Bar mitzvah decorations

Thirty hot 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 (www.elegant-balloons.com).
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This lively display will provide a colorful grand entrance to any party (www.elegant-balloons.com).
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Everyone knows who the birthday boy is thanks to the shiny silver letters (www.elegant-balloons.com).
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Balloon Artisty’s LED balloons are sure to make your party stand out. (balloonartistry.com/)
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A larger-than-life ice cream cone and gumball machine make for a pretty sweet addition (www.elegant-balloons.com).
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Need a bright idea? Try tying a balloon around a light bulb.
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Make a beautiful, colorful centerpiece without even having to blow up a single balloon!
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Customize your own mini-me, complete with your name, to display prominently at your party (www.elegant-balloons.com).
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Make a splash with this cute underwater scene, perfect for a sea-themed party (www.elegant-balloons.com).
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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 (www.smartypantsworld.com).
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For a truly out-of-this-world party, check out this green little guy (www.smartypantsworld.com).
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Invite the Muppets to your party. Animal will even supply the beat! (www.smartypantsworld.com)
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You have your tiki cups, Hawaiian shirts, leis, and limbo stick, but your luau-themed party isn’t complete without this hula girl centerpiece (www.smartypantsworld.com).
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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 (www.smartypantsworld.com).
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Here is another take on the bar mitzvah mini-me, complete with glasses (www.smartypantsworld.com).
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Is your bat mitzvah girl a total princess? Make her dreams come true with this Cinderella coach
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Give props to your Torah portion with an eye-popping balloon sculpture. (balloonartistry.com/)
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Give your party a patriotic explosion with this long balloon idea.
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Smarty Pants also creates a wearable balloon piece, like this adorable headband, which can be customized to the party’s colors (www.smartypantsworld.com).
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Every circus, or carnival-themed party, needs a clown (www.smartypantsworld.com).
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Did you want fries with that? (www.smartypantsworld.com)
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Don’t forget to leave room for dessert! (www.smartypantsworld.com)
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Think your “touches” is too small? Give yourself a literal bubble butt with this fun photo prop.
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Give a nod to Joshua tree with this cool balloon-leaf idea.
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Don’t forget to leave room for dessert! (www.smartypantsworld.com)
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Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the bar mitzvah party! … Sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves (twistedballoon.com).
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Forget flowers, this balloon corsage will make smiles blossom across your guests’ faces (twistedballoon.com).
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The kids will have a scary good time with this wearable monster face, which makes for a great prop in photos (twistedballoon.com).
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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. Here are 30 great ideas that will give your imagination flight:

Posted 12:00 am, May 26, 2014
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