When you start planning a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah celebration, you've probably already thought a lot about this milestone in your child's life. So how do you have a simcha that makes everyone happy and represents your child's personality?
Working with a theme can inform the direction and style of your event. Ideas for mitzvah celebrations can be inspired by favorite colors, books, movies, or activities. We're currently planning a Wizard of Oz-themed bat mitzvah with a family for this summer and we can't wait to see how it turns out.
Other popular themes include:
- Lounge or nightclub/Glow in the dark dance party
- Jungle or zoo theme - good for animal lovers
- New York City
- Candy/Sweet Shoppe
- Rock 'n' Roll
- Travel/Around the World
Your child's personality can give great insight into a potential theme: Does he love all things soccer or lacrosse? A sports theme could be the way to go. Does she love performing? Perhaps a theme featuring Broadway musicals. Themes can be extended through the menu, centerpieces and decor, and entertainment.
When we worked with Andrew and his family, we learned that he was really into sports, science, space, and chess. We created a look grounded by a blue, silver, and black color scheme and each of his interests inspired the centerpieces and decor around the room.
Going along with the sports idea, locals will probably love this 'Cuse-themed Bar Mitzvah party in honor of a young Pennsylvania-based Syracuse fan.
Using small details and unexpected special touches creates an immersive experience for your guests!
For this Harry Potter-themed Bat Mitzvah we worked on for Jennie and her family, guests received their table assignments on letters styled to look like Hogwarts school acceptance letters. As they moved through the room, they were transported to Daigon Alley with a large hand-painted streetscape, candles and chandeliers filled the room, and the candy bar was themed after Honeydukes sweets shop (with its own storefront mural). The table linen colors were inspired by the different Hogwarts school colors but punched up a bit for a more youthful feel.
Bar/bat mitzvah parties typically include guests of all ages so one way to tailor the party for all is to have a menu that appeals to different age groups. The menu can include specific dishes or ingredients that go along with your theme. For Andrew's bar mitzvah, the family chose a stations format and there was a mix of more "grown-up" food choices such as a carving station, an Asian station, and an Italian station, plus a "kids' dugout" station with mini-hot dogs, chicken tenders, and sliders. Plated menus could also feature kid- and adult-friendly options.
In addition to a bar for adults, where you could add themed specialty cocktails, why not offer the younger guests a soda pop station or mocktails made with fresh-squeezed fruit juices and candy garnish? Candy and ice cream sundae bar displays always provide a sweet ending to the event.
Don't forget entertainment! In addition to hiring a DJ or live band, keep guests entertained with interactive ideas such as a fun photo station, arcade games, a beauty "salon", a magician, or a caricature artist.
Having a theme can really help guide you through the planning process and as you select vendors to work with, plus it gives everyone involved a chance to get really creative!
Are you planning your child's mitzvah celebration but aren't sure where to start? Let us help!