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Creative ways to use balloons at your New York bar mitzvah

Twenty-nine rad balloon ideas

for The Brooklyn Paper

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Score a slam-dunk with Elegant Balloons’ basketball hoop and player at your sports-themed bar mitzvah (
This lively display will provide a colorful grand entrance to any party (
Everyone knows who the birthday boy is thanks to the shiny silver letters (
Balloon Artisty’s LED balloons are sure to make your party stand out. (
A larger-than-life ice cream cone and gumball machine make for a pretty sweet addition (
Need a bright idea? Try tying a balloon around a light bulb.
Make a beautiful, colorful centerpiece without even having to blow up a single balloon!
Customize your own mini-me, complete with your name, to display prominently at your party (
Make a splash with this cute underwater scene, perfect for a sea-themed party (
Your guests will “marvel” at this Wolverine balloon by Smarty Pants. Get the rest of the superhero gang for an X-Men- or comic book-themed bash (
For a truly out-of-this-world party, check out this green little guy (
Invite the Muppets to your party. Animal will even supply the beat! (
You have your tiki cups, Hawaiian shirts, leis, and limbo stick, but your luau-themed party isn’t complete without this hula girl centerpiece (
Your bar or bat mitzvah child is still a few years away from being a licensed driver, but that doesn’t mean they can’t get a car for their birthday (
Here is another take on the bar mitzvah mini-me, complete with glasses (
Is your bat mitzvah girl a total princess? Make her dreams come true with this Cinderella coach
Give props to your Torah portion with an eye-popping balloon sculpture. (
Give your party a patriotic explosion with this long balloon idea.
Smarty Pants also creates a wearable balloon piece, like this adorable headband, which can be customized to the party’s colors (
Every circus, or carnival-themed party, needs a clown (
Did you want fries with that? (
Don’t forget to leave room for dessert! (
Think your “touches” is too small? Give yourself a literal bubble butt with this fun photo prop.
Give a nod to Joshua tree with this cool balloon-leaf idea.
The Twisted Balloon Company specializes in creating wearable balloon pieces, like this Mad Hatter-esque top hat (
Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the bar mitzvah party! … Sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves (
Forget flowers, this balloon corsage will make smiles blossom across your guests’ faces (
The kids will have a scary good time with this wearable monster face, which makes for a great prop in photos (
Have an international fete with this fun dragon that can represent China.

Let’s be honest. Standard bar and bat mitzvah party decorations can go down like a lead balloon.

Balloons that physically embody your theme, such as a clown at a circus themed-party or a basketball player at a sporty celebration, can be a decor slam-dunk. Your guests can even wear balloon pieces, with creations including colorful corsages, hats, and headbands.

We asked a few talented balloon artists to share some of their best work. Click through our above slide show for 29 great ideas that will give your imagination flight:

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Marty Pants from Chicago IL says:
Thanks for featuring Smarty Pants in this article. As a Jewish entertainer, I take particular pride in being able to be a part of bar & bat mitzvahs for today's Jewish youth.
Oct. 7, 2013, 4:44 pm

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