A Mitzvah Celebration for Everyone

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Should I bring a gift? Must I wear a yarmulke? Should I participate in prayer or song? What is the meaning behind such a celebration?  Today we’ll explore the meaning of a Mitzvah celebration.

While this momentous coming-of-age life event is well understood in the Jewish community, the Bar/Bat mitzvah celebration is much less widely known and understood amongst non-Jews. If your Bar mitzvah guest list includes non-Jewish invitees, preparing them with details and common expectations for this sacred event can greatly help reduce any apprehension or confusion they may be experiencing.

Tip One: Be Explicit
Begin with a brief explanation of the tradition and its significance in Jewish culture. It can be as simple as, “According to Jewish faith, a boy at the age of 13 and a girl at the age of 12, become responsible for their own actions — and the Bar/Bat mitzvah is a celebration of this major life event.” Also inform guests of attire expectations.

Tip Two: Etiquette Expectations
Next be sure to explain proper etiquette. Every synagogue differs in their specific expectations, so it’s best to ask your rabbi about the specific rules or policies that will apply to your event. For example, some places require all male visitors—including non-Jewish guests—to wear kippot as a sign of respect. Guests may also be surprised to know that they could be required to sit away from their significant other or family members.

Tip Three: To Participate or Not
Non-Jewish guests typically participate by attending, observing, and following the service. Non-ritual honors are sometimes afforded to close friends or relatives, but again this differs by synagogue. When in doubt, consult with your rabbi.

Tip Four: It’s a Party!
Let guests know that the after-service celebration is just that — a birthday celebration. Advise them to bring their dancing shoes and be ready to have a whole lot of fun.

Looking for A Bar/Bat Mitzvah Invitation?
If you’re in search of the perfect invitation, browse our huge selection of budget-friendly Bar and Bat Mitzvah invitations. If you need any assistance, please let us know! We’d love to help you find the perfect card for your celebration.

Can’t find one that fits just right? Our custom invitation designers can completely customize your invitation to show off your Bar or Bat’s individuality and style — all at a reasonable price that will fit your budget.

Party like it’s 1990 with Checkerboard Invitations

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Wouldn’t it be nice if we could go back to the good old days when phones were attached to the wall, a tweet was merely the chirp of a bird, and a dollar could buy you at least five stamps? A new collection of Checkerboard invitations is easy as that.

Checkerboard, an invitation printing company known for its beautifully crafted papers and stunning designs, is allowing you to do just that — at least your wallet, anyways. In honor of their 25th anniversary, they have released ten new stunningly beautiful Bar and Bat Mitzvah invitations and rolled back their prices to their 1990 roots. You read that right — ten brand spanking new designs for a ridiculously affordable price. Now that’s beautiful.

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An elegant design and bold color choices combine beautifully in the Lei Foils Bat Mitzvah invitation. Floral notes with shimmering golden accents communicate femininity along with a touch of grace.

Ribbons of diversity combine with striking designs in the Sparkling Stripes invitation to create a display of geometric excellence. Contrasting highlights of color will ensure your Bat Mitzvah truly shines.

If your Bat Mitzvah emits more of a subdued elegance, the Sunset Wash is just what you need. Muted tones and soft brushstrokes create a subtle glow that showcases all who grace its surface.

The Gilda invitation uses solids, shimmer, and sleek fonts to create a simply gorgeous invite that takes a modern approach to a traditional style.

The Bright Stripes invitation creates vibrant depth with strong bands of color across the spectrum — aligning perfectly with bold and full-of-life personalities.

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Checkerboard didn’t forget about the Bar Mitzvahs!

The Bold Stars invitation makes any Bar Mitzvah feel like the star of the show. Solid colors and simple star designs make this invite truly wonderful.

The Tekhelet Waves invitation channels the inner solace. A range of blues with coarse borders creates a canvas of natural beauty.

The Patterned Maze uses geometrical patterns to create an eye-catching invitation that showcases your Bar Mitzvah in style.

