pop of color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA | Photo by Susan Hornyak PhotographyHockey centerpieces at Jake's Pinstripes Georgetown DC Red and Black Hockey-themed Bar Mitzvah Party | Pop Color Events | Adding a pop of color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA | Photo by Susan Hornyak Photography

Guests loved the seating chart which was shaped like a hockey ice rink with jerseys on top. The jerseys were removable and served as escort cards, directing guests to their table number.

Hockey rink and jersey seating chart with escort cards at Jake's Pinstripes Georgetown DC Red and Black Hockey-themed Bar Mitzvah Party | Pop Color Events | Adding a pop of color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA | Photo by Susan Hornyak Photography

I always love a good hora and this was one of the funniest ones I’ve ever been part of! With the low ceilings at Pinstripes, one of the guests had the bright idea to take a hockey helmet from a centerpiece and give it to Jake (and the rest of the family) to prevent hora-related head injuries. Hilarious!

Hora at Jake's Pinstripes Georgetown DC Red and Black Hockey-themed Bar Mitzvah Party | Pop Color Events | Adding a pop of color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA | Photo by Susan Hornyak Photography

It was a pleasure to work with this family for Jake’s Bar Mitzvah party and they were pretty happy too:

Brynne is super easy to work with, detail oriented and on top of everything. She is creative and will help you come up with a great theme, find you vendors that work with your personalities, provide the services you want and in your budget. Most importantly, Brynne was someone I could completely trust. I knew she had our best interests in mind when making decisions about the party. Our son had a clear vision of what he wanted and she never tried to convince him to do anything he didn’t want to do- instead she worked with him to provide the perfect party for him. We were impressed with how Brynne handled coordinating with all the vendors in the weeks leading up to the party. I felt super confident that Brynne had everything handled, so I took her advice and just enjoyed every minute of the party. We couldn’t be happier with Brynne and will be using her again for our other son’s bar mitzvah party.

-Jake’s Mom

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

Photographer:  Susan Hornyak Photography
Venue: Pinstripes Georgetown (Washington DC)
Entertainment: Unique Dreams
Green Screen: Snap Entertainment
Centerpieces/Lounge: DaVinci
Sign In Board: Sprites Ink
Shirts: Planet Cotton

Pop Color Vendor: Michael Temchine Photography

I love working with Michael Temchine of Michael Temchine Photography and Mitzvahs by Michael. His work is stunning and he has such a way of capturing the special moments of your family’s big day. I know you’ll love him too, so read on for a little bit more about how he became a photographer and why he loves what he does.

 

How did you get started in your business?

For as long as I could remember every I asked for a camera from my parents for Chanukah, or my birthday. My interest in photography grew exponentially in high school leading to my attending the Rochester Institute of Technology for a degree in photojournalism. At the final class my fellow future photojournalists and I talked about what we were all going to do. I said, “I don’t know what exactly I am going to do, but I do know I am never going to freelance or shoot weddings.”

Boy was I wrong. I just did not know it yet.

Upon graduation, I began my photojournalism career covering politics then freelanced for many publications specializing in features (culture, life, community, and portraiture). Along with many photojournalists, my desire was to use photography to change the world; to have an impact on how the public sees and interacts with each other.

So how did I become that which I swore I would never become, a wedding and mitzvah photographer? All it required was a change of perspective on what “the world” meant.

The focus of my photography is now on the individual world of each family I work with. Photographing their life’s most important moments could not be more consequential; with the impact lasting generations. I love being able to tell your stories. I love being able to show you, you with real moments – large and small.

Evan's bar mitzvah at Oheb Shalom in Baltimore, MD by Michael Temchine Photography

What’s your favorite part of what you do?

A photojournalist friend of mine once told me when I was starting out that “… all stories are about people.” The people I meet and photograph will always be my favorite part. I love the interactions, relationships, and dynamics of people coming together.

I love finding those little moments that nobody else sees and capturing it for eternity. I love that a still image never gets older. Your bar, or bat, mitzvah kid will always be 13 in that photo even when you display it at their wedding, or to their grandchildren. You never get older in a photo and these are precious times in their lives.

What’s your pop color–that something special that makes you, you?

What makes me, me is that I know that it is never about me. This is your mitzvah, not mine. These are your kids and friends, not mine. My job is to tell your story, not mine. I am a keen observer and a discreet photographer that does not interject, unnecessarily, myself into the event.

