Do you want to add a spiritual element to the party? Or do you need some extra fun?
My daughter’s bas mitzvah party, overall, was pretty typical for our neighborhood. We had a dairy buffet and dessert table plus a project for the girls to do as an activity. (They decorated tumblers with waterproof stickers. My daughter’s idea, I let her take the lead on the party planning.)
Adding a Spiritual Aspect. I thought it would be very nice to add a spiritual aspect to the party. I remember hearing Rabbi Paysach Krohn say that he brought his daughters to a rebbetzin before their bas mitzvah to get a bracha and to speak to them. I suggested this to my daughter but she wasn’t too keen. (I had some other ideas, like going that morning to cheer up sick people in the hospital or volunteering with her friends at the local Bikur Cholim kitchen, but they did not get approved by the board).
In the end, my husband came up with the idea of finishing the entire Tehillim at her bas mitzvah party and my daughter loved it right away! We ordered personalized Tehillim cards made by BP Graphics. When they were done with the projects, all guests eagerly said a few cards! It worked out really well, and it was beautiful to have Sefer Tehillim completed that day, in the midst of the fun. Now, she also has the cards to keep to bring out whenever she wants to split up Sefer Tehillim with her friends. It’s a great momento from her bas mitzvah for life.
And Make a DIY Photo Booth. This photo booth ended up being the highlight of the party! My daughter wanted a selfie terminal at the party. After researching it, I saw it was very expensive to rent one ($500 for just the first hour). So we made our own! For less than $50!
I ordered a backdrop ($13.98), a ring light with a tripod ($16.99) and props ($13.99) from Amazon. I mounted my cell phone to the light ring and there was a Bluetooth clicker for the people in the picture to press. This activity ended up taking up the most time at the party. Everyone had a blast doing it. Each family took pictures on their own and with the bas mitzvah girl. Friend pictures, individual pictures…it looks like we had professional pictures taken!
If you want to add another element, you can print them on site using an instant printer. We just printed them at a local pharmacy, framed the photos, and mailed them to our guests along with thank you cards. The perfect finishing touch!
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