Now that summer is over (boo), and the kids are back to school, it’s time to start thinking about your child’s upcoming bar or bat mitzvah plans. For those of you just beginning to brainstorm, Susan Lane Events has the scoop on all the hot trends for next year and beyond:
1. Club or Lounge
For girls as well as boys, the lounge look is in style. Teens just seem to be more comfortable interacting with each other in a more casual environment- not to mention sleek! Sophisticated and unexpected elements are being used in the décor, like standing or hanging lamps, white leather couches and banquettes, and fun ottomans.
2. Name and Logo
Teens are incorporating their name into the mitzvah event theme. Many parents love the idea of using their child’s initials, or a custom motif, to create a mitzvah logo, which is used throughout the event from the invitations and centerpieces to the cake and party favors. Looking for something eye popping? How about presenting the logo with their name so that it spreads across the room in bright, neon lights- now that would make for a great “wow” factor!
Whether it be your teen’s favorite kind of candy or favorite color, there are many ways to incorporate this sweet theme. Candy centerpieces such as bouquets of giant lollipops or square vases filled with pop rocks or rock candy lining the tables, are easy and affordable options to create.
Okay, so this one is mostly for the young ladies but nevertheless still a fun theme and all around crowd pleaser. We’re envisioning makeshift mannequin centerpieces, a mitzvah cake lined with pearls and jewels, and faux fur lined table linens. We love the idea of a runway leading into the ballroom dance floor. How’s that for a grand entrance?
5. Boston Sports Champions
Boston is known for having the best sports teams in recent history so why not showcase this in your son’s bar mitzvah theme? If he has a favorite team then let it be known to all who attend. There are many ways to incorporate this such as balloon arches filled balloons of the team’s colors, plasma screens playing snippets of games, and our personal favorite, a custom dance floor (vinyl covering) of the team’s logo!
6. Patterns and Fun Prints
Playful patterns like chevron, zebra, bold geometric prints and Moroccan patterns are showing up in everything from invitations to linens to GoBo lights! Coordinate your entire mitzvah design with one cohesive look and the result will be sleek and ultra chic. Flowers especially can enhance the prints. Why not add an opulent, colorful floral centerpiece to each table and put it in the spotlight! Each centerpiece can have its own dedicated spotlight to give off an elegant looking focal point. Focal points are key to pattern based themes as you want certain décor elements to be noticed over others.
7. Action and Superhero Themes
With all the superhero movies out in the theaters right now, it’s clear the comic book action heroes of both DC and Marvel are popular with the kids (and adults). Giant superhero logos on the walls and moving lights streaming those Batman and Superman silhouettes are just some examples on how to bring this theme to life. We’re thinking a photobooth with fun props such as capes, masks, and shields would be a hit. Now if we can only get Superman himself to make an appearance…
8. Bedazzle and Bling
As Marilyn Monroe said back in the 50’s- “diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” That feeling hasn’t changed 60 years later with some. Girls today love to have their entire event decked out in rhinestones and hanging “crystals” from the tables to the bars, and from their favors to their cake. Sparkle and shine is in. Crystals, sequins and glitter will be hot for years to come.
9. Hobbies and Interests
Whether your teen likes to go snowboarding or paintballing or just enjoys a night out at the theater, there are many ways to highlight his or her favorite activity in the event theme. Here are some of our favorites below:
10. New York, New York
The Big Apple theme is hot now. Street signs, backdrops of the city’s best loved icons and skylines are some of the things you’d probably see at an NYC themed bar or bat mitzvah.
Some of our favorite colors for 2014: Emerald Green, Hypnotiq Blue, and Vivacious Fuchsia!
Here are some fabulous venue ideas for Bar/Bat Mitzvahs!
Space 57 @ Revere Hotel:
There is so much you can do with this space, the possibilities are endless! A true loft style layout, there is a modern feel to the space that allows room for creativity. There are built in bars in the foyer which are perfect for cocktail hour for the adults and the fun Theater space on the opposite side of the entrance for the kids. We love the built in uplights in the entrance foyer that can be set to illuminate your favorite color. Plus outside caterers are allowed here so Susan Lane Events can even provide full service catering for you in addition to event design and coordination services.
There’s a large and opulent foyer space with high ceilings and plenty of room to lounge. Two completely separate spaces allow the kids and the adults to be parted if you wish, and then reconvene for the dinner portion of the evening. With dark gray carpeting and sleek black spandex linens, simplicity is key. Add a touch of any color you’d like and some gobo lights and voila!
In the basement of the Wilbur Theater downtown lies a unique venue perfect for bar/bat mitzvahs! Bright turquoise walls and aqua accents are the colors in the front space while shiny black and gray patterns with an Asian feel are what’s in the back lounge area. Reception-style would be the way to go here with high top tables and banquettes for seating allow for a more casual feel in lieu of a traditional sit down dinner. A very fun and bright space for an afternoon mitzvah! Just like Space 57, outside caterers are allowed, so let Susan Lane Events not only cater your event, but also provide event design and corr
For more ideas and to discuss options and pricing, please contact Susan Lane Events at (508) 783-1663.