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11 Clever Ideas for Ice Hockey-Themed Bar Mitzvahs

event planner: The Party People | design: Kehoe Designs | venue: Soldier Field | photo courtesy of The Party People

By Pamela Rothbard, Editor

Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebrations always raise the bar on creative details. Themes that represent the guest of honor tend to give rise to innovative décor and fun activities. Sports are ever-popular motifs— and hockey-themed Bar Mitzvahs offer the opportunity for creative celebrations. With ice rink dance floors, dancers as referees, luxe locker rooms, and more, we’re highlighting 11 ideas for your ice hockey-themed Bar Mitzvah.


1. Chill Out with an Ice Rink Dance Floor

ice rink mitzvah venue
photographer: Jay Lawrence Goldman

This Bar Mitzvah celebration’s dance floor gives “ice dancing” new meaning, with perfect ice rink theming. View the full event to see a personalized Stanley Cup carved from — what else? — ice.

photographer: Jay Lawrence Goldman | design & productions: JOWY Productions | floral design: SRO Events, Inc. | venue: Griffin Club | dance floor: Barker Decor | props & decor: Studio D Decor

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2. Create a Team-Inspired Party Logo

personalized dance floor mitzvah venue
photographer: Andy Foster Photography

No Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebration is complete without a logo that represents the guest of honor. Logos can be used everywhere from display screens and dance floors to table tops and party favors. We love how this logo evokes a devilishly-winning hockey team.

photographer: Andy Foster Photography | décor: Extraordinary Productions Event Design | venue: The Crystal Plaza

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3. Offer Stadium-Worthy Bites

hockey stick appetizer tray
photographer: LB Photography LLC Laura Bierner

When it comes to curating the perfectly-themed celebration, a creative event planner never forgets details like ensuring that the food fits the party’s vibe. We love how servers at this celebration carried trays shaped like pucks with giant crossed hockey sticks — and how the food was fun stadium-type fare. View the full event to see additional clever theming with hockey jerseys as décor and dancers dressed as referees. 

photographer: LB Photography LLC Laura Bierner | event coordinator: RS Event Productions | venue: 3015 at Trinity Groves

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4. Provide a Luxe Locker Room for Guest Storage

locker room mitzvah venue
photographer: Arnold Brower

This hockey and golf-themed Bar Mitzvah evoked a perfect sporty locker room — complete with graffiti-style branding — which provided guests with the perfect spot to stow their shoes for dancing all night long. View the full event to see how a custom wall installation doubles as a personal history lesson about the guest of honor.

Photographer: Arnold Brower | event planner & event designer: Jes Gordon | venue: Metropolitan West

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5. Light the Night in Team Colors

personalized mitzvah venue
photographer: Michael Jurick Photography

Nothing transforms a space quite like lighting, and we adore the way this hockey-themed party evokes the New York Rangers with vibrant red and blue uplighting. View the full event to see how creative ice installations provided the perfect seafood service while evoking an icy rink.

photographer: Michael Jurick Photography | event planner: Gourmet Advisory Services | florals: Atlas Floral Decorators | swag: And That | lighting: Frost Productions | venue: The Pierre | rentals: Something Different Party Rental

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6. Create Wearable Art with a Favorite Jersey as the Guest Book

blackhawks jersey
photographer: Tell Draper Photography

We love when the guest book coordinates with an event’s theme — and this Chicago Blackhawks hockey jersey is a creative way to capture well wishes while also providing a framable keepsake perfect for any super fan. View the full event to see how the team created a cool, branded lounge seating area.

photographer: Tell Draper Photography | event planner: Tracy Fisher Events | décor: Kehoe Designs | venue: Green Acres Country Club

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7. Use Hockey Pucks as Place Cards For a Fun Keepsake

hockey puck place cards
photo courtesy of RS Event Productions

Send people to their seats in themed style with hockey pucks that double as place cards. We love how the pucks are suspended within the goal as if they were shot in the net by an expert forward. View the full event to see its icy-looking dance floor and other creative details.

event planner & photo courtesy of: RS Event Productions | décor: Shag Carpet Productions | lighting: Absolute Lighting | venue: 3015 at Trinity Groves

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8. Evoke a Stadium Experience with a Will Call Booth

personalized will call booth
photo courtesy of The Party People

Evoke the excitement of a game by queuing guests at a “will call” booth for seating assignments. Take it a step further by printing their table numbers onto hockey tickets designed for the occasion. View the full event to see its cleverly-themed centerpieces.

event planner & photo courtesy of: The Party People | design: Kehoe Designs | venue: Soldier Field


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9. Add Icy Theming with Creative Centerpieces

personalized ice sculpture
photographer: St John’s Photography

Every single table at this hockey-themed Bar Mitzvah celebration featured its own carved ice centerpieces — some with the event’s logo, others in the form of the Stanley Cup, and still more with crossed hockey sticks and pucks. View the full event to see fun photo booth props that fit the sporty theme.

photographer: St John’s Photography | event planning, design, & logo creation: Cutie Patootie Creations | planning & design: Head Over Heels Weddings & Events | ice sculptures: Artisan Ice Sculptures | venue: Providence Country Club

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10. Put the DJ in the Penalty Box

personalized penalty box mitzvah venue
photographer: Partigliani Studios

We love when a theme extends to all parts of a celebration. This Bar Mitzvah party put the DJ in the penalty box for a fun repurposing of a classic hockey punishment. The DJ’s crime? Dabbing too much. View the full event to see how to use jerseys as a hanging décor element. 

photographer: Partigliani Studios | event planner: Life of the Party Events | venue: Eden Roc Miami Beach

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11. Create Chair Décor from Custom Jersey Party Favors

hockey themed chair decor
photographer: Fig Media - Photography

Outfit your chairs — literally — with your party favors. We love how these t-shirts look like hockey jerseys, complete with game numbers on their backs. Using shirts as décor adds color and offers an easy way to hand out fun take-home gifts.

photographer: Fig Media – Photography | design, coordination, & paper goods: A Perfect Event

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