The biggest difference in themes between Bar and Bat Mitzvahs that I have seen is that guys’ parties are a little more action-driven. Check out some of my favorite examples:
Sports theme – We’ve seen sports themes range from basketball and soccer to ping pong and tennis. I like this range of themes because you can do a lot with the decor and it doesn’t have to be overly extravagant to make an impact. There is certainly room to make an impact if the desire and budget are there. We’ve worked at events where the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders or the Mavericks Cheerleaders have shown up for a period of time to help the bar mitzvah boy celebrate. Yeah, that’s always a hit.
Surfer theme – “Catch the Wave at Jonathan’s Bar Mitzvah”….”Surf’s Up, Dude!”….Even in land-locked Dallas, the surfing theme has been a hit because it’s such a fun, active theme. Surfboards, sharks and sand add interesting elements to the decor. Tiki hut bars can serve Mai Tais and Pina Coladas to the parents and serve fruity smoothies to the kids. Djs can add in hula-hoop contests on the dance floor to wear off some of the younger guests’ energy.
Skateboard theme – Edgy, progressive, cool. This can be a very colorful theme – think bright colors, brick walls and skateboards. Maybe a lifesize cutout of the bar mitzvah boy with his skateboard.
Music themes – This category also covers a wide range of choices. A Rock ‘n’ Roll theme is particularly awesome at a House of Blues venue, but can still fit in nicely at any location. At one of the parties, the bar mitzvah boy was in a band, so his band played a few songs with him doing the lead vocals and guitar (the party was aptly themed, Alex’s Rockin’ World). The iPod theme has been a big hit lately (iPaul instead of iPod – very clever!). I just love the iPod ads with the black silhouette of the person listening and a bright color for the background – you could do a lot with that idea. Or just use the iconic outlines of the iPod in different colors. (From a marketing standpoint, it’s really impressive that monumental parties in a kid’s life are being themed after a consumer product – Apple should be proud. I’m sure that back in the day, parties were themed after Atari and Nintendo. How cool would it have been to have a party themed after Frogger?!…sorry, I digress…and show my age.) If the bar mitzvah boy is a drummer, you can do a lot of cool things with drum sticks for the decor. Get a graphic artist to design an image with the teen’s name in front of two crossed drum sticks and carry that design through the whole party – from the invites to the napkins to the flipbook covers.
Movie themes – I just love play-on-words, so I was pretty excited to hear that we would be doing a “Bond Mitzvah” party. The bar mitzvah boy was introduced to the theme music, of course, and it really revved up the crowd. You can either recreate the iconic James Bond photos with the gun or the car and use it throughout the night. (Bonus: Mom and Grandma love to see the bar mitzvah boy look so handsome in a suit!) There are so many movies to choose from – we’ve even seen a party modeled after Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure – complete with a telephone booth!
So, hopefully, we’ve got your mind flowing with themes to fit the bar mitzvah boy’s tastes. After you decide on the theme and location, call PicFlips or one of our licensees around the country to entertain your guests and give them a custom keepsake to take home. A big accomplishment deserves a rockin’ party!