Nothing says it’s time to party like realizing your child is about to turn 13 (or 12) years old!

This special coming of age only happens once in a person’s life, but it’s something for the whole family to enjoy. As such, you need to throw the ultimate bat mitzvah or bar mitzvah party to celebrate your daughter/son and to make sure everyone has a good time, too.

The task is a lot easier said than done. But with the right party decorations, the whole night will fall into place and turn into a magical experience for all.

Here are 7 of the top decoration ideas for bat mitzvahs and bar mitzvahs.

1. Pick a Party Theme

Everyone already knows it’s a bat mitzvah/bar mitzvah, so why not give the party an actual theme?

Sit down with your child and talk about what they’re imagining for this day. They may tell you they’d love to have a jungle-themed party or something chich like a 20’s theme or Hollywood party.

2. Put a Modern Spin on Traditional Decor

Once you know the theme your child would like for their party, you can start working on ways to incorporate traditional Jewish symbols into the decor.

Maybe you offer cookies that are cut in the shape of the Star of David, or maybe you get Hebrew writing put on their cake. You can center the entire menu around special Jewish food to make this party more authentic, too.

3. Invest in Custom Centerpieces

Another way to spruce up the decor is to opt for custom centerpieces. These may be beautiful flowers or lit-up displays. They can be tall, short, wide, or slim, and there’s also the possibility of putting a unique spin on each centerpiece.

4. Buy a Bunch of Balloons

Balloons are the next thing you need to get to create an amazing set up. Number balloons are becoming more and more popular for people to buy on their birthday, as are balloons that spell out things like “congrats” or “happy birthday.”

Don’t underestimate what standard balloons can do, though. You also want to buy a lot of these to fill up the room and to create a nice welcome for guests before they even walk in.

5. Celebrate Your Child’s Talents and Interests

Is your child a dancer? Does he or she play a certain sport or have a unique artistic talent? This is the time to celebrate such interests and abilities!

Bring music-themed decorations into the mix if you have a young singer in the family or a talented guitar player. Put sports-related decorations up for the football player or volleyball star.

You get the picture – whatever your child is into, represent it at the party.

6. Create a Memories Wall

Here’s something every child appreciates: family.

The importance of their bat mitzvah/bar mitzvah goes way beyond the party itself. Your child already knows that this is a day they will always cherish, that they’re about to make many fond memories. Help them capture those moments with a memories wall that family and friends can contribute to with pictures and handwritten messages.

7. Get a Photo Booth

Speaking of pictures, get a photo booth!

Photo booths add a lot more fun to any party, and they go hand in hand with the memories wall idea. But of course, they’re a great party tool to use on their own. The photo booth will entertain everyone from grandma and grandpa to the birthday boy/girl themselves to all the little kids in attendance.

You’ll be glad you got it, and you’ll love all the photos it captures.

Throw the Best Bat Mitzvah/Bar Mitzvah Party Ever

When in doubt, keep in mind that you don’t have to plan a bat mitzvah or bar mitzvah party all on your own. There are so many people who can help you if you just ask!

Don’t hesitate to ask your spouse to help you make decisions or to get the insight of your child. Consider reaching out to your sister who threw one last year or a parent from your child’s school that is known for throwing great parties.

For more tips and tricks to make this the best party ever, click here.You only get one bat mitzvah or bar mitzvah party, so make it a personal and memorable one with these great decor ideas.