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Tips for a Fun Bar or Bat Mitzvah with Philadelphia Event DJs

Tips for a Fun Bar or Bat Mitzvah with Philadelphia Event DJs

By Mitzvah Entertainment

A bar or bat mitzvah is an important milestone in a Jewish child’s life. After months of learning Hebrew to nail the Torah reading, it’s only fitting to celebrate this momentous event with a festive party. The party is not only a celebratory moment for your child, but it’s a way to highlight how proud you are as a parent. If you’re planning a bar or bat mitzvah for your child, you’ll want to make it a night to remember.

Here are some tips for a fun Philly bar or bat mitzvah:

Hire an MC. No bar or bat mitzvah is complete without an MC or master of ceremonies. They can introduce the bar or bat mitzvah child, make announcements, and keep the energy up throughout the night. The right MC knows how to integrate the evening so adults and kids are both having a good time.

Have dancers perform. If you want your event to be full of electric energy, hire professional dancers. Kids can be shy about getting on the dance floor and starting the party. Dancers will get everyone up and moving, leading guests in dance routines and filling the dance floor.

Invest in a DJ. Music can make or break your event. If you’re looking for the best bar and bat mitzvah entertainment in Philadelphia, consider hiring an EBE DJ. Our DJs have extensive catalogs and can play music to entertain guests of all ages. To ensure the night is special for your child, discuss their favorite songs and genres beforehand. When you talk about the playlist, you’ll be able to highlight your child’s interests while making sure the music selection is appropriate and enjoyable for everyone.

Hire a band or ensemble. If your child is into live music, consider hiring a band or ensemble to perform. Bands elevate any party atmosphere, and the right one will ensure the dance floor is never empty. Even if you don’t need a full band, you can still hire an ensemble. From solo artists to four-piece quartets and beyond, you’ll be able to find the entertainment that’s right for you and your event.

More Tips for an Amazing Mitzvah in Philadelphia

Incorporate a photo booth. Who doesn’t love a photo booth? They allow guests to show off their personalities and are a fun way to capture memories from your event. Guests can take silly photos with props and costumes and print the images to take home as party favors. Make sure they leave one behind so you can create a guestbook full of the fun photos.

Plan a theme. A themed bar or bat mitzvah can help tie everything together and make the event cohesive. Depending on your child’s interest, theme ideas can range from sports to movies or pop culture to superheroes. If a specific theme is not your thing, selecting a color scheme can help guide the decorations and activities for the big day.

Provide games and activities for bar and bat mitzvah goers. If you’re opting out of a photo booth, consider other activities to keep guests entertained. Certain party enhancements like a scavenger hunt, trivia, or a dance-off competition can keep guests engaged in the event. Make sure to provide prizes for winners to keep the competitive spirit alive.

Plan an Epic Bar or Bat Mitzvah with EBE – When you are ready to decide about your bar or bat mitzvah entertainment in Philadelphia, EBE is here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our MCs, DJs, and live bands!

Tips for a Fun Bar or Bat Mitzvah with Philadelphia Event DJs

Best Event Planning Services in Northern Liberties: Tips for Planning a Bar or Bat Mitzvah

By Mitzvah Entertainment

Becoming a bar or bat mitzvah is an important milestone for young Jewish people. But planning the big celebration is a considerable undertaking for their parents! Fortunately, you can plan a fun bar or bat mitzvah in Philadelphia and its surrounding areas with these tips and tricks.

Choose a theme for your bar/bat mitzvah. Think about what your child’s bar or bat mitzvah means to you and what your child’s interests are. This process can help influence the theme of your big day. From the decor to the type of entertainment you want to have down to the food you’ll serve; a theme can be extremely helpful when planning a major event like a bar or bat mitzvah.

Book your bar/bat mitzvah venue. Typically bar and bat mitzvahs are held in country clubs, hotels, or wedding venues. Because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, people have started to get creative to host events safely. When booking a location, consider the outdoor venues in your area. You can also connect with the more traditional venues and see if they’re offering covered outdoor options. The number of people and time of year your bar or bat mitzvah takes place will greatly influence your venue choice.

Decide on the vendors who will bring your bar/bat mitzvah to life. The vendors you hire are responsible for the food, drinks, and fun at a bar or bat mitzvah. Food and drink are of paramount importance, of course. But the entertainment you have at a bar or bat mitzvah is just as important! Whether you’re looking for a DJ or a live band, or a cool combination of the two, trust the Philadelphia bar and bat mitzvah MCs at EBE to combine music, video, lighting, and dance entertainment.

Hire a photographer that specializes in bar and bat mitzvahs. Your big day isn’t going to last forever, but that’s where photo and videographers come in. EBE can provide a talented Videographer as well. To choose a great photographer, ask friends and family who have held bar or bat mitzvahs before for recommendations. Before making a final decision, make sure you’ve seen their previous work and express clearly what kind of shots you want to be taken on the big day to make sure everyone is on the same page.

When you are ready to decide about the entertainment that will perform at your bar or bat mitzvah, EBE is here to help. Contact us today to find out more information about our DJs and live bands!

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Philly’s Best : Dani Ostroff Bat Mitzvah – The First of our Hall of Fame Series

By Mitzvah Entertainment

Our brand new Bar/Bat Mitzvah Hall of Fame series spotlights families of Bar/Bat Mitzvahs who have thrown some of the most AMAZING events we have ever seen and gives you a behind the scenes look at how they made it all happen. All of the information and photos were submitted directly from each family, so we are sharing their first-hand experience. We hope this helps you find inspiration and ideas to make your own event Hall of Fame worthy!

