Mitzvah Planning Tips and Tricks

Bar or Bat Mitzvah Floor Plan

What is a floor plan and who should create it for your child's Bar or Bat Mitzvah party? The right layout makes all the difference for a rockin Mitzvah party | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in MD, DC & VA

What is a floor plan?

A floor plan is a diagram of the layout of your event venue complete with tables, chairs, dance floor, lounge furniture, bars, buffets and anything else that needs to go into the space. It shows you where everything goes–from the number of chairs per table, to table numbers or names, to where the cocktail space will be. Ideally, it shows a scale version of where everything fits best so that there are no surprises on the event day. Note that some, less tech-savvy vendors still draw floor plans by hand, so they’re hoping and praying that everything fits on the event day. I don’t do that!

Bar Mitzvah Bat Mitzvah Floor Plan | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD, & VA

Who should create your floor plan?

A great floor plan is a collaboration between your planner, caterer/venue, and decorator. Each has their own unique needs, so failure to consult with one may result in problems the day of the event. It’s important to ensure that each vendor has space for the exact equipment that they will need onsite.

Don’t forget!

Some common items that can be overlooked when creating a floor plan are: a table for gifts, a small table for wine and challah for the Kiddush, table for your DJ, a table for the photo booth and a table for escort cards. If you don’t have the right number of tables in advance, you won’t have the correct number of table linens on the event day, so be careful! Double check your contracts or with your vendors to ensure that they have the tables/chairs necessary to do their job.

Why is a floor plan so important?

Prior planning prevents problems onsite. A floor plan is the best way to ensure everything has its place onsite, that the event has a good flow and that your guests have the environment for a rockin party. When your vendor teams knows whose stuff goes where and they’ve approved the floor plan ahead of the event, the set up will go smoothly and eveyone will be ready to party for your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah.

Pop Color Events can help with scale floor plans. Contact us!

Mitzvah Hotel Welcome Bags

Making hotel welcome bags for out of town guests attending your child's Bar or Bat Mitzvah? | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar/Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA
If you’re hosting a room block for your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah, a nice way to welcome your guests is with welcome bags full of goodies. This welcome bag is your out of town guests’ first taste of the weekend and will set the tone for what’s to come. But what should you include?

The Container

First, you need something to put all of the stuff in! Gable boxes, gift bags, custom tote bags, baskets… Find something in the event’s colors scheme and then get going. Items that are made of paper can be customized with stickers (like the one below) or stamps to include the Mitzvah logo.

Bar Mitzvah Welcome Bag Stickers | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzahs in DC, MD & VA | Design by Party Favorites

The Items

The items you choose to go inside the welcome bags should all fit with the thought, how can I best take care of my guests who are out of town? When you are traveling, what do *you* like to have? Typical items include bottles of water, snacks, toiletries, and something local to the area. That something local could be anything from regional favorite foods to maps of local attractions to tourist-type souvenirs. It’s also nice to include some sort of welcome note with an itinerary of the weekend’s events including addresses to any of the locations. Get creative! Is there anything that can be on-brand and fit the weekend’s theme? Things like do not disturb door hangers, coffee tumblers, inflatable sports balls, flashlights… the list is endless!

The logistics

Don’t forget about the logistics! When you’re making your room block, ask the hotel salesperson about the welcome bags. Is there any fee associated with distribution? How will they be distributed? Via the reception desk or dropped in guest rooms? What do they do with any extra welcome bags?

Did you know that Pop Color Events can help with welcome bags for your out of town guests? Contact us for more details!

Mitzvah Timeline vs. Mitzvah Production Schedule

When you’re in the last 4 to 6 weeks or planning your mitzvah, everything should really be coming together nicely. It’s the time to consider your Mitzvah timeline and Mitzvah production schedule, who will create these and what should be included. What is the difference between a Mitzvah timeline and a Mitzvah production schedule and what are some things that need to be included?

Mitzvah Timeline

Your Mitzvah Timeline includes what is going to happen during your party. Generally this is something that your MC (in conjunction with your planner) will put together. It’s basically just an outline for your party and what your guests will experience.

Mitzvah Production Schedule

Production schedule is the big picture view of the entire day. It includes all of the information that your vendors will need to know to be successful at their job and the “behind the scenes” details that your vendors will need to take care of. Your planner should create this since they will be coordinating with your vendor team and will know what each vendor needs.

