Just wanted to say thank you for everything you did to make Aliya’s bat mitzvah a success. She told us it was the best night of her life. Mission accomplished and we couldn’t have done it without you! I really appreciate your attention to every detail and that you stayed til 12.59am to ensure the room was spotless. And thank you for taking care of us during the bat mitzvah!
-Sheryl Kramer
 Bat Mitzvah Client

I was so happy with Samara's services.  From the moment I signed the contract, I knew that I was in good hands and did not have to worry about anything.  Her ability to come up with creative designs and clever touches made our bar mitzvah wonderful.  She suggested an ice sculpture live presentation, and sure enough the guests were captivated!  I was just so happy to leave all of the coordination of details to Samara so that I only had to make the big decisions.  Samara planned the bar mitzvahs for both of my sons and they were wonderful!  I highly, highly recommend her services to anyone!  We were very pleased with everything.

-Kristen Natelson Repeat Bar Mitzvah Client


It was a wonderful weekend in all, and the party was awesome. I really was so thrilled with the decor. Thank you for your coordination, suggestions, and attention to detail. What a breeze!
-Sheila Leif
Bat Mitzvah Client

I hired Celebrations by Samara to assist me in planning our 25th anniversary New Year’s celebration in our home. Samara’s creativity, efficiency, strong network of vendors and support helped me plan a unique and special event at an affordable price. My event went from ordinary to memorable thanks to working with Samara! I will certainly hire her again and recommend her highly to anyone who wants to add some “wow factors” to a special party.” The truth is I’ve planned many events and rarely hire party planners. What I wanted was someone to bounce ideas off of and help me move the needle…you were that person. You are very talented and I love that even across the miles we made it work! Thank you again, Samara, for partnering with me. It was a real pleasure to work with you and fun to get to know you better.
-Lauren Blachman
New Year's Event/Anniversary Client

Samara, thank you so much for helping to plan our amazing event. We all had a great time…it was magical!!!!
-Bianca Wigder
Bat Mitzvah Client

Fantastic night. Everything was so beautiful. Thank you
-PolinaStrug
Bat Mitzvah Client

We have gotten dozens of calls complimenting the entire party. I think it was a great welcome to summer, let your hair down event. Thanks so much for knocking it out of the park.
-Rob Thomas
Wife's Surprise Birthday Party

Dear Samara, I wanted to send you a personal thank you note, due to the fact that we had such a good time at the surprise party that you put together this weekend in Houston. I must say that as an event marketer myself, I was impressed at how you were able to get a bunch of us to have a good time. The location was great, the series of fun activities was a blast, (really liked the photobooth), the food was great, and best of all the music and band were great. Thanks again for all the effort that you and your team put into the event, it was a stunning success, everyone had a fun time.
-J.D.B.
Adult Birthday Party Guest

It was a great event. Everyone was talking about the party this morning. Thank you for everything!
-Betsy Elliott
Corporate Annual Holiday Party (for 4 years)

The more I look at the photos of the bat mitzvah and all that it took to put it together, the more I say to myself how lucky we were to have you do this for us. Everything was just so beautiful and put together so well. All your ideas came through and made the whole weekend beautiful. The props and the layout of the room with all the decorations for the luncheon.For the work that was done to arrange the party room. All these things I saw in the pictures and had a chance to think about, and they were all you’re doing. You really are very, very talented Samara! I have worked with Samara on several occasions for my business as well as personal events. Her execution of projects is superb. Timing, planning, contract negotiation, creative input, and her communication skills are some of her strong points. She is developing a strong, well respected and fine reputation. She is constantly expanding her client base, thereby aligning her company for strong future growth. I work with several business people under 40 years old everyday. Rarely do I see someone as well rounded who contributes to her industry, as Samara does. Samara is very dedicated to her industry and is well respected by her peers in her industry. All seem to respect and admire her for her hard work, tenaciousness and high integrity.
-Bob Bernstein
Bat Mitzvah Client

Samara is an amazing event organizer. In addition to helping us with our company Christmas party, the very first wedding she ever did was my wedding and she did our daughter’s high school graduation party. With no prior wedding experience, she pulled off an 8 hour perfect event for over 250 people that our friends still talk about as the best wedding they have ever attended. Samara’s excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, understanding of the entire event industry, and her personal interaction skills with customers prove that she has every necessary characteristic of someone that has been and will continue to be successful for many years. She possesses an excellent business sense, great negotiating skills, and great personal contacts that keep her and Celebrations By Samara in touch with the needs of every client and event style. Celebrations By Samara will be THE event planner in Houston to go to.
-Jack Ikenaga
Wedding, Birthday and Corporate Holiday Party Client

