A bar or bat mitzvah is a special day in a 13-year-old Jewish boy or girl’s life. It signifies being able to take on the responsibilities of Jewish adulthood. To celebrate this important event, in the lives of every young Jewish man and women, a large reception is thrown that is as big as a wedding. Arranging a party of this scale can be really fun and we’re here to help you plan the celebration.
What’s Your Theme?
First, you’ll need to come up with a theme. Figure out what the guest of honor’s interests are and start to form a plan around that, whether it’s sports, the beach, horses or even the city. Once you have a theme, choose a couple complementing colors that will tie in with the party’s overall look and feel. To make the night even more cohesive, be sure to sprinkle in elements of your theme throughout the whole celebration – from the balloons, down to the personalized cups and coasters. Color coordinated touches by florists and designers will bring together the whole room and all its decor.
Bar & Bat Mitzvah Prizes
One of the best things about being a kid and getting invited to a birthday party is playing games and winning prizes. When planning a bar or bat mitzvah, don’t forget the party gifts. Kids will love receiving a new pair or ear buds, basketball shorts, or fancy lip balm. You can even tie in a fun gadget like a slot machine that dispenses tee shirts with the guest of honors initials and date of bar / bat mitzvah on it. For something more lighthearted, try some of these fun sayings.
Top 10 Bar & Bat Mitzvah Funny Tee Shirt Sayings
- Jew-(w)ish you were this cool
- 100% Kosher
- Blood, Sweat, & Schmears
- I’ll show you my yamaka if you show me yours
- Challah Back (with a graphic of challah bread)
- Oy to the World
- Don’t be a Schmeckle
- Jewish Warrior Princess
- Yada, Yada, Yada
- Oy Vey!
Dance Floor Light Up Accessories
After the speeches, dinner, and the candle lighting ceremony, the night usually progresses into dancing. To get the party started, give the kids fun personalized items such as light up ice cubes, light changing key chains, or glow in the dark bracelets. Having interactive items like that will break the ice and draw even the shyest kids to the dance floor. Consider introducing the items inside of a pinata, as prizes to guessing TV theme songs correctly, or distribute them when they order a soft drink. No matter how you give them away, these items will light up the night and make their dancing more fun.
Bar & Bat Mitzvah Swag Bags
No party is complete without a swag bag, and bar and bat mitzvahs are no different. In fact, their friends have likely come to expect them! You’ll need parting gifts both for kids and adults. First, decide if you want to do one gift for everyone, or separate gifts for boys and girls. Adults are usually a little different, but to make it easy, you can select one gift that fits them all. For swag bag inspiration, take a look at our gift bag ideas to put together the perfect party favors for your guests.
Boys’ Gift Bag Ideas
- Sling backpacks
- Cardboard virtual reality custom goggles
- Gym shorts
- Gum machine with gumballs
- Wrist watch
- Power bank charger for mobile devices
- Deluxe mix nuts gift tin
- Book lamp
- Bicycle tire pressure gauge
Girls’ Gift Bag Ideas
- Bracelet with personalized charm
- Fuzzy slipper socks
- Fancy lip balm
- 2-in-1 promotional haircare kit with mirror
- Flip flops
- iPad sleeves
- Cell phone wallet
- Chocolate candy box
Unisex Gift Ideas
- Fitbit charge activity and sleep custom wristband w/ watch
- Mood straws with glasses
- Beanie hats
- Bluetooth speakers
- Picture frame
- Wooden mental block promotional puzzle
- Mini corn hole game
- S’Mores snacks kit
Adult Gift Ideas
- Spice rub tins
- Water bottles
- Adult Coloring Books
- Reusable coffee cup
- BBQ set
- Ultimate pretzel lover custom gift box
- Stainless steel colander custom gift set with pasta
Ideas for Themed Gift Bags
- Sports – Put the gift(s) in a drawstring backpack in the shape of the ball used in their favorite sport.
- Beach / Swimming / Surfing – personalized beach towels with inflatable pillows
- Under the Sea – promotional aquarium play set or a goldfish with glass fishbowl
- Game Night – playing cards or casino set with cards & chips
- Hunting / Military – water guns & flashlight
- Winter wonderland – fleece jacket with scarf
- BBQ – rolling collapsible coolers
- Spa day – essential oil infused gift bath set
- Basketball – mini custom basketball & hoop set
- Sleepover – plush snuggle customized blankets w/ sleeves
We hope these unique ideas bring some fun into the bar or bat mitzvah you’re arranging. For these and other bar & bat mitzvah or Jewish-themed products, shop here!