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Party Ideas for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah

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Posted: Thursday, March 8, 2012 1:16 pm | Updated: 1:43 pm, Thu Mar 8, 2012.

Josephine Havlak, Photographer...

The key for a bar or bat mitzvah is to have a ‘facilitator’ who can encourage the kids to be outgoing and break out of their shells, which can be hard for 13-year-olds. I covered one party where they brought in a woman from a professional dance troupe in Chicago and she was amazing at getting the kids out on the dance floor. By the end of the night, one boy, who initially was terrified to dance, was doing Michael Jackson moves!

Embrace the theme of the party with elaborate decorations. One bar mitzvah had a Hard Rock Café theme with musical-instrument cutouts decorating the entryway and records adorning the table centerpieces.

Fun activities for the kids, like a money ‘tornado’ machine, keep the party moving and the energy up.

Ann Lemcke, The Art of Entertaining...

Just something as simple as putting glow-sticks and glow necklaces out on the tables is a fun favor for the kids and creates a disco feel on the dance floor.

Richard Nix, Butler’s Pantry...

Bar or bat mitzvahs are usually personalized around what the boy or girl likes, and we’ve had some over-the-top parties at the Palladium. Cirque du Soleil has been a popular theme, with performers doing acrobatics and high-wire acts overhead. The entertainment can get pretty incredible.

Diane Stecher, Alobar’s Lighting and Sound...

Adding the right lighting can completely transform the space and turn an ordinary room into a club-like atmosphere. Use uplighting and colored gobos (image projections) for great effect.

We’ve been doing a lot of black light parties for bar and bat mitvahs. The party-goers wear white T-shirts and use invisible paint and markers that are black-light responsive. After they decorate their shirts, the party is filled with glowing outfits—it’s a lot of fun.

LED light curtains also are very popular for these parties. It’s a black curtain with small LED lights poking through that twinkle and change color, creating a star field look in the room.

Sam Orlando Jr., Orlando’s Catering...

Rent out a venue like Chesterfield Sports Fusion, where the kids can play arcade games, laser tag or miniature golf. City Museum is also a great place to rent—you just have to open the doors and let the kids run crazy inside.

Offer both kid-friendly and adult-appealing food items. We have done made-to-order mini pizzas (heated by a blowtorch), deep-fried macaroni balls, and pastry cones filled with peanut butter and apple-jalapeño jelly.

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