Okay... in recent years (like the past 20) I have only gone to Bar Mitzvah's that my cousins have given. And they are nothing like the Bar Mitzvahs that I have gone to in the past. These are for the kids with kids menus and various fun things to do. You can get your picture taken and put it on the cover of "In Style" (which I did with two nieces) or...in this case.... do a video of your head dancing on a cartoon body. (see link below - I couldn't get it to upload on Blogger PLUS I had to play it on my computer and then film it with my camera as it was download protected) And, like me, you can laugh hysterically thru the whole thing - to the point of having the video crew in hysterics also and asking if they can use you as a model for how much fun this could be. I also now know that I laugh with my eyes squinted shut and my mouth wide open (tres chic don't you think?).
Crazy Video Link
(I can't get the audio to work - wah!!! Sing to yourself - La Bamba!!)
My cousin Michael is in the middle and my mom (yes, 87 year old redhead) is on the end. She was a bit confused about the process but got into it completely as you can see. She especially liked the cactus body part.
I'm always a bit astounded at these parties - coming from a Brooklyn background where the religious part was more important and the parties were really for the grownups. The most kid friendly item at My Bat Mitzvah was doing the bunny hop. But these kids have a ball...my niece and nephew enjoyed themselves tremendously. This Bar Mitzvah even had a theme - Football. Everything was football oriented, to the point of astroturf as table coverings and bleacher seats around the table. And since his favorite team is Cinncinati tigers - there was a LIVE TIGER AT THE FRONT DOOR IN A CAGE.
I don't know if letting them all have a good time enhances the religious portion or diminishes it - that sort of analysis is way over my head. But I had a good time - as did my cousins.
We have another one to go to in NYC in April - and it'll be interesting to see what that one is like. The "theme" is - BEACH. Hula skirt maybe????