Party ideas for a sports-themed bar mitzvah

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A homerun table setting.
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Be tasteful with decor while sticking with the theme.
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Guests will get a belly laugh with a sumo competition!
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The gooooooooooooooooal of party planning should be creative with the theme.
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Batting cages serve as fun entertainment.
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This cake is a guaranteed knock out.
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Partygoers can leave their “autograph” on an oversized baseball, which creates a great keepsake (sophie-world.com).
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Flutter Bug Frenzy (www.etsy.com/shop/flutterbugfrenzy) has the perfect photo props for your little Derek Jeter.
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These cookies don’t taste like hockey pucks, but they look like them!
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You don’t have any bowling pin and ball cake pops to spare.
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Have the icing resemble the ice.
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An octagon cake for your little MMA fighter.
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Kids will get a kick out of this activity.
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Are we shirts or skins? After looking at this picture, what do you think?
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Swank basketball decor.
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Think outside the box with a fun boxing activity.
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Better than apple pie: American sports league cookies. Yum.
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No one will be able to match point this cake.
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A balloon baller. (www.elegant-balloons.com).
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Baseball ticket invitation c/o by Bar Mitzvah Cards. Net (barmitzvahcards.net)
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Foam fingers can make a fun giveaway. Thankfully, Miley Cyrus is not included.
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Replicas of baseball tickets make great place cards.
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Football balloons.
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Every sporting event needs buffalo chicken wings.
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Your guests will find it totally sweet to score some football brownies.
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A clever Mets cake.
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Guests will jet over to this Jets cake.
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A cool, classic Yankees cake.

You and your son have been hitting ideas back and forth — what theme should you choose for his bar mitzvah? The ball is now in your court and we have a play that is sure to score — throw a sport-themed bar mitzvah! This slam-dunk idea will have everyone out of the dugout and playing ball. Here are a few tips that will keep you off he ropes:

Food

Have your catering staff serve peanuts, Cracker Jacks, pretzels, and popcorn hotdog-vendor style on trays while yelling: “Peanuts, popcorn, soda!’ Then score big with a tailgate-style buffet that includes hot dogs, hamburgers, nachos, chicken wings, and chili. If you want to have a fancier, sit-down style meal, create a menu that is a play on box seating catering. For a fun, fruity touch, add cute sports-themed chocolate strawberries. Want to give your party a healthy kick? Use watermelons a few different ways — carve your favorite athlete into one or make one look like a volleyball court. You can also carve a melon into the shape of a helmet and fill it with fruit salad. Serve meat, cheese, and crackers in a creative way by setting up a model stadium for your snacks. Have a Gatorade bar with all of the Gatorade flavors to keep your athletes hydrated. Finish the meal off with a touchdown of a cake covered in jerseys, team names, team flags, helmets, and balls.

Decor

Surround tables with your favorite teams’ decretive flags and use large balls from different sports or a mini field or court as centerpieces. Set your buffet table up like a sports field. If football is your game of choice, create a football field with your dishes as the players. Put your chips and dip on the end zone, and have your cake sit at the 50-yard line. Be creative with invitations by customizing them to look like game tickets or baseball cards.

Entertainment

Unleash everyone’s inner-athlete by having a tournament-style party. Create teams and have the teams compete in games of soccer, volleyball, and basketball. Rent batting cages, an air hockey table, or arcade-style basketball hoops. You can even hold your party in a park or on a field. Hire a referee to judge the games or have a family member or friend wear a uniform and be the referee. You can also play a classic game of Coke & Pepsi, but use your favorite team verses your rival team and stick with the sports theme.

Giveaways

Give your guests a customized ball from your kid’s favorite team or sport. For example, put your child’s name and picture on a baseball along with the date of the party and a cute line like “Hit a homerun at Michael’s bar mitzvah!” You can also customize a jersey with the bar mitzvah boy’s name on the back, and his lucky number as the jersey number. You are sure to be the MVP of the bar mitzvah party scene with these unique ideas!

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