It is hard to believe my first born is getting ready for her Bat Mitzvah. I am not sure what is harder: the reality of her being 13 soon or the reality that I am 13 years older than the day. Either way, I am so happy for her, watching her grow and change with each task. Being a Bat Mitzvah is not one of those small tasks. She has been working hard and as time gets a closer she her efforts will increase.
When we begin to talk about her Bat Mitzvah – her true personality shines through- and we are loving it!
Her first step in the process was to design her own Tallit. A Tallit is a prayer shawl that will be worn for the first time on her Bat Mitzvah. Klara along with our dear friends, Chris, Megan and Ivy set out on a several month journey and made her tallit by hand using upcycled materials. The only items that we purchased were the “kosher” tzitzit. The tzitzit are the strings that are attached in the corners of the Tallit. I wrote the Tallit blog post last year when they completed the task.
She continues to study with her Hebrew tutor and attend religious classes. Now, some of the initial planning is on her parents. We recently, reserved a block of rooms for our out-of-town guests because I looked at the calendar and realized it move-in weekend for the university in town. With that in mind, even though there is plenty of time before the actually event, some of our planning has to be moved up. With the block of rooms reserved, the next step is a Save the Date reminder to those traveling from afar. Of course, a Save the Date reminder then lead to the conversation of invitations.
Klara has very specific ideas for her Bat Mitzvah. First, it is going to be entirely gluten free. From beginning to end. That means from the challah at services to the Out of Town Guest brunch and everything in between. This is all doable, but requires a little extra planning. Other requirements on her list: Local, Low Key and Green choices, whenever possible. Who could argue with that?Yup, one proud Mama is writing this blog post…
For those interested in our choices thus far. We have made two!
And now for the next choice made – the invitations will done by GreenVelope. There are many wonderful options out there when it comes to invitations. For us, this fit our needs the best. Why, you ask? Well, it is an entire online invitation that has a matching save the date and thank you card. In addition, we can have important information available to guests 24/7 (like map and event times). For us, it is a great management tool and we can track RSVPs, plus get emails out to specific groups of attendees. For Klara, the other important factor – she felt it was a good green choice, reducing paper usage. One other major point for her (and me) was the fact that they have environmental choices into their mission statement.
By creating a positive online experience, we hope more hosts will consider sending invitations electronically for formal events – to help save trees, time, and money. To express our commitment towards this goal, we donate a percentage of every sale to Mountains to Sound, a non-profit organization that maintains forests. Together we can “invite” a greener future.
So let the planning begin!