Next up to bat is the On Deck invitation. Ball players will love the classy theme that tastefully shows off your Bar Mitzvah’s talents.

On Deck Bar Mitzvah Invitation

On Deck Bar Mitzvah Invitation

And, last but not least, the Prismatic invitation offers a sleek and earthy feel that caters to Bar Mitzvahs of all shapes and sizes. A muted yet powerful color palette is universally adored.

These Checkerboard invitations are so great — we are sure you will love them!

More Designs
Don’t see the perfect invitation? Invitations4Less has an extensive collection of affordable Bar and Bat Mitzvah invitations that fit any style. If you’d like some assistance, please let us know. We’d love to help you find the perfect invitation.

The Great RSVP Debate: A Bar/Bat Mitzvah Guide | RSVP Cards

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If you’re planning for a Bar or Bat mitzvah, you’ve likely put a bit of thought into invitations. Should I keep it simple or give it some frill and flair? Should I design it myself or leave it to the experts? Are RSVP cards really necessary?

The questions and ensuing uncertainty can be maddening. We’d like to help you find some answers. In this post, we will explore the necessity behind the ever-controversial RSVP card.

Why Send an RSVP Card?

It has become more and more common to put RSVP information on the main Bar or Bat Mitzvah invitation. When the invitation is created this way, guests are usually asked to send their RSVP via email or through a related technology. Various apps, websites, email, and other technological resources allow families to create online RSVP management options that can save hosts time and effort.

Although these technological approaches may seem like the most convenient option when ordering or designing invitations, they are actually a big “no-no” according to proper invitation etiquette.

First and foremost, including a separate paper RSVP card along with an invitation allows all of your guests to formally respond to your event. Not all guests will have access to the Internet — especially older guests. Even if all of your guests have Internet access, some of them may not be tech-savvy enough to feel comfortable with a virtual RSVP. This can not only alienate some of your guests, it could even prevent them from attending altogether.

Second, it’s in your child’s best interest to include an RSVP card. Because RSVP cards come with everything guests needs to respond, they are much more likely to actually attend or send a gift if they cannot make the event.

Think of it this way: you could buy 75 RSVP cards with your invitations for less than a dollar each. This would represent 75 possible guests for less than 75 additional dollars. If you can get ten more guests to attend by sending the convenience of an RSVP card along with a stamped and addressed envelope, your child could receive an additional $360+ in gifts, assuming a modest $36 gift from each guest that is unable to attend.

Because they increase the likelihood of guests responding, RSVP cards also allow you to know how many guests to prepare for, which affects seating arrangements, food preparation, the number of favors needed, etc.

Including an RSVP card also allows you to prepare personalized table place cards. This extra note of personalization makes guests feel valued and leads to a more enjoyable experience for all. Also consider including a short, informal note to make guests feel extra special.

Order Your RSVP Cards Today

The reasons listed above are only a few of the many reasons why you should include an RSVP card with your invitation. To find the right card for your occasion, browse our large collection of Bar and Bat Mitzvah invitation cards and accessories. If you’d like some personal assistance, let us know. We’ll be more than happy to help you find the perfect invitation!

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Invitation Creation Guide

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Becoming a bar or bat mitzvah is a very special milestone in a child’s life. Just as important is celebrating this occasion with family and friends. Creating the perfect invitation for your child’s big day should be simple, right? Sometimes, it can be anything but. Should you go the formal route with traditional roots or spice things up with a bit of modern flair? Should you keep this short and sweet or provide more elaborate details?  We are happy to share this Mitzvah Invitation Creation guide with you.

Let’s cover the nitty gritty first. Be sure to include these “basics” on your invitation:
The celebrant’s first and last name

  • The type of event (whether it’s a Bar, Bat, B’nai, or B’not Mitzvah
  • The date, time, and location of the celebration & reception along with a map or directions
  • Any restrictions or gift preferences
  • RSVP date and instructions (or include response cards
  • Dress code or theme information

Now that we’ve covered what information you need to include, let’s take a look at how to arrange and word these details. To help you, we’ve created a small collection of various ways to word your Bar or Bat Mitzvah invitations.

