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By Jessica Weinstein, July 14, 2016

If you have a child of bat or barmitzvah age, it must seem like there is a different simchah every weekend, so how do you make yours stand out from the crowd? There is a balance to be found between doing something different and exciting and making a party that people cannot stop talking about - for the wrong reasons.

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A blessing for the B-Mum

By Victoria Prever, July 14, 2016

Bar and batmitzvahs are not just a milestone for the child moving into adulthood.

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Five ways to make guests into VIPs

By Juliet Shenderey, July 14, 2016

If you are looking for ways to make friends and family feel special on your wedding day, the options don't run out once you have assigned the bridesmaids and ushers. Here are some ways to make every guest feel special.

1 - The personal touch

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Nothing but romance reigns

By Gina Benjamin, July 14, 2016

Thinking of an outdoor party? Aron Schlagman of Whitepaper Event is also external weddings and special events consultant at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel.

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Dinner time and it's action stations

By Victoria Prever, July 14, 2016

"Every one of my clients wants to introduce something that will differentiate their party from all the others they will be going to," says Kati Pauk of party organiser KP Events. They provide not only food, but a bit of theatre to keep your guests entertained.

Sushi chefs preparing sushi before your eyes, crêpes made to order and shawarma carved directly from the rotating spit all impress.

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The scene is set for drama

By Bruce Russell, July 14, 2016

Long days and balmy nights lend themselves perfectly to entertaining. Whether it is an intimate affair for close friends and family or a larger celebration, July and August are prime times for getting together.

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Proposals for a summer marriage

By Victoria Prever, July 14, 2016

With so much fresh produce available, summer is a fabulously foodie time of year to get married. There might even be too much choice for the indecisive to bear. Should it be barbecued lamb and salads? Carved fruits? We spoke to caterers to get their feedback.

Do consider location

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Sweet for your honeymoon

By Nichola West, July 14, 2016

Choosing the right honeymoon is as important as picking the right location for your wedding - except the choice of location is a whole lot wider, from a luxurious spa with a backdrop of the Serra de Monchique mountain range in Portugal to beaches that can be reached only on foot in the Caribbean. Here are five of the best.

One And Only Reethi Rah, Maldives, Indian Ocean

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Trouble at the grocery store - and online too

By Susan Reuben, July 14, 2016

I do my family's grocery shopping online, at a large and well-known supermarket chain. I don't want to give them free advertising, so let's call them "Fresco".

The way the kosher section of their website works has been a bit odd recently. Every time I tried to buy Shabbat candles, I got a message saying, "Sorry, this product is currently not available. Why not try kosher baked beans?"

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A secret Japanese history

By Monica Porter, July 14, 2016

I have just returned from my second trip to Japan (I have family there) and once again, I've been amazed by those most impressive of peoples and their glittering, futuristic capital. Tokyo is the city of dog lovers where you won't see dog's mess on a pavement. Its high-density streets are bustling but you'll never be jostled, let alone find any litter.

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