Thank you for all your expertise, dedication and hard work to make Kendall’s bat mitzvah weekend so spectacular. She led services so beautifully, and you helped ensure all the surrounding celebrations were spectacular. I look forward to “working” and “playing” together again soon!
-Elyse & Lewis Kalmans
Bat Mitzvah Client

The party was great and everything ran smoothly. The kids had an awesome time, the food was amazing and the buses perfect!! Kristin was fantastic ~ super helpful but low key which I loved. The kids loved the light up rings and hats. The cake tasted so good. The furniture group were so professional and helpful. Most of all the food – so good!
-Terri Armstrong
Sweet 16 Client

I hired Samara with short notice to coordinate and manage my daughter’s bat mitzvah. There were other unexpected challenges and curve balls from venue and vendors. Putting in extra late hours and weekends, Samara was able to pull it all together, add a creative edge and vendors she has great relationships with, and we had 2 incredible events that weekend. We got rave reviews on the party! Location, DJ, decor setup, food, desserts and staffing. When leaving, some of my daughter’s friends said “best party ever!” Even a few that had their own mitzvahs recently.”
-Cass Schwartz
Bat Mitzvah Client

Samara Hurley is celebrating her fifth year in business. My magazine, Ciao Bella! recently featured her on our cover and in the magazine. Samara is extremely bright and talented. She is very creative, organized, an amazing multi-tasker, conscientious, pays attention to detail and creates satisfied clients. Samara is very well-connected and well-liked in the community. She belongs and participates in many organizations. Samara co-sponsored a party for my magazine and was able to pull in her many colleagues to participate and to attend. She a is very philanthropic, is always helping out in the community and raising money for various causes near and dear to her heart. Samara is a dedicated mother, wife and friend to many.
-Heidi Supurn
Editor and Publisher of Ciao Bella! Magazine

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hank you, once again, for allowing me to be a guest at my own event. My sister said it best: She noticed that it was fun to be with me all weekend because I was calm; she pointed out that I had obviously hired people I trusted, which allowed me to “let go” of the details and enjoy the weekend. Saturday night’s Boardwalk was a wonderful party…The decor and layout were perfect. The kids had a blast — it was an ideal “boy party”. The food was delightfully appropriate and the DJ was fantastic…You, of course, were a gem, thinking of details so that I didn’t have to and taking care of everything so that I could really be in the moment and not worry about anything — things that went “wrong” or right. Sometimes it’s the little things and sometimes it’s the big things – like being able to visualize how to transform the ballroom into an arcade and working within my budget, but always I felt confident that Brandon’s bar mitzvah party was in good hands…you allowed me to focus on what was important: the religious and family significance of the event.
-Margaret Jelinek Lewis
Bar Mitzvah Client

“Working with Samara Hurley was an absolute pleasure. She truly was my fairy godmother, if fairy godmothers came in pint size form, with killer style. Samara is one of the most organized individuals I have ever met. She returned my calls and emails within nanoseconds and always had an answer to my questions. Planning my Houston wedding from Chicago would have been an insanely stressful task, had we not hired Samara to wave her magic wand and help us from the beginning. She went above and beyond to make our wedding day special and an authentic reflection of who we are as a couple. She offers honest and straightforward advice; her experience in the event planning industry and connections in the Houston area, make her someone you undoubtably want in your corner. Samara Hurley is worth every penny. She creates real relationships with her clients; I even found myself wanting to correspond with her while on my honeymoon! We may have met as wedding planner and bride, but now Samara is someone I fondly think of as a dear friend.”
-Andrea Rappaport-Amdur
Bride of the Year, 2014

“Thank you so much for EVERYTHING! I don’t know how you do it. LOVED the two performers you found. They were both AMAZING. Was a perfect addition.”
-Lee Ann Grossberg B'nai Mitzvah Client

“Magician…Miracle Worker…Dream Maker…All of these descriptors sum up the geniuses of Samara! The vision for my husband’s 30th birthday celebration came to life fully. ALL of his friends (and mine too) are calling it the party of the year thanks to Samara! I have to agree! Samara is an awesome partner and visionary of events. I was sad to see the party end, because the energy transpired was only that of what you see in the movies! To have an event without Samara, is like baking a cake with no oven – not ideal! Simply put, she’s the BEST!!!”
-Tiffany Lemon
30th Birthday Client

