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15 Wildly Creative Bar/Bat Mitzvah Themes & Ideas

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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 ariel 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 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.

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Event Planner: PAULETTE WOLF EVENTS

Venue: FOUR SEASONS HOTEL CHICAGO

Decor: HMR DESIGNS

Lighting: FROST

Linens: TAILORED ELEMENTS

Photographer:  SHERI WHITKO PHOTOGRAPHY

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.

The guests then moved onto a sound stage for a Hollywood Night filled with glamour and pink sparkle — Stella’s choice. The guest of honor was driven in by a motorcycle to the center of the dance floor, where she kicked off the night with dancing and fun surrounded by her family and friends. Many personal touches were also seen in logoed pillows and a presentation produced by her father called “Keeping Up with the Koondashians” that provided laughs for the guests. Everyone also enjoyed a giant dessert buffet, glow in the dark ping pong and custom- airbrushed clothing.

Event Planner: YOURBASH!

Photographer: SEAN TWOMEY

Ping Pong Tables: Plan It Interactive

Lighting: Daylight Events

Location: CBS Redford Studios, Studio City in LA

Hedges: Greenset

Flowers: Sada’s Floral

You can’t get a more impressive venue than The Stadium Club in Chicago if you’re a sports fan! The commanding space was decked out with custom-logoed 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.

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Photographer: BOB & DAWN DAVIS PHOTOGRAPHY & DESIGN

Event planner: THE PARTY PEOPLE

Location: NORTH SHORE CONGREGATION ISRAEL

Venue: THE STADIUM CLUB AT SOLDIER FIELD

Entertainment: FLOW ENTERTAINMENT, INC

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.

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Design, floral & lighting: KEHOE DESIGNS

Venue: STUDIO PARIS

Photographer: KEHOE DESIGNS

 

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.

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Photographer: JAI GIRARD PHOTOGRAPHY

Event Planner: DESIGNER EVENT CHICAGO

Décor: HMR DESIGNS

Videography: XPRESS VIDEO

Sweet Table: DESIGNER EVENT CHICAGO

Linens: BBJ LINEN

Rentals: TABLESCAPES EVENT RENTALS

Venue: NORTHMOOR COUNTRY CLUB

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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Decor & design: EVENT CREATIVE

Venue: RAVENSWOOD EVENT CENTER

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.

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Event Planner: PAULETTE WOLF EVENTS

Photographer: SHERI WHITKO PHOTOGRAPHY

Decor: KEHOE DESIGNS

Catering: CALIHAN CATERING

Venue: UIC PAVILLION

Audio Visual: KISHBUAGH + PARTNERS

This nightclub-themed mitzvah featured a custom logo that was showcased everywhere from the tabletops to the dance floor.  Custom pillows and a 8′ portrait on brush aluminum featuring the guest of honor’s face gave a modern day Studio 54 vibe.

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Posted by: KLEIFIELD DESIGN & ASSOCIATES, INC.

Venue: THE DREAM HOTEL NEW YORK

Haunted house or Bat Mitzvah? With details like Medieval candle chandeliers, cobwebs, skull face details (from the chair covers to the dance floor), hanging skeletons, jack-o-lanterns galore, smoke (via a smoke machine) and spooky lighting, it really was hard to tell the difference!

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Event Planner: DESIGNER EVENT CHICAGO

Photographer: LEE ROSS PHOTOGRAPHY

Venue: MORGAN MANUFACTURING

Caterer: ENTERTAINING COMPANY

Decor: HMR DESIGNS

DJ: ENTERTAINING COMPANY

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.

The teens enjoyed their own area by the water, featuring activities such as a song recording booth, air brush favor station, iTouch photo booth and PopNoggins green screen station, complete with TV monitors for guests to watch as other guests made their own music videos.  A life-sized Peace Love Bus served as part kids activities/part kids food station. Adults were invited to explore a variety of interactive food stations for their main course, such as an Asian station served sushi from a wall with and an over-the-top raw bar and seafood station. During dinner, guests were treated to a show consisting of a variety of aerial cirque performers, which was followed by dancing into the night.

Event Planner: CHRIS WEINBERG EVENTS

Venue: Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami Florida

 

 

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.

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Photographer: JOE MINEO CREATIVE

Venue: LANDENHAVEN, CLEVELAND OH

Graffiti details were prevalent throughout the entire venue at this lively 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.

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Event Planner: SIMPLY CELEBRATE!

Decor: EPIC EVENTS

Photographer: NORTH SHORE PHOTOGRAPHY

Venue: AUSTIN’S FUEL ROOM

Entertainment: GET FAMOS

Videographer: XPRESS VIDEO PRODUCTIONS

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.

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Decor and Design: EPIC EVENTS

Photographer: NORTH SHORE PHOTOGRAPHY

Planner: DARA WINKLEMAN

Venue: HYATT DEERFIELD

This 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.

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Event planner: RS EVENT PRODUCTIONS

Decor: DARYAN DISPLAY

Customized decor: DARYAN DISPLAY

Photographer: RS EVENT PRODUCTIONS

Venue: House of Blues Dallas

Can you tell what the guest of honor’s favorite color is? The parents throwing this bat miztvah 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.

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Posted by: ENTERTAINING COMPANY

Venue: VENUE SIX10

Photographer: ENTERTAINING COMPANY

Linen: BBJ LINEN

Decor: KEHOE DESIGNS

Rentals: TABLESCAPES EVENT RENTALS

Planner: SIMPLY CELEBRATE!