A bar or bat mitzvah is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and it deserves a once-in-a-lifetime treatment. So why not pull out all the stops? Issaquah-based celebration planners The Party Girls, who specialize in b’nai mitzvahs, and Premier Entertainment, a Seattle-based leader in b’nai mitzvah entertainment with 20 years of experience, share their tips for the families that want to go all out.
Looking for an alternative to the ubiquitous dance party? Kari Alexander and Ivy Tungsvik of The Party Girls recommend a sports or game theme instead of dance-centric celebrations. Rent out the Garage on Capitol Hill for billiards and bowling, or check out GameWorks in Downtown Seattle for bowling, arcade games, and laser tag.
Premier Entertainment’s Factor of Fear is just the thing to keep everyone at the party on their toes. “It’s a play on the old Fear Factor TV show — without people dangling from ropes and cars,” says Premier Entertainment owner Kevin St. John. In this version, kids stay safe while competing in various challenges, like who will eat the grossest stuff — ick!
Hold All the Aces
Count on Fantasy Casino Parties to turn a party into a swanky all-ages casino. Complete with “blackjack tables, roulette tables, Texas hold ’em, Wheel of Fortune, and craps tables — it’s like a full-on casino with real dealers,” says St. John.
Photo Booth On the Go
Add a unique spin on a party staple with a mobile photo booth: Seattle Party Shots’ photo booth can go on the dance floor, and to Bubbe and Zeyde at the tables. “It usually collects three times as many images as a regular photo booth does,” says St. John, “and it even lights up with all different colors.”
No “I” in Team
Tungsvik suggests bringing the trending escape room to the celebration with Puzzle Break. Partygoers break into teams to either solve a murder mystery in 1940s Hollywood or reverse a wicked witch’s curse.
Both Alexander and St. John predict that silent discos are the next big trend in b’nai mitzvah parties. Attendees choose their own headphones that pump in their favorite genre of music, and everyone rocks out in complete silence. This option is great for multigenerational crowds as well as for people who don’t fare well in high-stimulation environments. Like this idea? Silent discos specially designed for b’nai mitzvahs are in the Premier Entertainment bag of tricks.