Pittsburgh Event Planner | Forces of Nature

This time last year we collaborated with the best of the best in Pittsburgh for one night of design insanity supporting Event Pros Take Action. Five planners were given the design challenge of color. Guess what color {SHE} got? Pink of course! Any other color for this would have been so unnatural because our world is pink. This hue embodies an attitude and set the tone for our design that was defiantly feminine, opulent, dramatic, yet playful! Our pretty in pink, plush play lounge was a dream! The interactive chic space draped in shimmery blush sequin included a life-size sliding puzzle, oversized Jenga, tic tac toe tables, checker tables, and the classic game of Tetris with a floral game controller. Can't forget the thrift piano that came to life with gallons of pink paint + glitter and hundreds of flowers. And then there was the ribbon + floral chandelier that anchored the space. What a labor of love cascading ribbon and flowers ceiling to floor?! We're still in awe of this magical evening and the amount of love + time every single person and company contributed to this project. Our white floral wall greeted guests upon arrival!! {SHE} was so proud of our city, our industry, and genuinely inspired by the talent that was showcased by all! Lauren Renee Designs did not leave out a single detail in the beautiful photos! This was no small fete; our team, friendors, and partners worked very, very hard to knock this design out of the park and we're forever grateful. This is how you PARTY WITH A PURPOSE!

Planning: {SHE} Shayla Hawkins Events
Photography: Lauren Renee Designs
Videography: Emmai Alaquiva
Floral Design: Mocha Rose Floral Design
Wholesale Partner: Mayesh Wholesale
Branding: Loree Mayer Design
Puzzle + Table Art: Ashley Cecil
Custom Drapes + Pillows: Mosaic
Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental
Rentals: Marbella Event Furniture
Lighting Design: Gray Phoenix
Live Paint Artist: A Little Guilty
Desserts: Bella Christie's

Pittsburgh Event Planner | Peachie's Mardi Gras Ball

One of the best and most exciting things about our job is we never know what our next job or who our next fabulous client is. So every single new consultation has an element of surprise! When we got the call to plan a big bash with a four week turn around for Peachie's birthday 5.1, {SHE} had no idea it was the beginning of a wonderful relationship and friendship! We started the planning with an info gathering session with Peachie's sister and closest friends. Though Peachie knew about the party, they wanted to keep a lot of the details + surprises unknown to her. Peachie is innately a giver and always taking care of others so it was important that she could just show up, be celebrated, and be the guest of honor. What originally was going to be a winter wonderland experience at a ski resort turned into a New Orleans meets Pittsburgh experience when {SHE} got involved because the initial venue was simply inadequate for this affair. Pressed for time and decisions, {SHE} put the brainstorming cap on quick and learned one of Peachie's favorite places to travel was to New Orleans and {SHE} loved Mardi Gras so it was the perfect theme for this vibrant lady in red! Moreover, her February 27th birthday often falls right within the Mardi Gras festivities! Don't even know where to begin with the details for the PARTY. OF. THE. YEAR! {SHE} can assure there were none left out. From the second line grand entrance, to the array of colors and ambience of N.O. streets, to the completely customized and unique centerpieces for each guest table, to the live speed paint artist, to the masked aerialists, to the taste of Bourbon Street in the food and beverage--we were celebrating in her beloved hometown but you felt the soul and culture of Mardi Gras + New Orleans! Mecca Gamble captured this amazing celebration beautifully and Emmai Alaquiva's cinematic story allows us to relive the fun over and over and over! This special celebration will never ever get old. 

Planning: {SHE} Shayla Hawkins Events
Party Venue: Heinz History Center
Caterer: Commonplea Catering
Photography: Mecca Gamble Photography
Videography: Emmai Alaquiva
Floral Design: Hens + Chicks Floral Design
Stationery Design: Bellamy + Belou
Linens: Mosaic
Rentals: Marbella Event Rental
Cake Design: Bella Christie's
Lighting: Three Rivers Entertainment
DJ: GQ
Master of Ceremony: Tee Jay
Jazz Ensemble: Calvin Stemley + Stemtec
Aerialist: Iron City Aerialists
Speed Painter: George Williams