The search for the perfect theme for your child’s bar or bat mitzvah can be hard. Your kid has so many passions, hobbies, and Facebook likes, it’s hard to even keep track. But we have a solution! We talked to NYC-based event planners and found the hottest bar and bat mitzvah themes for 2014:
The all-about-me theme
A typical kid wants to express himself with his bar mitzvah party. He wants to stand out and make an impression.
“What we are seeing a lot in the event industry is that people are taking personalization to a new level,” says Meg Hotchkiss of LA Vie En Rose Events. This means that every aspect of the party reflects the kid-of-honor’s interests and personality, which typically includes plastering his face on everything it can be printed upon.
“From [the] cake to little cutouts of him playing sports as the centerpieces,” says Hotchkiss.
Photo favors, which have become b’nei mitzvah commonplace, are also getting the personalization treatment.
“A big trend is a red carpet and a Hollywood-style ‘step and repeat’ banner with [the party’s] logo,” says Hotchkiss. “It’s not just a backdrop or photo booth anymore.”
The blockbuster theme
The hottest movies of the year tend to make popular bar mitzvah themes. And in 2014, that will definitely include “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and everyone’s favorite bow-wielding heroine, Katniss Everdeen.
Fantasy will also be big next year,” says says Camille Plummer of JunePlumm Events.
To get in on the fun, think of centering your parties around epic films like ‘Catching Fire’ and ‘The Hobbit,’ as well as science fiction and fantasy films such as ‘Ender’s Game,’ ‘Thor: The Dark World,’ and 2014’s ‘Godzilla’ will have a huge impact on theme selection.
The extreme theme
Simchas are getting competitive and everybody is trying to keep up with the Goldbergs. Party planners agree — as far as 2014 bar mitzvah parties go, bigger is better.
“This year, bar mitzvah themes will be all about telling the story of the individual, and taking it to extremes,” says Leslie Short, the owner of K.I.M Media. “These parties will be all about the experience and doing fun activities you wouldn’t normally be able to do.”
And nothing’s too grandiose when it comes to b’nei mitzvah parties.
“If you do a circus or an enchanted forest-themed party, it has to be better than the last circus or enchanted forest-themed party,” adds Plummer.
The destination theme
Want to make your guests feel like they were actually transported to another time or place? A huge party trend is renting a venue that reflects your theme.
“If a child is having a baseball-themed party, [you can] rent out a baseball stadium,” says Short. “People will even take a Rockettes theme and create a full Rockettes experience by going to see them.”
A destination party is great way to blow your party out of the water. If your child wants a tropical-themed bar mitzvah party, take them and their closest friends on a tropical adventure to Honolulu or on a cruise to the Bahamas. This is a unique — and potentially cheaper — way to give your child the party of her dreams.
The rustic theme
Does you daughter want a cool, modern looking bat mitzvah? Try a dash of feminine, rustic chic.
“There is a lot of recent trending toward things like mason jars and wild flowers,” says Hotchkiss.
A great way to create this look is to decorate your daughter’s party with candles, vintage pictures, white wood, and country furniture.
The biggest trend, however, is planning a party that has meaning. “People are really sitting down and thinking, ‘What does this child love most in the world?’ and are rolling with that,” says Hotchkiss.
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