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CT, MA, RI, NH: Bar & Bat Mitzvah Entertainment Ideas

Looking for ways to keep kids AND adults busy at your upcoming mizvah? We’ve worked dozens! Here are a few things we’ve seen work exceptionally well:

Throw a kids’ cocktail hour

While the adults are all chatting over a drink, throw a “kids’ hour” by bringing them into a separate room for more kid-oriented activities and entertainment.

  • Hire hype people or stilt walking entertainers to keep the party going, explain activities, then to bring them to the mail room. Just an extra set of hands so you can enjoy some cocktail hour down-time!
  • Temporary tattoos are a hit, and won’t be as overwhelming as face paint in pictures! Flash tattoos are especially nice, since they’re a bit trendier and dressier
  • Karaoke is a super-fun add-on to any DJ, and if you’re planning on having the kids’ hour in the main ballroom/dining room, this is perfect because the DJ won’t need to change anything.

Go with entertainment both kids and adults will love

While everyone is waiting for dinner, socializing, and the DJ is spinning, there are a few types of entertainment that everyone will love

  • DJ in the main-room is a must-have. Many families like mixing it up and using both klezmer performers and a traditional DJ, but the nice thing is any mitzvah DJ can probably mix it up themselves.
  • Photobooths are an increasingly must-have item to entertain guests and capture the night
  • Caricatures are the most unique and memorable activity you can have at any party! Loved by everyone from toddlers to teens, and adults and beyond
  • Stilt walkers are a great way to distribute hors d’oeuvres, mock-tails, or anything else! Amaze guests with this little switch-up. (You’ll have to pay for waitestaff anyway, so why not pay a little extra for something truly amazing?)

End the night with a blast

After dinner, getting people onto the dance floor can be a little tricky. Mix it up a notch:

  • Turn off any white lights and bring out the black lights!
  • Convert any temporary tattoo stations to UV face/body painting stations. Now that most of the pictures are done, it’s time to let loose! (And no, it won’t stain anyone’s clothing.)