It’s a wonderful tradition that so many Bar and Bat Mitzvahs incorporate the Jewish belief of Tzedakah. This is the belief that one should take from their own portion and provide it to another who has need – and to do it for the common good.
Winter Warmth Centerpieces: The purpose of these centerpieces is to provide mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves to those in need. The gist of this centerpiece is to put a decorative container in the middle of the table and then neatly display the outerwear in the container.
The key to making this centerpiece beautiful is the color coordination of the container, its fillings or both. Galvonized buckets or vases (silver in color) make terrific containers that need little or no embellishment. Or – you can buy inexpensive clay flower pots and wrap them in gift wrap or tissue papers in the color(s) of your choice. Both can typically be purchased, rather inexpensively, at craft stores and nurseries.
If you’d like you can make each table its own unique color theme. So, for example, on one table you may have a container filled with mittens, gloves, hats and scarves in purple tones, another table have the same in red tones, another table in the blue tones, and so on. If this is the case a way that you could decorate each table further in the color scheme is to order your linens (napkins) in the same color theme as the table (so a multi-color order).
For an extra special touch you could even have, at each guest’s place setting, a small bud vase with a single flower bud in the color theme of that table. What’s really lovely about that is that these bud vases also serve as party favors that your guests can take home with them. Some bud vases can even be personalized. Others serve double duty as place card holders too.
If you choose the latter then you would set them out on the Place Card Table that your guests will see when they first arrive and they would carry the bud vase to their seat – each guest then helps to create an even more beautiful table setting. If you plan to use bud vases I would recommend, before you purchase any of the items to be donated, to see what assortment of flowers are available from your florist or supermarket and then purchase your items in those color families.
Of course – you could also mix the colors (so put the same assortment of items and colors on each table) so your tables look alike but every bit as beautiful. I would recommend, however, only choosing one color napkin for all tables. One look that looks terrific is to have the items in an assortment of pastel colors – very soothing and feminine – perfect for a Bat Mitzvah Party.
And finally – if you’d like, you can also ask your guests to bring a new pair of gloves, mittens, scarf or hat to your party – they will gladly partake in this mitzvah of Tzedakah. You can either include this request on the Bar or Bat Mitzvah invitation itself, or enclose a small note within the invitation envelope that explain the donations you are seeking and why you are seeking them. And don’t forget to include one or two large receptacles at the entrance of your party so that guests can immediately deposit the items that they brought.
I recommend visiting MitzvahChic for great bat mitzvah ideas, including suggestions for incorporating donations to charity.
Debra Rosenberg is an avid home entertainer and a party consult for Cool-Party Favors.
A nice favor to correspond with the Winter Warmth theme at your Bat or Bar Mitzvah Favors would be some cozy grippy socks.
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