“Classic Style”
Only yesterday
we celebrated her birth,
today we celebrate in prayer
as our daughter
(name)
is called to the Torah
as a Bat Mitzvah
(location, date, time)

“Rooted in Tradition”

We (names)
invite you to share
our happiness at the
Bar Mitzvah of our son,
(name)
(location, date, time)

“The Cornerstone”

As his grandfather
and father before him, our son
(name)
will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah
(location, date, time)

Our celebration will continue following services
(location)

“Blissful Occasion”

Reception information included on the main invitation should be kept succinct. If a more detailed description is necessary, it’s best practice to create a separate reception card.

Please join us in celebration
as our beloved daughter
(name)
becomes a Bat Mitzvah

“Timeless Joy”

It is with great joy and gratitude that
we invite you to share in our
Simcha as our son
(name)
becomes a Bar Mitzvah
(date, time, location)

This is only a small sample of the ways to word your invitation. We hope you have found our Mitzvah Invitation Guide to be helpful. Please browse our huge selection of budget-friendly Bar and Bat Mitzvah Invitations. We have invitations to fit any style: masculine, Jewish symbols, contemporary, glitzy, au natural” the list goes on and on!

And please let us know if you need any assistance! We’d love to help you find the perfect card for your occasion.

New Beginnings | Bat and Bar Mitzvah Invitations

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As spring begins to bloom, the promise of new beginnings and brighter tomorrows puts the pep back in our step. Flower buds, bright skies, and fresh, green grass breathe fresh air into our lungs as we put away our hats and mittens and brush the dust off of our gardening equipment and patio furniture.

The beautiful weather creates the perfect setting for festivities of all kinds, including Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebrations. Because becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah is such a significant life milestone, a celebration with family and friends in honor of the new Bar or Bat Mitzvah is customary.

Although exciting, the long list of preparations necessary for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs can be a bit overwhelming. Whether you are planning a Bar or Bat Mitzvah for yourself or for someone close to you, we want to help simplify the process for you.

We offer a large variety of customizable, affordable Bar and Bat Mitzvah Invitations that will please any personality and convey new beginnings.

This dazzling invitation is a great choice for someone who loves all the glitz and glam of a luxurious lifestyle. A theme complete with polaroids, sparkling dresses and a red carpet will “celebratize” any celebration!

No matter what the season, a Hawaiian luau Bar or Bat Mitzvah party will be a hit. Colorful leis, relaxed music, tropical fruits and drinks complete with decorative mini umbrellas create a tropical oasis full of fun and warmth.

The Color Splash invitation promises guests a celebration full of excitement and fun. Bright colors and an artistic design make this invitation stand out from the rest.

If stripes strike your fancy, the Color Bands invitation offers a sleek and stylish feel that can be customized to fit anyone’s style to a T.

A more traditional take on a Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebration requires traditional invitations. If you’re sticking to the tried and true, the Shimmering Spectrum invitation will give you modern style while honoring tradition at the same time.

If semi-preset designs and color schemes has you feeling a bit confined, give our create your own invitation tool a try. Our extensive design options give you the freedom to bring your idea to life and communicate your distinct style. If none of these options felt quite right for you, please browse our huge selection of Bar and Bat Mitzvah Invitations and if you need any assistance, please let us know! We’d love to help you find the perfect card for your occasion. Mazel Tov!

Popular Mitzvah Party Themes

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Looking for popular Mitzvah party themes for a celebration requires a lot of thought and planning…for anyone. But when that “anyone” is your teenager hoping to have a great Bar/Bat Mitzvah, you will probably endure countless changes, additions, subtractions, and do-overs before the final decision is made. There are plenty of fun options out there. Here are some of our favorites trending right now…

Candy: Candy is huge this year. Cotton candy stations, chocolate sculptures that look like fine art, retro candy towers, and jelly bean buffets are fun ways to entertain your guests, and decorate the room.

