A travel theme is a fun way to emulate being far, far away and translate your love of travel to your guests while staying local. Depending on the type of affair (Wedding, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Sweet 16, etc.), we’ve put together a ton of creative ways to incorporate a travel theme that we’re sure will work for you!
First things first, choose a venue! In the tri-state area there are a plethora of locations on both land and sea that will help bite guests with the travel bug!
Pictured above from top left: For The Jetsetter – The Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, Long Island; The Ocean Lover – The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, Connecticut; The Cruiser – Smooth Sailing Celebrations that charters yachts out of Weehawken, New Jersey or Yacht Events out of Chelsea Piers, New York; The Road Trip Lover – the Classic Car Club also in Manhattan. No matter your preferred method of travel, any of these venues will get you there…kind of!
Now that your venue has been decided, it’s time to invite friends and family! Your invitation is the first impression for guests and will help set the tone for the type of event you’re throwing. If a travel theme is the route you’re headed, these invitations from Bar Mitzvah Cards made to look like tickets or passports are great options!
Michael Zac Design Group offers a sophisticated and sleek option, perfect for a travel theme bar or bat mitzvah or a destination wedding.
Bar & Bat Mitzvah Centerpieces
Once the location is picked, it’s time to focus on how you’ll transform the physical space to make it exactly the way you want. Centerpieces are a great way to add fun, finishing details. Travel Cubes from Balloon Artistry allow you to feature four photos either from a personal vacation or a potential future vacation destination! Balloons emerge from the center of the cube making it eye catching and adding height to your tables.
Globes galore can be accented with anything – from pictures to replications of famous landmarks to passports and suitcases. Centerpieces available from Balloon Bouquets of Long Island.
Total Party uses globes and flags for international country-themed table centerpieces.
Another creative option is to use details that represent each country for an Around The World party theme, like this beautiful Thailand table from Mindy Weiss.
A full-wall backdrop can transport guests to another place! H&H Photographers captured this gorgeous backdrop featuring Hollywood in all its glory. Various colors accented with light and additional decorations make wall come alive.
Nancy Swiezy Events brought a fun and tropical vibe to a wedding ceremony at Angel Orensanz with a unique palm tree chuppah.
Much like you need a ticket to travel, your guests need a card to direct them to their seat. Escort or place cards are a great way to have some fun with your travel theme! Total Party creates passport escort cards for each guest with their table (or country/city/place) noted inside.
BizBash displays an open suitcase with escort cards made to look like tickets inside.
Translate your love of travel into table numbers, like these frames found on It’s a Bride’s Life. List a locale and a picture of you there to share your travel history with your guests!
Numbers attached to framed maps like the ones pictured from One Fab Day are also a stylish and fun way to display travel-themed table numbers.
Many teen parties, like Bar & Bat Mitzvahs and Sweet 16s, give away favors to commemorate the occasion. Tank tops, string bags, jerseys and other apparel from The Coolest Giveaways can be decked out with your custom travel-themed logo and event details. Guests can enjoy these fun mementos long after the event is over!
It’s important that guests stay hydrated as they tear up the dance floor, and these map water labels found on One Charming Party are such a cute and subtle way to incorporate the travel theme into your next event. Custom water bottle labels are available from Tailor Made Water.
Cake & Candle Lighting
Heather Barranco Dreamcakes creates the perfect cake for a travel theme wedding or bar/bat mitzvah. Luggage boxes make up each tier, topped with all the travel essentials!
Pink Cake Box takes a traditional tiered cake and loads it with travel-themed details, from a cake-topping globe to luggage tags and a travel-ready iPhone!
Soar to new heights with an airplane candle lighting display, available from Life O’ The Party!
For those tying the knot, the Ketubah is a great way to incorporate your love of travel into your Jewish wedding ceremony. This personalized piece of art will be present at your affair, and then saved, treasured and displayed for many years to come!
There is literally something for everybody, especially when it comes to party planning! For a unique sign-in board, Balloon Artistry can create one especially to your liking, adding hints of travel to the border of a classic board.
Circles of Life created world yarmulkes that don’t just look awesome, but have an awesome social aspect as well. Made of 100% biodegradable seed paper, these yarmulkes are fashion- and eco-friendly. The countries aren’t the only things green on this kippah!
A video montage of photos, like this one from Marvelous Montages, is a unique idea to give guests a glimpse into your life…and travels! Play the video as guests eat so they can really focus their attention on it! Watch Video Montage.
We couldn’t resist sharing this photo from One Fab Day, of a wedding couple’s rings displayed on mini globes. They say life is about the journey, not the destination, and we believe the same to be true of love!!
Theme: Travel (View Big List of Bat/Bar Mitzvah & Party Themes)