Kristin Banta Events | Los Angeles Event & Wedding Planner 2014 & 2015 Event Planner of the Year | 2014 LA Wedding Vendor of the Year - LA Wedding & Event Planner, Designer & Coordinator, Kristin Banta brings creativity, style and unsurpassed taste to every event she coordinates. Celebrity Wedding Planner Wed, 03 Feb 2016 00:29:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 2016 Special Events Gala Awards Wed, 03 Feb 2016 00:25:58 +0000 We are so excited and incredibly honored to announce that we have won the Gala Award for the 2016 Best Event Produced for a Private Individual for our Carnival Freak Show Halloween event!


The Gala Awards were hosted by Special Events Magazine on January 14th, 2016 in Orlando, Florida and recognizes spectacular work in event planning worldwide. We were fortunate enough to be nominated for four different categories including Best Wedding: Budget $1,000 and Above per Guest, Best Event Produced for a Private Individual: Budget $1,000 and Above per Guest, and Best Decor: Total Decor Budget $100,000 to $250,000.

It is humbling to be recognized amongst peers for whom we have such tremendous respect and we would like to extend our congratulations to all the other finalists and winners. We’re looking forward to a great 2016 filled with sensational clients, a wonderful team and amazing events.

Holiday Tabletops Fri, 18 Dec 2015 07:19:11 +0000 Just because it’s the holidays doesn’t mean your tabletop needs to be dressed in red and green. Take the stress out of your holiday dinner party by setting your table in advance and give it a fresh but simple spin using 6 or less easy-to-find ingredients.

For this festive table, we chose to warm it up using tones of chocolate and red and embellished it with a combination of seasonal produce, such as pomegranates, crab apples and cranberries which you can find at your local market. To give it height and dimension, we used wooden pedestals, metal lanterns and cloches to display some of the produce in addition to pine cones (including a few from my own back garden) and spools of yarn for a luxe rustic tabletop. We added a wood slice as a thematic destination for a favorite holiday dish served tableside.

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events planningAn all-white look can give your tablescape a clean sophisticated quality and truly capture the essence of the winter season. For this design, we used white pumpkins, ceramic white owls, white fur, glass cloches and spray-painted white pine cones for this effortless and unique look.

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5We created a more edgier more modern look for this tabletop, incorporating metallics and natural wood and turned our white pumpkins gold. We then accented the tablescape with geodes, cotton pods and white phalaenopsis orchids. We also carved out a white pumpkin and added a decorative handle (taken from an old dresser and sprayed gold) creating a cloche to present cheese and nuts atop a slate slab for a twist on presenting hors d’oeuvres.

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3Further reboot your placesettings by mixing collected china patterns and trying alternating napkin folds at each. I also opted to drape each chair with white pashminas and fur throws to make guests a little more cozy.

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event planningFor placecards, consider using metallic paint to write names on mini white pumpkins, pomegranates or ribbon bands or tucking cards or tags into pinecones.
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If you want to reduce your shopping list further, try a two ingredient design and invest in a fleet of varied sized glass cloches, placing each with a string of mini battery operated LED lights for a stunning and romantic tablescape that will wow your guests.

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Overall I feel that using natural seasonal elements is always timeless, luxe and chic. Never be afraid to keep it understated as less is often more and simple but thoughtful design is always the most impactful.


Creative Partner: Lilla Bello
China, Flatware and Glassware: Classic Party Rentals
Photography: Leila Brewster

2015 BizBash Style Awards Wed, 30 Sep 2015 22:43:26 +0000 We are so excited to announce that we have been nominated for the 2015 BizBash Style Awards in the category of
Best Event Decor – Budget Over $250k. We had the most amazing time dreaming up the design for this
2015 Halloween Party and Haunted House!

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Thanks to our amazing team for all their incredible contributions to making this a success, including
Cirque Berzerk, LA Circus, Town and Country Event Rentals, Scarlette Bartending, Archive Rentals, The Lighter Side, AOO Events, Flipbooth, Dolly’s Cotton Candy, Hula Girls Hawaiian Shave Ice, Walter Pawluk, Record Me In HD and Brian Tropiano Photography.

For more photos from this event, check out our gallery on our website. And to watch footage from the Haunted House, click here.

You and Your Gown … Finding The Perfect Wedding Dress Wed, 23 Sep 2015 22:49:05 +0000 celebrity wedding planner

So you got engaged … now the pressure is on to find the perfect dress. What designer? What style? What color? We all have an idea of what we will look like the day we say “I do,” but is the dress you are envisioning the best look for you? Does it represent who you are now or the woman you thought you would be when this day would finally roll around? If you’ve been dreaming about a wedding since you were five, does your vision still define you?

