Michelle is the founder of Michelle’s Design House, an event planning and design company based in New Jersey. Since high school Michelle was infatuated with the world of event planning and interior design however, she was also an All-American track and field athlete with numerous records under her belt. She briefly put her interests on hold to accept a full athletic scholarship to Hampton University where she competed for the undefeated MEAC champions –  Lady Pirates – and majored in Psychology.

Upon graduating from Hampton University she merged her love for sports and event planning and completed her Master’s in Sports Administration at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Immediately she began working in events within the sports industry for organizations such as Octagon, Women in Sports and Events, United States Tennis Association, Super Bowl Host Committee (Super Bowl XLVIII) and Lead Dog Marketing Group. 

After garnering over 10 years of experience, becoming a wife and a mother, Michelle decided to launch Michelle’s Design House to bring her expertise to the community. She currently services the Northern New Jersey, New York and Connecticut regions.

Principal Event Designer – Michelle Ortiz



We provide an elegant touch to corporate, private and community events. Our team is available around the clock to ensure that budgets and deadlines are strictly adhered to without sacrificing attention to detail. Our services range from custom presentations to venue and vendor referrals, as well as creative direction and design.

Every project is unique, so costs will depend on the size and scope of the work. We will start with your FREE scheduled consultation, then we’ll present our proposal with costs during your custom experiential production!


  • Wow! What an incredible person who backs all of her hard work and determination with grace and assurance that you have chosen the right person for the job! Michelle helped manage our annual A Free Bird Gala and she went above and beyond and really helped out the organization. Her perseverance and consistency really helped shape our Gala to be the best one we have had! Michelle’s close attention to detail and her continuous effort to always help out whenever possible showed every step of the way. A Free Bird is very thankful we had the opportunity to work with Michelle and her fantastic company. Thank you for everything you have done, you are an amazing person and really put your whole heart into all of the work that you do and have contributed to the organization.

    “A Free Bird Life Gala”

    Godni Amir Liteman
  • I wanted to coordinate my annual end of Summer Social with a very unique event – The American Solar Eclipse! I knew I had to book her after her awesome presentation and my guests and I were blown away by her expertise and timeliness! We had limited time for set up due to the nature of the eclipse and wanted our guests to be able to eat directly after. She set up everything with enough time to enjoy the solar eclipse too! Thanks for your phenomenal service!

    “End of Summer Social”

    Jack and Betty Brown
  • My wife had been hinting at a birthday party for her big 3-0 and I did not want to let her down! I spoke with Michelle regarding my request and she ran with my ideas and truly made my wife’s day special. She is a great listener and detail oriented as I would make changes and was nervous she wouldn’t be able to keep up but she kept up with my requests! She will deliver!

    “Surprise Birthday Party”

    Jeffrey Perez


We are not your typical design company. By offering the the services of both a planner and a designer we have the keen eye for style and have a host of vendors and venues to suggest to you.

Lessening the burden of the all so common do it yourselfers. With over 10 years of experience in events with NASCAR, Super Bowl Host Committee, United States Tennis Association and Women in Sports and Events you can trust your vision with Michelle’s Design House!