September 13, 2012
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Baseball Bar Mizvah

Hit a home run with our guide to baseball-themed bar mitzvah!

for The Brooklyn Paper

Is one of your little Cubs obsessed with Big Chew gum? Does he associate the name “Yogi” with Berra rather than the talking, cartoon bear who steals pick-a-nic baskets? Is he always ordering the Grand Slam at Denny’s? Does he yell “Hey, batter, batter!” whenever you’re mixing ingredients for pancakes? Sounds like your little slugger could be a baseball fan. If so, let us pitch you an idea — throw him a bar mitzvah centered around America’s favorite pastime. Get inspired by some of SWANK Productions’s photos of a baseball-themed bar mitzvah it threw for a Rex Sox fan, and you’re sure to hit a homerun!

Most 13-year-old boys aren’t fans of flowers, but their mothers are — compromise centerpieces were thus created. Glass vases atop of Astroturf were filled with baseballs, mini-bats, and lovely white dahlias. On each table, Sharpies were provided so guests could leave messages for the bar mitzvah boy on the centerpieces’ balls.
Each centerpiece also included Cracker Jacks and Coca-cola in glass bottles.
The Red Sox-themed party was thrown in Yankees territory — New York City. SWANK had to subtlety allude to the Boston baseball theme by doing things such as using team colors for decor.
Replicas of tickets from Fenway Park were used as escort cards for table seating. Each table was a section and seats on the tickets were actual seats at the table.
Each place setting had a plate that looked like a baseball diamond. On the menu, courses were labeled as first, second, and third bases.
Bar mitzvah, party, themes, baseball, Red Sox, Yankees, Cubs, Mets, Marlins, Phillies, White Sox, Reds, Dodgers, Giants, Padres, Angels Courtesy of SWANK Productions Associate the name “Yogi” with Berra rather than the talking, cartoon bear who steals pick-a-nic baskets? Most 13-year-old boys aren’t fans of flowers, but their mothers are — compromise centerpieces were thus created. Glass vases atop of Astroturf were filled with baseballs, mini-bats, and lovely white dahlias. On each table, Sharpies were provided so guests could leave messages for the bar mitzvah boy on the centerpieces’ balls. As a parting gift, everyone got Babe Ruth bars and little chocolate baseballs.
Guests with achy feet from fancy shoes were offered socks and told to “Dance your socks off.”
Traditional ballpark popcorn was served as a snack.
Parting gifts were packaged in athletic bags and also included mini-baseball bats.
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