Planning Your Event
Although first communion and bar/bat mitzvahs are very different events, both are reasons for families and religious communities to gather together and celebrate. As with other major social gatherings, your first step should be to set a budget, which will help to guide you with other decisions. Unlike a wedding or a graduation party, you often don't have a choice of date, and you have to work around the schedule of the church or synagogue. Like a wedding reception, these parties are usually held immediately after the religious service.
Put Together a Guest List
Before you can order your religious invitations, you need to decide how many people to invite. Family and close friends go on the list, of course, and people often invite the clergy member who performed the service. Your son or daughter's school friends are usually invited, but keep in mind that they may be celebrating that day themselves. In some congregations, particularly small ones, it is the custom to invite all of the members to the ceremony and to the party afterward.
Decide Where to Have Your Celebration
Where you hold your celebration will often depend upon your budget and the size of the guest list. Many families decide to host a party at home, but some rent a hall or a hotel banquet room. Will the guests be mostly children or will there be adults? Do you want to serve alcohol? Will you have a sit down dinner or a serve-yourself buffet? Are you hiring a band or a DJ? All of these considerations will affect where you have your celebration, and you might want to note some of these things on the invitations.
Choose Your Religious Invitations
Creations by Leslie has many styles of beautiful, tasteful religious invitations to choose from for either a first communion or bar or bat mitzvah celebration. All of the invitations are produced on first-quality card stock, and the graphics are stunning. Once you choose a design, enter your preferred text, and you will receive an email proof within one to two business days. After you approve the invitation, your order will be printed and arrive at your home typically within a week. If people will be coming from out of town, plan to send the invitations at least two months before the event.
Every family has its own treasured customs, but a common practice for first communion is for girls to dress in white with a small veil, giving them the appearance of miniature brides. Boys usually wear dress slacks with a shirt and tie or a suit.
One of the customs at a bat or bar mitzvah party is for the child to light candles and give thanks to the important people in her or his life, especially anyone who has passed away. This is sometimes done in rhyme.
Whatever the custom, remember Creations by Leslie when it is time to order your special religious invitations.