The Glitter Gals

September 28, 2011
Dina Manzo, host of the HGTV show “Dina’s Party.”

The most highly decorated hour of TV airs Saturdays on HGTV: “Dina’s Party” at 10 p.m., followed by “Donna Decorates Dallas” at 10:30 p.m.

Dina Manzo once dwelt in the toxic world of Bravo’s New Jersey Housewives. Now, she displays her skills as a party planner who likes to say, “We’re gonna do this big.” How big? Cardboard pillars, a tent festooned with branches of wilting flowers, and spaghetti and meatballs served in “an Italian chuck wagon” featuring old-fashioned skillets sitting amid what Dina refers to as “real actual wood.” Dina also says “pitcher” instead of “picture.” To thine Jersey roots be true, Dina!

Dallas’ Donna Moss believes no room is complete without chandeliers, crosses and fleurs-de-lys. She twists old sayings into nonsense: “That bed is going to fit in here like a glove.” And she’s totally hands-on. When candles aren’t the right hue, she personally paints them!

Customers praise Dina and Donna, so they must be talented. Although when one husband sees how Donna turned his bedroom into a blood-red, leopard-print-y, super-sparkly boudoir, his mouth says, “Wow,” but his eyes say, “I’d rather SLEEP IN A PRISON CELL.”

Marc Silver has been watching TV since the days when people wrapped aluminum foil around TV antennae to improve reception.
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