Bark mitzvah invitations

The look

Blue and white or silver are colors often used for the occasion; you can send Evites or create your own cards by hand, or have ones printed.

Human bar mitzvah boys and girls often get money or gifts; for bark mitzvahs, many owners specify on the invitation that guests can donate to an animal shelter instead.

DogTime Evite invitations

One easy option for inviting your family and friends to your bark mitzvah is to send an Evite online invitation. Not only do they save time and money, they’re earth-friendly too! Dogtime and Evite have partnered to create dozens of darling digital invitations for you to pick from for your dog’s special day. Click on DogTime Evite invitations to see your choices.

The location

If you’re a regular at a local synagogue, ask if they ever throw bark mitzvahs; Reform and Conservative congregations sometimes do. If not, there’s always your home or a nearby pet daycare or boutique that rents out their space.

The guest list

Some people find the very idea of a Bark Mitzvah offensive, while others think it’s funny. If you suspect that the sight of your pooch running around in a yarmulke will send Uncle Leo’s blood pressure through the roof, better leave him off the guest list this time.

The timing

A real Bar Mitzvah can go on for hours, so guests will be relieved if you make it clear that your Bark Mitzvah will be short and sweet; an hour or hour and half should be plenty.

Bark mitzvah party: The basics – when to throw the party, entertainment, and more.

Bark mitzvah decorations: Colors, wrappings, and other aesthetic touches.

Bark mitzvah favors: Fun toys to distribute to the canine guests.

Bark mitzvah food: What edibles to serve the four-legged guests…and two-legged humans.

Bark mitzvah games: Fun activities to get the party started.

What to wear for a bark mitzvah: Formal or casual? Should the guest dog wear anything?

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