Bar/Bat Mitzvah Planning

A guide to planning every step of your child's Bar or Bat Mitzvah.

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    4.        Encourage your child to practice his or her service out loud.

One month before event

    1.        Reconfirm all service providers.

    2.        Develop a seating plan.

    3.        Coordinate a rehearsal time with your temple. Many temples allow you to video this event in lieu of the actual service.

    4.        Arrange hospitality baskets for out-of-town guests. Include a schedule of events and detailed directions.

    5.        Coordinate out-of-town guest transportation to and from airports and events.

One week before event

    1.        Confirm final guest count with caterer. Remember that once you have guaranteed a number, this is what you will be responsible to pay for, even if fewer guests show up.

    2.        Adjust seating arrangements.

    3.        Pack an "emergency kit" to keep handy, including a sewing kit, extra makeup, hairbrushes, stockings, etc.

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Paula Levenson is the mother of three and the stepmother of two. She has written for