Whether it is portraiture or the party I am always looking for moments of personality to peek through. When you look through photos that I have taken they should ring true and not staged.

I see the moments that tell your story. That is my strength.

Sarah's bat mitzvah at Har Shalom in Potomac, MD. by Michael Temchine Photography

What’s your favorite moment of a Bar or Bat Mitzvah?

I don’t have a favorite moment, per se, what I have is a favorite overall feeling from the bar and bat mitzvah kid. What I love is to see the kid, the honoree, the star of the day, exuberant with joy at their party. I love seeing that the party they are attending is right for them. Unfortunately, I have been to parties that were not designed for the kid, where it is clear that they would rather be anywhere but there. Sometimes the party seems to be for everybody else, or the parents, and what the kid wants is lost.  That is why when I photograph parties where the kid has been involved, and listened to, are always fantastic.

Washington Hebrew Congregation bat mitzvah Washington D.C. portraits reform Jewish by Michael Temchine Photography

What questions should parents ask someone in your field?

  1. What is your approach to photography? Is it Photojournalistic/Documentary vs Traditional?
  2. Are you the photographer that will be there for the portraits and party?
  3. Do you have business/liability insurance?
  4. How do you handle equipment failure? (It happens and if the photographer does not have backups for their equipment then you are potentially without a photographer)
  5. What happens if we book you and you can’t make it? What are the reasons this might happen?
  6. How many years have you been a professional photographer? Do you make your living full-time as a photographer or is this a side gig/hobby?
  7. BONUS: What questions should parents NOT ask someone in your field?
    Have you photographed at X venue before?

If you are only looking at professionals especially trained photojournalists, then the venue does not matter. Having been someplace before does not mean the photographer will have any special inside knowledge over another photographer. I have photographed bnai mitzvah and multiple weddings for the same families, sometimes at the same venues, and each time the photos were completely different. In these cases, the venues may be the same, and many of the people are the same. What is different is that the honoree is different, the time is different, so the energy and event is necessarily different. Same people, same place, different feel.

Need an experienced photojournalist for your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah? Check out Michael Temchine Photography or see his most recent work on Facebook or Instagram.

Beverage Options for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs

Beverage packages, open bar, on consumption, specialty cocktails and kids drinks, oh my! Which will you select for your Bar or Bat Mitzvah? | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA

There are two ways that caterers or venues with onsite beverage service can do bar service–either a package or on consumption. Then there are a few insider secrets to ask about — specialty cocktails or partial beverages on consumption.

Beverage Package/Open Bar

A beverage package or an open bar is a fixed cost per adult for the duration of the party for unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage consumption. Beverage packages can vary wildly from just including beer and wine to top-shelf alcohol. It nearly always also includes non-alcoholic beverages like soda, juice, and water. It is worth asking if there is a less expensive price for an afternoon vs. evening party since guests tend to drink less during the daytime.

Summer Berry Sangria for Camp Color War Bat Mitzvah at Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, VA | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA | Photo by Greg Land Photography

Beverages on Consumption

Some venues or caterers offer a second option which is where you only pay for what your guests drink. Depending on your guests, this can be a more affordable option but is more complicated for your bartender. Your bartender is serving drinks while also keeping a tally of what has been ordered. I have a distinct feeling that is impossible to prove, that there can be some “fuzzy math” involved in this option. You’d be billed after the event for exactly what your guests have consumed. There are a lot of factors that go into deciding whether an open bar or beverage on consumption is better for your event and I’ll go through that in a later blog post.

Specialty Cocktails

An affordable way to offer some hard liquor, but not have a full, open bar is to have a few specialty cocktails available in addition to beer and wine. This is a fun option to select something that fits with the theme (a dacquari for a tropical theme) or color palette (pink decor with a pink drink!) or come up with a creative name.

Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs | Serving DC, MD & VA | Photo by Paired Images

Partial Beverages on Consumption

If you think the vast majority of your guests will stick to beer and wine, with only a few taking advantage of hard liquor, ask about partial beverages on consumption. Note that most venues are not set up to handle this, but some restaurant venues are. If the bar that your guests will drink from is a permanent fixture (ie, not being set up and taken down for your event only), you may be able to take advantage of this option.

Kids Beverages

Since your kids are obviously not going to be drinking alcohol, there is usually a soda bar price. This may be included in your price for the kid’s meal or it may not. Be sure to check, so you aren’t surprised later!

