The Johnson Mitzvah Family Spotlight

The Johnson Mitzvah Family Spotlight

The Johnson family from Houston, Texas, celebrated their daughter Haley’s Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, August 30, 2014, at Congregation Brith Shalom in Bellaire, Texas and a reception following at The Wynden, a catering facility in Houston, Texas.

The theme, “Peace, Love and Cupcakes,” came about three years earlier when Haley saw it on a sign in a cupcake store. At that moment Haley declared that would be her Bat Mitzvah theme. From that point on there was no looking back!

The family put together a bright, cheerful party to reflect Haley’s bright, colorful personality.


Pictured L-R: Dad Keith, Bat Mitzvah girl Haley, Brother Noah and Mom Betsy. 

The photography was done by Jordan Scheiner Photography and the rest of the vendor information is listed at the bottom of the spotlight.





 The family worked with Marsha Rubenstein of Stationary Etc. on this laser cut invitation.



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The entire invitation suite was in various colors and font sizes





 Haley’s service was held at Congregation Brith Shalom.



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 Haley was all smiles on the bimah

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Brother Noah wearing the tie-dyed custom kippot. Mom Betsy bought tie-dye fabric from a local store and then had all the kippot custom made by Greenfield Judaica.




 Mom Betsy is quite creative and talented and came up with many of the elements and details herself including the place cards, centerpieces, giant cupcake gift holder and candle lighting display. She also worked with Jim Koehn, of Behind the Scenes, who designed most of the colorful and festive ballroom decor and signage.



Johnson entrnance

This fabulous entrance said it all!

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Decor included bright and happy colors to accentuate the fun and whimsical feel

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The place card table held vibrant colored trays with cupcake place cards

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Each cupcake place card featured the guests’ name and was placed on sprinkles; so cute!


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Custom made directional “Mash” sign let guests know which direction to go

Johnson lounge
The kids’ lounge area had couches accented with peace sign and cupcake pillows

 haley johnson spotlight decor

The theme was carried through to the centerpieces, incorporating vivid images of cupcakes, peace signs and hearts 





One of the many details Mom Betsy created was this cupcake gift holder.



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So real you want to “take a bite!”

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The cocktail tables had cupcake centerpieces along with custom napkins with Haley’s initial





This black light-up peace sign, from PB Teen, was the perfect sign-in.


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 The peace sign now hangs in Haley’s bedroom




 Haley and her friends enjoyed an awesome evening of entertainment and dancing courtesy of MC Corey and Maxed Out Entertainment.



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 Haley dancing with a big smile

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For the Horah, Haley was lifted in a special chair decorated by her Mom

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Haley had a blast with her friends dancing…

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And with all of her friends on the dance floor



One of the many creative touches from the party, this Horah chair, was lovingly designed by Mom Betsy.


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The front of the chair

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The back of the chair included Haley’s Bat Mitzvah date and theme






There was a henna artist on hand to create beautiful designs. Wait til you see where one creative guest had his henna tattoo placed!  There was also a photo booth for everyone to enjoy.




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 Haley chose to have a beautiful design on her hand

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One guest chose to have a kippot design on the top of his head!

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There were fun props that guests enjoyed and the photos were customized with Haley’s logo and graphics




This tie-dye four tiered cake in Haley’s favorite colors included peace signs, hearts and a giant cupcake on top.


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 It  looked great and was delicious too!





 The candle lighting display was also created by Mom Betsy.


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 It had cupcakes on either end, peace signs, hearts and the base was wrapped in a tie-dye fabric


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Some of Haley’s friends lighting their candle





 Haley’s friends left with a tie-dyed t-shirt that said, “Got Wild and Ate Cupcakes at Haley’s Bat Mitzvah.”



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 Haley proudly showed-off her favor





Haley collected board games that were donated to Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas.


 Johnson Mitzvah Project

 Haley ready to donate all the great games she collected 



Some advice from Mom Betsy:
“My advice is start early and only work with people that see your vision. They will make your weekend so much easier and less stressful. And remember this is a party for your child so make sure they are included in the decisions. The planning can be as much of a wonderful experience as the weekend. And when something crazy happens (like your cupcakes for your cupcake party don’t show up…yes that really did happen) hug your child, drag them on the dance floor and just keep the party going.”





The following vendors helped to make Haley’s Bat Mitzvah special. If you give any of them a call, let them know you read about their services on


Venue: The Wynden, 281-768-6070
Party Planner: Mom Betsy
Jordan Scheiner Photography, 713-828-0374
Joseph Lipp Lipp Videography, 713-385-8184
Music Entertainment:
MC Cory Baum, Maxed Out DJ, 832-860-2286
Décor: Jim Koehn, Behind the Scenes, 713-666-8901
: The Adair Group, 800-537-4232
Favor Printing: Annette Williams, Wearables Etc., 713-339-1373
Photobooth: Kraitman Photography,832-398-1690
Henna: The Original Henna Company, 281-630-8389
Invitation: Michael’s Invitations/Marsha Rubenstein Stationery, Etc.,
Cake: Stephanie Soland, 281-732-1710
board: PB Teen
Candlelighting, placecards, table numbers, Horah chair: Mom Betsy
Kippot: Fabric, Hobby Lobby; Greenfield Judaica, 718-633-8103
Napkins: The Knot Shop
Itty Bitty Ice Cream Sandwiches: RICCA Gourmet, 713-805-4365
Dippin Dots: Dave Seeburger, Champion Concessions, LLC, 619-892-2784
Haley’s temple dress: Macy’s
Haley’s party dress
: Sherri Hill, Nordstom
Mom’s service dress: Dillards
Mom’s party Dress: T. Carolyns
Brother Noah’s suit: Nordstom
Dad suit: Jos. A. Banks
Hair: Aimee Goldman, 713-443-8233

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