Get ready to rumble! In this special episode of Dina's Party, designer/event Planner Dina Manzo and her team bring an over-the-top tailgate extravaganza to the backyard barn of some die-hard football fans. To plan for this unique "homegate" party, Dina tours the New York Jets' state-of-the-art training facility, mingles with some expert tailgaters, and rummages through a gritty junk yard in search of cars that can be cut in two and used as an actual buffet. Creativity and fun are the name of this game as Dina surprises these super fans and their friends with a stadium-like party atmosphere complete with AstroTurf floors, a massive viewing screen surrounded by a goalpost and the rousing cheers of the real Jets' cheerleaders. Grab your jerseys, it's game time!
Drill Sergeant Dina Manzo and her party planning troops invade Homeowners Kim and John Fio Rito's home to throw a military-themed 40th birthday party for John, a military veteran and graduate of West Point. Dina joins John for an insider's visit to the famous military academy to glean inspiration and ideas for the old-fashioned military ball. Dina and her team accept the added challenge of turning John's home office into a replica of the Academy's historic mess hall and surprise the couple with space-saving storage benches in their kids' playroom.
Romance and surprise are the themes of this 15th wedding anniversary party as designer/event planner Dina Manzo brings her design and event planning expertise to the home of Ileana and Angelo Cascio. Dina transforms their living and dining rooms into an elegant party space spilling over with yellow roses. Outside, Dina surprises the couple with a whimsical, nature-inspired tent dripping with wisteria vines and moss where Ileana and Angelo tearfully exchange their vows. Dina's final surprise for the parents of three is hotel-inspired bedroom makeover where the couple can enjoy a romantic retreat in their very own home.
Designer/event planner Dina Manzo turns throwaway furniture into great stuff to sell for profit at a high-end garage sale for her very own charity, Project Ladybug. The fundraiser happens in a gorgeous mansion owned by Jennifer Law, the founder of a local website Bergen Mama. Dina stages Jennifer's house as a boutique selling donated refurbished furniture and used high-end clothing. The goal: raise five thousand dollars for Project Ladybug, which helps kids with cancer and their families. Will they do it?
Barbara Anderson's lower level was completely destroyed in a flood. It's her childhood home, full of memorabilia, all swept away by the raging waters. Designer/event planner Dina Manzo gives Barbara a beautiful, brand new family room and she throws a Polish-style family reunion to celebrate the new space. There will be a fantastic kid's area, sleeper sofa, and Mexican tiled fireplace. And the party will bring Barbara's sisters all home from afar to be together for the first time since the flood damaged their house. It's an emotional and fun journey back to the childhood home this family loves so much.
Get ready to raise your glass as designer/event planner Dina Manzo brings a wine country feel to a New Jersey dinner party. New to the neighborhood, Annette and Greg want to get to know their neighbors over a decadent meal with expert wine pairings. Dina carefully blends a rustic feel with Annette's contemporary style by mixing wooden farm tables with metallic place settings. She completes the vineyard look by topping the tables with trellises festooned with grapes, ivy and tea lights. And for a special gift, Dina remodels the powder room with marble tile, new fixtures and custom wallpaper.
It's all about bold colors, tribal patterns and edgy metallics as designer and event planner Dina Manzo takes on double challenge of decorating the first home of The Biggest Loser contestants, Alexandra and Antoine, and then throwing them an engagement party in their new space. Dina carefully blends the rich colors and glamorous details Alexandra loves with the comfortable and casual feel Antoine is used to to give the couple a home where they can live and entertain. When the space is complete, it's the perfect backdrop for a joyous open house-style party to celebrate the couple with good drinks and a mouthwatering spread of healthy party food.
Brian Diamond wants to throw a surprise 40th birthday party for his wife, who is a yoga instructor. He also wants to give her an incredible home yoga studio as a present. His wife will know nothing about any of these plans, if Brian and designer Dina Manzo can keep it all secret. Dina feels the pressure of making over this yoga space because she hasn't even met its owner! Dina brings in a Feng Shui expert for a hilarious lesson in space planning. For the surprise party itself, Brian sends his wife out of town, and Dina has a short amount of time to sneak in and create a beautiful evening worthy of this special birthday. It's going to be a huge transformation and an even huger shock to this deserving homeowner.
You've got to stage it to sell it, and Dina Manzo is a former realtor who can not only make any house look way better, but create a party buyers and agents will remember! Homeowners Courtlord and Elodie Michales ask Dina to stage their house and throw an open house party to get the property some buzz. It has been sitting on the market for eight, long months unsold. Dina gets some expert advice over lunch from Selling New York realtors Michele Kleier and her daughters Samantha and Sabrina. Dina starts by giving the kitchen a facelift that makes everything modern and airy. Then she opens up the living and dining room so they tell buyers a story, of a perfect young family who could live here. To seal the deal, Dina caters the party with comfort foods and apple pie for a super-fun feeling of of home. Wait until you see what buyers say about this amazing transformation, when it's done!
Melissa Moorehouse is coming off a tough year, which has included a divorce and imminent sale of her home. She has come to terms with it all, and wants to start this next year on a positive note, Designer/event planner Dina Manzo has an idea: a starting over celebration to kick things off. First, Dina pampers Melissa with a trip to the hair salon and a new party dress. The party itself will have a Hollywood red carpet theme and Melissa's name in lights on the marquee. And, since Melissa's young daughter is about to leave the only home she's ever known, Dina builds a her a playhouse, the same color as the house she's leaving, to take to her new home.
Jaimie and Steve are getting married and it's the second time for both of them. She's moved in his home with her children and the house isn't quite 'home' for her yet. Designer/event planner Dina Manzo transforms their family room into a comfy Tuscan oasis that's new to them both and throws an engagement party to celebrate their future together.
If you love playing pool or darts or just enjoying your neighbors, this is the episode for you! Jordan and Marcie Salit live on one of those idyllic blocks where all the neighbors hang together. Designer/event planner Dina Manzo turns their under-used "great room" into an awesome game room where everyone in the neighborhood can get together for a fabulous game night. Dina creates a fun casino feel with a metallic checkerboard wall treatment, a custom bar, and a pool table. And as a special treat Dina takes Jordan and Marcie to world-renowned Mr. Chocolate Jacques Torres to learn how to make chocolate treats for an amazing chocolate buffet.
When the Van Why family lost their mom to cancer a year ago, she was planning to throw a huge graduation party for her son, William. Now the family wants to celebrate the good things that have happened in the year since Sarah died, not just the sad, so designer/event planner Dina Manzo steps in. Since the family loves Paris, Dina creates a gorgeous vintage Parisian event and redesigns the family's den, a room Sarah meant to get to. Dina helps this family heal, by giving them a gift that means a lot and that keeps their loved one present and accounted for in the design. It's a heartfelt and happy party and a beautiful den makeover!