Is your daughter about to turn 12? If so, it's time to start planning her bat mitzvah. A bar or bat mitzvah is often one of the most memorable moments of childhood for many young Jewish boys and girls. That said, it's understandable if you would like to be able to provide those memories without breaking the bank. Bar and bat mitzvahs parties these days seem to be getting more and more extravagant, with an entire industry now selling things like party favors for the occasion. If you'd like to keep your daughter's bat mitzvah memorable but also affordable, here are three ideas that might help.
Just for the Kids
Traditionally speaking, a bat mitzvah might take place at a banquet hall or some other fancy location that will charge for every adult that walks into the room. If you want go in another direction, you could choose a different location and design the party just for kids. Have your daughter's friends get dropped off at your own house and have the party in the backyard. You'll still have to invite adults that are close family members of course, but the fewer other parents that stick around, the fewer mouths you will have to feed.
Make Your Own Invitations
Just like weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs are known for the sometimes extravagant invitations that get sent out to family and friends. But if you are looking for a way to rein in costs, this should be one of the first things to be scaled down. If your daughter still wants to send out really fancy invitations, consider cooking up your own computer graphic and printing out your own invitations. Your daughter can even add a touch of glitter or whatever else she wants to make the invitations stand out. The point is, there's not reason to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars sending out fancy invitations that your guests aren't going to look at for more than a couple of minutes.
Make Your Own Playlist
Hiring a DJ can guarantee that your bat mitzvah will have some great music but it might also guarantee a large bill for the services rendered. Instead of going with a professional, use this as an opportunity for your daughter and even her friends to take ownership of the event. Ask them to come up with their own unique playlist for the bat mitzvah. She will likely enjoy the music even more because she helped pick it out.
A bat mitzvah doesn't have to break the bank to be memorable. Consider tailoring the party to just children so you won't have as many mouths to feed, and try to get your daughter to create many elements of the party herself, such as the invitation or the music list. For more ideas, you might want to consider hiring an event planner who can help you find ways to keep your total costs at a reasonable level. Visit a site like http://www.metlifestadium.com/stadium/host-your-event for more ideas.