Black is Back! | Black Bar Mitzvah Invitations

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You’ve probably heard the phrase “it’s better to be over-dressed than under-dressed” and the same holds true for your Bar or Bat Mitzvah invitations. After all, your invitations set the tone for your event.  Black Bar Mitzvah invitations never go out of style.

Black has a long-standing reputation of being associated with power and elegance. It gives off an impression of formality and prestige. Even though others may try, black will always be “in”.

This 6-1/4″ square invitation is comprised of two layers.  The wording details on the top black shimmer layer will be admired by all who receive it.  The bottom layer can be done in one of many colors that are available.  We show it here with a lagoon shimmer backer.

This Black Bar Mitzvah invitation by Pioneer Announcements is striking, to say the least.  An onyx frost card will display your wording details.  The focal point occurs at the top with the name of the Bar Mitzvah printed in jumbo letters and in black ink for an impressive tone-on-tone appearance.  A silver stardream bottom layer adds the finishing touch to this ensemble.

The Finesse Bar Mitzvah invitation is a customer favorite.  While we show the invitation with the wording done in white matte foil stamping, other colors such as silver or gold foil would also work.  And we can’t possibly forget to mention that this invitation is printed on smooth Black Plike card stock that feels like no other paper out there.

The invitation you select for your Bar Mitzvah will be the first impression your guests will get about the type of affair you’ll be hosting. We think you’ll make a lasting impression with a one any one of these attractive
Black Bar Mitzvah invitations.

Bat and Bar Mitzvah Projects – Part 2

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In last week’s Mitzvah Monday blog, we covered the meaning of tikkun olam and how it relates to choosing one’s Bar Mitzvah project. This week, we’ll give you several ideas for selecting a meaningful project to complete.

Keep it local. Contact your local homeless shelter or soup kitchen to see what their specific needs are. They may be in need of volunteers to serve meals or may be low on supplies. Round up your family and some friends and chip in where needed. Make it a weekly habit to spend an hour or two of your time to help those in need.

Coordinate a food drive in your community. Food pantries can use food all year-round, not just during the holiday season.

Care for those in Israel. We at Invitations4Less.com make it easy to contribute to the Jewish National Fund. With the purchase of designated Jewish National Fund Bar Mitzvah Invitations you can donate $5 per invitation that will go towards a specific cause in Israel. Depending on the invitation you select, you’ll be helping plant a tree, provide water resources, or help with community development.

American Cancer Society. Participate in your community’s Relay for Life event by organizing a team and raising funds to fight cancer in your area.

-A-thon it! Organize a dance-a-thon, bowl-a-thon, walk-a-thon, or anything else you can think of to raise funds. Select a worthy charity as the recipient and have fun doing something you love while helping others!

Still stumped? Go to Areyvut for hundreds of great ideas and links to organizations that would love to be a part of your project.

Mitzvah projects are a great way to augment the meaning and importance of your Bar or Bat Mitzvah. A superior project combines the commandment of tikkun olam with your specific talents and interests. You’ll find that selecting just the right project will make your Mitzvah a meaningful and rewarding event in your life.

Considerations for Bat / Bar Mitzvah Projects

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As Jewish pre-teens approach their all-important Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebration, they begin to reflect on the importance of social action and their participation in such programs. Mitzvah, after all, means “commandment” in Hebrew and many synagogues are requiring candidates to select Bar Mitzvah projects that will utilize their time and talents in order to make the world a better place.

How does one go about selecting a project? First, let’s consider the meaning of tikkun olam (repair of the world through human actions) and how it relates to our approaching simcha (joyous event). The concept of tikkun olam involves several factors including: volunteerism, helping the needy, and acts of kindness.

Jewish Images

Jewish Images

Now that you’ve thought about the meaning of tikkun olam and the commandments, you should ask yourself these questions:

1.  What are my talents?
2.  What do I enjoy doing?
3.  What is going on in the world that upsets me?
4.  Whom do I know that can assist me?
5.  Why should I do this?

Once you’ve asked yourself these questions, write down the answers on a note pad. Brainstorm with your parents and family. Do you see any trends that can steer you toward a meaningful project?

Above all, you may find it beneficial to keep this passage in mind: “One should use one’s face, hands, and feet to honor one’s Creator” (Tosefta Brachot 4:1).

In next week’s Mitzvah Monday blog, we’ll look at several ideas that may inspire you in your quest for a project that will be as helpful to others as it is rewarding to you.

Meanwhile, be sure to visit our Bar and Bat Mitzvah Invitation site for an outstanding collection of affordable invitations.

Trend Alert: Casino-Style Bar Mitzvah

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Are you looking to make your Bar or Bat Mitzvah extra fun? How about incorporating a Casino-style Bar Mitzvah theme into your party? We love this idea because it’s a sure-fire way to get all of your guests involved in the action.

Start by setting the tone for your event by selecting the right invitation. We think this invitation is just perfect!

You’ll want to decorate your venue appropriately. Rent archways, pillars and other large props. You can even rent casino equipment in most large cities and before you know it, you’ll have a plain room looking like a casino. If you can, light up a marquee outside the venue with your name on it. Set up gaming tables, slot machines and don’t forget the entertainment. Hire an Elvis impersonator if possible. Your guests will love it!

