A Bar/Bat Mitzvah is an important day in a young child’s life. They transition from being a child to an adult. A Bar Mitzvah is held when the boy is 13 and a Bat Mitzvah is held when the girl is either 12 or 13, and is held on the Shabbat (or Saturday) after their birthday.
After the formal ceremony at the temple, most families opt to have a Seudat mitzvah, other wise known as a “commanded meal” or traditional feast. These feasts are shared between friends, family, and community members to celebrate your child becoming a full fledged member of the community. Below are three of our best tips for helping you and your family plan a Bar/ Bat Mitzvah for your son or daughter.
1) Select a Venue that has Enough Room for Dancing
There is nothing worse then having a venue a microscopic dance floor. Especially when it comes to the Hora, or circle dance, which typically kicks off the signal for everyone to get out on the dance floor. You also want to make sure that your venue has high enough ceilings for the chair lift, you don’t want to injure the birthday boy/ girl.
2) Find a Venue that will Allow You to Bring in Food
Another thing to consider when selecting a venue is making sure that they can prepare traditional food, and if they cannot, find out if you can bring in your own outside catering. At events like this, there is no better way to celebrate then with the traditional food you grew up with like challah bread and matzo ball soup. You will also want to find out if the food being served is kosher or not.
3) Stick to Your Guest List
It can be exceedingly difficult to have a strict guest list and to try to stick to a certain number of guests. However, if you are on a budget, limiting your guest list is the best way to keep costs down. Try to invite only the essentials, close friends, family, and religious leaders. That way you will not have to worry about entertaining a large group of people, and you won’t have to worry about finding a venue to accommodate all of your guests.
We are a catering company located on Staten Island that offers catering in our lovely, historic hall, Edgewater Hall located at 691 Bay Street. You can rent our hall with or without catering for your wedding. We also offer off premise catering for the couple who is seeking freshly prepared foods at a location of their choice. For more information on Chez Vous and to schedule an appointment, call 718.720.0900 or e-mail our owner at firstname.lastname@example.org.