Beverage Advice and Conclusion

The most cost conscious option is to provide all of your own alcohol, but that may not be allowed. Make sure to confirm exactly what alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are included. Is there a specific type of beer you’d like? Prefer Coke over Pepsi? Want to ensure there is lemonade? Can they make a Shirley Temple? If you know you want to drink it, ask!

Not sure what beverage option to choose? Contact Pop Color Events to help!

Pop Color Vendor: Event Video

I’ve really enjoyed working with Adam Nudelman of Event Video. He’s a true pro who will make sure you have a top notch experience plus give you amazing video coverage of your simcha. He also is going through the Mitzvah process right now with his own daughter (it’s this September!), so he gets it!

Here’s Adam to tell you more:

Pop Color Events interviews Adam Nudelman of Event Video about Mitzvah videography, questions to ask about video and more. | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA

How did you get started with Event Video?

I was involved in video production at different television stations, and I always wanted to run my own business.  After a while, I was really looking for a more creative and positive outlet for my skills, after working on negative news stories and dealing with the politics of broadcast.  I saw Mitzvahs as a way to create a positive production for families and as a way to establish myself as an independent business away from the corporate structure of many stations.

What is your favorite part of what you do?

My favorite part is delivering the final product and having the family absolutely love it!

What is your pop color–that something special that makes you, you?

I do my best to lighten the mood for families during a very stressful time.

What is your favorite moment of a Bar or Bat Mitzvah?

I always get my favorite moments of the video during the Hora.

Pop Color Events interviews Adam Nudelman of Event Video about Mitzvah videography, questions to ask about video and more. | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA

What questions should parents ask someone in your field?

Are you going to shoot my event personally? There’s nothing worse than building a rapport with a videographer only to find out that they’ll be sending someone else to video your event.

Need an experienced videographer for your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah? Check out Event Video’s website or see their most recent work on their Facebook page.

Cori and Spencer’s B’nai Mitzvah in Beltsville, MD

I had so much fun working with Cori and Spencer’s family on their B’nai Mitzvah party at Fox Ventures (now closed) in Beltsville, MD. The family was hysterical and kept me laughing and very well fed throughout the planning process! They wanted an urban club/lounge vibe that would be appropriate for both a boy and a girl. We utilized lavender and midnight blue, mixing the soft and feminine with the gritty and more masculine to tie in the personalities of both of the twins. The warehouse venue with black draping also mixed the soft and gritty. The contrast was really cool.

Aren’t they the cutest family? I love how happy they all look in this photo.

Midnight blue and lavender urban lounge and club-themed B'nai Mitzvah party for twins in Beltsville, Maryland | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar and Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA

The focal point of the room was an 8′ tall DJ booth with Cori and Spencer’s logo suspended from it. It was a major wow factor and guests kept saying that they’d never seen anything like it before.

DJ booth at a midnight blue and lavender urban lounge and club-themed B'nai Mitzvah party for twins in Beltsville, Maryland | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar and Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA

The DJ booth lent itself to some amazing photos! And it’s a good thing that the DJ was okay with heights!

DJ booth at a midnight blue and lavender urban lounge and club-themed B'nai Mitzvah party for twins in Beltsville, Maryland | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar and Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA

A fully stocked 12-foot bar covered in graffiti lent itself to the urban club-feel.

Graffiti Bar at a midnight blue and lavender urban lounge and club-themed B'nai Mitzvah party for twins in Beltsville, Maryland | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar and Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA

A step and repeat tied together all 3 event logos–one for each twin plus a joint logo.

Unique and yummy desserts were a huge hit! Edible cookie dough shots and bites plus liquid nitrogen ice cream kept the crowd coming back for more.

Cookie dough and liquid nitrogen ice cream at midnight blue and lavender urban lounge and club-themed B'nai Mitzvah party for twins in Beltsville, Maryland | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar and Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA

Thanks to the awesome vendors who helped make it happen!

Photographer: A La Mode Photography
Venue/Decor: Fox Ventures
Invitations/Logo: Event Prints
Desserts: The Cookie Jar DC, Love N Faith Cafe
Videographer: Event Video
MC/DJ: A-Squad Entertainment
Step and Repeat: ARS Events

Mitzvah Transportation

Do you need to provide transportation for kids or out of town guests for your child's Bar or Bat Mitzvah party? Charter bus, minibus, school bus, rideshare? | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA

A nice, but optional service to provide for your Mitzvah guests is transportation. There are two distinct groups that may need transportation assistance–kids and out of town guests.

