Bat Mitzvahs and Bar Mitzvahs are a very important time in a teenager’s life. It is a time when Jewish teenagers transition from childhood innocence to adult responsibility. They are huge celebrations for all the family and friends of the young boy or girl, and call for all the necessities that make for a wonderful celebration. There are many great ideas for bar mitzvah invitations, party favors, and thank you notes that are available for any style of party whether bat mitzvah or bar mitzvah celebration.
Invitations. Every party must start with an invitation. The invitation sets the mood of the party and gets guests excited about the event. Invitations may include elements such as the torah or Star of David as a simple yet elegant design. Other elements that may be added to the invitations include a Bayz Samekh Daled caption, images of Israel and other meaningful Judaic symbols. Invitations should include all the information guests will need to properly prepare for the celebration, including names, dates, times, and anything else.
Every party should have favors to thank guests for their company at the celebration. For bar mitzvahs, there will usually be lots of children as well as family. It can be easy to satisfy all these types of guests. Since the bar mitzvah is marking the child’s passage into Jewish adulthood favors should reflect the maturation with educational or practical favors. Some great favor ideas are Star of David bookmarks, stationary, or bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah napkins. Yarmulkes are always a traditional element for bar mitzvah celebrations.
Thank you notes are also an essential part to a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah. Many guests will give gifts to mark the child’s passage into adulthood. Common gifts include educational tools, savings money for college, and a tallet, which is a prayer cloak. Sending thank you notes for gifts received is a mark of respect and is a great time also for the bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah to get some practice writing letters and thank you notes.
The passage into Jewish adulthood by the bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah is marked with many traditional Jewish services where the boy or girl may read from the torah or lecture on a Jewish topic. From that point forward the child is now an adult and responsible for all their actions. Though the bar mitzvah celebration may seem to overpower the actual purpose, it is a special way to commemorate the event and welcome the child to the adult Jewish community.