You’re basking in the glow of amazing Bar or Bat Mitzvah weekend. People can’t stop telling you how amazing it was, how incredible your child was and what a great host you are. Now what? The dust is settling and you’re feeling a little sad that the big event has come and gone. Not to worry! There are still 8 Mitzvah-related things to do!
1. Follow up with vendors
Say thank you. Report about any issues you may have experienced. If your salesperson or contact wasn’t on-site, they’ll love hearing your perspective on how everything went. Something go poorly? They’ll want to know that too. Feedback helps us do better next time.
2. Write reviews and/or fill out surveys
Many event vendors are small businesses and personal recommendations are our lifeblood. Ask your vendors if you can review them–Google, Yelp, WeddingWire. Write a recap post in a Facebook group. Your vendors may also have post-event surveys or questionnaires with specific questions that they’d love for you to fill out. Again, feedback helps us do better next time.
You probably came back from your party with a few boxes of stuff. Unpack them right away to make sure there is nothing perishable hiding and that everything is accounted for. If something is missing, the sooner you do this, the better!
4. Open gifts
The fun part! Open gifts and cards and make sure to take good notes on who gave what. So that you can…
5. Write thank yous
Yup. Thank yous, they are not fun but are so important in installing gratitude in your child for all of the people who celebrated with them. If you want to give your child some motivation, make them write a thank you after they open every gift.
6. Take notes
If you have another Mitzvah (ie another child) in the not too distant future, there are probably some lessons learned. Did you order too much food? Was there something you overlooked? What could have made the weekend even better? Did you get interesting feedback from a guest? Write it down and keep it in a safe place so you remember for next time. Your future self will thank you!
7. Re-hire your vendors
Similar to #6, if you have your second child’s date, re-hire your favorite vendors as soon as possible. It’s never too early! If you know you loved a vendor and want to work with them again, why would you wait and risk them being booked by someone else?
8. Relax and enjoy some free time
You’ve been planning for this day for a long time and now it’s over. Take some of that newly found free time and do something nice for yourself. Get a massage. Treat yourself. You deserve it!