A Bookish Bar Mitzvah – How to theme and brand a party without losing yourself!
The theming of a party is very important but must stop just short of being overwhelming or kitschy, rather it should be eye-catching, understated and above all, original. Here we show you an example of how to incorporate a theme, in this case at a bar mitzvah, without letting it overtake the festivities.
The Bar mitzvah boy here is an avid reader so books were the obvious way to go. 800 hard-back books had been donated by different libraries in the area, and all the covers were removed, leaving some stunning and colourful props for the evening throughout the venue. Guests were also encouraged to take home any book that caught their eye, and many did! Table numbers were made from pages of real books, so was the gift box and the place settings.The escort cards were made of wooden book marks, engraved with both the name of the guest as well as the logo created for the occasion.
Creating a logo is an easy way to make the event absolutely unique to you. In this case the logo was used on cocktail straws, place settings, all signage, sweatshirts with the logo on the back were thrown into the dancing crowd by the DJ and even the staff were sporting branded T-shirt’s. The hotel gift bag for out-of-town guests sported the logo and was used throughout the weekend. The signing station incorporated a chair for people to sign rather than a poster board, and that chair became the Hora chair for the Bar mitzvah Boy to be raised in on the dance floor and then to keep forever more.
The “hairspray station” was extremely popular with the teenagers (boys and girls), stencils of the logo were used to spray colour directly onto the hair. Different colours and sizes were available. Of course it wasn’t permanent pigment – got to keep the parents calm!
Without being creative in ANY other way, the logo goes a long way to personalising any party. So see your theme as an undercurrent to your event, rather than the main attraction and you’ll be onto a winner! Plus its not bad having your own “Merch”