There are obvious considerations like whether or not you want to wear the ballgown you have been eyeing now that you have selected a beachside venue. Or whether the mini you choose to show off your best assets is appropriate for a church wedding. But at the end of the day, I want to remind you that there are no rules.

You don’t have to have a “wedding” gown and it can still be the most badass wedding gown anyone’s ever seen. It doesn’t have to be from a bridal salon … and it absolutely doesn’t have to be white.

With NY Bridal Fashion Week just around the corner, forget all you thought you knew about wedding dresses and let some of our favorite gowns fire up your imagination!

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For more wedding dress inspiration, visit our Pinterest Board, Gowns That Kill.

Dress Designers:
Row 1 (top to bottom): Christian Dior, Inbal Dror, R-Mine, Max Azria, Galia Lahav, Christian Dior, Carolina Herrera, Christian Dior, Vera Wang, Monique Lhuillier, Oscar De La Renta, Hayley Paige | Row 2 (top to bottom): Vera Wang, Inbal Dror, Elie Saab, Christian Dior, Paolo Sebastian, Monique Lhuillier, Ulyana Sergeenko, Vivienne Westwood, Stephane Rolland, Paolo Sebastian, Vera Wang, Unknown, Chanel | Row 3 (top to bottom): Carolina Herrera, Vera Wang, Vera Wang, Ashi Studio Couture, Alexander McQueen, Carolina Herrera, Reem Acra, Monique Lhuillier, Zuhair Murad, Carolina Herrera, Elie Saab, Carolina Herrera

Top Photo by Blake Gardner.

2015 Event Planner of the Year Wed, 18 Mar 2015 08:25:53 +0000 I am both thrilled and honored to announce that I was named Event Planner of the Year for the second year in a row by Event Solutions at the 2015 Spotlight Awards! I cannot even begin to say how grateful I am for all the support I have received from my colleagues and friends. I would like to especially recognize and thank my incredible staff, amazing family, supportive friends, fearless clients and brilliant team of vendors.

I want to extend my congratulations to all of the other finalists and winners at this year’s awards show.
I am beyond humbled to be recognized amongst such an extraordinary amount of talent in the event planning industry, and I am looking forward to another amazing year for all of us! Cheers to 2015!

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Event Solutions Spotlight Awards Thu, 19 Feb 2015 01:56:41 +0000 It is with huge gratitude and excitement that I announce Kristin Banta Events has been nominated by Event Solutions for the 2015 Spotlight Awards in the categories of Designer/Creative Director of the Year and Event Planner of the Year. Last year, we were honored to be awarded 2014 Event Planner of the Year and we are thrilled to be considered for this award again this year. To be nominated amongst such an esteemed group of industry professionals is truly humbling.


Photos by Braedon Photography

The Spotlight Awards are an annual awards presentation dedicated to recognizing the best and brightest professionals in the event industry. The awards are presented in a variety of categories and honor both individuals and companies for their body of work in the previous year. The winners in each category will be announced on March 10th at the Rock The Night Industry Awards Celebration at Caesar Palace in Las Vegas.


Photos by Brian Tropiano Photography

In addition to attending the awards ceremony, I am also excited to announce that I will be speaking at the Event Solutions Conference on Monday, March 9th at 3:30pm on “The Reality of Doing Reality TV.” If you plan on attending the conference, I would love to see you there!


Photos by Brian Tropiano Photography

Thank you so much to my amazing team, brilliant collaborators, wonderful clients, supportive family, loyal friends and supporters, and to Event Solutions for this huge honor!



Ominous Vintage Carnival Freakshow Wed, 14 Jan 2015 21:56:34 +0000 As guests entered through the gates of the private Bel Air estate, they were met by ringmaster-attired attendants as the sounds of ominous circus music played overhead. The boldly lit driveway was draped with circus fabric and embellished with an elephant and vintage circus truck. Guests checked in at carnival ticket booths and were then greeted by a brazen Ringmaster and Goth Circus Queen who directed them through a clown mouth entrance and in to a circus tent which featured funhouse mirrors and an oversized lit “Circus” marquis which directed them in to an illuminated vortex tunnel which was enveloped by fog.kristin banta eventsPhotos by Brian Tropiano Photography

As guests exited, they were greeted by a clown who ushered them in to a courtyard where they were met by Siamese Twins offering Lemon Shakeups. The rising sounds from a calliope filled the foggy air in the courtyard, which was transformed into a multi-dimensional circus side show spectacle complete with fallen Fellini lights, elephant stands and featured a fire eater, contortionist, trapeze artist, and ambient clown.

