Your family is about to celebrate a major life cycle event - your child is becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. You've received the date, the Torah and Haftorah portions and maybe even reserved the event space. Now it's time to decide on the THEME!
There are many options to choose from, so how do you start? Here is how to get inspiration to pick the perfect theme:
From the invitation to the place cards to environmentally friendly centerpieces, do your part to save our planet while celebrating your special day. Send your guests home with a reusable bag filled with healthy treats and a message of why sustainability is important to you. If possible, DONATE your centerpieces to schools, hospitals, senior centers or wherever you can have an impact in brightening the day of another person.
2) Be a Mensch
Direct a portion of your monetary gifts to a cause or charity that has meaning for you. Share your wishes with your friends and family and let them know why you have selected a cause that is near and dear to your heart. The centerpieces can be a nod to the charity - such as photos of rescue dogs - along with a message of why this charity is important to you.
3) Celebrate Great Jewish Men and Women
Clearly you are the star of the day, but you can also pay homage to the many Jewish men and women who have made significant contributions to the arts, politics, business and many other areas of society. Famous women include Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sheryl Sandberg, Joan Rivers, and Tory Burch. Famous Jewish men like Adam Sandler, Daniel Radcliffe, Andy Cohen, Adam Levine, and Superman...what? Yes, Superman has Jewish roots. The hero’s creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster were the children of Jewish immigrants. The comic book industry, where they spent a significant portion of their young careers, was created in New York by Jews like Max Ginsburg, Bob Kahn, and Jacob Kurtzberg. So go ahead, incorporate superheroes into your theme - everyone will love the "Mensch of Steel."
4) Be True to Your Passion
Show your passion for food, art, music, sports, technology, color, nature, acting, dance, movie or magic as you celebrate becoming a Jewish adult. Your friends and family will celebrate you for who you are and how you define yourself. And most importantly of all, ENJOY every moment. You have worked long and hard for this special day. Here are some ideas for themes.
- MLB - Baseball - or your favorite football or other sports team
- Broadway - New York, NY
- Time Traveler - pick your favorite decade
- Met Gala
- Music Festival
- One Night in Paris
- Island Vibes
- Miami Beach
- Pretty in Pink - or your favorite color
- Jungle or Animals
- Food Network or Cooking
- Jewish Deli
- Music - or your favorite musician
- Flowers, Hearts or your favorite shape
- Neon Nights
Leave your theme ideas in the comments!