Top Trends to Consider for Your Child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah
Your child only ever gets one bar or bat mitzvah, and you want it to be the best. Long gone are the days of simple get-togethers with DJs and dancing. Today’s bar and bat mitzvahs are lavish affairs with all kinds of attractions. If you’re looking for ideas, check out these options.
High Tech Photo Booths
Create an old school vibe with a traditional photo booth, and let the guests keep the strips of funny shots as souvenirs. Alternatively, kick it up a notch with a high tech photo booth. With a 360 photo booth, a group of guests can stand on a platform with props while a camera shoots a 360 video of them.
There are also boomerang booths that shot short videos on a loop. If you want to take the experience out of the booth, you may want a photo booth man — this interactive robot strolls through your event taking pictures of your guests. Best of all, with most of these options, you can opt for instant uploads to guest’s phones or integration with social media.
Social Media Integration
As young teens are almost always checking their phones, you may want to lean into that trend and integrate social media into your child’s bar or bat mitzvah. Photos that link to SnapChat or Instagram are just one of the options. If you like, you can assign a hashtag to your event and install a screen where all posts with that hashtag are displayed in real time.
Even if you don’t go for a real time display, hashtags are great because they make it easy to collect everyone’s photos after the event. You can just hop on Instagram or Twitter after the party, search for that hashtag and save the pics you and your child like best.
Customized swag is another option you may want to consider for your event. Make that hashtag even more memorable by putting it on a sweatshirt, a coffee cup or another type of party favor. Consider picking something that the guests will really use, like Frisbees, sunglasses or water bottles.
Candle lighting ceremonies are a popular part of many Bar or Bat Mitzvah ceremonies, but you don’t have to leave the lights in the temple. You can also light up the after-party. LED lights are ideal for all kinds of decorations, and you can even have an LED dance floor. Make dancing even more fun with LED hula hoops and glow-in-the-dark sticks and necklaces.
Interactive Food Stations
Interactive food buffets are a growing trend at bar and bat mitzvahs. If your child has a sweet tooth, let him or her go wild with a sundae bar. Guests come up, fill their bowls with ice cream and top it off with all kinds of syrups, sprinkles, candies and more. Alternatively, just go for a huge candy buffet.
Otherwise, consider a traditional buffet, but put interactive desserts in the middle of each table. A mini flame, a stick, a marshmallow, some crackers and chocolate can make a fun and tasty s’mores centerpiece. If you prefer food that floats, edible balloons are a growing craze. They feature a thin layer of sugar filled with helium. Bat them around, and then take a bite.