Top 10 Unique Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah Themes

Top 10 Unique Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah Themes

Swank Inspired themes that make sure your celebration stands out in a sea of Bar Mitzvah & Bat Mitzvahs

A great theme can make or break a Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah. A theme ( or design concept as we like to call it) can influence every aspect of your party, from décor to music to food. Before you start planning your celebration with a theme that’s been done a million times before, check out our list of unique themes to make your Bar or Bat Mitzvah stand out.

1.       The Hunger Games

With a theme like the Hunger Games, you’ll have to make sure your friends don’t try to kill each other to get invited to your party! Don’t worry though, you don’t need to give a nod to the murderous aspect of the stories when doing your planning. Your theme can be inspired by anything from the forest setting of the arena to the highly futuristic style of the capital. Can’t decide? Why not make every table represent a different district, each with its own decoration and inspiration. Whatever you decide, with a theme like this, you can be sure the odds will be ever in your favor.


2.       Cirque de Soleil

If you love the fun and playfulness that a carnival theme provides, but are looking for something a little more distinctive, consider a Cirque de Soleil theme. Not only can you use the show to inspire your decorations, but you can wow your guests by hiring contortionists and aerialists for live entertainment. Having an aerialist flying over guests while they enjoy their dinner would make your Bar/Bat Mitzvah more memorable than the real show.


3.       Top Chef / Hell’s Kitchen

Make food the focal point of this theme. You can get your guests engaged by having them play with their food. Try a build it yourself sushi bar to get everybody involved, you can even turn it into a contest to get guests in the competitive spirit of the show. For décor, let the chrome look of the stainless steel kitchens inspire you, with pops of orange inspired by the Top Chef logo.


4.       Snow White and the Huntsmen

This movie takes a classic fairy tale and makes it feel more grown up, perfect to inspire a coming of age event like a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Have elements of Snow White’s enchanted forest meet the dark medieval feel of the Queen’s castle to create a mature take on the Disney classic, and an event your guests will never forget.



5.       Dark Night Rises

When tickets for this movie started selling, a month in advance, people were already clamoring to get them. Get everybody as excited for an invite to your party by channeling the adventurous and edgy energy that the movies create. A Gotham cityscape can act as the backdrop for your event, with dark colors and pops of yellow helping to create your color story.


6.  Olympics

With the 2012 Olympics fast approaching, why not capitalize on that excitement and use it to help guide your party? Let your color scheme be inspired by the colors of the Olympic rings and imagine centerpieces representing rhythmic gymnastics ribbon hanging from the ceilings over every table.



7.       The Avengers

Another popular movie, this theme is so great because almost everybody, no matter their age or lifestyle, can find an Avengers character that they love or relate to. You can choose the classic Marvel colors of red and white to decorate your party, but don’t forget to give a nod to your favorite hero in your décor.



8.  The Fashionista

Like fashion itself, the fashion theme is completely customizable and can be tailored to represent an individual’s interests very clearly. You can make the entire event feel like a fashion show (what better excuse for the birthday star to debut fabulous outfits?), make the theme shopping in general, or choose a favorite designer. You can channel the classiness of Chanel or the funky vibe of Betsy Johnson.



9.  Mad Hatter Tea Party

Guests won’t want to be late for your very important date when you choose this theme. Channeling the mysterious world of Wonderland will give you tons of décor options. Guests can enter through the rabbit hole into your whimsical world. Then create a tabletop featuring the mismatched linens and topsy-turvy tea sets of the Mad Hatter’s tea party. After dinner, create a lounge area for guests to relax resembling the Queen’s garden.


10.   Moroccan/Arabian Nights

If you’re looking to create a truly exotic experience for guests, try transporting them to another locale with a Moroccan or Arabian Nights themed party. One of the most fun aspects of this theme is the color possibilities! Choose your color scheme and drape fabric in those colors along your space to create the appearance of a Bedouin tent. If you want to try customizing your event even further, try doing a Moroccan disco, by adding a big dance element (and lots of disco balls) to your party.


What Bar or Bat Mitzvahs have you been to lately?  What was your favorite theme?  Let us know!




Maya Kalman, Event Design Expert & CEO of Swank Productions Maya Kalman is the Founder & CEO of SWANK Productions, a luxury wedding planning, event design and event production company in New York City. Known for her beyond-the-box designs and undying passion for creating extraordinary event experiences, Maya risen to become one of the most well known wedding and event planners in New York City. She has been a featured expert on TNT, NBC Today Show, MTV, Martha Stewart, Food Network, Geraldo Live and many more, and has planned and designed weddings, corporate events and parties for some of the top companies, brands and personalities around the world.
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Alice in Wonderland Invitations

Alice in Wonderland and Mad Hatter themed events have become more and more popular and here at SWANK we LOVE them!  SO many different ways to be creative and it’s a design theme that really works for ANY age group.

Right now we’re working on an AMAZING Bat Mitzvah with an Alice in Wonderland / Mad Hatter theme.  And when it comes to invitations I strongly believe that the invitation “Sets the Tone” of what guests can expect to come at the party itself. So for this client we wanted to pull out all the stops!

The invitations we created in house have been causing a HUGE stir with not only the teenagers but also the adults who have all been finding this masterpiece in their mailboxes.
They came out so cute we wanted to share them with you! (but changed the info to keep their privacy)
Guests received a large white box with customized label that went over the entire top of the box and led them down to the open side.

When they open the box and opened the beautiful deep purple tissue paper they found the mad hatters hat invitation!

On the tag is the invite information


And on the bottom of the box guests found their (double sided) RSVP card and envelope!

 We’ve been getting a lot of “OMG’s” and “these are amazing!” messages from the clients and their guests.  And the Bat Mitzvah girl is now being inundated with people who want to be invited just to see what else we’ve come up with! (which of course we LOVE to hear!)

Whats most important about the invite (in addition to all the important information being on it!) is that it creates excitement in the guest.  After all you want them to come to your event right?
So next time you’re doing an invite think out of the box – or in this case, think about what cool stuff you can do in the box!

Tell me about the best invitation you’ve ever received I’d love to hear about it!