The Mison Family Bat Mitzvah

The Mison family of Commerce Township, MI, recently celebrated their daughter Alex’s Bat Mitzvah the weekend of November 14th and 15th, 2014. Alex’s theme, Simply Alex, showcased her love for everything full of glitz and bling. For all those that know Alex, glitz and bling are “simply” her.

Alex’s pink, black, silver, glitter and bling color palate was used throughout the event including her invitation.

Alex’s service was held on Friday night at Temple Israel, MI. In her Dvar Torah, Alex described the similarities between the biblical Sarah and her late cousin, Julia Cobb. Alex found similarities between the biblical matriarch’s 127-year lifespan and her young cousin’s 8-year lifespan and spoke how they both inspired people. Alex’s cousin passed away a few years ago from Ewing’s Sarcoma, a form of pediatric cancer. Alex’s grandparents, Walter Mison and Margie Reid, presented Alex with her tallit, which also served in blessed memory of her deceased grandparents, Richard and Laura Grandon and Tamara Mison.

Alex and her family, Chris, Julie and little sister Ava were excited to celebrate at the Suburban Showcase Collection Diamond Center in Novi, MI!

When the guest arrived, they immediately saw the color palate and use of bling.

Alex’s logo was used throughout the evening.

Debbie LeClaire did an outstanding job with the décor. Here is Alex posing in the hors d’ oeuvres area of her party.

The place cards were presented on a table that featured one of the fun centerpieces.

Alex’s friends loved her sign in board that included a picture of Alex.

Hot pink, light pink, silver, black and plenty of glitter and bling were used throughout the room.

Alex’s aunt, Laurie Dyja, created a gorgeous, one of a kind candle lighting display. Aunt Laurie utilized clear vases of varying heights that had a ring of rhinestone bling across the top, hot pink water beads and floating candles. Alex had a traditional candle lighting ceremony, where she honored many special and important people in her life. The candle lighting ceremony was done in a fun rhyming manner. Her sister, Ava, helped her light the candles.

Alex with all her friends

MC Hollywood of Joe Cornell Entertainment kept the dance floor full all night long. Lots of giveaways were passed out, including light up Mohawks, light up bling rings, glow necklaces and bracelets, beaded necklaces, and of course blinged out silver hats and sequin ties. Prizes included blingy headphones, iPhone cases, fuzzy pillows, lava lamps, strobe lights, fuzzy and sparkly journals, blinged out water bottles, beanie hats with built in speakers, sequined headbands, sparkle make-up cases and portable speakers. The guests also received photos from Shutter Booth.

As a special surprise, Alex and her dad Chris performed a dance choreographed by Ericka Beletskiy of Studio A in Walled Lake and Birmingham, MI. The performance began with Chris singing “You Are So Beautiful To Me” and then led into a fun and entertaining dance. Alex and Chris picked songs that were special to them. Ericka made sure that Alex’s amazing talent as a dancer was showcased in the dance.

Alex’s girlfriends received black Bella boxy tanks with Alex’s logo in hot pink and the boys received a black drawstring bag with a masculine version of Alex’s logo. The favors were purchased from Brody’s in West Bloomfield, MI and Perfect Trading in Bloomfield Hills, MI

The event was catered by the Diamond Center. The adults enjoyed a sit down dinner, while Alex’s friends enjoyed a kids buffet. The desserts were plentiful and included sundae bar, sweet table, a pink cotton candy machine and pucker powder machine that allowed the kids to fill clear tubes with a variety of sugary flavors and colors. These fun machines were provided by Carnival Bounce of Farmington, MI

The family had an amazing night they will never forget.

Alex’s mitzvah project was especially meaningful to her and her family. She organized an event called Manis4Mitzvah where she raised over $1000 for the JuCan Foundation, a charity that was started in memory of her young cousin Julia. Alex, a self-taught nail artist, and several of her friends spent an afternoon at Studio A in Walled Lake, MI, giving manicures and passing out information about finding new treatments for children with cancer. For more information about this wonderful organization, please go to

Alex’s mom, Julie, enjoyed the entire mitzvah planning process. She especially loved spending extra time with Alex while planning and shopping. Julie’s advice is as follows, “Let your child be involved in the planning process. Never let them forget the absolute reason for the celebration. Continue to remind them and help them understand the significance of the event. What is means to be “coming of age”, the responsibility and specialness that come with it. Help them understand and take pride in all of the religious, traditional and cultural aspects as well. Reflect to them how special they are for their hard work and how proud you are about the young adult they have become.”

Julie also stresses the importance of having someone designated to handle any issues that arise on your special day so that you and your family can take in the amazing event and celebration. Julie and her family had the time of their lives and will never forget how the room was overflowing with love for the entire family.