Party ideas for a Hollywood-themed bar mitzvah

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Use popcorn as place cards.
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A fun, filmed-themed sign-in board.
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Inspiration for true Hollywood decor.
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Set up a ‘step and repeat’ banner and red carpet for truly personalized shots.
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Create a Hollywood after party vibe with LED lights and a personalized logo.
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Make everyone feel like stars with Hollywood star place cards.
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Let your guests know who the star of the night is with a clever sign.
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A cake worthy of the red carpet.
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Use film countdown numbers as table numbers.
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Your movie-themed cake pops with pop from your dessert table.
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Everyone gets an Oscar with these fun cookie shapes.
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The true star of the party? The cake!
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Who doesn’t want to “Cut!” this cake?
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Have guests nosh on classic movie concession snacks.
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No Hollywood party is complete without a huge reel … right?
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Follow our tips and guests will take a double take when walking into you bar mitzvah.
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Let guests know whose the boss by having the bar mitzvah of honor sit in a director’s chair during the reception.
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We’ll admit we ate more than one of these.
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Have your guests play out their celeb fantasies by setting up a photo booth where they can pose on the cover of magazines “People,” “Rolling Stone,” and “US Weekly.”
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Photoshop your kid into his favorite movie posters and hang them around your banquet hall or use them as table numbers.
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Photoshop your kid into her favorite movie posters and hang them around your banquet hall or use them as table numbers.
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Allow your guests to be a part of their favorite animated films with a green screen.
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Give your tables a little Hollywood glam.
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Popcorn cupcakes are totally sweet … and appropriate!
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The Hollywood sign makes a cool decorative statement.
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Roll out the red carpet for your guests with this cool ambiance idea.
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Pay homage to Old Hollywood by using their faces as decorative accents.
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Pay homage to Old Hollywood by using their faces as decorative accents.

Does your kid spend his downtime watching movies? Has he made a paper version of Lupita Nyong’o’s Oscar dress and forced his younger sister to model it online? Is he the “Rain Man” of Oscar-winning films — able to quote lines from “Gone with the Wind” and “All About Eve” to “Slumdog Millionaire” and “12 Years a Slave?” If so, we have an offer you can’t refuse: throw your little superstar a fabulous, glamorous, celebrity-stocked Hollywood-themed bar mitzvah! Follow our simple tips and your party will make your child feel like the king of the world!

Food

Have a post-Oscar party buffet with an array of movie puns. Serve appetizers like Sweeny Todd’s Meat Pies, Bubba Gump Shrimp, and Beef wrapped in Babe’s Bacon — turkey bacon for kosher parties. Offer dishes like Baked Fish Called Wanda, The Godfather’s Pasta, Mystic Pizza, and Jurassic Park Ribs. Have Sideways Wine for the adults and Harry Potter’s Butterbeer for the children. End the meal with The Conehead’s Ice Cream Cones, Superman’s Chocolate Kryptonite, ET’s Reese’s Pieces, and Independence Day Apple Pie.

Set up a popcorn bar with a variety of everyone’s favorite movie snack. Offer kettle corn, chocolate dipped, caramel, cheddar, and of course classic buttered popcorn. Create holly-wienies by placing mini hotdogs in paper tuxedos. You can also glamorize strawberries in their own tuxedos or Oscar gowns with white and dark chocolate. Make Hollywood star cookies with your guests’ names on them, or images of cameras and film equipment. End your dinner with a glamorous Hollywood cake with photos and film strips of your child and markers with their favorite movie titles.

Decor

No Hollywood party is complete without a red carpet. Line it with ropes so that when your guests arrive, they will feel like they have just entered an exclusive LA party. And don’t forget about the people celebrities love to hate- the paparazzi. Have your photographer stand by the door to take photos of your friends’ fabulous entrance onto the red carpet. Have bright lights lighting the entrance as well, for a shocking and fun Hollywood party feel. Have your DJ play famous film scores like “Chariots of Fire” and “Braveheart” as your guests arrive to get everyone into a movie state-of-mind. Name the bar “Casablanca Whiskey Bar.” Label your tables as your child’s favorite films and use stills from the movies as the centerpieces, placing an image of your child as the star of the film.

Entertainment

A Hollywood themed party is the perfect time to judge your friends movie knowledge for awesome prizes! Host a “Name that Movie” contest with a variety of games. Start by collecting short clips from famous, as well as obscure, movies to see who knows “Mission Impossible” from “Ocean’s Eleven” and who has seen “Memento” too many times. You can also use stills from films for this game. Cut images of celebrities’ faces into three strips (their eyes, their noses, and their mouths) for another game idea. Mix different celebrities’ parts together and have your guests guess which part belongs to whom. Hire entertainers dressed as famous movie stars so your friends can take pictures with Marilyn Monroe and Marlon Brando. Project classic movies like “West Side Story” and “The French Connection” playing on a white wall, so your guests can feel like they are at an all-day movie marathon.

Giveaways

Order imitation, customized Oscars with your name and the party date. Give them a “swag” bag filled with movie magic. Put a copy of the “Save the Clock Tower” paper in “Back to the Future,” an imitation ring from Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones’s whip, and a memory eraser from “Men in Black,” boxing gloves from “Rocky,” as well as other iconic movie props from your favorite films.

For more party-planning ideas, check out our Pinterest page!

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