Planning your child’s bar/bat mitzvah party


Your child’s bar/bat mitzvah is a big occasion, here is our simple step by step guide to help you plan the perfect event.

More than 1 year in advance:

  • Draft your guest list to get an idea of the number of people you will be inviting (this will help you choose the right size venue).
  • Decide on the style of the event to suits your child and budget.
  • Get lots of advice and recommendations from relatives who have planned similar events.
  • Get plenty of quotes from potential caterers, photographers, entertainers, venues, and party planners.

At least 10 Months Before:

  • Book your venue, band or DJ, caterer, and photographer/videographer.
  • If you are going to have a theme or colour scheme for the event, confirm this now to help in related decisions.
  • Think about booking several rooms at a nearby hotel if necessary.
  • Send out a save-the-date card. This is especially important if your event is over a bank holiday weekend or you have people travelling from far afield.

6-8 Months Before:

  • Set up a spreadsheet of your guest list showing current addresses, this will help you to keep track of RSVPs, presents received, and when thankyou notes are sent.
  • Select and order invitations, thank you notes, and personalized kippot.
  • Choose and order centrepieces, decorations, and party favours.
  • Organize photos for a video montage or sign-in board if required.
  • Plan any other events for the bar/bat mitzvah weekend, such as a Friday evening Shabbat dinner or a Sunday brunch.

3 Months Before:

  • Finalize menu, centrepieces, and decorations.
  • Shop for clothing for all family members. (Wait until one month beforehand to have a growing boy’s suit tailored.)

2 Months Before:

  • Post invitations.
  • Create a timeline for the event that includes formalities, entertainment, and food service times. Coordinate and share these with the entertainers and caterers.
  • Make pampering appointments – hairdressers and manicurists etc.
  • Make a playlist as well as a do-not-play list for the DJ if there are songs you and your child would not want to be played.

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1 Month Before:

  • Reconfirm all service providers and the time they are expected to arrive; discuss any special instructions, for example, give a list of photographs you want taken to make sure the photographer gets them.
  • Create a seating plan as RSVPs arrive. Call anyone you haven’t heard from.
  • Coordinate a rehearsal time with your synagogue.
  • Write speeches and toasts.

1 Week Before:

  • Confirm final numbers with your caterer.
  • Drop off the seating plan and place cards at the venue.
  • Take formal family pictures in the synagogue.

All that is left is to Relax and enjoy this special time with your child, family, and friends!

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Why photobooths are popular for all types of events


In a world led by social media such as Instagram and Snapchat and everyone succumbing to iPhone selfies, you may be inclined to think that photobooths would have had their day but in fact – the opposite it the case and they are increasing in popularity all the time.

There are basic old-school versions or high-tech ultra-modern booths that can do just about anything – all of which are still going strong and the photobooth industry is, in fact, growing at a tremendous rate.

So why is this the case? The answer is simply that they are fun! They offer so much more than a basic smartphone ever could and create engagement and interaction with your guests.  It is an experience people will remember. With the addition of props, backdrops or themed booths, they can be totally tailored to your event, whether that be a private wedding, a party or a corporate event.

It will bring groups of friends together and is great for team building with groups of colleagues, doing something more memorable than taking a bog-standard selfie or posing for a photographer.  Appealing to both the younger generation and the more mature amongst us, you can be sure that a photo booth will always be a welcome addition to any event.

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Planning the Perfect Corporate Event

When planning any type of corporate event, the first place you will need to start is setting your budget and working out what you need to spend that money on.  This could involve venue or marquee hire, hospitality including catering and mobile bar hire, styling the venue or hiring exhibition props, AV equipment.

Many hotels and event spaces will offer a full event planning service for you, but this will come at an additional cost.  When the budget is key, a good way to keep those costs down is to dry hire a venue and source the additional elements yourselves.  By using to compare quotes from several caterers, AV hire companies, mobile cocktail bars and even magicians to entertain your delegates, organising a corporate event doesn’t have to be stressful or time-consuming.

Venues for corporate events

The type of venue or marquee for your event will depend on the number of people attending and the location of your event.  Marquees are generally thought of as something for rural events such as country weddings, but there are many urban inner-city venues that allow marquees to be erected on their grounds.  They are very popular, for example, as a way of creating extra space for London Fashion Week events.

The nature of the event will determine what kind of space you require.  For example, if your event is a large-scale conference, a fashion show or exhibition, you may require one large space and perhaps break out areas for hospitality or backstage requirements. A Marquee can be sectioned off to allow for separate areas.  Or look at spaces such as converted warehouses which can accommodate huge numbers and be sectioned off.  Both marquees and converted warehouses are perfect if you require a blank canvas to create a truly unique event and to style it exactly how you want it.

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Catering Options

There are so many options when it comes to catering for corporate events, it depends on the style of the event, number of people attending and of course, your budget.    Do you want a formal sit-down meal? A finger buffet or bowl food so delegates can mingle and network while they eat?  Do you want to make it a feature and have something less formal like a mobile street food van if you have access to outside space?  If you are having a drinks reception will you require any hors d’oeuvres to be passed around?

With so much to think about, why not get in touch with local suppliers and ask for their advice and suggestions for your event?  Fill in one simple form on and receive quotes and ideas from lots of local caterers – saving you time and stress! Most options will be priced per head so it is important to know a rough idea of the number of attendees before you start getting quotes.

Mobile Bar Hire

If your venue doesn’t have its own bar, there are loads of options for hiring a mobile bar.  If you do have outside space, a mobile prosecco van could be a good option.  How about going for something a bit different and having a mobile cocktail bar complete with mixologist? They could even come up with a new cocktail that is named after your business or brand!

Check out our mobile bar hire section for loads of ideas and to get quotes now.

AV Hire

If you are dry hiring a venue, you may need to source all your AV requirements yourself.  Speak to the suppliers about your event and your AV needs, the type of venue and its size as well as any access or power restrictions.  They will be able to give advice on the best way to support your event and may also provide AV technicians to stay for the duration of the event and offer assistance to ensure the event runs smoothly.

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