“We are still talking about the ice sculpture! It was an awesome night and we have never been to a party like this before. The DJ’s & dancers kept the crowd alive and on their feet the whole night. Thank you again for such an amazing and great time.”
-Gary
Bar Mitzvah Guest

“You are still my Fairy Godmother! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything. You work so hard and are so detail and solution oriented – I don’t know how you do it all and so well.”
-Gail Shoss
Bat Mitzvah Client

“Thank you for ALL your hard work. The weekend was spectacular. Looking forward to Round 2!”
-Elyse Kalmans
B'not Mitzvah Client

“What can I say…working with you over the past 8 months has been the greatest! The party was a dream, and you are truly a gem. I love you and thank you with all my heart.”
-Audrey Wachsberg
B'nai Mitzvah Client

The party went great. Everything was really cute! Anna loved it. I enjoyed working with you. Thanks!”
-Jeanie Simonich
Kid's Birthday Party Client

“As a guest, your staff members were pleasant, outgoing, warm and friendly. The Wachsberg B’nai Mizvah was just full of fun and we could all see the hard work and creativity that you, Audrey [our client] and your team put into the weekend.”
-Fran Gross Katzenellenbogen
B'nai Mitzvah Guests

“The party was fabulous! The decorations were really stunning! Everything flowed and the food was delicious. You are definitely a genius and a hard worker. Thanks again!”
-Pepi Kahn & Bob Gotleib
Birthday Party Clients

“Samara took on our wedding as her first wedding and it wasn’t just a small friends and family affair. It was a no-holds barred, drag-out, party till 2am with 250 people rocking until the end wedding to remember. Few people get to ever see or attend a wedding like this. Every guest felt like they were personally catered to and the entire experience was truly magical. Lisa and I had the wedding of our dreams, and the most fun I have ever had. We had such great rapport with Samara – I think we’ve adopted her – and she knew what we wanted with very little effort or back and forth. She (and Erin) made what would have been impossible for us to pull off (even with just a regular coordinator) into an (almost) effortless experience. Samara is so meticulous, so detail-oriented, and so unwilling to accept anything less than perfection. I know that sets the bar pretty high, but she is definitely worthy of it. Thank you for everything!”
-Jack & Lisa IkenagaWedding Clients

“Samara and her team were an incredible help to me while I was planning my daughter’s wedding. She knew the questions to ask and the vendors I would need. By having her contract with the vendors, I received quality products without the headache of trying to coordinate everything and everyone myself. Most important, though, were Samara’s efficient and professional demeanor with the vendors and her warm, cheerful, and loving direction for me and my family. If I am ever crazy enough to undertake another large celebration, my first call will be to Samara!”
-Mother of the Bride
Wedding Client

“Mazel Tov on your listing in Friday’s Houston Business Journal as one of the TOP 15 Event Planners in all of Houston. That is so fabulous. It is obvious to all of us at Beth Israel and Shlenker how hard you work and how talented you are. You sure make us look good. Wishing you continued success.”
-Kathy Cohn Knott
Executive Director, Congregation Beth Israel

“Wow, what a weekend! We all had an amazing time…thank you for making our dream weekend happen with all the details covered and pulled off flawlessly – at least as far as we know!!! We had a vision for the lunch and party and it exceeded our expectations! From the Ohio State/Michigan Game Day, street signs that nobody had seen at any party before, to the delicious food, red LED accents and, of course gigantic disco ball and much much more – it was all amazing!”
-Hayley Feldman & Janet Kleban
B'nai Mitzvah Clients

“Samara made our vow renewal and reception absolutely beautiful! Her attention to detail and knowledge of vendors, locations, etc. made the planning process and our event completely stress free. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to plan a wonderful party, reception or any other event.”
-Kathryn & David Bernal 
Renewal of Vows Anniversary Party Client

“Couldn’t do this event without Samara and Mandi! I have nothing but the best to say about you and your staff. It was relatively flawless from what I saw, and the pictures were amazing. I truly appreciate all that you did.”
-Jill Talisman 
Bar Mitzvah Client

“Your party planner is awesome!”
-Benita Barbell 
Bar Mitzvah Guest

“Thank you for making my Bar Mitzvah so special and amazing! It was so much fun and everything I hoped it would be.”
-Adam Plotkin 
Bar Mitzvah Client

