Here is a Bar/Bat Mitzvah Plan for a Beach Theme

A beach Bar Mitzvah theme is one that all party goers will enjoy. After the Torah service at the synagogue, the Bar Mitzvah boy (or Bat Mitzvah girl), as well as you and your guests will be ready to relax and celebrate your son's big day in style.


The most important thing to decide once you choose to have a beach theme is how casual you want it to be. Should your guests come to the party in beach attire or will they stay in their formal clothes? Guests will naturally have to go to synagogue in formal clothes, so they will need to know in advance if you want them to change outfits. Believe it or not, most guests will want to dump the suits and heels for something more casual!

Table Place Cards

Incorporating your place cards is easy for this theme. Each table can have a different tropical picture, like a pink flamingo, a palm tree, sand, sea shells, etc. If you like, you can tie in the centerpieces and make each table match the place card theme.

On the table with the cards, you can have small inflatable palm trees and stuffed pink flamingos to get your guests into the theme as soon as they walk into the catering hall.


Depending on your budget, you can get fancy and hire someone to make them for you, or you can do it yourself.

One friend had a beach them Bar Mitzvah and made the centerpieces herself. She filled a bucket with sand and added a shovel and small decorative seashells at the top. Helium balloons were tied to the handle of the pail. Seashells surrounded the pail. Inexpensive and reusable!

Another inexpensive centerpiece idea is to fill vases with seashells and have a balloon bouquet coming from the center. You can purchase the shells and vases at craft stores when they are on sale or when you have a coupon.

A third alternative for a beach centerpiece is to buy votives with palm tree cutouts and have them lit during the candle lighting ceremony. They can surround a simple vase of seashells or a vase filled with partway with sand and topped with seashells.

Sign In Board

This one is easy to incorporate into a beach Bar Mitzvah theme. You can create on or hire someone to do it in the shape of a surfboard! Other alternatives for sign-in boards are starfish and palm trees. Or you can use heavy foam board and create one yourself with tropical stickers and pictures.


The DJ will be giving away many items during the dance portions of the party. You can hand out many tropical novelties that tie in well with this theme. Buying them in bulk online saves both time and money.  Some choices are:


Inflatable palm trees, flamingos, and fi sh

Hula skirts


Tropical fish bubble bottles

Beach balls

Beachcomber hats

Bucket hats



Make sure your DJ has some tropical music to play during the party. Musical choices should include anything Beach Boys and Jimmy Buffet! Other songs you can request your DJ to play are:

Rock Lobster

Yellow Polka Dot Bikini

Surfin' USA


Summer Loving (Grease)

Hot, Hot, Hot

Theme from Hawaii Five-O

Beach Baby

Cruel Summer

Vacation (Go-Go's)

Make sure the party games include the Limbo.

Party Favors

As a parting gift to each guest who is a child, parents might want to give a party favor with a beach theme. Beach bags make the perfect gift! If you like, fill them with sunglasses and flip flops!

Other beach theme choices include:

Tank tops

Personalized Water Bottles

Bags of tropical themed candy

A CD of beach music

A beach Bar Mitzvah theme is sure to be a hit any time of year!