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11 Creative Mitzvah Themes & Ideas

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While Mitzvahs represent the coming-of-age, there is no denying that a lot of time and attention goes into the party itself! From a chic Miami soiree to a neon bash, these fabulous events take place at exciting venues like movie sets and stadiums. We’ve put together a list of some of the best bar & bat Mitzvahs to help give you ideas and themes for your child’s event. Even if you are not planning a Mitzvah, these celebrations provide event inspiration for all types of hosts.

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The Stadium Club at Soldier Field gave the guest of honor the sports-themed Bar Mitzvah bash he had always dreamed of! A hockey rink designed dance floor with his initials at the center and tables on tables of foosball invited guests to a night of sports fun. Welcomed at the “Will Call” ticket holder table, each guest received a ticket labeled with their table section categorized by different sports teams. Fit to each section’s theme, centerpieces filled with hockey sticks and section numbers filled each table. Variations of red, white and blue were incorporated into every aspect of this event. Blue tinted lights, red napkins and white ghost chairs made all guests feel like they were sitting at a sporting event. Guests enjoyed delicious cuisine including mini grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup, spaghetti, sliders and a table full of succulent desserts. Chicago’s very own Glazed and Infused mini donuts and Portillo’s famous chocolate cake, as well as cookies embroidered with “WJR” and “Will” lined this fantastic dessert table. A night full of sports paraphernalia, dancing, and games, all beautifully captured by Bob & Dawn Photography & Design, left Will with a Bar Mitzvah he will never forget!

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Photo courtesy of Colin Cowie Lifestyle


This Bat Mitzvah was hosted at the most perfect NYC location, Alice Tully Hall in the Lincoln Center. Colin Cowie Lifestyle proves exceptional with this outstanding event. Morgan was made to feel like a princess on this day when she was welcomed by ladies dressed in stunning pink gowns, and a tremendous white glistening dance floor with pink tinted lights and hot pink everything!  All-white couches decorated with hot pink pillows allowed guests to rest their dancing shoes. Vignettes decorated in hot pink with large M-O-R-G-A-N letters nearby dressed up the outdoor area. Shadow box dining tables with beautiful hot pink floral arrangements, votives and hot pink feathered centerpieces made for an exquisitely chic event. From pink carpets, chairs, florals, and cupcakes, Morgan had the perfectly pink, chic soiree of a lifetime!

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Guests didn’t have to travel far to take a trip to the tropics with this Tommy Bahama themed Bar Mitzvah! Kehoe Designs and Paulette Wolf Events did an amazing job collaborating to create this extravagant beach-themed event. Upon arrival, guests were greeted with fire dancers and then directed to either an adult lounge or the kid’s zone. The adults enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres, sipped on mojitos and frozen margaritas and listened to steel drum musicians. The kids enjoyed virgin frozen daiquiris, passed hors d’oeuvres and Barnaby’s pizza in a space filled with a sand volleyball court, airbrush tattoo artists and arcade games. After cocktails, guests moved into the reception where they were greeted by hula girls and were given real orchid leis upon. The venue featured two waterfalls, palm trees, surfboard tables and an array of bright tropical colors. Guests enjoyed a boardwalk of some of Chicago’s favorite food trucks, as well as passed burgers, milkshakes, and French fries from the iconic Shake Shack. The food continued with Mindy Segal Hot Chocolate desserts passed on rolling palm tree stands and tropical carts to include homemade lava cakes, Kona Coffee and tropical fruits. As the evening came to an end, the kids could visit the tiki hut where they could pick from a variety of gifts to take home with them.

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This “Bigger Than Brooklyn” Bar Mitzvah bash definitely went out with a Bang! Barclays Center in Brooklyn was transformed into a Coney Island-inspired arena with original Coney Island rides like the “Seven Seas” boat ride and the “Best Shooter Wins” basketball game. “Bigger than Brooklyn” signs illuminated this venue, giving it both that Coney Island and Brooklyn shine. After being welcomed by an incredible drumline procession, the event got even bigger when famous rapper, Pitbull, performed on stage in front of a dance floor full of guests.  The guest of honor was celebrated even further when a talented artist created a massive portrait of him in front of the guests as they watched in amazement. Black and white chandeliers hung over the individual bar-top tables and black and white striped couches invited guests to take a break from the dancing. Beautiful orange floral arrangements accompanied by gold “Bs” topped the dining tables. The evening was spent with fun games, great entertainment and extraordinary decor. This Bar Mitzvah was without a doubt “Bigger than Brooklyn,” and it definitely shined brighter, too!

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This all-pink-everything, ballet-themed Bat Mitzvah executed by Magnolia Bluebird did not disappoint! This celebration was blush, hot pink and gold through and through. The ceiling was covered with balloons of this color trio and with a hanging ballet “Barre” sign. Accompanying this fabulous entrance was blush curtains, white couches topped with hot pink and blush “Let’s Dance” pillows and a sparkling gold ballet barre! Whether it was on the label of the water bottles or the topping to the delicious, pink frosted cake, “Let’s Dance” insignia could be found everywhere! There was even a message board labeled “Let’s Dance” where guests could leave a note for the guest of honor to look back on after the celebration. Guests enjoyed a fabulous 3 course meal at the blush clothed tables topped with fantastic hot pink and blush florals. Adults were able to enjoy specialized cocktails such as an Apple Cider Mule or a ballet-themed Pink Slipper. Buttercream Bakeshop and Fluffness created desserts such as pink macarons, unicorn bars, and funfetti cream pies. The night was celebrated the only way this honoree knew how, on the dance floor!

