We had the good fortune of connecting with CHRISTINA MARQUEZ and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi CHRISTINA, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I have been surrounded by the arts and creative people my entire life. At the age of 3 I began dancing and continue to teach dance education today. The journey to my creative career began with leading my high school drill team, studying dance in college, and eventually earning a masters degree in education at The University of North Texas. While pursuing my masters degree, I began my 14 year career as an educator serving the greater Dallas community establishing dance programs for schools in South Dallas, Forney and most recently, Carrollton.
Outside the classroom, my passion for creating unforgettable moments shines brightly. With a flair for creativity and an eye for detail, transforming ordinary family gatherings into extraordinary celebrations is my dream. I credit my mother to my creative knack in party planning and decor. She has shown me the importance of details, placement, and “perfection”. From birthdays to holidays, every event is infused with a personal touch at Events that Pop!

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Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Everyone loves a great party! I know I do. Balloons are a simple yet effective way to enhance the ambiance and enjoyment of any party. Balloons add visual interest to pictures and can help capture the joyful spirit of any occasion. My love for party decorations and celebrations have become a creative outlet, allowing me to weave magic into every gathering. After witnessing the joy that a centerpiece or a balloon garland brings to an event and the everlasting memory it creates, I knew this was something I had to pursue and share with my community indefinitely. Finding what you love and mastering is key to a thriving business.

Something that sets me apart from other balloon artists in this industry is a combination of factors, including my unique style, creativity, skill level, customer service, and the overall experience I provide. My distinct style and approach to balloon artistry is guaranteed to make any event stand out. At Events that Pop, my signature designs, innovative techniques, and attention to detail has attracted clients who appreciate my aesthetic. As a balloon artist, I offer customized balloon creations that are tailored to my clients’ preferences. These personal touches truly allow me to build relationships with my clients while using my ability to turn their vision into reality while leaving a lasting impression. I am most excited to share my love and passion for event decor with the DFW community while bringing pure joy to all of their events!

Having a strong support network of friends, family, and mentors has provided encouragement, guidance, and perspective during challenging times. Building and nurturing these relationships has been instrumental in overcoming obstacles. Maintaining a positive attitude and perseverance has allowed me to push through certain challenges and emerge stronger on the other side. Also, my faith has been my ultimate rock during any challenging moments.

I want my legacy to be one that my family and children will admire and be proud of. A hardworking Hispanic mom of 3 that served her community in education and event decor! A business woman who dedicated her life to bringing happiness to others. As a mother, teacher, and Christian, my life is a testament to the power of love, faith, and community. Through my dedication to my family, my passion for education, and my commitment to making every moment special, embodying the true essence of joy and togetherness. My journey is a beautiful reminder that with love, faith, and a touch of creativity, anything is possible!

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If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are truly are so many great spots in the DFW that it is hard to pick favorites! We truly are blessed to live in a beautiful city with so many great restaurants and exciting places to visit. Breakfast at Snooze is an excellent start to any day! They have so many unique breakfast options and a vibrant atmosphere. Katy Trail Ice House is the perfect place for a sunny day, cold beer and you can’t beat the pet friendly environment. My favorite dinner spots would have to Mena’s Tex-Mex Grill in Carrollton- hands down one of the best Mexican spots in the DFW! Or if you’re in the mood for fresh seafood- Red Crab in Addison. I guarantee you will not find better seafood anywhere else! From the 90’s hip-hop playlists, to the juiciest crab legs and delicious cocktails… There really isn’t a better spot! This would be my dream day of places to take anyone visiting the DFW!

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The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would love to dedicate this shoutout to my family! My parents have been the biggest cheerleaders throughout my life and have encouraged me to always shoot for the stars. My father, Danny Garcia, proud business owner of DGBC has taught me all the ins and outs of running a successful business. My mother, Ana Harrison, who I owe my creativity talents to. She has an eye for party planning and decor and has taught me all the tips and tricks for party decor! My husband Paul, who has been extremely supportive and helpful throughout this entire process, without him none of this would be possible, truly. And lastly, my father-in-law Richard Marquez, owner of Diligence International, he has always pushed me to be a business owner since the day we met. I am forever grateful for this group of people! Their efforts do not go unnoticed on my success journey.

Website: https://eventsthatpopdfw.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eventsthatpop.dfw/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/people/Events-that-Pop/61557542110170/?name=xhp_nt__fb__action__open_user

Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/events-that-pop-plano-2?utm_campaign=www_business_share_popup&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=(direct)

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Image Credits
Cari Denee Photography for headshots

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