• Ruth Lefcoe

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Logos for your teenager!

Updated: Jul 11, 2019

Let's discuss the why and how of bar and bat mitzvah logos. It's a trend that's worth our attention!

Your child is eleven years old and suddenly you're feeling the excitement and stress of things to come. You've just received the date of their b'nei mitzvah* which is 2 years away. There are so many items on the checklist! If you've been at this place already with another child or family member, you know the checklist is a mile long. Somewhere on that list, you'll have "decide theme/decor" and that's when you should start thinking about whether your child will have a logo for their special day!

WHY a b'nei mitzvah logo?

True, the bar and bat mitzvah logo has become somewhat of a trend. It's a pretty new addition to the way families celebrate their child becoming a responsible adult member of the Jewish community. There are so many ways to celebrate this big day. Some families stick to just the services in synagogue/ temple with a small luncheon gathering following. Some families elect to have a family gathering for dinner. But more and more, the big blow-out wedding reception-style party is the first choice. There's a ballroom, DJ or band, catered meal, and themed decor. These parties are usually geared towards the b'nei mitzvah child and their teen-aged friends. Here's where the logo comes into play.

A custom logo, essentially branding your teenager, seems to elevate their pride and importance at the event even more than they already are. It's their "name in lights" so to say. Of course, my son had one. How could a logo designer not create a very special logo for her own child? His (seen in this blog's photo, modified for one-color use on his black hoodie party favors) was a full color Rubik's Cube, with colors dripping off and his name spelled out in the splashes below. He was the ultimate client, "demanding" I keep the order of the colored squares in a realistic layout. In other words, it had to be a configuration that a real Rubik's Cube could be in. He's a speed cuber; this is my life. But I digress...

So, circling back to the why of it all... it's for that added touch, customizing your decor, making the party memorable, but most importantly, putting your child up on the pedestal they deserve to be on!

The Bat Mitzvah's theme was "candy" and the colors they wanted were black, silver, and light blue.

Now, the HOW of your b'nei mitzvah logo!

As you are coming up with what to tell your graphic/logo designer, some things to consider are:

  • What are your child's interests and hobbies?

  • What are your child's favorite colors?

  • Do they have a sport or specific team they follow?

  • Did you already have a theme in mind? (It might be related to where you're hosting the party!)

  • And, finally, listen to your child - even if what they are saying sounds convoluted and unattainable.

A good custom logo designer will take ALL OF THAT and turn it into a logo for your family's special day! After you and the designer finalize the perfect logo, you should expect to receive the image files in a few different formats so that you can send the logo out to vendors to use on various party-related items. Some logo uses: invitations, sign in boards, party favors, gobo (light projecting onto the wall or floor), place cards, centerpieces, and so much more. Have fun with this process. With the right designer on your side, you'll sail through this item on your checklist!

Do you have a bar or bat mitzvah coming up soon? Contact deRuth Design to find out more about the design process and if we can work with you to enhance your special day!

* B'nei Mitzvah: B’nei is the gender neutral and/or plural form of the words “Bar” and “Bat.” Bar is an Aramaic word literally meaning "son" while bat means "daughter" in Hebrew, and mitzvah means "commandment" or "law" (plural: mitzvot). The term refers to the person that participates in the ritual, although it is also used to refer to the ritual, itself. The ritual signifies that the child, between the ages of 12 and 13, is taking responsibility to become a member of the Jewish community and is the first time that they are invited to read from the Torah.

About the Author: Ruth Lefcoe is a graphic designer based in the Washington, DC, Metro Area, with a client list covering the US, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. She has over 20 years of design/branding experience with large and small companies, U.S. Government agencies such as DHHS, NIH, SAMHSA, and private clients. Ruth has a 15-year-old son and a sweet beagle pup, enjoys creative challenges, digital art, cake decorating, and marathoning whole seasons on Netflix, Prime, Hulu, and anything streaming.

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