Introducing Bella Baxter Special Events

It all started one fateful day at a local dress shop before their first official meeting for the Junior League of Little Rock. Two women who figured out they were headed to the exact same place at the same time, made fast friends within five minutes….

Five years later we are pleased to announce the new business venture of Bella Baxter Special Events!   We have over 18 years of event planning experience combined and are so excited to be working together and planning events in Arkansas and Tennessee!

We can’t wait to share with you all of the very fun things we have in store and hope to be there to help you create fun memories for your upcoming events!  Our bio’s may help you to better learn about our backgrounds and you can find out more on our website at

Roll Call!…

Katherine Shell Benson has over 12 years of experience as an Event Management Professional. She began her career by obtaining a BS in Culinary Sciences from the Mississippi University for Women and since then Katherine has been involved in the collaboration, organization, and execution of high profile events for the Chinese Ambassador to the United States, the Secretary of Agriculture, former Presidential candidate John Kerry, former President Bill Clinton, former President George Bush, the Southern Regional Legislative Conference 2004, George Stephanopoulos, the opening of the Clinton Presidential Library, the Clinton School of Public Service, the Arkansas Legislature, the Board of the University of Arkansas, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the Nature Conservancy, the Arkansas Supreme Court, the Zach Wamp for Governor Campaign and many others . Throughout this time she has also enjoyed perfecting her craft through continued training, public speaking, and local TV spots. Winner of the Arkansas Diamond Chef’s Classic 2005, she knows both food and event logistics. As a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Junior League of Memphis and former member of the Junior League of Little Rock, Katherine has served her community by aiding in the writing the Gourmand World Cookbook of 2010 Big Taste of Little Rock for which she is credited under her maiden name and sitting on the committees to aid in the coordination of JLM’s Merry Marketplace.

Lauren Martina Kreps graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville with a degree in Interior Design. She is a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers, ASID. Lauren has over 12 years of design experience along with two years of event styling and planning experience. During that time she has had the pleasure of working for some of the premier interior designers and event planners in the country. A proven sense of style and taste, Lauren has developed and collaborated on high end projects and events in Arkansas and New Orleans. Lauren prides herself in her unique ability to think outside the box; using her interior design skills and talents to create venues that not only reflect her design style but also the character of the clients. She has been involved in nationally recognized projects that have been featured in House Beautiful and Traditional Home. Lauren is also involved in the community through her continued service to the Junior League of Little Rock as well as Camp Aldersgate and currently holds a Board seat for Maumelle Football and Cheer.