Planning for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah

A bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate the foray into adulthood -- if you don't make it memorable, there are no do-overs! Luckily, there are plenty of ways to make the event special, and a few ways to make sure that your memories live on forever. In the age of ubiquitous technology, capturing video and images has never been easier. And with a platform like Snapchat at your disposal, you can glam up your photos and enjoy easy sharing. Here are a few tips for planning (and showing off) the bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah to remember.

Choosing a Theme

Your party doesn't have to be centered on a theme, but having a cohesive set of decorations makes it easier to plan out everything from the look of the cake to the centerpieces. Your theme can even inform the music and attire of the guest of honor. Whether it's based on a sport, location, or TV show, a theme let's the personality of your guest of honor shine. What's more, if you choose to create a social media hashtag or specialized Snapchat geofilter for your party, you can incorporate bat mitzvah or bar mitzvah themes into them.

Capturing the Night

You've strung the lights, hired a DJ, and you have unique centerpieces. You'll always remember this night in your mind's eye, but you know what's better? Having video and photo evidence of your bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah to share with future generations (or embarrass the guest of honor with at their future wedding). One of the most advanced ways to capture your memories is by using a social media platform. Snapchat makes it easy to share photos and short video clips with friends and family. The images only last 24 hours on your account -- but they can be downloaded in the "Memories" folder and onto your phone.

Want all the young people at the party to be able to access each other's videos and photos? Encourage guests to become friends on Snapchat at the beginning of the night to make sharing easier.

Tapping in to Technology

If you really want to encourage guests to share images of your party, leverage unique Snapchat geofilters. As soon as you know the location of your bash, you can order a special Snapchat filter. How does it work? You tell the provider the location of the party and how you want the filter to look. For instance, you might want a filter that reads "Zach's Bar Mitzvah!" and has balloons or other themed icons. Snapchat will apply a geofence to the filter -- in other words, only people who are at or near the party can use it.

When Snapchat users grab a picture or video at the party, they swipe right or left on the screen to view available filters. Once they find your special bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah geofilter, they just post the pic to their story and the filter frames the image. It's a simple yet savvy way to get people excited about posting about your party!

There are lots of bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah ideas to make your young guest or honor's night one to remember. You can leverage exciting live entertainment, great food, and filters for Snapchat to create an exhilarating atmosphere and lots of special memories!