Questions to consider for your Mitzvah Timeline

  • Do you want cocktail hour to be a full hour or shorter/longer?
  • What sort of meal will you be serving? Plated? Buffets? Stations? When will each course go out?
  • Will you be introducing the Mitzvah child or their family?
  • Will there be a welcome speech? Toasts? A candle lighting? Blessings over wine and challah? Who will do each?
  • Will there be any special dances? A parent/child dance? Hora (if so, who is going up on chairs)?
  • Is there a montage? A speech from the guest of honor or their sibling?

Questions to consider for your Mitzvah Production Schedule

  • What time will each vendor arrive?
  • How long will it take for each vendor to set up? When does that set up need to happen?
  • What time will the event space be available for load in? What time do vendor need to be loaded out?
  • Will there be photos taken prior to the party?
  • What items need to be set up and when? Favors? A candy bar?

Disclaimer

Each event is a little bit different and may need more or different information than listed above. Working with an experienced planner will help you to map out all of the contingencies and ensure a smooth, flawless event where your vendor team will know exactly what needs to happen and when.

Need help with all of this? Pop Color Events to the rescue! Contact me for a free consultation and receive a complimentary guest list tracker.

5 Reasons why you need to RSVP for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah

There are 5 big things that your Bar or Bat Mitzvah RSVP can impact. Accurate guest count is importants so RSVP early and save stress on your host. | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA

I hear it time and again, the RSVP deadline is 2 days away and I still need to hear from 30 people! If the first thing you need to do to plan for your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah is to make the list, the last thing you need to do for the finishing touches is to know the final number of guests to expect. And there are a lot of things that you can’t do until you have a darn close to final guest count.

1. Order Favors

Not only do you need to know how many to order, but you may also need to know sizes. When each item can run $20 a pop, you don’t want to wind up with too many extras or that’s just money down the drain. You don’t want to order too late or you’ll incur rush charges.

2. Seat guests

When placing guests at tables, you need to have a good sense of who is coming so you can seat the right people together. You want to ensure that no table is too crowded and no table is too empty. How can you do that if you’re still waiting to hear from your guests?!

3. Order Rental Items

If you don’t know how many guests to expect, how will you be sure of the number of tables and the number of centerpieces needed for those tables? How will you ensure you have the correct number of chairs rented?

4. Print Escort Cards

After you finally are able to assign guests to tables, it takes time to print escort cards or seating charts. It’s always a scramble at the end to get this done which causes lots of unnecessary stress for the Mitzvah family.

5. Food and Beverage

Guest counts are due to caterers anywhere from 3 days to 2 weeks prior to your event to ensure that they are able to provide ample food.

In conclusion

Don’t be a jerk! RSVP right away. A Bar or Bat Mitzvah is an amazing celebration and you’re not likely to get a better invite for the weekend. Just commit already! And, if you have to cancel at the last minute, you’d better have a darn good excuse.

Need help with the last minute details? Contact Pop Color Events!

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.

The Secret to the Best Bar or Bat Mitzvah Party

The secret the best Bar or Bat Mitzvah party | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD, & VA

What kind of Bar or Bat Mitzvah party do you want to have? A rocking dance party? A laid-back, mingling and chatting party? An intergenerational party where everyone is involved?

Who is the person who is going to make that a reality? YOU! That’s right. Not your entertainment, not your MC, not your event planner, not your venue. It’s the Bar or Bat Mitzvah tween, mom and dad, and siblings who set the tone for the party.

If you want your guests dancing, you need to be dancing. If you want guests to be mingling, make sure you introduce people to each other to get their conversations started. If you want to make sure everyone is enjoying the dessert buffet, make sure you are sampling the deliciousness (and hey, it’s your family’s big day, so you can probably skip the line!). If you want to make sure the kids are excited by the MC’s games, your child needs to be excited about the games and so on.

Your guests will sense your attitude towards your Mitzvah party and that will color their experience at your party. It also doesn’t hurt to tell a few trusted friends or family members what you’re hoping for. They can step in and help to create the experience you’re hoping to have.

And it goes the other way too–if you’re stressed and anxious, your guests will sense it. If you want to be cool, calm and collected, having month-of coordination is the peace of mind to know that you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your party.

Your family sets the tone for the party you want to have. Make sure you’re setting the right one!

Need help figuring out what kind of Mitzvah party you want? Contact me for a free consultation and receive a complimentary guest tracker.

10 Questions to Ask Before You Book Book a Photo Booth

10 questions to ask to ensure you get the right photo booth for your Bar or Bat Mitzvah party | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar and Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD and VA

A photo booth is a must-have for your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah because when done right, they’re instant crowd pleasers. They give guests all the joy of a good selfie, with the added benefit of perfect lighting, a stylish backdrop, and a free-pass for the person with the longest reach to finally try a pose other than arm-awkwardly-outstretched-in-space. What’s more, photo booths help party-goers connect in fun and spontaneous ways, and send them home with share-worthy party favors they’ll truly want to keep.