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This neon glow rave was EPIC! This B’nai Mitzvah, celebrating twins, was a glowing event to remember. Sara Renee Events and Always Flowers and Events created and executed the most memorable bash at The Breakers Palm Beach. Kids were able to play with a variety of glowing games such as Lite-Brite and throw on some glowing gear to illuminate the entire party. The use of neon tabletop decor and ghost chairs were the perfect combination to bring this glowing soiree to life. Partygoers feasted on a variety of desserts such as milkshakes, a doughnut wall, ice cream bars and cotton candy. Guests lounged in glow in the dark vignettes and danced the night away (with glowing dancers!) all below hundreds of slinkies that added a whimsical yet trendy aspect to the focal point of the event.

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This Martha’s Vineyard-inspired Bat Mitzvah was full of preppy fun! Centered around a nautical theme, this Bat Mitzvah went above and beyond. Sweet Soirees outdid themselves with exceptionally nautical, pink, blue and white desserts. Vanilla and chocolate cupcakes with pink frosting layered the dessert table with Blythe’s Vineyard signage. These cupcakes were stacked on shelved center pieces topped with blue and white striped sailboats. Vases of pink and white salt water taffy tied with blue ribbon were intermixed with these yummy sweets. The most nautical desserts of all were the edible sea shells rested on tasty graham cracker sand. It doesn’t get more preppy and nautical than that! Banners of blue and white anchors and stripes lined the dessert table with a blue and white life preserver in the center. Further nautical decor included pink and white striped “Blythe’s Vineyard” placemats and white florals placed in nautical sea rope vases. This seafaring color scheme and array of sweets made for the most perfect nautical Bat Mitzvah!

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Photo by Nickie Cutrona


Fox Events threw a black, white and turquoise “Good Vibes Only” party. The space was simple, yet modern with white leather couches, black and white striped pillows and rugs, and lucite chairs, which contrasted nicely with the natural wood and exposed brick walls of the venue. In the middle of the room, beautiful bulbs filled with flowers and lights hung from a large tree. Tables were covered in silver linens and topped with tall glass vases filled with fresh white lilies. Guests chose from a variety of foods and finished the off with build your own ice cream sandwiches. Once the sun went down, festive pink and blue lights were turned up, a disco ball came down and the custom Hamsa symbol dance floor began to fill up! Guests were entertained with fabulous music, break dancers, henna tattoos, a graffiti wall and a virtual reality station. Once the night came to an end, attendees went home with party favors filled with flat brim hats and customized chocolates with Mia’s name on them.

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Let’s play ball! This NLB (Noah Leo B’Nai) themed B’nai Mitzvah celebrated the two boys and their love of baseball. Gerber + Scarpelli Photography did an amazing job capturing all the details at this sports-themed celebration. Guests were seated at tables each dedicated to a different baseball team. At each place setting, fun facts about their table’s team were tucked inside every napkin. The centerpieces were raised shadow boxes, lined with red baseball stitching and filled with variations of grass, gloves, bats and baseballs. Servers passed out ballpark favorites in traditional ballpark boxes. Guests danced the night away on a custom “NLB” baseball diamond dance floor. Once they worked up an appetite, partygoers dined on salad, sushi, and steak catered by the Twin Orchard Country Club. They satisfied their sweet tooth with a candy room, featuring gelato, milkshakes and all of the candy a kid could dream of. The boys were in for a huge surprise as their montages started to play. Little did they know that their favorite baseball players, George Kantos and Ryne Sandberg, were going to appear on screen and wish them a happy birthday! Kids got to enjoy a virtual roller coaster, pitching simulator and photo booth to document their wild night. This NLB celebration was a home run!

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Sophia celebrated her Bat Mitzvah the Miami way: in style. Chris Weinberg Events did a fabulous job executing this stylish modern celebration. The night began with separate cocktail parties for the kids and adults, where they showed an introduction video produced by cinematographer Suzanne Delawar, featuring Sophia and her family. Chris Weinberg Events and Jose Graterol Designs transformed the ballroom with decor inspired by metallics using a chic color palette. The space was a blend of different textures and patterns, accented with simple, yet beautiful white roses, which created a unique, glamorous design. The room was filled with floral arrangements of white roses in various sizes, bringing style to the entire room. The bar was the focal point of the room with a lattice-style gold bar with a black and white geometric backdrop. Black leather couches, gold benches and black and white chairs provided chic, modern seating for guests to mingle throughout the evening. The party was completed with a performance from Silento, making this Miami Bat Mitzvah a night to remember!

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Photo by Lee Ross Photography


This Bar Mitzvah was inspired by the Rubik’s Cube to create a sophisticated, yet fun celebration. EVOKE and HMR Designs used a black, white, and silver palette to create a modern design, and then brought in various pops of color to add a vibrant touch to the space. The cocktail hour was sleek and classy with black and white lounge furniture, a glass bar, and touches of reflective silver. A colorful draped walkway began to introduce the color to the event while guiding guests to the reception. When inside, the infamous colored squares appeared throughout the space with the custom tiled dance floor, vibrant pillows, and custom blocks spelling out Marcus’ name. Guests were seated at tables that featured a geometric cubed patterns and cube lamps in the bold colors. Colored lights and modern sputnik chandeliers lit up the venue creating a colorful, yet classy celebration.

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