The theme of my Bat Mitzvah was, wait for it: Pink & Grey! The colors. Although a Pink and “Grey’s Anatomy” themed Bat Mitzvah would be epic! Kids could swing from a trapeze bar, and then enjoy an ice cream bar served out of the back of an ambulance. Happy to help anyone get that theme going!
If you have not picked a theme yet, here are some things to keep in mind. Firstly, you don’t have to have a theme. But it does help to guide the planning, and allow for an easier time making every other decision. There are several categories of themes to look at while considering which one to choose.
– Anything that your child is interested in right now!
– Something that is a play on your child’s name or first initial
– Sports & Teams
– Math or Science
– Literary References
– Art or Something Crafty
– Music & Dance
– Movies & Broadway
– The Great Outdoors
– Time Periods in History
– Retro Bar/Bat Mitzvah
– International Places & Foods
– Sweets (My wedding reception was chocolate themed.)
– Color (Color really does make a great theme!)
– Balloons (Very big now, both in size and popularity)
Things to Consider
Venue: What will the location allow, and what will work in the space?
Atmosphere: How formal or casual do you want the event to feel?
Decorations: How decor heavy will the event need to be to convey the theme?
Time of Year: Make sure weather won’t hinder whatever the vision is.
Time of Day: Some themes may work better for a daytime or evening event depending on what it is.
Number of Guests: You want the theme or activities to work with the number of adults and kids attending.
Ages of Guests: Make sure the theme will be clear to people of all ages.
Additional costs per person: Look into any additional costs because of a chosen theme.
Types of photos you want to take: Do you want outdoor light, lots of group shots, pre-made backdrops? Really take the time to think this through.
Type of food: What kind of food and desserts will work best, and how will they be served?
Favors: Is there a favor you want to make sure to give out, or a vendor who makes a great themed take home item?
Coordinating with your Mitzvah Project: Is there a project that would match your theme, or a theme that would work well with your project?
Outsource or DIY: Do you want to outsource the majority of the planning to an event specialist and vendors or do you want to coordinate and make most things yourself? Or a combo?
Partner or solo: If you are partnering with another child and family then you might need a more general theme, or just pick two!
Dress code: What will people need to wear? Black tie, formal, cocktail chic? Jeans, sports gear, tropical wear?
Trends in your community: You definitely don’t need to keep up with the Joneses (or the Horwitzes) and you don’t need to be them either. It is just good to have a feel for what other people are doing to see how over the top or minimalist you want to fall when it comes to choosing a theme. Whatever you do, your event will be beautiful and memorable!
Look at your venue choices to see what might be best suited to a specific location.
Ask your child what themes might interest them, and make sure to book the DJ right away if you want one!