Dress the wait staff in true Vegas-style attire. Don’t forget to hire professional dealers. You can use chocolate poker chips with your name on them for currency, or create your own funny money. Pictures of your family members may be placed on the different denominations of paper money.

Casino Images

Casino Images

You can even order armbands, visors, boas, hi-hats and roulette-wheel sunglasses for your guests. Add to the party atmosphere by having everyone wear beads with poker chip medallions attached.

For dinner, consider having a buffet. Every casino has one. Have place cards in front of each item on the buffet to let your guests know what they are having. Be creative and give each item a gambling-related name such as “Seeing Green Sea Bass” or “Lucky 7 Salad”. You get the idea.
For dessert, have a giant cake decorated as a slot machine.

A casino-themed party for your Mitzvah is a perfect way to celebrate. With a little pre-planning, you’ll be a high-roller in the eyes of your guests!

Trend Alert: Gourmet Food on Wheels | Gourmet Food Trucks

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Gourmet Food Trucks are the latest fad to hit the Bar and Bat Mitzvah scene. Your guests will realize that you’ve thought of everything when they see one of these trucks arrive outside your venue.

Food Trucks

Food Trucks

These gourmet restaurants on wheels are appearing all over the country and are serving up some mighty fine delectable treats. Is there a considerable amount of time between your ceremony and the reception? Arrange for one of these trucks to be outside your synagogue and send your guests off with gourmet coffee and bakery items such as croissants, scones, muffins, and other scrumptious pastries.

Even though you’ve had a grand dinner at your reception, your guests will surely work up an appetite from all of the dancing they’ll do at your Mitzvah celebration. Don’t let them go home hungry! Have a food truck send your guests on their way with a take-home bag filled with your choice of a parting food item.

You may wonder what other types of food you can serve from a gourmet food truck. We’ve seen everything from Mexican specialties to jumbo salted pretzels to caramel apples. How about build-your-own pitas, French fries, or fried ice cream? Consult with the owner or operator of a food truck for even more ideas.

You can even have larger-than-life posters with your picture placed on the side of the truck. For added fun, have the menu board reflect names of your goodies that represent you. For instance, if your name is Nathan, you could offer Nathan’s Nachos…you get the idea. Most food trucks have speakers that can play your favorite tunes, too.

Your Mitzvah celebration is one that you’ll cherish for your entire lifetime. While you don’t have to mention what you have up your sleeve on your invitations, you can be sure that your guests will love being catered to in such a thoughtful way!

Images courtesy of MitzvahMarket.com

Trend Alert: Mitzvah Programs

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Invitations4Less.com has been assisting families with their Bar and Bat Mitzvah invitations for nearly 20 years now and I have been with the company for almost eight years. One of my favorite parts of the job is assisting families with their Bar and Bat Mitzvah invitations. I am not Jewish so one the things I have enjoyed most is learning the customs and traditions of Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. One of the latest trends for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs is a Mitzvah program. Just like one you would receive as you arrive at a wedding ceremony. I love this idea. For the non-Jewish guest, this is excellent way to help them understand the traditions that surround the service and celebration. For the Bar or Mitzvah and their immediate family, it’s a treasured keepsake.

The Bar Mitzvah Program is yours to personalize with prayers and the order of the service. You can also add details such as the history behind becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, along with honoring those that are special in your son’s or daughter’s journey. This is also a wonderful way to share the information about their Mitzvah Project. Below are a few options that have been popular with our customers.

No matter what the celebration, a program adds to a special event by giving guests an intimate understanding of the day’s agenda. It enlightens guests with traditions and customs that surround the day’s festivities and honors those that have made it special.

The Top 5 Bat / Bar Mitzvah Invitation Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

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Over the years, I have worked with countless Bar and Bat Mitzvah parents who are stressing over their child’s invitations. A Bar or Bat Mitzvah is a meaningful event for every family and everything surrounding this big day should be perfect. But, between the guest list, the wording, the timing, and other details, it’s easy to overlook something. We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 Bar Mitzvah invitation mistakes and how you can avoid them.

 

1. Set a realistic budget for your stationery. When setting your budget, do a little research first. Keep in mind that Bar and Bat Mitzvah Invitations come in a wide variety of styles, and that a complex multi-layer invitation is going to cost more than a simple one. You’ll need to have an idea of how many invitations are needed, and factor in your postage costs when determining what your bottom line will be.

2. Order a sufficient quantity. When ordering, we suggest that you order at least 25 more of everything than you think you’ll need. You’ll be amazed at the last-minute additions you’ll have to your guest list, and having those extras on hand will save you money in the long run because reorders often cost nearly as much as the original order! Plus, don’t forget that you will want a few invitations to keep as mementos.

3. Order a proof of your order. For a small additional cost, you can have a proof of the wording of your order emailed to you. When you receive it, proofread very carefully. In fact, I suggest that you read it out loud to be sure that everything sounds right. Be sure to check all spellings and verify that the date, time, and location all appear correctly. Enlist the help of a friend or two to help you double-check it as well; those extra set of eyes can pick up on details you may have missed.

