If you're planning a bar or bat mitzvah for your child, you know it can be overwhelming for both of you. Your child wants a special party like none other, but you're probably also worrying about how to pull it off without breaking the bank. This is one time when all attention will be focused on your child, so you want to make it as special as possible for him, but this can be easier said than done. If you're having a hard time pulling it all together, you might need some help!
Even before the party invitations are sent out, you need to start coming up with a plan for the celebration. If you're looking for a theme for your party, try to focus on something your child loves, or a color she adores, and then find a way to add that to the party in an inexpensive fashion. For example, if your son loves sports, you might want to decorate each table with memorabilia or equipment for one of the sports he enjoys. You could also give out mini versions of sports-related items, like small footballs or golfballs, which make inexpensive party favors. If you're focusing on color, use coordinating table linens and favors in that special hue your child loves to add pizzazz without going overboard.
For entertainment, try to seek out lesser known musicians or groups for the after party. Maybe there's a local youth rock group that costs a bit less than your typical band. You might be surprised what you can find if you do a little research. If you're thinking a DJ is in order instead, you can save hundreds by designating a trusted person to play tunes off an iPod, rather than hiring someone else to do it for you.
When it comes to food, make the party kid-friendly by relying on favorites. Finger foods and appetizers are always a hit with kids in this age group, and adults usually love them, too! Think pizzas with fun toppings, nachos, and mini sandwiches. For dessert, skip the fancy options and create a sundae bar, where guests can create the dessert they desire. You can also set up a candy bar with small to go bags. This is another inexpensive way to impress guests, as they load up on their favorite treats to eat at the party or take along to be enjoyed later.
No matter what you decide on for your child's bar or bat mitzvah, remember that while parties are always fun, that isn't what the day is all about. Don't take the planning too seriously, and don't forget to have fun!