A Book Presentation
No Reservations Needed by Lenee Valentine
As a teenager growing up in Washington, DC, Lenee couldn’t wait to get her driver’s license. Having access to a vehicle, allowed her to drive to her friends and families homes to help with party preparations. Lenee would assist in creating the theme, designing the table settings, and/or putting the final touches on the event.
Lenee took her first job with a property management company just so she could plan a party once a month for the tenants. She loved her job! A few years later, she took a position with a marketing company where her role was to throw huge events for her clients. Several months into the position, she realized that what was promised didn’t materialize. During this time, Lenee purchased a brand-new Jaguar and a week later was let go from the company. She didn’t know what she was going to do, but trusted God. She was soon contacted by a former co-worker that the property management company she previously worked for was looking for an independent event planner to handle all their events in the region. She sent them her proposal and her company Moods Swings was born. She later changed the name to Lenee Valentine Weddings & Events, so she’d have more identity with her clientele.
Lenee never thought of writing a book. It just wasn’t a dream of hers. However, she kept hearing God bring the idea to mind, but she ignored Him. She thought cooking had to be a part of the book. Her background was in event planning, not catering, therefore, cooking was not her forte! However, she did have friends who knew how to cook if she needed to rely on them. Once she decided to write the book she began searching for the perfect location for each setting and putting the table themes together.
Coming up with the title of her book was one of the hardest decisions for Lenee. She felt people should get the theme of the book before opening the book itself. And she didn’t know how to convey the idea that you don’t need a reservation when you’re dining at home. Then it came to her – No Reservations Needed. On March 12, 2017, Lenee Valentine self-published her first book, No Reservations Needed, Intimate Dining In & Around Your Home.
“My favorite design in the book is Pier Pleasures,” says Lenee. Although the majority of the book is designed for readers to create a setting within their home, she wanted to encourage them to also look beyond their home, such as a local park, a front porch, a back patio, a nearby dock, or pier. “There was a pier around the corner from my house that I always found to be pretty quiet. There were rarely any people there, so I thought this would be a great place to create an unexpected moment with my mate, to watch the sunrise, and have an amazing conversation. It would also make for an incredible memory that we would never forget,” Lenee says. The beauty and simplicity of the backdrop was the inspiration for her Pier Pleasures. Think about it, how many times have you sat at the edge of a pier and watched the sunrise or sunset while taking in a meal? Even if you pack a picnic for two and sit at the water’s edge…it’s so breathtaking. Sometimes it’s the ambiance that makes the meal, not the meal itself.
In the future, Lenee hopes to offer workshops showing how to beautifully design a table. Most people don’t realize that they can use many items they already have in their home to put together an elegant table setting. With the release of her first book, Lenee has been busy with pre-sales and preparing for a fall book tour. God has told her that this will not be her last book, so stay tune…I guess there’s more to come.
Some tips you’ll find in No Reservations Needed:
Candles add a romantic touch for intimate affairs.
Adding a fragrance to the room can create a lovely atmosphere. Just be careful it doesn’t compete with the food.
Pull out your china and use it more often. Don’t just use it for the holidays.
To create a memorable meal, use rooms that are often overlooked, like your living room or your front porch.
Layering your table will create a dramatic effect.
For more information on Lenee Valentine’s book, No Reservations Needed, please go to: www.noreservationsneeded.info.
© Above photos were provided by Lenee Valentine.
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