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Space, Star Wars, & Star Trek bar mitzvah

Houston, we have a mitzvah …

for The Brooklyn Paper

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Guests will have a blast with rocket pops.
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“A … Star … Trek cake!” — said like William Shatner
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Alien cupcakes.
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Try a glow-in-the-dark or LED-friendly decor.
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Star Wars cookies so cool, you may not want to eat them.
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Vulcan ears make a great party favor.
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Astronaut ice cream.
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Plasma globes will make an electrifying table centerpiece.
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The picture says it all. …
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Space-themed cereal bar.
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Who doesn’t love a flying saucer … in ice-cream form, that is.
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Alien cupcakes a la ‘The Simpsons.’
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Lightsaber invitations.

Need a bar mitzvah theme that will make your child’s one small step into adulthood feel like one giant leap for party-kind? Utilize an outer space theme and the possibilities for an out-of-this-world celebration are infinite. Read our suggestions (provided in English, rather than Klingon) and you will feel like the Jedi Knight of party hosts — we guarantee it! … Or, rather, it, we guarantee:

Food

It may be difficult to provide guests with food made in a space lab, but you can definitely provide them with creative cuisine a la the cosmos. Blast off the meal with a packet of applesauce to eat the way John Glenn did as he orbited the earth. Give guests an additional taste of space with dried astronaut ice cream (that you can find online and at many science museums) and space food sticks, which were created for astronauts in the ’60s. Have a cereal bar and label cereals like Cocoa Pebbles, Smacks, and Pops as “Moon Rocks” and offer sliced star fruit as a garnish. Serve Tang and “Yoda Soda” (AKA Mountain Dew) with dried ice. Turn simple foods into other worldly dishes with a black hole buffet, fit for a guest with a bottomless stomach. Fill it will dishes like space ship sandwiches, rocket dogs, fireball chili, alien legs (AKA turkey legs), and “Space Balls” (meat balls) with sides of Saturn’s onion rings, space-saver salad, Pigs in Space mac and cheese (mac and cheese with chicken sausage), and super nova smashed potatoes. End the meal with a solar system cake that will have a “Deep Impact” on your guests if you add a side of coffee and “Beam Me Up, Biscottis.” Also, if you intend on having a candy bar, fill it with Milky Ways, Mars Bars, Cosmic Candy, Pop Rocks, Orbit gum, Galaxy Bars, and Fireballs.

Decor

Cover the walls in black sheets and add glow-in-the-dark stars, lava lamps, LED balloons, and other black light-friendly decorations so guests will feel “Lost in Space.” Scatter images of aliens from different movies such as “Alien,” “Predator,” “Mars Attacks,” and “Men in Black.” Paint paper lanterns as planets and string them from the ceiling. Have someone direct guests to tables with a lightsaber, like an air traffic controller. Create a landing site complete with flag, plaque, astronaut suit, and green screen so you can take photos on the moon. You may even want to hire a photographer who can use graphic design to add fun things to the pictures like aliens and soaring comets.

Entertainment

Give your DJ a list of songs that will transport your party to infinity and beyond, such as “Moondance” by Van Morrison, “Supernova” by Oasis, “Man on the Moon,” by REM, “Space Oddity” by David Bowie, and “Across the Universe” by the Beatles, just to name a few. If you choose to hire a band, have them dress as the cantina band from Star Wars. And if you have it in your budget, your guests will flip for a multi-axis trainer.

If you want to go in a unique direction with this theme, you can create a “Mars Attacks” party and have it at a laser tag arcade. Half of the kids can dress up as aliens and the other half can be the alien-hunters fighting for planet Earth.

Giveaways

Give your guests astronaut packs so that they will always remember their wonderful Space Odyssey and let them go to town at the candy bar. You can also give away a model rocket kits or a miniature telescope to winners of space trivia games. The Kennedy Space Center’s website also has small gifts to put in your pack. But, if you give you guests Vulcan ears, they will and shall always be your friends.

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