“Thank you so much for everything you did to help make our son’s Bar Mitzvah one of the most memorable events in our life. From the moment we met, I loved your enthusiasm, creativity, and passion. You put all of that into our event and it was everything we hoped for and more! Working with you was truly a pleasure. It is not often you meet people who are willing to think outside the box to fit a client’s needs and wants but you did it with no problem. I should not have spent even a second worrying about anything. You handled everything perfectly and we could not have asked for a more perfect or beautiful weekend. The best part is we were able to fully enjoy ourselves and spend time with friends and family while you took care of every last detail. I will miss speaking with you daily but know we will stay in touch since I will be recommending you to anyone and everyone who is looking to have an event of a lifetime!”
-Melissa Hudson
 B'nai Mitzvah Client

“Our party exceeded all expectations. It went off perfectly. Samara & her staff anticipated every need. Her planning, organizational skills & go-get-it attitude culminated in a fantastic, carefree, unforgettable evening.”
-LeeAnn Grossberg Wedding Open House Client

“Thank you so much for everything you did to make Taylor’s 17th birthday party a night to remember. When Taylor asked if she could have a party at home with 50 17-year olds, I couldn’t imagine what we could do to keep them entertained for four hours. So it was so nice to have you step in to take care of EVERYTHING. And what an even greater relief it was to have you work directly with Taylor to plan it all from start to finish, from the theme, to the Minute-to-Win-It games, photo booth, food, and everything inbetween. All I had to do was write the check. And best of all, it was such a pleasure to work with you and your team. By the time the party came around, you all were like family. You were so much fun to have at the party, while at the same time buzzing around to make sure it all got done, perfectly. The party was a huge success, just as I’d expect, and I couldn’t have been happier. Taylor and her friends are still talking about her party. I can’t wait to share the pictures. You guys really are the BEST!!”
-Dionne Kubin
 Birthday Party Client

“If it weren’t for Samara, I seriously would be in a padded cell. I would not have known where to start… I had a vision of what I wanted it to look like, but had no idea how to achieve it. Once we hired Samara, she walked us through the entire process step by step. She put me on a schedule, told me what we needed to do next, knew all of the vendors and venues and made it easy and effortless…every step of the way. It was a pleasure the day our big weekend arrived because I could actually enjoy every minute of it because I knew Samara and her staff were behind the scenes making sure that it was everything we wanted it to be and more. I must say she exceeded our expectations. Hiring Celebrations By Samara was a smart move. If I could give anyone advice who is embarking on a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, wedding or a party, find room in your budget for Celebrations by Samara because they are worth every penny!”
-Marlene & David Spolane 
B’nai Mitzvah Client

“It was obvious how much mind, body, and soul you all put in to a brilliant weekend. I truly admire how Jewish values emphasize family and fun. Every one that I visited with had a fantabulous time. Saturday lunch and Sunday brunch were awesome. The party was an event that we will all be talking about for a long time.”
-The Henry’s 
Out-of-town guests for B’nai Mitzvah

“The party was beautiful, creative, great food, and fun was had by all, so a great success! You did a fantastic job! I happen to have been an Event Planner for many years, previous to my Real Estate career. And will recommend you, whenever I can.”
-Dori Singer & Robert Soboloff 
Guests at B’nai Mitzvah

“Thanks for everything lovely. You’re amaaazing. Miss you already.”
-Ashley Gasper-Chapa Client’s daughter
High School Graduation and Birthday Party

“It was beautifully done. Everyone had a great time… You are very organized as well as energetic!”
-Alan Ross 
Alan Ross Photography

“Samara is a creative genius, full of pep and energy. She organized two very diverse parties for me on the same weekend while 6 months pregnant. One was a 60th birthday surprise party and the other was princess and pirate party for a 4-year old. She was professional and very thorough. The parties happened to fall on the weekend of “the great snow storm of 2009.” That did not hold her back. Samara and her staff managed every aspect of the parties. All I had to do was sit back and enjoy the festivities and good company. Both parties were more than I expected. She not only is fun and creative, but detail oriented. The parties were a huge success! Thank you.”
-Leslie Manner 
Client

“I am still getting emails and calls from guests telling me how it was the best Bar Mitzvah they had ever attended, and that’s coming from people who have been to a lot of Bar Mitzvahs. Everything you planned came out perfectly, and the service was incredible.”
-Neill Nepo
 Bar Mitzvah Client

“Sean has not stopped talking about his birthday party and is already planning next year’s party! You’re hired, girl! You’re stuck with me for all my future parties. Thanks for a great Christmas party the other night. I’m starting to get spoiled!!!! Everyone’s still talking about it! It was a hit!”
-Vicsandra Jones 
Birthday and Holiday Party Client

