If hard economic times are making you believe that you should scale back or eliminate your child’s bar mitzvah party, then you have come to the right place. There are many strategies that will enable you to throw your child a memorable bar mitzvah without saddling yourself with extra debt.
Plan It Yourself
Party planners can add a hefty price tag to any bar mitzvah party. So do yourself a favor and plan the party yourself. There are many resources available online where you can find ideas for the party, and you can organize it all with one simple tool, a notebook.
Skip The Banquet Hall
It may be tempting to spend a ton of cash renting out a banquet hall, but it is an unnecessary expense that can be easily removed from your budget. Instead, rent out a local community center or neighborhood clubhouse. Even better, talk to friends and relatives and see if they have a space that is available for you to use.
Fire the Caterer
Instead of having a caterer provide food for your party, talk to your favorite restaurant first. Many restaurants are happy to grab the extra business and will usually provide you with a great discount.
Design Your Own Centerpieces
You may be tempted to buy an expensive ice-sculpture or elaborate floral centerpiece for your child’s bar mitzvah. These may be beautiful, but they are also very expensive. Instead of going this route, consider designing your own centerpiece. Party stores and craft art centers offer beautiful supplies that can be easily adapted to your bar mitzvah party. All it takes is a little imagination. Not only will you save a considerable amount of money, but you may surprise yourself with your design skills.
Design And Print Your Own Invitations
You no longer have to hire a printer to have exceptional invitations available for your party. With the availability of computer design programs and high quality printer paper, it is easy to design professional quality invitations at a fraction of the cost.
Have Guests Bring Desserts
Another way to slash costs is to have all your guest bring one dessert item to the bar mitzvah. This can save you from having to buy dessert items from a local bakery. This can save a considerable amount of money, but be sure to check with your Rabbi and synagogue to make sure that it’s appropriate.
Trim the Guest List
Nobody wants to hear that their guest list is too bloated, but tough economic times call for tough decisions. Instead of inviting everyone that you know, consider only inviting close friends and family. Remember, if you can cut your guest list in half, then you also cut your food expenses in half.
If you follow only a few of these suggestions, then you can still create a memorable bar mitzvah party for a fraction of the cost.