By Randi Curhan, Designed By Randi
Last time my Real Deal was about Choosing Your Venue. This time it’s all about getting organized!
A Bar Mitzvah is a beautiful coming of age tradition that has always been important to my family. I’ve successfully planned all 3 of my son’s Bar Mitzvahs. My goal was to create a spiritual moment and a fun multi-generational celebration for our family and friends.
However, the prospect of planning my oldest son’s Bar Mitzvah (my first one) was more than a little daunting. We were to be hosting close to 100 out of town guests, most of whom were seasoned attendees on the Bar Mitzvah circuit. Without a budget for a party planner and 3,000 miles away from my sister and my Mom, I felt overwhelmed. My friend, Joyce, came to the rescue. She spent hours with me reviewing her meticulous binder of Bar Mitzvah paperwork, her son’s video montage, invitations, décor ideas, and various vendors that she liked to work with. I left Joyce’s house confident with tools in hand.
I immediately replicated her Bar Mitzvah Binder, which I highly recommend! Mine was divided into four sections, but you can create sections appropriate to your celebration. I had these dividers:
1. Service – Temple correspondences and information regarding the Bar Mitzvah, Kiddush, plans for the luncheon caterer, flowers, etc.
2. Party – Contracts for Venue, DJ, Florist, Videographer, photographer, etc.
3. Mailings – “Save The Date,” hotel info letter, kids’ etiquette letter, invitation, etc.
4. Visitors – Hotel info, lists of out of town guests and their lodging info and the weekend event itineraries.
Once I had a system, I was no longer intimidated diving into the process. I highly recommend you get organized by creating a similar binder system – it truly was a life saver!
About Randi Curhan
Randi Curhan is the founder of Designed By Randi. She will help give your affair that extra special finishing touch through custom graphic design services including logos, table signage and place-cards, sign-in boards, favors and montage services. She has honed her graphic design skills over many years and has designed flyers, posters, invitations and logos for PTA events, sports teams, foundations, businesses and parties. Designs are created in the industry standard Adobe Illustrator.
Randi has also successfully planned her three boys B’nai Mitzvot, creating theme concepts and unique logos for each child encapsulating their interests and personalities. She uses these themes and logos to tie together all elements of the affair: from the save-the-date sent months prior to the party to the favors given as guests depart.
Visit www.designedbyrandi.com for more details.