5 Tips to Planning the Perfect Bar or Bat Miztvah

At The Catered Affair, we look forward to the creativity and excitement of Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. For young adults, we understand the importance of this day for them and their families and look forward to the chance to work with them and create a truly memorable celebration. On this once-in-a-lifetime day, we work with you from menu conception to design to execute a day that’s not only a unique reflection of your child’s personality, but also an exciting day for the whole family to be a part of. Over the years, we’ve picked up some fun tips from decor to cuisine that truly transform an evening.


Find a Theme

After you choose a venue and your vendors, one of the most important details is figuring out the reception theme! For some children, the theme may be as simple as a color or favorite sports team while others want to go big (Vibrant Carnival, anyone?) No matter the idea, make sure to ask and coordinate with your event planner and caterer the best ways to incorporate your theme throughout the reception from the decor to dessert!

Entertain and Entice

Choosing a DJ or a Live Band? Think beyond the dancing for the evening for extra entertainment for the adults and for everyone to enjoy when they need a party break! We love live sketch artists or trendy photo booths like the confetti boomerang booth!  Or, get even more interactive with your menu by adding a create your own brownie sundae bar or the infamous lady of the table who serves snacks and drinks as she walks around the room.

Dinner, Dessert, and Everything in Between 

From traditional delicacies to festive main courses, we look forward to creating inspiring menus that will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters and impress the adults. Try a fun Asian station complete with a sampling of sushi, dumplings, and a make your own noodle bar or a Grilled Flatbread Pizza Station at an outdoor venue! We also love creating a separate young adult’s menu to highlight their independence and unique celebration.

First Impressions

When welcoming guests, try offering a specialty mocktail like our Blood Orange Basil Mocktail or a Lemonade Spritzer alongside welcome cocktails for the adults! Adding these little touches alongside hors d’oeuvres really puts the focus of the reception on the young adults and makes them feel like VIP’s all night.

The Hostess with the Mostest

The candle ceremony is an important part of the reception, but at certain venues, open flame may not be allowed. If your set on having the ceremony during the reception, look into battery operated votive candles or other alternatives with your event designer.


What are you looking forward to most at your Mitzvah celebration?

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