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Draft a seating chart for your New York bar mitzvah

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for The Brooklyn Paper

Finding the perfect seat for everyone at your child’s upcoming bar or bat mitzvah celebration can be a challenge.

If you have a guest list of 100 people, it’s a lot like putting, well, a 100-picee puzzle together! Some arrangements are simple, but finding a seamless spot for that random cousin, your best friend’s last-minute date, or taming your divorced aunt and uncle with seats at opposite ends of the room can make you crazy enough to think that a game of musical chairs — instead of assigning everyone a table — is a good idea.

And it’s not. But take a deep breath. Remember, if you’re hosting a great party, most people won’t be sitting for long. Here are a couple of things to consider when drafting a seating chart:

• Think about your layout — are the people who are most important to your family up close?

• Place younger adults closer to the dance floor ad older guests far away from the speakers.

• Find out the size of the tables at your venue. Keep in mind that if you need to find a spot for an extra guest, a table of eight can hold 10 and a table of 10 can hold 12 guests, but it will be a tight squeeze.

• You don’t need to have a formal seat for all your tweens. Many parties opt to have a kids’ area with a combination of high tops, round tables, and lounge furniture. Remember, kids don’t sit for long and will enjoy the unique seating options.

Shelly Danz is the founder and chief party officer of Atlanta Party Connection, a bar and bat mitzvah resource connecting parents with vendors to make their events spectacular. She hosts the biggest bar and bat mitzvah expos in the state of Georgia and distributes free deals and advice online about local vendors. You can read more of her tips — and find a plethora of peachy Atlanta-based vendors — at her website. ✡

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