December 21, 2012
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Bar mitzvah ideas

Breaking yawns with a ‘Breaking Dawn’ bat mitzvah

for The Brooklyn Paper

Does your tween chew nothing but Eclipse gum? Does she suggest Forks, Wash., as the locale for every family vacation? Is she so obsessed with things that sparkle that you’re thinking about buying stock in body glitter? Sounds like your little bella may be a “Twilight” fan, and if throwing her a fangs-or-fur bat mitzvah could be any kind of blood type, it would definitely be A+.

Sink your teeth into a few of our party-planning tips:


Tons of customizable “Twilight” invitations are featured on eBay — from movie tickets to book covers. But here’s an idea that will get most guests pumped: create announcements with strawberry-flavored candy blood bags attached to them.


The color scheme should definitely be red, black, and white. A black-and-white checkered pattern with red accents that match the “Breaking Dawn” book cover is a great idea, but for an added touch of elegance, try a damask motif. Or, if you want to recreate the romanticism of Bella and Edward’s enchanted lily pad and moss wedding in “Breaking Dawn: Part One,” Wildflower Linen has some excellent ideas.


Food options for a “Twilight”-themed fete are as endless as the life span for a vamp. Here’s some of our top picks:

A blood fountain.

Rice Krispie paw print.

• Using forks as cupcake toppers that look like fangs.

• Rosalie’s Werewolf Kibble and Volturi Thirst Quenchers.

Red and black candied apples.

Garlic dip (for the Team Jacob fans).

Edward’s cornflake chicken.

Vampire bite cupcakes.

Porta-Bella ravioli inspired by Bella and Edward’s first date.


A concept film is a great way to introduce the guest of honor and get the smashing simcha started. “Twilight: Jew Moon” starring bat mitzvah Mason Gilden is an adorable spoof and creating a similar one will leave guests howling and will kick-start good vibes.


Try to find a green screen or photo booth company that will super impose you into scenes from the movie! Make sure to supply your guests with lots of fun props.

Party favors

Twilight apple gloves, syringe pens, and the clever reference to Eclipse gum, just to name a few.

Centerpieces and tables

Think: apples and beautiful bouquets made with black-and-white twigs. And for the tween with a sense of humor — and a Team Jacob sympathizer of werewolves — fill jars with silver glitter and label them “Edward Cullen’s Ashes.”

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