Dani’s Bat Mitzvah was an easy choice for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Hall of Fame (her Dad is an industry pro after all). What really made her tropical colored, survivor themed, event stand out was the level of detail and thoughtfulness they used to plan each and every aspect of the day. Dani and her family’s genuine excitement and appreciation for all of their guests created a warm, welcoming atmosphere and of course, they had a dance floor that NEVER stopped! Mazel Tov, Dani, on being inducted to the EBE Bar/Bat Mitzvah Hall of Fame!

Dani’s Bat Mitzvah Details

Parent: Ben Ostroff

Bat Mitzvah: Danielle (Dani)

Event Date: 11/16/19

Bat Mitzvah Project: Making custom blankets for dogs in dog shelters

Service Location: Temple Brith Achim – King of Prussia, PA –

Reception Location: Radnor Valley Country Club – Villanova, PA –

Afternoon or Evening Affair: Evening 

Guest Count: 100 Adults, 100 Young Adults

Theme and/or décor color palette: Survivor/Tropical Island

Who/What did you hire from EBE? What didn’t we have?! Dreamtime, MC Josh Smilk, DJ, 3 Dancers, 2 photo booths, Lighting, A/V screens, Videography and more.

I cannot say enough great things about everyone! From top to bottom, everyone made an effort to understand our needs, learn our vision, and then did everything they could to turn that vision into a reality. This could be as simple as the bandleader Andriana playing the perfect pop versions of songs on violin for our cocktail hour, Josh and the DJ keeping the kids entertained and the evening on schedule throughout, the band learning a few new songs for us, etc. Who really stood out was EBE’s Lighting and Production Director, Tara Buchanan. She coordinated all of EBE’s lighting and production. She even met me onsite the day before the party as she oversaw all the installation of everything, met many of the venues quirky challenges (such as a low roof), and made sure everything was setup as I expected. The band was on fire throughout the party, and the dancers made every effort to keep kids and adults alike active and involved all night long. Cannot say enough great things about everyone involved. Thanks again for everything!

Who was your Planner? Planned everything myself

Who was your Caterer? Radnor Valley CC provided the food

Who was your Photographer? Jordan Cassway Photography – 

He was amazing! Danielle’s was actually our second Mitzvah. For our first (for our twins) we actually hired a different photographer. That’s photographer’s photos were OK at best. Nothing bad, but not one photo that made me say, “Wow!” Was the total opposite experience with Jordan. He took the time to learn what specific photos we wanted and made sure that he captured them all. I had even mentioned to him offhand one time how that first photographer didn’t get a single picture of my older daughter with her friends at her Mitzvah. Jordan went out of his way to make sure to get these shots as well, and it wasn’t even her party! We literally just last week printed and framed some of Jordan’s pictures, so I get to appreciate his work every time I’m in my living room.

Who was your Videographer? EBE Talent –

For videography we actually used EBE (as we did for both of our parties). Was a perfect capture of the day. Was wonderful getting to not only relive all of the great moments of the night, but also to experience all of the things that we missed. Plus, his drone shots were amazing!

Who was your Decorator?  Vito Russo.

At the time he was with another company, but he has since opened Xtraordinary Events. Cannot recommend him highly enough. Everything looked beautiful, and he went above and beyond to come up with ideas to match the theme that we had in mind. He gave us that wow moment that we were hoping for when all of our guests entered the ballroom. Cannot recommend Vito highly enough!

Did you include any fun extras?

We gave hoodies to the kids (OK, I have one too and actually wore it just yesterday!), gift cards for prizes, dance floor hand outs, and had two photo booths (one for green screen and one traditional enclosed booth).

Where did you find your family’s formal wear?

Ben (Dad) wore a custom suit from haberdasher Tom McKendry –

Allison (Mom) wore a black, beaded knee-length dress from Berta Sawyer –

Dani’s pink knee-length dress was from Party Girls –

Who were your hair and makeup artists? Angelic Hair + Makeup Designs (Angel Simpkins) –

 Have never seen my wife and daughters look so beautiful!

Who made your cake? Sweet Jazmine’s Bakery –

Who created your invitations? Invitations of Distinction: Invitations of Distinction | Facebook 

What was the most meaningful/memorable part of the whole thing to you and your family?

You only get a handful of moments like this throughout your lifetime. Particularly coming just a few months before COVID hit, you really just appreciate celebrating life’s moments with family and friends. So thankful to everyone involved for doing so much for my family.

What was your favorite part of the event?

It’s a family tradition where we jump on stage and sing Springsteen with the band. My curse in life is that I LOVE singing, but am so bad at it! Despite how bad we were though, LOL, you could really see how much the band enjoyed celebrating with us in this way. Watching the video you could see that they were having just as much fun as we were!

What was your least favorite part of planning?

I love planning, so my least favorite part was when the party ended. You put so much time and effort into planning the night, and then at the snap of a finger it’s all over. Need another occasion so that I can plan something else!

What is the best advice you received during the planning process?

Don’t wait until the last minute. The best vendors always get booked quickly, so make sure to procure your entertainment, etc. right away. If there’s anything you cannot envision your event without, grab it before someone else does.

What tip or advice you would give to anyone else planning a Bar/Bat Mitzvah?

More than anything else, see how hard a vendor is willing to work to earn your business. If it takes days and days and multiple attempts to get a hold of somebody, no matter how good their product is, they aren’t worth your time. If that’s how hard they’re willing to work to earn your business, expect that they will work even less hard for you once they have it. One of the best things about EBE was that I never went more than one business day for someone to reply to me.