design team

Meet our fabulous
Design Team

Melissa Newell has been planning and executing parties for over 20 years.  Whether it was

in her previous career, outside the home, as a Human Resource Director or in her current
career as a homeschooling mother to her three youngest children - parties have always
been a passion of hers.

Melissa's motto is Go Big or Go Home! She celebrates with her children every chance they get - making each day
a celebration of Life! Creativity on a budget and the attention to the smallest of details is what she is known for.
Keeping up with the top trends in children's party themes while keeping the trusted and true themes in the mix
is something that is very important to her.

Melissa's parties have been featured at such blogs as: D & P Celebrations, P.S. MIYO, The
Party Wagon, Catch My Party, The Huffington Post, Tip Junkie, Babylifestyles, Eye Candy
Creative Studio, The Purple Pug, Birds Party and more...

Melissa resides in southern New York with her husband and their three children.  She has
an older son and a soon to be Daughter In Law!

She invites you to connect with her at

Melinda is a designer as well as a product and jewelry photographer.  She is the co-founder of two gift design firms: Originality, Inc. and Persona Designs, Inc.   Melinda has created 100’s of gifts in her 14 year career and has helped many organizations and companies with their branding endeavors.  Her enthusiasm for doing things outside the box is contagious and she loves working with fellow designers, bloggers and business owners.  Her collaborative efforts can be seen on D&P Celebrations, Today’s Creative Blog, Melissa Creates, the Flair Exchange and Ty Style Me.  In addition, Melinda is the editor of the Monarch Jewelry Blog.  She believes that anyone can obtain their dreams as long as they are willing to work for them.

You can connect with Melinda at

D & P Celebrations Event Expert & Stylist
Melissa is the founder and creative editor of Truly Chic Inspirations, a site dedicated to party inspiration, weddings, and all things chic.  Her work has been featured in The Best Wedding Magazine, Kara’s Party Ideas, Pizzazzerie, Martha Stewart’s Dreamers into Doers, and The Examiner.  Melissa is a contributing writer for She KnowsDreamin’ N Details, and A Sweet Spot:Home.  She is also the founder of the Orlando based blogger conference, Blog Fete.

You can find Melissa HERE on Facebook

D &P Celebrations Crafter & Stylist
 After growing up in the small town of Elkader, Iowa, I moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where I attended Mount Mercy College. I graduated with a degree in Psychology/Sociology in May of 2002. I completed my MBA in Human Resource Management from Upper Iowa University in December of 2011. For the past six years, I have worked for the sales team at RuffaloCODY.  

In my free moments, I love spending time with family and friends. I enjoy reading, traveling, watching movies, cooking, pretending I'm as crafty as the people I follow on the internet and working out.  I’m trying not to loathe running so much anymore- and I struggle through it mostly due to my love of ice cream. 

D &P Celebrations Crafter & Stylist
I'm Staci
Mama to the lizard and ladybug
I love crafting with the kids, for the kids and for others.
Making an 'event' out of even the most casual occasion is my goal!

You can find Staci HERE on Facebook

D &P Celebrations Crafter & Stylist
Hi, my name is Christy Gutherman. I live in sunny Central Florida. I’m a wife and a mom of three. I am attempting to grow and nurture two energetic, but very different, boys, ages 7 & 5,and one independent princess, age 3 ;) I love cooking good, real, food for my family, recipe collecting, working out, browsing home goods and craft stores and adore a good glass of wine and a movie at home. My love for parties and décor started, as most moms’ do, when I started throwing my own children’s parties. I’ve always had a love for detail and art, and was a graphic design major at the University of Florida briefly, before switching and receiving a degree in Advertising. Anything pretty with simple, clean lines, I appreciate. I’m especially drawn to table design and favors, and have a ridiculous obsession with paper bags, craft paper and ribbon…just to name a few!

You can find Christy HERE on Facebook

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