Transportation for kids

If you’re having an afternoon party immediately following the service at a different location, you’ll definitely need to figure out a way to get kids to the party. If you’re having a small number of kids, you may be able to arrange carpools among your friends and family. However, if you have a large number of kids, I recommend a yellow school bus. It’s the most cost-effective way to transport a large number of kids.

I’ve also had families whose party location is a longer drive provide bus transportation for their child’s friends. The bus departs from a central location where parents drop off and pick up. This is definitely convenient for parents who have done one too many carpool runs!

Transportation for out of town guests

When you have a lot of guests who are coming from out of town and who may not have cars, it is a welcoming touch to provide transportation. Before you make any arrangements, check with your hotel to see if they are able to offer transportation for your guests. If not, there are a few options depending on how many guests will need a ride.

First, charter or coach buses provide transportation for a large number of guests–up to 61! Some even have restrooms on board.

A mini bus is more intimate and can be more cost effective if it is able to run in a loop to take multiple trips. Mini buses vary in size and can hold as few as 14 guests or as many as 38.

Finally, if your guests are tech savvy, ridesharing is the way to go. You can set up a code on Uber which will allow them to get their own transportation at a time that works for them. You can set a cap of how much you want to pay for each ride and for how many rides, so you can either offer a discount or pay for the full price of the rides for each guest. Uber sends you a card with a special code that you can customize (make the code your child’s name or the theme for the weekend) and put it in the hotel welcome bags.

Need help figuring out a transportation plan? Pop Color Events can help!

3 Ways to Keep the Mitzvah in Your Child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah

Advice for meaningful Mitzvah Projects for your child's Bar or Bat Mitzvah | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA

It’s never been more evident that our world is broken. As Jews it is our duty to perform acts of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world. Many congregations have a Mitzvah project requirement as part of the Bar or Bat Mitzvah process and it is such an important way to show your child(ren) that they have the power to make a difference. Instead of looking as a Mitzvah project as another thing to check off as part of the process, use it to inspire your child to make the world a better place. How do you do that?

Make the Mitzvah project meaningful for your child

Ask yourself, what is important to your child? A great way to start that conversation is to use current events as a springboard to find a way to help. Current issues like the refugee crisis, the environment or marginalized groups, could spark involvement with non-profits with expertise in those areas. Or connect this activity to your child’s interests–could they work with animals, help with sports for a Special Olympics team…?

Consider the impact of their Mitzvah Project

Volunteering somewhere once may fulfill a requirement, but has it really made a difference in your community or the world? Think big. Then think bigger. Sustained involvement and education on the issue will make the Mitzvah project more meaningful for your child and more likely to make a difference.

Fundraising has a direct influence on the ability of an organization to fulfill its mission, but it’s also important to see where the money your child has raised or the resources that your child collected are going. It goes beyond just giving tzedakah to actually learning how the money will be used and understanding why it is important.

Make helping others a regular occurrence

Now that your child is becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, they should make doing Mitzvah a regular part of their lives. This is something that you, as the parent, can help embody. Yes, it’s another commitment, but what is more important than showing your child that they can make a difference and that little steps can make a big impact

Still stuck?

Some great resources are your Rabbi or Cantor, Mitzvah Bowl, Charity Navigator and good ol’ Google. There are so many worthwhile organizations in every community that could benefit from your child’s time, talents or fundraising. Now go forth and Mitzvah!

Still need help? Contact me!

Which Mitzvah venue is right for you?

Need a Mitzvah venue? The most common types include: hotels, event venues with and without onsite caterers, synagogue social halls, restaurants and country clubs. | Pop Color Events | Adding a pop of color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA

One of the first decisions you’ll have to make about when planning a Bar or Bat Mitzvah is the venue. The Mitzvah venue sets the tone for your event and can determine your overall budget. Since food and beverage will likely make up about 50% of the budget, the type of venue and whether or not they allow you to bring in your own cater definitely makes a difference. In my experience, here are the most common types of Mitzvah venues in the DC-area.

Hotel

This is your typical Hyatt, Marriott, Hilton, etc. These are a super easy Mitzvah venue to use because they really are a one stop shop. Your out of town guests can stay there. You can host a Sunday brunch there. The more you use the hotel for, the more negotiating power you’ll have. Often the room rental fee will be waived with a certain food and beverage minimum or a certain number of guest rooms. The prices for a hotel event can vary wildly depending on the location, time of year and time of day.

