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2014’s most popular bar and bat mitzvah theme and party ideas

Cool themes for 2014

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For the all-about-me theme idea, try splashing the kid-of-the-hour’s name anywhere you can.
For the all-about-me theme idea, try splashing the kid-of-the-hour’s name anywhere you can.
Set up a ‘step and repeat’ banner and red carpet for truly personalized shots.
The odds will be in your favor with if you throw a Hunger Games-themed bar or bat mitzvah.
Have guests show up as Effie Trinket or a colorful citizen of the Capitol.
Attach party favors and goodies to small, silver parachutes.
Make sure your party is a party to the extreme in order to keep up with the Goldbergs.
Sandy the Seagull, the Brooklyn Cyclone’s mascot, had a destination bar mitzvah at the Cyclone’s baseball stadium.
Want a small, destination bat mitzvah idea? Try the happiest place on earth.
Nothing is more rustic chic than pies in mason jars. You can get these at Pie Corps in Greenpoint, Brooklyn (

The search for the perfect theme for your child’s bar or bat mitzvah can be hard. Your kid has so many passions, hobbies, and Facebook likes, it’s hard to even keep track. But we have a solution! We talked to NYC-based event planners and found the hottest bar and bat mitzvah themes for 2014:

The all-about-me theme

A typical kid wants to express himself with his bar mitzvah party. He wants to stand out and make an impression.

“What we are seeing a lot in the event industry is that people are taking personalization to a new level,” says Meg Hotchkiss of LA Vie En Rose Events. This means that every aspect of the party reflects the kid-of-honor’s interests and personality, which typically includes plastering his face on everything it can be printed upon.

“From [the] cake to little cutouts of him playing sports as the centerpiec­es,” says Hotchkiss.

Photo favors, which have become b’nei mitzvah commonplace, are also getting the personalization treatment.

“A big trend is a red carpet and a Hollywood-style ‘step and repeat’ banner with [the party’s] logo,” says Hotchkiss. “It’s not just a backdrop or photo booth anymore.”

The blockbuster theme

The hottest movies of the year tend to make popular bar mitzvah themes. And in 2014, that will definitely include “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and everyone’s favorite bow-wielding heroine, Katniss Everdeen.

Fantasy will also be big next year,” says says Camille Plummer of JunePlumm Events.

To get in on the fun, think of centering your parties around epic films like ‘Catching Fire’ and ‘The Hobbit,’ as well as science fiction and fantasy films such as ‘Ender’s Game,’ ‘Thor: The Dark World,’ and 2014’s ‘Godzilla’ will have a huge impact on theme selection.

The extreme theme

Simchas are getting competitive and everybody is trying to keep up with the Goldbergs. Party planners agree — as far as 2014 bar mitzvah parties go, bigger is better.

“This year, bar mitzvah themes will be all about telling the story of the individual, and taking it to extremes,” says Leslie Short, the owner of K.I.M Media. “These parties will be all about the experience and doing fun activities you wouldn’t normally be able to do.”

And nothing’s too grandiose when it comes to b’nei mitzvah parties.

“If you do a circus or an enchanted forest-themed party, it has to be better than the last circus or enchanted forest-themed party,” adds Plummer.

The destination theme

Want to make your guests feel like they were actually transported to another time or place? A huge party trend is renting a venue that reflects your theme.

“If a child is having a baseball-themed party, [you can] rent out a baseball stadium,” says Short. “People will even take a Rockettes theme and create a full Rockettes experience by going to see them.”

A destination party is great way to blow your party out of the water. If your child wants a tropical-themed bar mitzvah party, take them and their closest friends on a tropical adventure to Honolulu or on a cruise to the Bahamas. This is a unique — and potentially cheaper — way to give your child the party of her dreams.

The rustic theme

Does you daughter want a cool, modern looking bat mitzvah? Try a dash of feminine, rustic chic.

“There is a lot of recent trending toward things like mason jars and wild flowers,” says Hotchkiss.

A great way to create this look is to decorate your daughter’s party with candles, vintage pictures, white wood, and country furniture.

The biggest trend, however, is planning a party that has meaning. “People are really sitting down and thinking, ‘What does this child love most in the world?’ and are rolling with that,” says Hotchkiss.

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David michelson says:
All of the ideas are really grate. A boy in a bar mitzvah is becoming a man (well more a teenager) and his will to express himself and stand out is growing. in that case his bar mitzvah should be unique and special.

Im not sure how are the bar mitzvah aboard planed, and what kind of attractions are combined into such an event, I know that here in Israel (where i live) it became very popular and trendy to use all kinds of interactive digital attractions like all kinds of giant touch screens and special photo booths that can really engage and excite the teenagers.

i remember at a bar mitzvah party of a friend that i work with i have seen, one really cool photo booth that work with augmented reality.

something like this

you can always use this kind of photo booth and it could fit to any theme of the listed above.
Dec. 25, 2014, 7:45 am
Laura from New Jersey says:
What are the popular games for kids parties for 2015?

thank you
April 1, 2015, 10:15 pm

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