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Creative bar and bat mitzvah themes

Party like it’s the end of the world

for The Brooklyn Paper

The Mayans were wrong about 2012, but that doesn’t mean you should wait until the “Day after Tomorrow” to plan your child’s bar or bat mitzvah. If your kid can’t tear his eyes away from the latest episode of “The Walking Dead,” you’d be as Mad as Max not to throw him an Apocalypse bar mitzvah. This theme is fun, unique, and will have a “Deep Impact” on your guests. Follow these steps and you will be on “The Road” to a successful party that will have everyone chanting “Apocalypse Now!”


Start with a “Soylent Greens” salad bar, with a bread buffet called “The Walking Bread.” Label your buffet table “The Hunger Games” and serve food mentioned in the books.

If you want your meal to be a spectacle of its own, have a hibachi bar and call it “Reign of Fire.” This way you can serve meat, veggies, noodles, and rice to your guests’ likings.

If you want to get a bit more graphic, find a caterer who can replicate food that looks like body parts, so kids can pretend they’re zombies. But don’t let this idea depress your appetite like “Melancholia.” Serve adults bloody Marys and bloody steaks with a side of “survival foods” or gourmet-spins of canned goods like “I Am Legumes” and “Zom-peas” tasty enough that they’ll be saying, “I’ll be back… for seconds!”

End with a delicious desert — after all it will be your last. Have a fruit buffet filled with “28 Dates Later,” “Planet of the Grapes,” and “12 Monkeys” bananas. Your guests will also love “The Blob of Ice Cream Sundae” with a “World War Zeppoli.” Add a “Resident Refill” soda bar and your last supper will be one to die for.


The first thing guests should see when they enter your dining hall is a sign pointing to the entrance that says: “The Living.” Make your hall look like a disaster-ridden city with biohazard symbols, army helmets, and “Warning” signs. Put plastic smashed windows over the real ones, and add a few bullet hole stickers and scratch marks to the walls for the full effect. Have your entertainers dress as zombies and have them teach the party how to do the “Thriller” dance.


An amped-up version of hide-and-seek, like the “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” could be as unique as your theme.

Here’s how it works:

Every child’s name gets placed into a hat. Half of the names will get picked at random. Those who are picked will be “survivors.” The ones who aren’t picked will be “body snatchers.” The bar or bat mitzvah will be the “zombie.”

The “survivors” will then have an opportunity to hide in the hall or (if allowed) in the surrounding area. The “zombie” and the “body snatchers” will then seek the “survivors.”

If the zombie finds a “survivor,” that survivor will be turned into a zombie as well, and whomever he finds will also be turned into a zombie, and so forth.

If a “survivor” is found by a “body snatcher,” the survivor and a body snatcher swap roles. So, the body snatcher would become a survivor and a survivor a body snatcher.

The last remaining “survivor” of this zombie apocalypse will be the winner!


Try giving away a survival kit inside of an army bag. In the kit, put a T-shirt labeled: “I got quarantined at David’s bar mitzvah.” Throw in some Band-Aid gum packets, freeze-dried ice cream, and a vile of a sour liquid candy labeled “the vaccine.” Add a canteen with your child’s name on it along with the date of the party so your guests will always remember when your child became an adult and the world came to an end.

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jonathan derisse from sr cesar says:
zombies are scared.
March 17, 2013, 5:04 pm

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