Shalom Y’all: A Budget-Friendly, Texan Bar Mitzvah

Working as an event planner, I spend a lot of my time creating memories for my clients, but the events I plan are also memorable for me. The event I want to highlight today is a bar mitzvah that took place a year ago. This event was unique because the family approached it differently than a traditional bar mitzvah: They kept it small and casual.  It’s not unusual for me to be contacted in the last month or two of planning, and that was the case with this event. The mom did most of the planning herself and brought me on about a month before the event specifically to provide referrals and recommendations for different vendors. The family chose to have their event on a Monday after a holiday weekend, opting for a luncheon in place of a traditional evening bar mitzvah. This is a unique approach perfect for kids who don’t want a huge party, or who have a smaller group of friends and family. Luncheons are also a great option for those looking to create a casual atmosphere. My clients enhanced the space at Chez Zee, which is beautiful by itself, with balloons. There were balloons everywhere. They had them at the entrance, on the tables as centerpieces, and as decorations around the room. I love working with balloons. Before my life as an event planner, I had no idea they were so versatile. Balloons really can do a lot to change the look and feel of a room. The theme for the event came from the bar mitzvah boy, who wanted the words “Shalom Y’all” as the focal point of the room. This is a fun and interesting way to approach theming an event because it’s incredibly unique to the child. Think about the phrase, “Shalom Y’all” and I bet any number of things come to mind. The customization possibilities are truly endless.  Sometimes clients get stuck on theming because they don’t think outside the box. They say, “western, barn wedding” or “fairies and unicorns” and they see only one way that theme can be executed. A phrase like, “Shalom Y’all,” doesn’t exist in any predetermined form. The client’s imagination was free to run wild and create a truly unique event.  The bar mitzvah boy also put together his own Spotify playlist for the event, infusing the party with his personality. He was incredibly proud of his playlist, and that’s what I want: For all my clients to feel a sense of pride at their event.   Everything about this event was more intimate and casual than a traditional bar mitzvah, with the added bonus of being done by 3 p.m. Luncheons are a great way to do a party for a family member who prefers to keep things small. They’re also great for people on a budget. The main takeaway here is that parties don’t have to be lavish to be successful, success can be attained on any budget.

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