But with so many photo booth companies out there, how do you know you’re booking the right one? Websites, Facebook pages, and Instagram feeds are all great, but nothing beats a quick conversation with a potential vendor. These 10 questions will help ensure that you book the very best booth for your event.

1. Is your photo booth closed or open-air?

Broadly speaking, there are two categories of photo booths out there: closed and open-air. The first step on your journey to photo booth perfection is finding a vendor who has the style of booth you’re looking for.

Closed booths are the traditional box-style, with all elements contained within an enclosed compartment. Open-air booths, on the other hand, are made up of free-standing components, generally including a camera, a printer, and a backdrop. Closed booths offer more privacy and a smaller footprint; open-air booths offer versatility. It’s this versatility that’s made open-air booths so popular in recent years.

Open-air booths can be customized to complement any style or theme. Because you’re working outside the box, you can incorporate backdrops that range from a green screen to simple and chic curtains of color or pattern to bespoke three-dimensional installations. The free-form style of open-air booths also means that you can fit far more people in each frame than you can in a closed booth. 10 is easy, 20 isn’t unheard of. 

2. What type of images does your photo booth produce?

They may be called photo booths, but booths these days can do far more than just take photos. Select your own backgrounds (a la green screen), GIFs, Boomerangs, videos, and slo-mo videos all are possible depending on the booth you select. If you want to offer one of these features at your event, make sure the booth you choose can deliver, and ask for examples. Nothing tells you about the quality of a booth like samples of previous work.

Photo booth with step and repeat | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA | Photo by A La Mode Photograpy

3. Is your booth Wi-Fi enabled?

Do you want guests to be able to instantly text, email, Facebook or Tweet their photos? If so, make sure you’re choosing a booth that is Wi-Fi enabled. But take caution: a Wi-Fi enabled booth is only one piece of the puzzle. Does your venue have Wi-Fi? If not, or if you don’t know, make sure that the photo booth vendor you choose is able to provide their own.

4. What kind of camera, printer and lighting do you use?

The type of camera, printer, and lighting a booth uses are what will determine the quality of the photos you get. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be an expert or understand all of the whys, you just need to know what to look for.

Below are the answers you want to hear from your photo booth vendor. If a vendor answers “I’m not sure” to the what-kind-of-equipment-do-you-use question, interview over. Don’t hire someone who doesn’t know their booth inside and out.

  • Camera: DSLR. Simple as that.
  • Printer: Dye-sublimation, not Ink Jet. They’re faster and the prints come out dry to the touch.
  • Lighting: Strobe with some kind of modeling light. The strobe will overpower ambient light, freeze action, and (along with the right camera settings) give you the best color. The modeling light will give you and your guests light to see by between photos.

5. Do you provide booth attendants and how many?

“Yes” is the only acceptable answer to this question and 1-2 attendants is standard. From crowd control, to prop management, to troubleshooting, booth attendants are key to photo booth success. Make sure your vendor provides a trained operator who’s there to help guests enjoy their booth experience and handle any hiccups.

Luau Photo booth Props | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA | Photo by Powell Woulfe Photography

6. Do you provide props? What kind?

If you want to include props in your photo booth fun, it’s important to consider a vendor’s approach before you book. Prop selection and quality vary widely, so make sure to ask each vendor you interview about their take.

Some vendors are either prop-less or encourage clients to bring their own. This can be fun or daunting, depending on who you are, and either way, can add considerable cost to your budget. Other vendors lean towards 2D paper props, while still others towards 3D objects. Some provide standard prop selections, some curated, others completely customized. All these variables mean that you can end up with anything from a grab-bag of mustaches and oversized glasses, to a theme-oriented selection that helps tell the unique story of your event.  Heck, there are even some photo booths that allow you to add digital props and after effects on a touchscreen after your photo is taken!

Green Screen Print Out with Logo | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA | Photo by Sweet Dreams Studios

7. What does a typical set up look like?

There are times when a picture really is worth a thousand words. This is one of those times. Ask the vendors you interview for a picture of a typical event setup. Words like “professional,” “elegant,” and “modern” mean different things to different people; by checking out a photo of a vendor’s setup, you’ll be able to judge for yourself and decide if their style suits.

