Jason Tucker Bar Mitzvah 11-17-07
Cafe Royal - London, England
to keep your London Bar Mitzvah planning on the right
We're not going to lie -- a Bar Mitzvah takes a lot
of planning (and we mean a lot). Use this basic
timeline to check up on your progress in the upcoming
months. If you've got less time to plan, don't panic
-- but do get started right away!
1 to 2 Years before...
to 12 (or more) months before...
Pick the Bar Mitzvah date and make sure it's held
on the synagogue calendar.
Figure out a preliminary budget.
to 8 months before...
Start thinking about what kind of party you want
to have -- colors, theme, location, everything!
Sign your child up for Bar Mitzvah classes at
Start thinking about the guest list.
Start looking at Bar Mitzvah locations. It might
seem early, but remember, you're competing against
weddings and other parties, so these places book
up fast. If you see one you love, go for it!
to 6 months before...
If you and your child are ordering a dress (especially
one that'll require tailoring), start shopping
now. Order as much in advance as possible to leave
time for last-minute alterations.
Start thinking about what kind of food you'd like
Decide on what kind of entertainment you want.
A band? A DJ?
Start researching and booking party pros, like
your photographer, band or dj, etc.
Check out party-rental places if you need to rent
anything for your Bar Mitzvah (like chairs and
tables or a tent).
If you're getting custom-printed invitations,
it's time to start shopping.
Having a custom-made cake? Start thinking about
how you'd like it to look (and taste!), and check
out the bakeries in your area.
If you're planning on having any oneg Shabbat,
discuss your needs with the synagogue caterer.
Order your invites.
Order your cake.
Meet with your rabbi and/or cantor to talk about
Get those invitations in the mail.
If you're having you and your child are having
hair or makeup professionally done, make those
appointments now. You might also want to do a
trial run to see how it'll look.
If you've ordered a dress, pick it up from the
store and have your final fittings done.
Take a peek at your RSVPs and call up any guests
you're still waiting to hear from.
If you're having a professional photographer,
discuss when portraits or other posed shots will
be taken during the Bar Mitzvah, and who will
be in them. You'll need to schedule enough time
Go back over any and all checklists to be sure
you've taken care of every detail.
Get a good night's sleep!
Relax! You'll do great. And one more thing --
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150 years, on November 18, 2008, the Cafe Royal in London's
Piccadilly will close to make way for a five-star hotel.
and memorabilia from the iconic London venue, the Cafe Royal,
are to go up for auction next month.
Cafe was opened by a Parisian wine merchant on the run
from prison (The Cafe Royal in 1953 )
1865, the Regent Street nightspot has hosted celebrities from
Oscar Wilde through to Elizabeth Taylor and Gordon Ramsay.
120 lots will be sold after the Cafe Royal closes its doors
for the last time on Monday.
the Cafe's original boxing ring which was used to host black
tie dinners in its heyday.
the Bonhams auction include a clear glass and gilt chandelier
worth around £8,000, and a mahogany clock, estimated at £6,000.
which is making way for a five-star hotel, was opened by a Parisian
wine merchant, Daniel Nicolas, who was on the run from a prison
sentence in France.
Thomas, from the auction house, said: "Bidders will have the
opportunity to acquire a small piece of this iconic London institution."
falls on the items on 20 January.
Royal was a favourite haunt of Wilde, who on one evening there
became so drunk on absinthe he started to hallucinate.
that he saw a waiter watering a field of tulips - in fact he
was stacking chairs in the bar.
was also the venue for Wilde's only friendly meeting with the
Marquis of Queensberry, whose son, Lord Alfred Douglas, was
closure is part of a multi-million pound transformation of
afterwards Wilde launched a libel case against the marquis which
ruined the playwright and saw him convicted of gross indecency.
has also played host to royalty. In the early 20th century,
two future monarchs, Edward VIII, and his brother George VI,
At the time,
the waiter's instruction book for their visit included the advice:
"Prince of Wales, Duke of York lunch frequently. Always plain
food. No fuss".
recent years, regulars have included Princess Diana, Sir Mick
Jagger and Baroness Thatcher and, in 1996, chef Gordon Ramsay
chose the venue for his wedding reception.
it was the scene of an infamous - and unsolved - murder when
the night porter, Marius Martin, was found shot dead.
Bonhams auctioned items from another London icon, the Savoy
Hotel, which is being refurbished.
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