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11 Step Mitzvah planning timeline

There are a ton of great Mitzvah planning timelines out there for when you should book each of your vendors, but the thing is, they’re all just a little bit different. One says you should do X, 6 months out and another says you should do it 3 months out. Do those 3 months really make a difference? In my …

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Bar or Bat Mitzvah Floor Plan

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 …

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Mitzvah Hotel Welcome Bags

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 …

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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 …

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

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 …

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Estimating Bar/Bat Mitzvah Attendance

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 …

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The Secret to the Best Bar or Bat Mitzvah Party

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 …

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Beverages on Consumption vs. Open Bar

  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 …

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Beverage Options for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs

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 …

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

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 …