19 Feb Tips on How to Bat/Bar Mitzvah on a Budget | Factory Of Dreams San Diego
Bar Mitzvahs and Bat Mitzvahs are an important religious milestone in Jewish culture. These days, the celebration afterward causes as much excitement and anticipation as the ceremony itself. In some cases, the costs for such parties can reach wedding-level spending, but most 13-year-olds are probably more interested in having a great time with their friends than dining on fancy hors d’oeuvres and drooling over Pinterest-worthy decorations. Fortunately, it’s entirely possible to have a wonderful, memorable Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah on a budget. Here are some tips to keeping the party planning at affordable levels:
1. Choose an all-inclusive venue
Sometimes you can find a selection of affordable vendors such as caterers, photographers, and DJs to fit within your budget, but you may save quite a bit of time and money by opting for an all-inclusive venue that works with their own preferred vendors. Getting a “package deal” is often much more affordable than booking vendors separately, and as a bonus, most all-inclusive venues usually include an event coordinator to help with the planning and handle all the little details on the day of the party, allowing you to relax and enjoy yourself.
2. Keep invites simple
If you’re tempted to purchase custom-printed invitations for the event, keep in mind that all those beautiful pieces of paper will eventually end up in the recycling. Instead of spending your time and money on elaborate invites, purchase pre-printed invitations that you fill in yourself, or go green with online-only invites, either through email or a free invitation service like Evite. All guests really need is the basic information—date, time, place, etc.—so why not save that money to spend elsewhere?
3. Invite mostly kids
You probably can’t get away with inviting only kids—Bar Mitzvahs and Bat Mitzvahs are important family events—but you can invite your teen’s friends, and not their parents, to keep the guest list in check. And depending on how large your extended family is and how close you are, you can probably whittle the guest list down to immediate and peripheral relations like grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, leaving out second cousins, great-aunts, and other distant relatives you rarely see. It’s a good idea to seek out your child’s input on this—there’s a good chance he or she would prefer mostly kids as well.
4. Choose a buffet over a sit-down meal
Catering costs for any kind of event can quickly get out of control if you’re going with hors d’oeuvres, a multi-course sit-down meal, and a gourmet dessert table. A much more affordable meal option is buffet-style, which can be equally delicious and much easier on your budget. Buffet meals cost less per person and don’t require a large serving staff, and you can offer a wider variety of options than the limited choices of a sit-down meal, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free dishes to accommodate everyone.
5. Let your teen choose the menu
Another way to cut catering costs is to let your child choose the menu. Most kids aren’t impressed with fancy, multi-ingredient dishes, and would be happy with simple, inexpensive items like mac-n-cheese, sliders, and a chocolate fountain. Including your teen in the party-planning process is also a great way to teach them about grown-up concepts like budgets, prioritizing, and consideration of others, which dovetails nicely with a celebration all about growing up.
6. Borrow formal wear
Fancy dresses and suits can be pricey, especially considering your growing child will only be able to fit in the outfit for a year or less. If you know your child will be attending several other Bar Mitzvahs or Bat Mitzvahs within a year, you can probably justify the cost, but even then your teen might not want to be seen in the same outfit more than once or twice. In that case, borrowing formal wear from friends or family is a great option for a one-night event. You can also look into formalwear rentals, which will enable your child to wear designer label fashion for a fraction of the price.
7. Get creative with party favors
Apparently, sending guests off with gifts like hoodies, custom water bottles, and other expensive items is a trend in the Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah circuit, but there’s no rule that guests are owed anything on their way out the door. You can abstain from giving out party favors entirely, but if your child insists on giving their friends a token of their appreciation, keep it simple with candy or other gifts you can buy in bulk, like mini photo frames, glitter pens, sunglasses, or novelty socks. You can even get creative by setting up a candy bar with little bags the guests can fill themselves, or a photo booth with fun props that delivers instant keepsake photos.
Plan your Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah at Factory of Dreams Hall San Diego/North Park
If you’re looking for a fun event venue with all-inclusive options for your child’s big day, Factory of Dreams Hall San Diego/North Park is here to help. Our event packages include exclusive features like an LED light-up dance floor, a laser show, a red carpet entrance and more. Plus, our expert party planners can help you every step of the way and ensure the event goes off without a hitch. Call us at (619) 940-1062 to schedule a tour of our spacious, historical North Park location.