Monday, December 3, 2018

Pretty In Pink!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!  There is so much to be THANKFUL for!  I was busy the Sunday after Black Friday setting up for this "Pretty In Pink" baby shower!  I had a lot of fun preparing for this event, it had been a while since I'd decorated for a girl baby shower. (See my blog post "Backyard Transformation" on July 10, 2017).  My client gave me the freedom to design this event, her only request was pink & white for the color palette.  You may see a couple of signature items that I like to use, like the white wood letters and my beloved paper poms.  My client provided the treat table, which tied in perfectly with the colors.  The space wasn't very large, enough room for 20-25 guests.  I chose to use the kitchen island as a focal point for the baby's name and the jumbo alphabet boxes.  My client was very happy, she stated it was all she expected and more!  Words that I love to hear!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Sweet 16!

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to decorate for a joint Sweet 16 birthday party! The party was held at H. White Men's Room in North Minneapolis. What a great and unique space! It had lots of hard wood with industrial accents and plenty of natural lighting. H. White Men's Room is an upscale barbershop, but also serves as a gathering place for the community. It's complete with a coffee bar and retail space. Although it was an intimate space, it had lots to offer for decorating!

Monday, September 17, 2018


Last month, I hosted an intimate dinner party at my house for a friend. In previous conversations, she dropped a few hints of how she wanted to have a special dinner outside with a big farm table surrounded by friends.  Well...I couldn't give her that, but I still wanted to make it special. So I put together a tablescape with decor items that I had available.  When she walked through the door she was so surprised, she started crying!  I wasn't expecting that type of reaction, but I was happy that she liked it!  Check out the photos below!

So after posting a few photos on Facebook, another friend contacted me and hired me to create a tablescape for a special surprise dinner for her friend!  She liked the red & black theme, the custom menus and the red kissing balls.  But I decided to add a few new elements to change things up a bit.  Her guest of honor was absolutely surprised as well!  She even called to personally thank me for such a beautiful surprise, she said it was her best birthday ever!  So of course that made my day!  Below are the photos from the second design.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Mind, Body & Wellness Retreat!

Earlier this spring I had the opportunity to plan a retreat for women healing from trauma.  The retreat was held on the beautiful campus of the Minnesota Humanities Center.  Attendees received a personal journal for taking notes and a complimentary gift of luxury skincare items.  I used my favorite paper poms as centerpieces, which are always a hit!  The women truly enjoyed themselves and received the help and information they needed to begin the healing process in their lives.

Monday, January 29, 2018

50th Birthday Party!

This past weekend I had the opportunity to decorate for another milestone birthday party!  The event took place at my new favorite venue the 5120 Restaurant and Onyx Bar.  This space is so beautiful, minimal decorations are needed.  So I use a pop of color with this royal blue and added accents of black.  The use of white compliments the overall color story, I am a fan of simple design and very clean lines!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

My First Promotional Video!

Recently I decorated a wedding reception for a client at the Banquets of Minnesota located in Blaine.  This is a beautiful venue accented with ceiling draping and lights  I recently upgraded my chair covers, and I was really happy with the outcome of the centerpieces that I had designed, and the color palette that the bride chose.  Usually, I would just take pictures and call it a day, but then I thought this would be a great space to shoot a video!  So I contacted my husband's friend Mike Johnson, and he agreed to record me during the process of setting up. I am pretty excited with the results!  Check it out!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Styled For Good!

Remember when I said I was a little busy, and that I forgot to post a few things?  Well, this is one of those post! ;)  All the way back on May 11th of this year, I was asked to be part of an awesome event called  "Styled For Good", hosted at the Machine Shop.  This event brings the best of the best wedding professionals together to donate their time and talent back to the community.  This year was the first year that they had a runway bridal fashion show, and D.Balentine Events was selected to execute this part of the event. Above is an aerial view of the grand finale, you can't see but I'm backstage behind those balloons. ;) I must say this was by far one of the BEST experiences and BEST events that I've been a part of!  The co-founders Janae Saltzman and Kelly Bolman were great to work with, the models, hair and make-up team, bridal boutique designers and vendors- all professional, and did excellent work!  It was great to return to my roots of fashion show production, and to know that I still got skills! lol!   I haven't been backstage of a fashion show for years!  To find out more about "Styled For Good", please visit their website @ Oh, I and almost forgot to mention, all of the models were women of color!  This was a priority for the co-founders, and they were very successful in achieving this goal!

I captured this photo backstage right before the show started.  The models were just waiting patiently, chatting amongst themselves.