About the Book
About the Authors
It takes a cookbook author and event planner to
team up and put together an excellent collection such as this. The book
covers everything "you always wanted to know about bar/bat mitzvah
and were afraid to ask." Including: tips on menu planning, hiring
a caterer, how to "dazzlingly decorate," pick the right flowers,
provide the right entertainment for the kids, budget guidelines, etc.
While most of the book is about the party, there is a
significant amount of material on the meaning, rituals and traditions
of the religious occasion. For example, the authors mention that Rabbi
Nancy Fuchs Kreimer made a family history book for her daughter's simcha,
with material about each grandparent and other ancestors. Copies of
the book were displayed at the reception, and guests could find out
more of the family's history. "Each family member was given a copy
to take home." A lovely touch! The authors encourage families to
include Havdalah in their evening parties. There are many such "Jewish"
Overall, this book complements the basic text on the ceremony, Jeffrey Salkin's Putting God on the Guest… For one who wants to give this important life cycle milestone full attention, this is a very useful addition.