VIP Club: We know they are too young to really hit the club circuit but teenagers know what looks hot and elite. Sophisticated lighting, a premium DJ, monogramed pillows, napkins, and glassware complete the VIP Club feel. Bottle service of sparkling juice surrounding the dance floor and you have arrived!

iParty: From tech-centric scavenger hunts to icon embossed cupcakes, incorporating media is an all-encompassing theme. A selfie station with changeable backgrounds is tons of fun, especially when it all goes live that instant.

Sports: It is good to know while many things change, many stay the same. Sports is a theme that never grows old. Batting cages, Sumo suits, and hockey nets will always bring kids together in a positive way.

Remember that while it is your child’s celebration, too many choices can become overwhelming. Help him/her by narrowing the field, and steering them towards popular Mitzvah party themes that reflect who they really are. It is their night, their true light should shine!!

Havdalah: An Honest Opinion

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When it came time for Aviva to plan her Bat Mitzvah, there was one thing she was sure of. She was going to have an evening service. Havdalah; the Saturday evening service that marks the end of Shabbat is becoming more popular for many reasons. Though not a typically familiar service for many, learning a few new rites is never a bad thing as children continue to embrace their faith.

Havadalah accommodates Orthodox Relatives: Orthodox friends and relatives who live too far to walk during Shabbat find it easier to attend. Because this service begins after sun down, driving once again becomes an option.

Less Material to Learn: While never looking for the easy way out, there is less material to learn. This may play a huge role for a child who is in multiple school and extra-curricular activities, as well as for those who have special needs or express anxiety in a longer service. This is a celebration! Helping your child be their best is always a positive.

Economics: Let’s be honest, B’nai Mitvah is not an inexpensive undertaking. By having a Havdalah service there is no mid-day Kiddush for the family to sponsor. This frees up funds to spend on other portions of the celebration, such as your discounted Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah invitations from Invitations4Less.com.

Attendance: One of the reasons Aviva chose Havdalah is because she wanted more of her friends to be there. “I know people who had morning Bat Mitzvahs and had no friends attending. I worked hard to learn my Hebrew. The rite of passage is what I was celebrating, not just the party.”

Talk with your child and your rabbi to decide if a Havdalah service is a good choice for everyone. The experience could be enlightening for everyone.

And then the fabulous party!!

Football-themed Bar Mitzvah Invitation

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In case you haven’t noticed, it’s Football Season… a time when frenzied fans gather together and cheer on their favorite teams every week until the uber-culmination known as the Super Bowl. I personally think this is just something people do to pass the time until spring hits again. But for some, football is an all-consuming passion. If this describes a certain young person in your life, you may be looking at a football-themed Bar Mitzvah invitation in your future. Lucky for you and your football-crazed child, there are more options than ever for announcing the big event with a football-themed bar mitzvah invitation. Here’s a quick rundown for you.

Our designers recently created a brand new Football Bar Mitzvah invitation.  This sporty invitation is digitally printed on 110# Glossy card stock and features a football motif against a grass-green and football texture-like background.  Matte card stock is also available, if you prefer.  This Bar Mitzvah invitation is available only at Invitations4Less.com.

Be sure to visit our Sports-theme Bar Mitzvah Invitations page for all the options!  Check back often as we are always adding new invitations to our vast collection.

Do you have questions?  Feel free to contact us by email or by calling 888.497.3581.  One of our friendly invitation experts will be happy to assist you!

Super Hero Bar Mitzvah

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If you could be a superhero for just one day, who would you be? On a day when a young person is celebrating an accomplishment that makes everyone who loves them proud, you can be anything you want. So, we’ve put on our thinking capes and gathered up a super collection of Marvel-ous inspiration for a Super Hero Bar Mitzvah celebration.