“Thank you so much for planning my party! You did really well and I’m going to try my hardest to spread the word about you. I don’t think that my party would have been as near as good without your help! I had so much fun and my friends all keep saying it was the BEST PARTY OF THE YEAR! Thank you!”
-Kendall 
Birthday Girl

“Words alone cannot express my sincere gratitude to you and all of your hard work. I didn’t think I could afford a “party coordinator,” now I realize I couldn’t have afforded to do it without you. Best words last night…. “Ms. Carpenter, BEST PARTY OF THE YEAR!” Golden. You are so amazing!”
-JL Carpenter 
Client

“You did an amazing job on the Shoss Bat Mitzvah. One of the best I’ve seen here.”
-Alice Pickut 
Third Coast (Formerly Trevisio), General Manager

“My Fairy God Mother! Words do not begin to express my gratitude for all you’ve done to help get us to this day. I am completely calm knowing you are taking care of everything for the Kiddush Luncheon and ‘Elana’s New York.’ Looking forward to November 2012 – Elise’s Bat Mitzvah!”
-Gail Shoss 
Bat Mitzvah Client

“People are still talking about our party. Thank you for turning our “nice idea” into a fabulous party! When David and I originally decided to hire you, it was to reduce my stress in planning the event; our goal was to still be on speaking terms by the time the party rolled around. Your talents, connections, vision and style made it so that we actually had fun planning it and TRULY felt like guests at our own party. I took pleasure in pointing you out to my guests at the party: She’s the one who made it all happen. Amazingly, you looked calm, too! It was a delightfully fun evening; the decorations and set-up were beautiful. I love your attention to detail, your ability to listen to what we had in mind and make it come alive. You knew when to push and when to pull back. You helped us create an event that was more than I had imagined it would be. In the end, it was truly a party to remember. I will continue to recommend you — again and again.”
-Margaret Jelinek Lewis 
Birthday Client

“We have never had that much fun at a party before…the service made it all the more meaningful. There were so many people at the party I have known for years, but the opportunity to have FUN with them and connect on a different level will enhance our friendships forever. What a gift you have given to those who came to honor you both. Well done, on every level! What a treasure Samara is! I just hope she isn’t too busy when it comes time for Sara’s Bat Mitzvah in 3 years.”
-Laurie Buchsbaum,
Guest

The food was delicious, the entertainment was awesome, and the decor was amazing! Everyone I talked to was blown away and having a great time.”
-Julie 
Guest

“The event was full of energy, creativity and we had a great time.”
-Lauren Blachman 
Guest

“Thank you very much for helping my husband with my surprise 40th birthday party, we all had a great time!”
-Kara Floyd
 Client

“As always, you take a challenge and get the fun going.”
-Pam Jarrett,
Soiree Co-Chair

“Samara hired Genesis Photographers for a 7 year old Cosmo Girl party. Samara had control and knew what she was doing. She is a natural at this. Every detail was covered. There was a time for crafts, hair and make up, a glamour shot that was put on a faux Cosmo Girl front page, and a fashion show. Samara was relaxed and could relate to (7) seven year olds, as well as the adults. The fashion show was a hit as it ended with a Hanna Montana sing along. We look forward to working with her in the future, and will recommend her to our clients.”
-Kelly Widok 
Genesis Photographers

“You would be crazy not to hire this talented, amazingly strong woman. Samara Rocks!”
-Rachel Etkin
 Independent Meeting Planner & Mother of Twins

“Thank you for a wonderful birthday party! Everybody had fun and everything was beautiful. Abe and I are very happy. Gracias.”
-Robert, Mercedes, Abraham and Adele Behar 
Client

“Thanks, Samara, for planning, ordering, and managing our Mother’s Day family dinner. Your suggestion for a variety of Italian food was a great hit with the adults and the kids loved the spaghetti and meatballs. The variety of deserts allowed everyone a wonderful sweet treat to end our meal. My thanks for making this family day easy, relaxing and fun for all of us-especially ME!”
-Sharon Talbert 
Client

“If anyone can make something out of nothing it’s Samara!”
-Christy Spisak 
Cosmo Cool Concepts, Inc.

“I wanted to throw a surprise Cinco de Mayo birthday party for my girlfriend but as a guy, I had no clue what I was getting myself into. After contacting Samara, my fears and anxiety were put to rest! I gave her my vision and she ran with it. Not only did she provide me with a detailed proposal, Samara also came up with suggestions to make the party more lively and found ways for me to cut costs at the same time. In the end, this was the most stress-free party that I was part of organizing. But most importantly, the birthday girl is still smiling! Will definitely use Samara in the future!”
-Michael Dumas
 Birthday Client
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