Diane Lyons, CMP, DMCP

Diane Lyons of ACCENT New Orleans Event Planning, Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award from the DMC Network.


Diane is passionate about happiness and works diligently to please her clients by making each event vision a reality. Using her creative talents, resources, and expertise, she excels in producing top-notch, worry-free events for clients and their guests to enjoy.


A native New Orleanian, Diane brings her vast knowledge of the local culture, food, and music to every event and can seamlessly merge new trends with long-standing traditions. Throughout her impressive 33-plus-year career, she and the ACCENT New Orleans DMC team have won numerous awards. Diane actively supports several nonprofit organizations, including FestiGals, a celebration for women she created in 2011.


She has been recognized twice as a “Top Woman in Business” by New Orleans City Business magazine, was the recipient of the inaugural HandCraft Heroes Award for her contributions to women with cancer, and earned a lifetime achievement award from the DMC Network for her contributions to the event planning industry.


Getting to Know Diane


What is your favorite restaurant/chef in New Orleans?

Oh, I don’t know if I have a favorite! New Orleans now has more than 1,400 restaurants, which is nearly double compared to 2005. My mood defines my favorite food/chef. Cute helps. A hottie in the kitchen adds flavor to any meal!


What is your favorite festival?

FestiGals the Ultimate Girl Party


Do you have a favorite food?

Lump Crabmeat


What is your favorite cocktail?

There are so many, again it depends on our mood. FestiTini, FestiRita — just about Festi-anything when I’m hanging out with girlfriends.


Do you have a favorite pastime/hobby?

Painting Zulu coconuts! Exploring New Orleans with friends and being a tourist in my own town. Anything, anytime with my 6 grandchildren. Speaking about New Orleans to anyone around the world.  Have to keep reminding myself to take a breath.