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Guests were then led by a snake charmer down to the lower pool area where they were greeted by a sad clown offering additional cocktails and poorly crafted balloon animals.Upon entering the lower pool area, guests wandered through a carnival wasteland of expired ride parts, out-of-commission games, and funhouse pieces in disrepair, tangled in Fellini lights. A goth-styled clown wandered the foggy graveyard while quietly playing an accordion as guests meandered through the space, enjoying alcohol-infused snow cones. Greeted by a tattooed man and surly little person, they were then invited on to a dimly lit funicular which transported them to the lower area of the party.
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Once they arrived, guests exited into a photo-booth area where they were met by a strong man who directed guests to a highly thematic Haunted House on the tennis court for those interested in a scare, or the lower level for entertainment and hors d’oeuvres. Upon entering the lower studio space, guests enjoyed music by the client’s band along with upbeat mixes by a highly acclaimed deejay. A custom nacho station set against a wood wall facade featured a lit BAR marquis sign which directed guests to the exterior lounge area.
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A covered patio lined with circus fabric featured a cotton candy cart and ring toss game to win live goldfish. The exterior lawn was embellished with Fellini stringers and circus flags along with a collection of vintage circus banners which hung around the perimeter. A circular wooden Oddities and Curiosities bar was styled with a freakshow collection of unusual finds and served thematic custom cocktails while a nearby hot dog stand cured any late night cravings.24Photo by Brian Tropiano Photography

Lounge vignettes created from circus trunks and elephant stands along with rustic wooden bar tables allowed guests to enjoy tray-passed thematic nibbles and cocktails while watching entertainers such as contortionists, stilt walkers, fire eaters and tarot card readers perform throughout the space.

Planning, Design and Production – Kristin Banta Events
Photographer – Brian Tropiano
Custom Bar – Scarlette Bartending
Decor Rentals – LA Circus, Archive Rentals
Performers & Fabrication of Haunted House – Cirque Berzerk
Basic Rentals – Town & Country Event Rentals, Atlas Pool & Decking
Lighting Designer – The Lighter Side
Sound Designer – Record Me In HD
Tunnel Fabrication – AOO Events
DJ – Jeremy Sole
Photobooth – FLIPBOOTH
Videographer – Walter Pawluk



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Gift Wrap Ideas – Using Unexpected Materials Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:33:45 +0000 One of my favorite things about the holidays is getting creative with gift wrapping. I love the idea of working with unique and unexpected materials to personalize an offering. Don’t be afraid to explore less traditional colors or unusual components to wrap your gifts, even incorporating luxe textiles, cigar boxes, and craft paper while embellishing with whimsical elements that you might already have around your home such as leather, zippers, buttons, painted bolts and washers, chains, twine, live leaves and florals. It’s never bad to upcycle. I hope this gives you all a little inspiration as you begin your gift wrapping adventures this holiday!



When working with more traditional holiday colors, find a way to create a fresh spin. I found this zipper during a fabric store run and loved how it played with the modern paper texture. Don’t be afraid to be a little cheeky or whimsical in your holiday wrappings and decor.






I used really inexpensive translucent paper in order to still be able to see the pattern of the deco paper, which adds something more tactile to the presentation. By layering the metallic satin ribbon and small hand-made velvet ribbon bows down the center, additional dimension is created while staying within the color palette.



I’m big on recycling; smooth out wrinkles and kinks with a hair straightener to re-use old ribbon. For this one I used the matte side of the ribbon to create a richer texture, and secured the beads and waved ribbon with tiny dots of hot glue.



As an alternative to wrapping paper, repurpose vessels such as a wooden cigar box. I chose to layer multiple textures including ribbon, leather, and twine for an off-centered belly band, finished with an old wooden button I found to create a masculine look.



Have old dish rags or fabric scraps lying around? Put them to good use this year by using them as gift wrap! Incorporating these materials creates an unexpected and organic quality to your gift wrap. Plus, it’s a fabulous way to up-cycle.



Another alternative to wrapping paper; use old fabric covered boxes such as jewelry boxes or hat boxes. It’s also easy to re-upholster your own using fabric from an old dress, curtains, or sweater – cut and use spray adhesive to secure to the exterior of the box. I added a hand dyed silk ribbon paired with a velvet strap, thrift store broach and an old curtain tassel for a vintage quality.




Try layering textures for a luxe feel, while adding small embellishments for dimension. You’d be surprised at how an inexpensive trinket from a thrift store or even Michael’s can look high end when paired with the right elements.


Kristin Banta Events Voted LA’s Best All-Around Wedding Vendor Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:43:28 +0000 We are so excited to announce that we have been named Los Angeles’s Best All-Around Wedding Vendor by California Wedding Day! Thank you so much to all of our family, friends, clients and fans who voted for us and continue to support Kristin Banta Events. We’d also like to send a HUGE thank you to the brilliant CWD team – Lara Burnap, Thea Hargrove and Jessica Stafford.