8. How much space do you need?

Different booths, different setups, different space requirements. Will the booth you’re considering fit in your venue and in the location you envisioned? It’s important to find out the setup dimensions for each booth you vet, including height.  

If you’re planning an outdoor event, make sure to ask about any special requirements a vendor may have. As with other types of electronic equipment, photo booths need to remain within a specific temperature range to work properly and must be protected from the elements. Many booth operators require some form of overhead covering and a solid backing behind backdrops since direct sunlight is not great for photos and backdrops can become giant sails in the wind. 

9. Are you insured?

Here’s another question where “yes” is the only answer you want to hear. Some venues require that all vendors are insured, but even if yours doesn’t, it’s best for everyone if they are. Unlikely as it may seem, accidents happen, and life is a whole lot easier when people are covered.

10. What’s included in your packages?

In the land of photo booths, it’s impossible to judge value on price alone. Make sure to find out what services are included in the price of the package you’re considering, and what additional services you’re able to add on. Here are a couple of key categories to check.

  • Time: How many hours of booth time are included? How much does it cost to add additional hours? If your event is running long, can you add time on the day of the event? 
  • Delivery and Set Up: Delivery and set up are usually included, but different vendors offer different travel and set up windows that may impact logistical planning. What service area is included? What’s the cost for additional mileage? Is there a fee for early setup?
  • Idle Time: Depending on the flow of your event, you may have a situation where your event start time and booth start time differ. Let’s say you’re hosting an event that kicks off with dinner and speeches, followed by mingling and dancing, all in the same space. You want the photo booth to run for the three hours of mingling and dancing, but need everything set up before guests arrive for dinner. The time between set up completion and booth start time is usually referred to as idle time, and is charged at a lower rate than booth time. If you’re going to have idle time during your event, make sure you understand the vendor’s rates and policies.
  • Prints: Is on-site printing included? How many prints per session are included with your package? Note that unlimited photos and unlimited prints usually aren’t the same thing: unlimited photos means that there’s no cap on the total number of photos you can take during your event time, whereas unlimited prints mean that each person in a given frame is entitled to a printed copy.
  • Digital Files: What type of digital file delivery is included–a thumb drive at the event, an online gallery…? Will your guests be able to download their photos after the event free of charge? What’s the turnaround time? Whether or not you choose a package that includes on-site printing, you and your guests will want the digital files, too. Watching your event’s photos take over social media is the icing on the cake of photo booth fun. 
  • GIFs, Videos, Boomerang, and Filters: Different booths offer different options when it comes to the images they produce. If you’d like to have a GIF, video, Boomerang, or filter for your event, find out what’s possible and what’s included. As always, ask to see some examples to make sure the quality meets your expectations.
  • Props: Props are a big part of what spark the photo booth fun. Are props included? What type? How big of a selection? Are custom props available? These are the questions you’ll want to ask.
  • Backdrops As with props, backdrop qualities vary greatly. What kind of backdrops are included? What are the upgrade options? If you’re looking for a custom backdrop, make sure to discuss your vision with the vendor and get a quote.
  • Green screens: How many backgrounds can your guests select from? Can you see some options in advance?
  • Wi-Fi and Sharing: Not all booths are Wi-Fi enabled, and those that are tend to package these services differently. If you want guests to have instant digital access, get the ins and outs of what the vendor offers.
  • Custom Photo Templates: Many photo booth vendors offer custom template designs to match the style of an event. Find out if this service is included. People love taking home their photo booth prints, especially when they show off a custom design rather than a vendor’s logo. Or can you add your event’s logo?
  • Upgrades: From custom screens to custom step and repeat backgrounds to photo guestbooks, photo booth companies offer all types of upgrades to help their clients build the perfect package. If you have a special request, make sure to get a quote up front.

Green Screen with props | Pop Color Events | Adding a Pop of Color to Bar & Bat Mitzvahs in DC, MD & VA | Photo by Sweet Dreams Studios

In conclusion

With these 10 questions, you’re well on your way to picking the perfect booth for your next event. Your guests will thank you. The Internet will likely thank you, too. Give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back and get ready to have some fun!

ABOUT SNAPBASH

SNAPBASH is a made-to-measure photobooth company serving the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. Every event tells a story and there’s nothing we love more than bringing those stories to life. We offer event-centered props, custom designed photo templates, branded screens, dreamy backdrops, snazzy takeaways, instant sharing, and the prettiest open-air booths around. No two events are exactly alike, and that’s just the way we like it.

Want to bring SNAPBASH to your next event? Let’s talk! Email us at hello@snap-bash.com to book and follow us on Instagram to keep tabs on special offers.

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!

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!

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