Mitzvahpalooza – How to Throw a Modern Bar/Bat mitzva


How to Throw a Modern Bar/Bat mitzvah


Bethany Rae, February 7, 2019

We know how overwhelming throwing the perfect party can be, that’s why we’re excited to announce that Northern Fork will be a featured vendor at this year’s Mitzvahpalooza an event expo showcasing Northshore’s premier experts on all things party. Hosted by Mitzvah Chit Chat, originally a Facebook community, now popular group and website, focused on providing an approachable online platform where parents can ask questions and share ideas, Mitzvahpalooza promises to be a one stop shop for everything from food to fun- even music and rentals- whatever you need for the big day.  Come and enjoy in-person guidance from Chicago’s top gala gurus, dedicated to making your bar or bat mitzvah reception a stress-free success.

Each year presents its own score of unique mitzvah trends and 2019 is no exception. Gone are the days of junior themes; Elevate your event by considering a color story instead. Explore seasonal shades in bright flowers and balloons for a summer soiree, while the use of darker, richer tones is a winter favorite right now. Think outside the box and incorporate succulents and other uncommon plants. Paper lanterns are another unexpected option. Linens and dessert frostings are classic ways to display your color theme, whether you pick the trendy Pantone shade {this year is Living Coral} or stand out with a daring departure. Whatever you decide, let your chosen palette guide you.

LED lights are huge right now. Use them to decorate tables, show off the snacks, even illuminate the dance floor. Why not hand out glowing bracelets and necklaces to brighten up the crowd? If you’re feeling particularly fun, try light-up hula hoops. Guests, young and old, can’t resist a little extra flare.

We’ve seen music trends vary from year to year and creating the perfect playlist can be a critical entertainment element. It’s important to enlist the help of a seasoned DJ who is familiar with the tastes of a younger audience. If encouraging dancing is your goal, entice guests to the floor by playing upbeat hits. When it comes to pleasing parents, radio-friendly versions of your teen’s favorite songs can be an ideal compromise.

That said, dancing isn’t for everyone; And thirteen can be the age of the wallflower. Consider other entertainment options that invite movement and mingling like foosball or table tennis. Graduate from face painting to henna tattoos, from balloon animals to edible balloons. Perfume-making stations perform double duty as a special activity and a one-of-a-kind party favor. This year, bar and bat mitzvah SWAG is all about custom gifts guests will actually use. Parents are going beyond the monogram and designing logos for their child’s celebration. They look great on anything from water bottles to playing cards.

Another way to keep the buzz going, long after the party ends, is through social media. Hosts are creating unique event hashtags and spreading the word. Encourage guests to tag their photos so everyone can enjoy the highlights in real time. Want a step-up from the everyday snapshot? Check out this photo booth page for more information. Guests can upload these incredible video clips directly to their Facebook or Instagram. And if they use your personalized hashtag, every post adds to a memorable album that’s easy to share.

Staying on-trend also means saying goodbye to sit down dinners and boring buffets. “Interactive food stations” offer your guests endless customizable selections. It’s the perfect opportunity to keep your meal kosher but not commonplace. An array of bagels or soft pretzels can be paired with sweet or savory spreads and dips, while meat skewers or pastas, with a variety of vegetables and sauces, are more substantial. Wow friends and family by providing all the fixin’s to make their own sundaes or s’mores.

For more delicious ideas, visit Northern Fork at Mitzvahpalooza and try their Build Your Own Nacho Bar! Enjoy a snack, sip a margarita, and ask how we can design the perfect menu for your celebration.

Sunday, February 17th 2019
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Rootz Dance Theatre Music Enrichment Fitness and Camp
557 Waukegan Road
Northbrook, IL 60062

Spots are limited so head over to to reserve your free ticket now.