Party Planning: Sports themed Bar Mitzvah

If you are a regular reader you may have noticed I have been somewhat MIA these past few weeks.  Well I have been SO busy working on some great parties.  The first one up is a sports themed bar mitzvah.  For this party I was brought on to mostly coordinate the day of events but to add a few Obsessive Crafter touches here and there.

Take a look at the completely DIY centerpieces I created for the bar mitzvah boys…

The first bar mitzvah boy volunteered at the ASPCA and collected dog and cat toys/treats.  Using milk bones and a combination of cat/dog toys this centerpiece was easily executed with vases that the moms had around the house and the donations the child collected.
A great trick one of the mom’s taught me was to order chair sashes from the linen company.  They are super cheap and a great and QUICK way to add some extra color and texture to the center of the tables.

The other bar mitzvah boy LOVES baseball and he decided to collect used baseball gear to donate to the children in the Dominican Republic.  As you may or may not know baseball is a huge lifeline for youth in the Dominican Republic to get out of poverty and get to America.  He collected over $9000 worth of gear.

Again, using the donations, chair sashes and vases that we all contributed we made these baseball centerpieces.  I love the way they came out and what a great way to display the kids hard work!

Since there were so many guests at the luncheon we also had “combined” tables which were decorated with foam cubes that had photos of the boys volunteering and balloons.  Here is a look at one half of the room…

I love the difference in height and the blue, brown and red really worked well together.  While I can’t take credit for the next two displays I have to say the Chef did an AMAZING job making the buffet look creative and the food was so delicious!

Okay so that was the luncheon after services and now onto the party.  The event was held at Minute Maid Park and the theme was ESPBEN.  Colors for the night were red, black and white (just like ESPN)  Here are a few of my crafty touches.  
First up the candy bar – we had a great time coming up with this non-traditional looking candy bar.  Since there were about 70 kids we felt like the glass apothecary jars might be dangerous for them since they basically ATTACK the candy bar.  These wooden trays came from Garden Ridge Pottery and worked out awesome.  The ones that had candy in them we lined with a linen napkin and the one with the candy bags I used fake grass (see more info below).  I also added red grosgrain ribbon to attach the scoops.  The scoops I found for less than a dollar at Party City.  While they come in tons of colors, we chose to go with the classic silver look.

Next up are these two centerpieces that were used in the adult area. The square vase was repurposed from the luncheon and was no cost since the family had them at home.  I added the grosgrain ribbon and the baseball sticker that was created for the hospitality bags (they were made on Avery label sheets).  The venue gave us the peanuts and we barely needed any to fill up the vases.  The green grass was a fantastic find at a local store going out of business sale.  It worked really well since it comes in 10″x10″ sheets that I just cut up to fit what I needed.  Lastly, the baseballs were part of the gear that was donated. 
It was such a great time getting to work with the families as they celebrated this momentous rite of passage.  Hopefully you can use these fairly inexpensive centerpiece ideas for your next animal or sports themed party!
Happy Crafting!
Rene

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