Super Hero Bar Mitzvah

Super Hero Bar Mitzvah

A Custom Caricature is a great way to get your guests in the mood for some super fun! Caricature Artist Sherry Leak will turn your child into the superhero of their choice for reproduction on your invitations. All you need is a photograph.
If you are celebrating in the Jacksonville/Camp Lejeune, NC area, you can even hire Sherry for entertainment at your party. All your guests can be superheroes!

Fortunately, keeping to the theme is easy with Pop Art Superhero Penant Bunting from Etsy seller GingerRayUK and these super cute DIY superhero sippers as shown on CatchMyParty.

Proving that it’s super chic to be a superhero, the reception-scape created for a client appreciation event won an honorable mention in the CVent Great Event Photo Contest of 2011.

And if you’re looking for a super snazzy take-home favor, check out the design-your-own options on Cafe Press. By downloading a colorful art file from fotolia.com and uploading it to Cafe Press, we were able to quickly customize a hoodie sweatshirt that’s sure to please all your heroes.

The 3-D standing comic book letters from Etsy seller RoseberryStore make great table markers. Request your own custom table numbers, letters or symbols created from a variety of comic book options; a different theme for each table would be super-cool!

Can’t choose just one hero? How about this Super-awesome cake!

And finally, if you’re sweet on the comic book / superhero theme, you can’t leave these Superhero PEZ Dispensers behind. They’re a classic!

For more superhero inspiration, check out our Pinterest Board Superhero To The Rescue!

 

Alice in Wonderland Bat Mitzvah

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There’s nothing more magical than a huge party in your honor after a major accomplishment, and navigating the passage from childhood to full adult responsibility may feel a bit like stepping through the looking glass. Thus we think an Alice in Wonderland Bat Mitzvah theme would be a perfect marriage of transition and whimsy for your special day!

Whether you prefer the traditional Lewis Carroll writings, the classic animated Disney feature film or Tim Burton’s fantastic steampunk-styled live-action retelling, there’s plenty of symbolism and inspiration from which to plan an entire celebration!

Mirrors, rabbits, pocket watches, teapots and teacups, top hats, wildly-oversized flowers and hearts all find their place from invitations to décor.

Through the Looking Glass

Through the Looking Glass

Vintage Directional Signs from Etsy seller JacquelynVaccaro lead the way to all the special areas of your venue. Or not.

Your theme need not be carried out too literally, especially when it comes to your party clothes! This silver and sky blue gown from Etsy seller livapo sparkles on the dance floor!

An oversized pocket watch topiary reminds me that anytime the weather is right to be outdoors is the perfect time for a Wonderland Bat Mitzvah! And what fun to have a life-size chess set set up in the garden! The second of Lewis Carroll’s books, Through the Looking Glass, relies upon heavy symbolism of the game of chess. Of course, any chance you get to incorporate oversized and miniature objects into your party set-up, use ‘em! It’ll add to the whimsy and off-balance feeling.

The Mad Hatter’s tea party is legendary and no Wonderland celebration would be complete without some reference to it. The top hat with size tag shown was used as a Save The Date (simple enough and rather clever) but could also be used as table numbers for your party. Ask about Custom-designed Save The Date Cards and Invitations!

Drink Me tags and Eat Me Cookies are perfect ways to tie beautiful refreshments into your party theme!

I couldn’t resist including the stamped aluminum cuff bracelet from Etsy seller LemonLimeCreations. At $8 each, and with such a catchy-phrase, I think they’d make a coveted favor item for the younger guests.

Who wouldn’t love to be Queen for an evening? Gotta love this elegant black & red creation!

Remember the Queen’s minions feverishly painting the roses red? A mix or red and white paper roses arranged around playing card table numbers would be simply divine!

I could go on and on with this theme as there’s so much inspiration to be mined! Follow our Wonderland Pinterest board for more great ideas for your Alice in Wonderland Bat Mitzvah!