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Theming Your Mitzvah


For Jewish families, there are few memories as exciting and special as a son or daughter’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah. With your child focused on studying for the service itself, they could probably use some help thinking of a theme. In addition, having a theme as soon as possible will make it easier to choose a Bar Mitzvah event space that works best with the theme.
The following are three of the most popular theme types to choose from. While they are somewhat general, you can personalize them by choosing your child’s favorite in each respective category.

Sports theme

If your child has shown an early interest in sports, then a sport-related theme might be a perfect fit for them. A sports theme can either be a general theme about a sport like football, basketball, baseball, etc., or the theme can be based around a favorite team or even favorite player. If you plan it early enough, you could even get a short video message from your child’s favorite athlete that can be played during the reception!

Superhero theme

Superhero movies have become incredibly popular over the past decade, and chances are there’s at least one superhero that your child loves more than any others. If done the right way, a superhero theme will help ensure that the Bar or Bat Mitzvah is the hero of the evening.

Traveling or foreign destination theme

Has the Bar or Bat Mitzvah been lucky enough to go on a trip abroad as part of a school or family trip? If so, it’s worth asking them whether they’d want their Mitzvah to include memories of that trip. Foreign destination themes are popular because they can be flexible and personalized — there are so many different aspects of a foreign country to choose from that two themes based on the same country could be completely different.

Hollywood or Broadway theme

Does your Bar or Bat Mitzvah dream of being a star? With a Hollywood or Broadway-themed party, they can experience exactly that — at least for one night. Hollywood themes can either be generalized for the glitz and glamor of Hollywood itself, or can be focused on a specific actor, movie, or franchise. Broadway-themed parties can focus on whatever aspect of Broadway your child enjoys most — from the production to the actors and lifestyle, or even the technical sound and lighting elements.
The key to having a great Bar or Bat Mitzvah party is making sure that the theme represents your child in some way. If you include your child in the process, you will give them one more way to feel like that are truly becoming a responsible young adult.

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Why to Hire a Professional Event Planner

When you’re hosting an event and trying to keep costs down, hiring a professional event planner might seem like an unnecessary expense. But it’s not. Here are the top five reasons to hire a professional event planner.

You’ll save time.

Most professional event planners will take meetings for their clients. Why? Because there are details they don’t want or need to be bothered with. The planners should know the ins and outs of the events and if a planner is doing their job, they should be able to anticipate exactly what the clients’ needs are. This means they can go to meetings with the venue, videographer, furniture guy and the A/V people that the client doesn’t necessarily need to be involved with.

You’ll save money.

Most people think that because you have to pay the event planner, you’re spending more money, right? Not so. Once your planner knows what your budget is (and how strict you are about sticking to it), they can work with vendors to save you money on all kinds of things. And most often, planners have relationships with vendors from past events, making it easier for them to get discounts here and there. In the long run, a quality event planner can actually save you the money you spent hiring him/her, and then some.

You’ll have a better-looking event.

Like it or not, event planners know that part of what makes for a great event is that it looks and feels great. There are tons of details that most people would never think of on their own. Things like, did you know that if you angle your audience chairs a certain way, it makes them feel more involved and engaged? Definitely not the first thing that comes to mind, right? Lucky for you, a good event planner will not only know this but a hundred other things as well.

You’ll host your event at the right place.

Where you should host your event- what city and where in the city- depends on the kind of event you’re hosting and what your goals are in the event. Your event planner will help you choose a venue that can actually help you meet your goals for your event. This is something that can affect attendance, sales, and a whole bunch of other stuff.

You’ll have good people doing good work.

A good event planner should definitely come packed with suggestions on who can do the best quality work, within the budget you have set. And not only can they provide you with one or two suggestions, but typically they can provide you with many so you can do quote comparisons and get the best bang for your buck. Because they typically have done various events with these companies in the past, they should be able to provide you with the pros and cons of each and could help you make the best choices and stay on-budget.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Party Planning

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Is this your first time party planning a POPin event? You probably have a TON of questions…what caterer should I use? What venue should I book? Do I get entertainment? It can be really overwhelming! But don’t worry – it’s not that bad if you follow our advice. First-time party planners can become stressed out and overwhelmed quickly with all the intricate details associated with organizing a successful corporate, personal or family event. Be sure to check out the following party planning do’s and don’ts for a great event.


Do make sure that all individuals involved are aware of the plans, instructions, decorations and more.

If you have people helping out with the party planning of your event, be sure that they know what is going on at every point of the event. Depending on the type of event you are hosting, you may also have to stick to a strict schedule. When everyone understands what is going on, your event will run smoothly.

Do create an event timeline for your employees or event staff.

As mentioned previously, having a detailed timeline of your event (including all pertinent vendor information and contact info) will ensure that everyone is on the same page and understands what is going on every second of the event.

Do use professional services so you don’t have to worry about quality, professionalism or any other details.

Unless you are a professional chef, DJ, event planner, or baker, you may want to leave those details to the professionals. They have years of training in their particular trade and have a great deal of experience making sure events run seamlessly.


Don’t try to run the show or take care of everything yourself.

Many first-time party planners make the mistake of attempting to run the show and do everything themselves. Unfortunately, that does not work at all. You will become burnt out, overwhelmed and ultimately will not have fun at your own event!

Don’t choose a venue hastily.

Depending on the type of event you are planning, your venue choice may be crucial. Instead of hastily and quickly choosing a venue, do your research and choose a venue based on the preferences of your guests and the desired final look and feel of your event. If your guests are unhappy or uncomfortable with the venue it may make them have a bad experience at your event.

Don’t leave your event to chance.

Many people live by the ‘wing it’ mentality. If you are planning an event, it is wise to have backup batteries, phone chargers, instructions, and more. You never know what could go wrong at your event, so it is always best to be prepared. 

With these event planning tips, you’ll be on track to plan your very first event. Or, save yourself the hassle completely and come to Hollywood POP Gallery and let us make your event POP like no other!