A bar or bat mitzvah is a once-in-a-lifetime simchah that brings friends and family together for a joyous occasion to celebrate a Jewish child’s coming of age.
Choosing a venue might seem like a daunting task consisting only of liking a space or not, but in reality, it is a crucial decision that sets the tone for the entire event. Fortunately, there are a number of unique settings around the Greater Baltimore area from which to choose when planning the big day.
Here are five event locations that promise to provide an unforgettable experience.
M&T Bank Stadium
M&T Bank Stadium is best known as the home of the NFL’s Ravens, but when the ball is at rest and the uniforms are hung up, the stadium shines as a luxury space for b’nai mitzvahs. Aramark, the Ravens’ exclusive food and beverage partner, works in conjunction with the team to make the guest of honor feel like a Raven.
Typically, the stadium hosts 10 to 12 b’nai mitzvahs per year, holding anywhere from 50 to 500-plus people for each depending on a client’s budget, needs and desires. Among the services offered include football-themed activities, video montages on the two state-of-the-art 24-by-100-foot high-definition video boards in the end zone and guest appearances from players and mascots.
The team’s club-level-suite lounge — offering an overview of downtown Baltimore with 60-foot floor-to-ceiling windows — houses most of the receptions. But there are also opportunities to tour the stadium, go on the field and enjoy the view from the seats in the lower level.
“We really want to give kids and their families that Ravens feel to it,” said Sarah Aiello, event sales and marketing manager at Aramark. “We partner hand in hand with the Ravens so our guests really get what they want.”
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Blue Hill Tavern
Although Blue Hill Tavern is relatively new, having opened in 2009, the Canton-based establishment has gained quite a reputation with its unique structure.
With a two-level design for indoor and outdoor dining, Blue Hill Tavern features a second-floor bar, a spacious veranda, an elegant private dining room and in-house catering. Party packages, which vary in price from $5,000 to $15,000 and can be adjusted based on a perspective client’s budget, are designed to seat more than 200 guests and 300 standing.
Blue Hill Tavern events and donations coordinator Jessica Cohen said most of the restaurant’s party-related business is by referral and that many newcomers become repeat customers because of the emphasis placed on attention to detail.
“We’ve never had a party where the hosts leave and weren’t satisfied with the outcome,” Cohen said. “If anything, we find that we totally exceed their expectations. We strive to come up with a plan, then execute it and do whatever we can to see our clients are fully satisfied.”
For more information, visit bluehilltavern.com.
DoubleTree by Hilton in Pikesville
For families looking for a more traditional setting, the DoubleTree by Hilton Baltimore North/Pikesville offers a stylish private banquet room for both a service and party accommodating up to 375 people.
Four-hour venue rental packages come complete with complimentary dance floor and DJ booth, gift and cake tables, centerpieces and staging, specialty-colored linens and a wide array of menu items. The dinner buffet, designed for 50 or more guests, includes a litany of tasty salad, beef, chicken, fish and dessert choices.
“Each guest and each proposal statement is designed precisely with each individual guest requirements,” said sales manager Christina Landers. “The constant goal is to exceed expectations and to make the event a memorable one.”
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Dave & Buster’s
Dave & Buster’s at Arundel Mills Mall has a little something for everyone with two separate buffet packages for children, adults and families.
For children, there are two separate packages that range from $24.99 to $34.99 per child and consist of access to the restaurant’s 200-plus arcade games, 14 bowling lanes and 10 pool tables. There are also three adult-friendly packages available.
“Families can just come in, sit back and relax,” said Steven Rivera, special consultant at Dave & Buster’s at Arundel Mills. “Basically, there is something fun for everyone, from the adults to the children, and we like to consider ourselves a one-stop shop for everything in terms of the actual party.”
For more information, visit daveandbusters.com/hanover.
The Reisterstown Sportsplex
The Reisterstown Sportsplex, which opened in 2008, has become a hotbed for many kids involved with competitive sports, and it puts on several b’nai mitzvahs a year.
While there is a traditional party room that comes with a $50 rental fee, guests have full access to the complex’s turf fields and ice-skating rink. Amenities that come with the $16.50 per cost per child include skate rental, pizza, hot dogs and soda. The Sportsplex can also accommodate those who wish to have a kosher event.
“[B’nai mitzvahs] have been a really big hit here,” said general manager Chuck Lawless. “There are a lot of different things we can do when it comes to the kids who want to dance, play sports or whatever with all of our offerings at the facility.”
For more information, visit rtownsports.com/parties.