4. Use the proper postage. When you receive your printed order, assemble one complete set and take it to your local Post Office to be weighed. Purchase the Forever stamps which are good even if postage rates increase.

5. Don’t procrastinate. Your invitations should be mailed six to eight weeks in advance of the Bar Mitzvah. Most of our invitations are received in approximately two weeks from the time you order, but in some instances they may take a bit longer especially if they are produced in Israel or have complex layering. We suggest that you order at least 4 months prior to the event as this will allow you sufficient time not only to receive the invitations, but to address them as well.

I hope that you’ve found this information helpful. The staff at Invitations4Less.com will be happy to assist you with your order. If there’s anything we can assist you with, please Contact Us!

Batter Up for a Baseball-Themed Bar Mitzvah Invitation

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So, your son is growing up to be a huge baseball fan. If he’s anything like my four nephews, he can recite batting averages and statistics without even blinking an eye. It would come as no surprise to anyone if he wanted a baseball-themed Bar Mitzvah.

Start off by sending out our Batter Up Bar Mitzvah invitation to your guests. This exclusive invitation was created by our in-house designer and is available only at Invitations4Less.com! You can even have tickets designed and printed that your guests will need to bring to the party for admittance.

But don’t stop there. Rent turnstiles and have ticket-takes greet your guests at the door. The staff at your event center can be dressed as baseball players or umpires from head to toe. Supply them with stadium boxes that can be filled with bags of peanuts, boxes of popcorn and even Crackerjacks!

Your son may want to dress up as his favorite player. Order baseball cards with his photo and details of his mitzvah on them to pass out as souvenirs. In addition to sporting helium-filled balloons with his name on, you can get personalized pennants to add to the décor.

For decorations, there’s a multitude of ideas available. Assign a MLB team to each table and decorate each in the appropriate colors. For centerpieces, place baseballs inside a large glass cylinder-shaped vase and position small wooden baseball bats around it. Top it off with that team’s pennant in the center.

Use the baseball theme for the cake, too. Have your cake decorator make four square-shaped cakes: one for each base plus home plate. Arrange them appropriately and in place of the pitcher’s mound in the center of the “field” have a cake with your son’s photo placed on it.

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading some of our ideas for planning the perfect baseball-themed mitzvah! What other ideas could you imagine incorporating into this theme?

Image Credits:

Invitation: Invitations4less.com
Table cover: mypartyplanner.com
Balloon: Los Angeles Dodgers® and shindigz.com
Centerpiece: n-joyevents.com

Trend Alert: Emerging Trends in Color and Design

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Here at Invitations4Less.com, we love paper! We are continuously searching for new and exciting upcoming trends from respected authorities on color and design. This week, we’ll feature some predictions as reported by Pantone’s TONES newsletter.

Two elements make this invitation one that is sure to get noticed. First, its use of yellows, oranges and greens portray feelings of joy. The circle, a perfect geometric shape, is the “most peaceful shape and represents the human soul,” according to artist Wassily Kandinsky.

Since we are talking about circles, we couldn’t help but include our ever-popular Mod Dots invitation. When we look at this, we just can’t help but think of fun times. To make this invitation even more appealing, we are happy to announce that it is available in an array of alternate colors. Check with customer service for color swatches that can be emailed to you.

What trends are you watching for and incorporating into your celebration? Leave us a comment and we’ll work your thoughts into a future blog post on emerging trends!

Kiddush Luncheon

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At its most basic meaning, Kiddush is the reciting of a blessing over wine or grape juice. On Friday evening and Saturday morning, this ritual is performed to remember and sanctify the Shabbat as the holy day of rest. Synagogues will usually serve light refreshments such as cake and gefilte fish with the Kiddush after Shabbat morning services. But for the occasion of a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, the celebrating family will often host a much more extravagant Kiddush event.

Depending on how elaborate of an event you are planning will most likely determine what you would decide to do for the Kiddush. It is no mystery that after sitting through a lengthened service that features speeches by many, most guests cannot wait to move into the social hall. Bar and Bat Mitzvah guests have become accustomed to expect much more than little plastic cups filled with grape juice.

Kiddush luncheons tend to resemble the traditional Jewish brunch, the meal that is also most commonly served to break the fast after Yom Kippur. Sometimes Bar Mitzvah services do not wrap up until close to 1 p.m., and by that time your guests may be ready for a more filling meal. Meat luncheon buffets typically offer deli platters, baskets of challah rolls and rye bread, potato salad and coleslaw, and don’t forget pickles. Hot hors d’oeurves such as mini potato knishes may also be passed around.

When it comes to planning a Kiddush luncheon, it is crucial that you work with your synagogue (know its level of Kosher observance) and your caterer. If you prefer a more formal sit-down luncheon instead of a buffet, make sure your social hall has enough room to seat all your guests. Don’t be afraid to come up with an original menu and your caterer should be flexible to meet whatever your needs and requests may be. The Kiddush luncheon is an integral part of the Bar Mitzvah weekend and you know from the moment some guests step foot in the synagogue, they are already guessing the Kiddush menu.