With a talent for making the ordinary extraordinary Kimberly Whitman has taken her original and clever take on parties and created an entrepreneurial empire. While planning her own Idlewide Debutante Ball in Dallas, Texas, Kimberly found an undiscovered opportunity-a lack of quality goods for party rentals. In 1998, a quick thinking Kimberly launched her very own event company, RSVP Soiree Luxury Event Rentals and after building a wonderful business, sold it in 2006. She also took the century old RSVP Social Calendar online in 1999 and continues to maintain this comprehensive list of Dallas’ finest charitable events at www.RSVPcalendar.com. Her success in this field has led to the publication of five books on entertaining, countless TV appearances and a daily radio segment on Dallas’ number one morning show. In 2011 she became the Editor-at-Large of Southern Living Magazine. Currently, she is the host of a daily lifestyle talk show on KTXD in DFW called "D The Broadcast."
Kimberly continues to take her talents to new heights with the publication of her books, “The Party Planner: An Expert Organizing Guide for Entertaining”, Tablescapes: Setting the Table with Style”, “The Wedding Workbook: A Time Saving Guide for the Busy Bride”, “Dog Parties: Entertaining Your Party Animal”, “The Pleasure of Your Company: Entertaining in High Style”, and to be released in the Fall of 2012, “Wedding Inspiration”.
Kimberly and her flourishing business have been featured in national publications such as Vanity Fair, Elle, Vogue, Town & Country, Southern Living, Better Homes and Gardens, Real Simple, Business Week, Traditional Home, Canadian House and Home, Animal Fair, Southern Lady, Modern Bride, Elegant Bride, Martha Stewart’s Blueprint, Doggie Aficionado, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and many, many more. She has been featured in books, “Texas Woman” and Texans and Their Pets.” Kimberly has been coroneted an “Entertaining Expert,” a “Style Expert, an “Etiquette Expert,” and an “Arbiter of Taste and Style” on the following television programs: The Today Show, The Early Show, The Nate Berkus Show, The Tyra Banks Show, Fine Living and HGTV, WB in the Morning, Designing America, Designing Texas, Good Morning Texas, Good Day Dallas, Good Day Atlanta, Good Day LA, NBC’s iVillageLive and many more. She was also a featured event planner on the Style Network’s hit show “Whose Wedding is it Anyway?” She has hosted lifestyle segments for MSN, The Montage Resorts, Southern Living, Fine Living, Designing America, Designing Texas, the Bridal Guide, and more! She also loved interviewing celebrities on the red carpet from Film Premiers to Awards Shows.
By now, you probably think that you know everything there is to know about her, but I bet you didn’t guess she has been to Flower School in Paris, Trapeze School in Santa Monica, and went on a yearlong trip around the world with her family when she was a teenager.
Kimberly is a graduate of southern Methodist University with an Honors degree in Art History. She continued to study art connoisseurship at Christie’s in New York after completing her degree. Her community involvements are numerous and include: Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority (Beta Sigma Chapter), Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Debutante, Idlewild Debutante, and National Debutante Cotillion. Kimberly donates her time to many charitable organizations including The Board of the American Red Cross, The Tiffany Circle, co-chair of North Texas Food Bank’s Food 4 Kids Program, The Advisory Board of New Friends New Life, The President’s Council of Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, and was honored with the Volunteer of the Year Award by the American Heart Association. She was the recipient of the Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award from TWU, The Women Who Make A Difference Award from the Little Flower Organization of New York, and the Women That Soar award. Kimberly resides in Dallas, Texas with her real estate developer husband, Justin, their son, JR, and their Chihuahua, Lola.
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