Checkpoints to Prepare for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah


Planning for your child’s bar/bat mitzvah should start early to alleviate much of the stress that goes along with the ceremony.

As with many things that involve a lot of planning and foresight, your child’s bar/bat mitzvah can become a difficult and even overwhelming event for parents.

This is not how it’s supposed to be! Your child’s bar/bat mitzvah should be a time of celebration for your family, friends, and community and, of course, YOU!  This special event marks the coming of age of children in the Jewish community and as such is a very proud moment for any parent. Rather than succumbing to the pressures, the tips below provide a simple guideline that can help make the planning process easier.

3 Years Prior to the Bar/Bat Mitzvah

No, it’s not too early. Not even close. Three years out is actually a great time to start thinking about your child’s bar/bat mitzvah. Start making plans with a synagogue now to guarantee the date you want. Choose a subtle theme for the celebration, and begin contacting vendors and caterers. Call Catering by Alan Weiss to begin the planning. We not only offer kosher catering, but also trained party planners to assist you every step of the way.

1 Year Prior to the Bar/Bat Mitzvah

As the celebration gets closer, it is time to book your vendors, decoration providers, and a photographer. It is around this time that parents will also help their child decide on a tzedakah, or charity of their choice. It is around this time that a color scheme should also be decided on. This will help with the rest of the planning process.

6 Months Prior to the Bar/Bat Mitzvah

With only half a year left to wait, more details can be decided at this point. Now is the time to create a guest list so invitations can be ordered. Once you have a guest list, party favors can be chosen and ordered. Now is also a good time to touch base with your child’s tutor and learn how their studies are going for the big day. If there will be guests coming in from out of town, now is the time to figure out where they will stay.

2 Months Prior to the Bar/Bat Mitzvah

As the big day quickly approaches for your child, now is the time to finalize smaller details. Invitations should be sent out around this time to allow guests notice if they need to request off from work. Your child should practice out loud in front to help with their nerves for the celebration. The candlelight ceremony should also be created with your child. Meet with your party planner and chef from Catering by Alan Weiss to create a timeline for the special day.

1 Month Prior to the Bar/Bat Mitzvah

With only four weeks left before the big day, now is the time to schedule a rehearsal with your synagogue. A seating chart can be created and transportation for out of town guests can be determined.

Catering by Alan Weiss is Here For You Every Step of the Way

On the day of the celebration, trust Catering by Alan Weiss. Our team of skilled staff will ensure that your day runs smoothly and is stress free. Your child’s bar/bat mitzvah should be a day to remember for your child, yourself, and the family and friends that surround you.

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