Book-themed Bar Mitzvah

We are heading into one of my birthday seasons that happens to fall right between Easter and Mother’s Day. The trouble with a cluster of birthdays is that it makes it really difficult to get each party blogged before moving on to the next one. Because of that, I have several parties from the last year or two that have never found their way to the blog, yet! I am really hoping to play catch-up on that over the next couple of weeks, but I still need to prepare for the upcoming parties so no promises.

Book Club Birthday

A couple of years ago I was prepping for my daughter’s Book Club birthday. It was a party I really enjoyed throwing because it was so perfect for my daughter and her friends and their interests.

A while back I was thrilled when these gorgeous images showed up in my inbox of a book-themed Bar Mitzvah thrown by a reader, Kristen, for her son. She describes herself as “just a mom”, but when she is not driving the Mom taxi, she is a college English professor with a crafty side.

Book theme Bar Mitzvah

She writes:

Hi Kendra,It has been almost a year since I saw your blog and was inspired to create a book themed bar mitzvah for our son.  Anyway, without your help, I would’ve been lost!  I though I would share a few pictures from Shane’s party.  We were so happy that the main focus was on the religious service, but that he loved how his mom made some cool decorations!  Again, thanks!

Book Bar Mitzvah library cards

Honestly, it looks like Kristen had plenty of her own amazing ideas, but I have to tell you that the greatest reward a blogger can receive is to know that our ideas have blessed the lives of someone else. So thank you so much for sharing these, Kristen.



I love her take on the color scheme and ideas for centerpieces that could be adapted for a bookish shower or even a wedding.


The Scrabble tiles are a fun touch (I LOVE word games)!



And I should have verified, but I’m pretty sure she used a mold to make these chocolate books that topped the cupcakes. Simple and thematic!




Thanks Kristen and family for being willing to share your special day with us!


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  1. Kristen Carley says

    Hi Kendra!

    Well, you have made our collective day in our home! Shane feels like a superstar!! FYI for your readers: The tiles on the vase are Shane’s initials and the place cards (library cards) listed Shane’s first solo read, favorite books, and even his own stories. We also found inspirational quotes about reading, printed them on notecards and displayed them on mini clipboards I found at AC Moore. Most of the guests took them home! As I said before, you were the muse for his party and we are so grateful!

    I can’t wait to see what else you create, besides beautiful kids!

    Thanks again, Kendra!

    Kristen, Kevin, Sam and Shane!


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