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Hottest bar mitzvah trends of 2012

for The Brooklyn Paper

If you’re planning a bar mitzvah celebration for 2013, it’s important to keep up with the latest trends and styles. Do you throw a crazy theme party or do something simple and understated? Host a sit-down dinner or a make it a finger food affair? What about the mitzvah project? With so many choices, planning your celebration can easily become overwhelming.

To help you answer your most important party-planning questions, we’ve put together a list of the five hottest bar mitzvah trends from 2012. We’ve got the essentials covered, from invitations and food to music and mitzvah projects, so you won’t need to worry about being out of style next year. Good luck and mazel tov!

1) Send classic invitations

Invitations are the first thing your guests will see, so try to keep them simple. The best invitations these days employ either art deco styling or combine photos and illustrations. The art deco cards remind us of the past to create a timeless quality, while the photo and illustration cards show off style and individuality. There are a number of different companies that specialize in these sleek types of cards, so poke around for the best deals. Remember: simple is always better.

2) Personalize the mitzvah project

The latest trend in mitzvot is to make the mitzvah project your own, and kids can do this by combining it with their passions or areas of interest. For example, if your bat mitzvah-to-be loves baseball, she can collect gloves to send to kids all over the world. Or if your tween favors music, he can help bring instruments to schools in need. If you can’t think of any ideas, check out some of our mitzvah project ideas or Emitz.com’s list of worthwhile mitzvah organizations categorized by area of interest (i.e. animals or literacy). Tikkun olam has never been easier.

3) Throw a lounge party

Parties are a great opportunity to let your guests have fun and relax. That’s why, over the last few year, more people have been opting for a lounge environment instead of expensive theme parties. The nice thing for party planners is that creating a lounge environment is cheap and easy. Adam Saget of Adam Saget Productions, an event planning company that specializes in bar and bat mitzvahs, recommends using couches, throw rugs, and low, colored lighting to transform a space into a nightclub. Saget also suggests to have a big enough dance floor to accommodate your guests, and choose music carefully. Whether you hire a DJ or save a bit of money and use your iPod, consult the top party dance songs of 2012. You may not recognize some of the artists, but your guests definitely will.

4) Keep meals manageable

When thinking about feeding your guests, the big thing these days is finger food and buffet-style eating over gefilte fish and sit-down dinners. But before talking to a caterer, take a quick peak at About.com’s kosher appetizer recipes list for some basic ideas. For the main meal, a simple buffet always keeps people happy and helps stay on budget. Think about choosing one particular cuisine (i.e. Italian or Chinese) and stick to it. Light food means more time for schmoozing, dancing, and socializing.

5) Let your guests be the photographers

With the proliferation of smartphones, the trend today is to allow tweens to take most of the party photos themselves. We suggest IMingle. IMingle bills itself as a fusion of a photo booth and a sign-in board, allows guests to take pictures, and write messages to the host. The best part? After the party, you won’t have to wait around to compile a fantastic photo album.

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