While Bar or Bat Mitzvahs represent the coming-of-age of a young boy or girl, there’s no denying that a lot of attention goes into the party itself! We’re talking aerial entertainment and fashion shows that take place at exciting venues like movie sets and football stadiums. We’ve put together a list of some of the best Bar & Bat Mitzvah parties to help give you ideas and themes for your child’s event. Whether or not you’re actually planning a Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah doesn’t take away from the fact that these 15 parties conjure up serious inspiration and ideas for anyone throwing an epic celebration.
This one-of-a-kind, tropical themed Bat Mitzvah in Chicago featured bold colors, unique lighting and an over-the-top dessert bar. Two large archways made out of oranges lead to the guest name card table. To set the tone, bamboo, lush palms, scenic uplighting and island music played as guests entered the Four Seasons Ballroom, where they were greeted by Brazilian dancers. Custom palm centerpieces on each dining table gave the room a tropical atmosphere.
The Koondel Family is originally from New York City, so they wanted to bring a taste of NYC to their family and friends in celebration of their daughter, Stella. The cocktail hour was hosted on New York Street at CBS Redford Studios in Los Angeles. YourBash! brought in a hot dog cart, street performers, basketball hoops and entertainment to make it feel like the streets of New York.
You can’t get a more impressive venue than The Stadium Club in Chicago if you’re a sports fan! This sports-themed Bar Mitzvah was decked out with custom-logo decor, to include tickets and a ticket booth and initials on the field’s jumbotron. Table decorations were kept simple, yet masculine with touches of team spirit from all of Chicago’s top teams.
The inspiration behind this Bat Mitzvah was to transform the Studio Paris space into a fun youthful interactive Gallery Space for the party. Since River North has many galleries, Kehoe Events played up the idea of the guest of honor going to fun gallery opening for all of her friends. One standout design element was black and white images of the hostess photographed in cool locations around the River North Neighborhood.
Katie’s Candyland themed Bat Mitzvah evolved quite simple because the guest of honor loves the game Candyland! Upon arriving, guests were greeted with a place card table and their personal game piece with their name and table designation on it. Next, they entered their cocktail hour, which included specialty drinks like Lemon Head Mojitos, a Gummy Bear Kir Royales and Pop Rocks Martinis (kids were greeted with candy mocktinis!) — even the butler passed hors d’oeuvres referenced candy.
The party transitioned into dinner and dancing on the floor that resembled the Candyland board. The adult tables represented the different Candyland “lands” — Cotton Candy Way, Gingerbread Road, Peppermint Lane, Ice Cream Cone Circle and Lollipop Lane. The kids all sat at a one long, curvy table that mimicked the path of the game. As one would expect, the sweet table was a show stopper. Guests entered the area through a giant candy arch and oversized colorful lollipops hanging from bright colorful ribbons.
This Jamaican-themed Bar Mitzvah held at UIC featured a make-shift town, comfortable seating, swings and a custom-designed night club for the kids to dance. A custom-made “bank” was created for each kid to get special money that could be used to purchase items in the town. Colorful lighting, large grass-skirted bars adorned with tropical knick knacks, indigenous cuisine and a reggae band contributed to the Jamaican paradise atmosphere.
With bright florals and butterflies, Miami’s Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is transformed into a lavish coming of age party for a young girl, as that of her very own metamorphosis. Drawing additional inspiration from the 2006 film Marie Antoinette, guests were greeted by white-gloved butlers at the mansion entrance and were escorted through the villa to the outdoor cocktail reception — a European-inspired garden featuring magnificent winged butterfly performers. The Harlequin and court jester-clad wait staff serving passed an assortment of stunningly curated passed hors d’oeuvres, while cocktails were served from the oversized plexiglass cocktail bar that had a “live” garden-inspired, costumed model inside.
This event was created for a young client who has future aspirations of becoming a fashion designer. Her own sketches and designs became the theme of this event. The decor started with makeup stations designed to look like a behind the catwalk dressing room. Guests were invited to get a quick makeup touch up before entering the cocktail area, which was designed using oversized accouterments for sewing and tailoring. Giant thimbles, spools of thread and buttons (sculpted and realistically painted by an artist) were displayed and uplit throughout the room. The bar was designed to look like a fashionista’s closet, complete with artistically displayed couture pieces and beautiful designer jewelry and accessories.
The ballroom was completely draped and featured three giant frames that displayed the young guest of honor’s design logo. Guests were ushered to their seats on either side of a catwalk where a fashion show featuring the designer’s clothing — which she oversaw every detail of production for — took place.
As guests were seated at their tables (each topped with a uniquely dressed dress mannequin), screens surprised guests by featuring a film about the young designers trip to Mood fabric store in NYC, where she selected the material and trims for her garments. At the end of the movie, the screens raised to reveal live models behind them wearing the fashions seen in the film and striking poses.
Graffiti details were prevalent throughout the entire venue at this lively Bar Mitzvah with a hip urban vibe. Creative lighting helped to illuminate the graffiti-clad tables and glowing, brightly colored lounge areas. Enormous portraits of the guest of honor flagged the sprawling dance floor where guests sported glowing glow necklaces to match the vibe of the space.
Lighting and creative draping (think an octopus created out of fabric suspended from the ceiling) were two key elements in this aquatic-themed Bat Mitzvah. Large screens at the foot of the dance floor projected images of brightly colored fish swimming underwater, while eye-catching jellyfish centerpieces completed the under-the-sea theme.
This Bar Mitzvah teen has a love of Batman, so the team at RS Event Productions wanted to incorporate that theme without being juvenile. The House of Blues, Dallas has a cool, eclectic vibe that’s easily transformable with lighting. All graphics were customized and centerpieces were created by Daryan Display. Dancing was very important to the family, so RS Event Productions concentrated on that area by bringing in a twinkle light dance floor. A “Bat Cave” was created for the kids, which included high-top tables, bar stools and various vendors inside.
Can you tell what the guest of honor’s favorite color is? The parents throwing this Bat Mitzvah wanted to create a “grown-up,” yet still fun environment by covering this modern white venue in hot pink up-lighting. Sticking with the theme, Regan from Entertaining Company came up with a menu putting a “grown-up” twist on traditional kid appetizers. There was also a surprise glowing dessert station that included glowing cotton candy and LED ice cubes for the rock candy mocktails.
Major League Baseball Themed Bar Mitzvah
The client’s son is an avid baseball fan, so the mom and dad wanted an elegant party around the sport. Event Creative found clever ways of displaying baseball’s at the kids table, while the adults had beautiful boxwood centerpieces. The vase on the adult tables was wrapped in white leather with a red lace-up detail like a baseball. The guest of honor’s table was decorated to emulate an illuminated home plate table elevated to highboy height for the host and his friends.
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