Event Venue with Onsite Caterers

These include venues like AMP at Strathmore, Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club, and the Newseum, where you are required to use their preferred caterer. These venues often have a ton of character, so you may need to decorate less. Depending on the Mitzvah venue, there may be a limited menu selection or there may be a full-service caterer who can make anything you’d like. There may be a rental fee in addition to a food and beverage minimum.

Event Venue without Onsite Caterers

These include event venues like Rock Creek Mansion, The Ballroom and VisArts. You can bring in your own caterer (though some have a preferred list that you must select from), so you’ll have much more flexibility with the type of food you’ll serve. If you select your own caterer, you can choose one who allows you to provide your own alcohol, which can be a huge cost saving. These venues often have a ton of character, so you may need to decorate less. Keep in mind that there are still rental fees and you still have to pay catering costs on top of that.

Synagogue Social Hall

This is usually one of the most convenient Mitzvah venue options, but also can be a lot of work. Your guests already know where it is and they’ll have been there already. However, there may be restrictions on the types of food you can serve (ie Kosher or Kosher style) or specific caterers you must use. Frequently these spaces need a lot of decor help, as well.

Restaurant

These include venues like 4935 Bar and Kitchen and Sequoia. They will have amazing food, but high food and beverage minimums. They need to make up for the lost revenue of a Saturday night, so your costs can be very high. Sometimes the space is less flexible because it was designed as a restaurant/bar, not an event venue.

Country Clubs

These include local venues like Congressional Country Club or Kenwood Country Club. They have beautiful grounds and tons of places to take family photos. However, generally you must be a member or have a member host you to utilize their space. You must use their in-house catering and often menus can be somewhat limited.

Need help finding Mitzvah venues? Pop Color Events can help!

Why You Need Partial Planning Help for Your Bar or Bat Mitzvah

Partial Planning clients for Bar or Bat Mitzvahs want to be hands on but have help along the way when event planning | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA

I offer three levels of service for Bar or Bat Mitzvah planning because I’ve found that each meets the needs of a different sort of client. I love working with Partial Planning clients because it really is a collaborative experience. Clients who are ideal for a partial planning package:

Know that they don’t know

These clients are smart cookies! They know that there is a lot that they don’t know about planning a Bar or Bat Mitzvah party and want guidance along the way. They see value in hiring someone who is an expert in planning, since they are often experts in their line of work. They are questioners and seek to get information to make sure they are making good choices.

Are short on time

Let’s face it. Everyone in the DC-area seems to have a demanding job and these clients are no different. Planning a Bar or Bat Mitzvah party take HOURS. They don’t want to spend their free time researching every last vendor, contacting them, asking questions and then worrying that the perfect vendor isn’t even on their radar. They understand the importance of relationships and how a planner’s vendor relationships are a huge time saver. A planner will act as a matchmaker to find the perfect vendor for each client’s unique needs. Especially if you are working with specific needs that limit your options–need a venue for 300 people or a Kosher caterer or a mechanical bull, a planner knows exactly where to start looking.

Want to be hands on

Despite being short on time, partial planning clients want to be involved in making decisions for their event. They want to have a personal relationship with the vendors and feel comfortable with their decisions. They may be a little Type-A (don’t worry, I am too!), so they aren’t ready to fully give up control of their planning process, but still want to make sure that they’re doing things right.

Need help staying on track

See short on time above. There are so many details that are part of the party, that these clients want to make sure that planning is on schedule, everything is covered and nothing gets overlooked. Partial planning clients love reminders, check ins and someone to act as a sounding board for all of their questions along the way. And there are often many questions!

Are looking for creativity and inspiration

Often these clients tell me that they have difficulty visualizing how it will all come together. A partial planner will help to figure out the vision and make sure the client can see it too. This may be through verbal descriptions, photos, design boards, timelines, floor plans and more. Planners have the resources and experience to translate your wants into something unique, creative and just so you.

Want to be able to enjoy themselves at their party

There’s something special about having worked with a planner for 6+ months. They know you, you know them and you trust that they’ll be able to handle anything that arises. That trust leaves you free to enjoy your party and not have to worry about a thing.

In Conclusion

A partial planner for your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah will allow you to feel confident that you are making the best decisions for your family, that your planning is on track and that you’ll have an amazing party!

Think that partial planning might be right for you? Contact me for a free consultation

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