A Basketball Themed Bar Mitzvah

A Basketball Themed Bar Mitzvah


This family celebrated their son’s Bar Mitzvah at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco with an evening party at Mission Bay Conference Center.

The theme was easy to figure out since this Bar Mitzvah boy loves basketball. They had lots of unique touches and we thank them for sharing these ideas with our readers.

Scott Lasky of Scott Lasky Photography was their photographer and the rest of the vendor information is listed at the bottom.






The vellum invitation was created by The Desk Set.



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Keeping with the basketball theme, guests received basketball picture frames with their seating card.



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The frames and NBA stickers were ordered online and then they printed out names and table numbers on 5×7 paper

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The finished place cards!


Stamp - Mitzvah Decor


Christina from Glow Event Design created the basketball decor for this celebration. His basketball logo was used in many elements of the decor. It was projected on the wall, used for his custom postage stamps, on the dance floor decal, stickers and thank you notes.


Ticktin decor

This personal collection of bobbleheads were used on the cocktail tables and the large basketball confetti was found on etsy.com

Ticktin decor

The jersey centerpieces were purchased by the family and then donated to the San Francisco Boys & Girls Club

Ticktin decor
The room is ready for guests

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Many pairs of Nike shoes and basketball centerpiece items were donated as well

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The floor decal was created by a graphic designer

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These basketball wristbands were found at Party City

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The young guests showing off their wristbands!



Stamp - Mitzvah Music


Denon and Doyle provided the music entertainment with Patrick as the MC.



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Their venue, Mission Bay provided many of the fun additional entertainment that was on hand for their guests.



Ticktin fun
Young guests enjoyed pool

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Air hockey


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Ping pong

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Cool props for their photo favors by Denon and Doyle

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A homemade photo sign-in book

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Fun photo booth




Mom Leslie found all the orange, gray and black candy and Christina from Glow Event Design put it all together.



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The basketball theme continues on the candy bar!

Ticktin exit

Their logo was on the candy bags

Ticktin exit

A Toasty Melts truck provided the delicious grilled cheese for their guests




Here’s some Mom-to-Mom advice from Leslie: “Remember that the celebration is for your child’s hard work and dedication during this life cycle moment! It’s very easy to get caught up in the planning, and lose focus…I love the little details (basketball confetti, basketball cocktail napkins, orange candy for the buffet etc.) but being truly present during my son’s Bar Mitzvah service was my goal, and I am happy to say that I enjoyed every minute! (See if your rabbi will spend some time with your family immediately before the service, that was wonderful for us!) Jared was so poised on the bimah and he spoke beautifully while sending a great message to the congregation…and afterwards, we were thrilled to PARTY all night to help him celebrate with our family and friends.”


Stamp - Mitzvah Project Idea


For his Mitzvah Project, Jared helped cook meals for Koret Family House, a non-profit guesthouse where families stay while their critically ill children receive treatment at UCSF Children’s Hospital.

Koret Family House


Stamp Vendor's Directory


The following vendors helped to make this celebration special. If you give any of these vendors a call, please make sure you mention you read about their services on MitzvahMarket.com.

Venue:/Games Mission Bay Conference Center
Party Planner: Christina Millikin, Glow Event Design
Music Entertainment: MC Patrick, Denon and Doyle
Extra Entertainment: Photo booth, Denon and Doyle
Invitation: The Desk Set
Place card frames: www.4imprint.com
NBA stickers: www.gumball.com
Basketball confetti: Etsy.com
Wall Silhouettes: DaliDecals.com
Mitzvah Exit: Grilled cheese truck to surprise guests, Toasty Melts
Party security: Feliks and Anatoliy, F & A Security Service
Photographer: Scott Lasky
Videographer: Doug Wolf, 925-256-4425


Posted in Mitzvah Spotlight, Family