The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas draws raves from both children and adults with its jungle theme bat mitzvahs, featuring elaborate buffets and authentic South African desserts including klappertert (coconut pie) and akwadu (baked bananas with coconut).
For a jungle theme bat mitzvah, the reception area at the Venetian Hotel-Resort-Casino features ice safari scenes and a jungle drum bar made of ice. The guest of honor makes her entrance on a litter carried by Zulu warriors.
S&R Originals in Tarzana, Calif., creates a bat mitzvah keying on the biblical-theme novel "The Red Tent." Using 2,000 square yards of crushed red velvet, the event team transforms a modern space into a desert camp. Here, a wash of red lighting and a lace pattern projection transform a ceiling into a tent interior. Photo by Alex Barker.
S&R Originals uses reeds, urns and fruit to create period centerpieces for the "Red Tent" bat mitzvah. Photo by Alex Barker.
For the dance-loving daughter of a show business family, MGM MIRAGE Events, Las Vegas, uses cabaret-theme decor, including top hats and canes suspended above tables. Centerpieces feature flowers combined with tutu-pink tulle.
Gold Events & Co. of Chester, N.J., creates an elegant under-the-sea event for a bat mitzvah.
At her under-the-sea party from Gold Events & Co., the bat mitzvah girl emerges from a seashell to greet her guests.
Mitchell's Catering & Events of Raleigh, N.C., turns a country club ballroom into a royal winter wonderland for a bat mitzvah, using candlelight, "snow," white floral and silver and white striped tent turrets. "Prince Charming" himself hand-delivered invitations.
For a Texas bat mitzvah girl in love with all things New York, Larry Leathers Design Services and A Special Event, both in Dallas, create "Morgan Takes Manhattan" inside a Dallas convention center. One corridor was a "subway station," complete with break dancers; the party decor keyed on Times Square glam with JumboTron screens.
The "Morgan Takes Manhattan" bat mitzvah dinner features Gotham street food such as pretzels, hot dogs, pizza and deli sandwiches.
At the "Morgan Takes Manhattan" bat mitzvah from Larrry Leathers Design Services and A Special Event, the honoree and her Rockettes-style "Morganettes" take the stage to entertain guests.
Miami-based A Joy Wallace Catering Production & Design Team brings Paris alive for a bat mitzvah girl with a passion for French fashion and culture. Here, a 16-foot replica of the Arc de Triomphe.
The French bat mitzvah from A Joy Wallace includes logo'd hoodies for guests.
For a fashion-loving teen, Rogers & Gala Creative Partners of Charlotte, N.C., creates a fashion-forward event that includes a fashion show, a South Beach taco bar, and Jolly Rancher "mocktinis." Photo by Casey Cunningham.
The Rogers & Gala fashion bat mitzvah enables guests to "meet" such superstar couturiers as "Karl Lagerfeld." Photo by Casey Cunningham.
A makeup bar is part of the fun at the Rogers & Gala fashion bat mitzvah. Photo by Casey Cunnnigham.
For the bat mitzvah of an aspiring fashion designer, Canfield, Ohio-based Something New Events uses giant buttons and spools of thread as decor elements.
At the designer bat mitzvah, Something New Events sets up frames that morph from designs to live models.
For the fashion designer bat mitzvah, Something New Events puts dressmaker dummies on tabletops.
Plan-It Parties of North Potomac, Md., and Syzygy Event Productions of Gaithersburg, Md., team up to dream up "Amanda's Chocolate Factory," a bat mitzvah featuring an over-the-top, Willy Wonka candy world. Decor includes a 200-gallon chocolate pond edged with giant mushrooms and flowers.
Whimsical elements at the Plan-It "candy" bat mitzvah include Cold Flow C02 nozzles, bubble machines and low-lying fog, all creating the candy factory theme.
Some 3,000 pounds of candy go into the Plan-It "candy" bat mitzvah.