July, 2013

Beat the Heat During Summer Events

With the weather hitting almost 90 degrees, it could make for a very uncomfortable outdoor event experience, but why should you let a little rise in temperature ruin your day?  There are plenty of ways you can ensure that you and your guests will stay cool and comfortable during your blistering summer event.

Fans are a great way to keep your guests cool while also adding a little flare to your décor.  Hang hand held fans from the chairs for the ceremony or place them in a basket for people to take on their way in.  Fans can take on the look and theme of your wedding, just add the wedding program or monogram tags of your newly adopted last name to make the fans as much a part of your wedding decor as they are a cooling tool.


Tents provide the perfect amount of shade for guests.  When temperatures are hot, no one wants to be sitting out in the direct sunlight.  Tents create a cooler space where seating and mingling can take place without the feeling of melting from the summer heat. Tents come in all different shapes and sizes and can be decorated depending on the vision of your event.  Line the tent with up lighting, hang a chandelier from the center, or drape fabric for an elegant vintage feel.  The options are endless and the benefits are great.

s have long been the perfect way to hide from the sun.  With their dainty doily look, parasols add the most feminine of touches to any summer event.  Provide them for guests to use during the event and then invite guests to take one home with them once the sun is set and gone.  With several different looks like a curvy Pagoda parasol or a ruffled cream parasol, there is always a way to make them suit your wedding perfectly. Not to mention, they make for a fun prop during your outdoor photo sessions

We’d love to hear from you! Let us know if you have any other great tips to beat the heat during outdoor events this summer.

Aaron’s Bar Mitzvah Celebration at Fairmont Pittsburgh

Aaron’s Bar Mitzvah Celebration at Fairmont Pittsburgh

On June 29th, 2013, Aaron celebrated his bar mitzvah with friends and family at The Fairmont Pittsburgh with games, dancing, delicious food, and great entertainment. It was a wonderful night for both adults and children.  The party ambiance was reflective of early 1920’s elegance with a modern twist. The color palate was all neutrals which was in sharp contrast to the colorful luncheon enjoyed by guests earlier that day at the temple. The table centerpieces were created with fresh floral in white and ivory tones and lucite candleabras created by Allison Mcgeary Floral Design. The ballroom featured eight gorgeous crystal chandeliers hanging from the ceiling provided by All Occasions and installed by PSAV. The ceiling above the dance floor created by Festivities featured large clusters of tan, white, clear and ivory balloons creating a champagne bubble effect dripping overhead while dancing.

Upon entering the Fairmont lobby cocktail area, adults were directed to food stations with choices of mini tacos or chicken and crab sandwiches, while trays of sushi and other hors d’ oeuves were being passed. Kids immediately made their way into the grand ballroom where they participated in a game show provided by Wenning Entertainment competing for prizes. After adults had found their seats by table charts displayed on mirrors, hung, and illuminated in the lounge area and the game show had come to an end, the DJ kicked up the energy with some music and dancing. Kids danced, received balloon sculptures from ABC Ballon Twisting, and got creative with Interactive Entertainment’s Virtual Graffiti Wall. At dinnertime, kids’ sat at long rectangular tables covered with pecan linens located in close proximity to their buffet dinner station, while adults were seated at round tables behind the kids where they were served each of their courses. An Italian Soda Bar was set up inside the ballroom for soda refills all night long based on a customized menu. Their drinks were served in personalized light up cups for kids to keep as a souvenir from the event. After a trio of desserts were served to adults and cotton candy and mini milkshakes were passed to the kids, guests gathered around to watch dancers from Glyde Productions perform a break dancing set.

With the fun and excitement at an all time high, kids continued their night was more dancing and casino games provided by Entertainment Unlimited. For a sweet ending, a candy station was set up and guests filled personalized take out containers with assortments of sweet goodies. There was also a tcookie table, traditionally seen at most Pittsburgh weddings, with a delicious assortment baked by friends, family and Bella Christie Sweet Boutique. At the end of the night adults were seen packing cookie bags with treats while kids stuffed personalized drawl string bags with the prizes and gifts they had gathered all through the night. We loved being a part of your big night, Aaron! Mazel Tov!

Photo Credit: Deion Kim Photography

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Pittsburgh Magazine’s Best of the ‘Burgh 2013!

Pittsburgh Magazine’s Best of the ‘Burgh 2013!

We are thrilled to announce that we have been chosen as Best Party Planner in Pittsburgh Magazine’s Best of the ‘Burgh 2013! Pittsburgh Magazine was established in 1970 as a lifestyle publication covering the metropolitan area of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Every year the magazine comes out with their annual Best of the ‘Burgh list and this year we made it! The magazine polled readers from Pittsburgh asking everything from the best way to spend your Saturday night to where to grab the best local brew. The list was compiled by the votes of knowledgeable Pittsburgh city lovers who have made little bistros and antique parlors ritual spots. We share the list with hundreds of beloved Pittsburgh restaurants, shops, and services including Bella Bridesmaid for Best Bridal Boutique and Allison McGeary for Best Pittsburgh Florist to name a few. We couldn’t be happier to be recognized by the people of Pittsburgh as Best Party Planner and to be among so many great Pittsburgh Businesses. A very big thank you to all of those who voted for us making this win possible!

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Toby’s Bat Mitzvah

Toby’s Bat Mitzvah

On April 13, 2013, Toby, together with friends and family celebrated this milestone with a fun filled bash at J. Verno Studios on Pittsburgh’s Southside.  The night was filled with great food, dancing and even beautiful candy and dessert displays. The mood was as bright and lively as Toby’s color palate of fuchsia, purple, lime green and blue.

While entering J. Verno Studios, adult guests were welcomed into a lounge and bar area while the kids played trivia games in the ballroom, provided by Wenning Entertainment, winning prizes and kicking off the party.  Guests were also treated to a photo booth filled with a variety of costumes and hats to take pictures for the guest of honor. The photos from the photo booth were simulcast on large screens throughout the venue all night long. Kids (and even some adults) visited the airbrush tattoo artist throughout the evening to receive temporary airbrush tattoos.

The ballroom was divided into two areas, one area for the kids and the other side of the room for adult seating.

The kids’ tables were lined with pink and purple luminaria and provided open seating at long tables.  The kids had their own appetizer station of multi flavored popcorn and soft pretzel bites which later turned over to their own dinner station. The adult side of the room were seated at round tables and adults dined at a variety of dinner stations featuring a slider bar, Asian Station and more all provided by JPC Catering.  While the guests were all seated at their tables, they enjoyed a lovely slideshow of pictures of Toby through the years of growing up with her family and friends.

After dinner the fun really began with Soundtastic Enterprises getting everyone at the party up and dancing.  There was even a dance off between the boys and girls!  After dinner, guests were treated to a cookie table of homemade cookies donated by friends and relatives of Toby. This had special meaning to Toby as her mitzvah project was a bake sale held earlier in the year with all proceeds going to children’s cancer research.

As if that weren’t enough for any sweet tooth, mini milkshake shooters were passed and a candy buffet filled with goodies such as Reese’s cups, gummy worms, m & m’s  and so much more was available with personalized take out containers to fill and enjoy at the party and to take home.

This sweet night was a treat for both adults and kids. Mazel Tov Toby!