1881 Event Planning & Design is a social event planning company based in Atlanta, Georgia.
This company was started by three phenomenal women who bring over 15 years of event planning expertise to their clients. As graduates of Spelman College, the ladies of 1881 wanted to pay tribute to the institution, which brought them together. The name of the company lovingly reflects the founding year of their beloved alma mater. For Pamela, Ericka, and Renata nothing is more important than flawless execution of their client’s vision. Finding an event planner to truly do it all is a challenge but 1881 Events solves this problem by equipping each client with a team that will handle all of the details, customize the event with unique graphic designs, and evoke an experience guests will never forget. Although their planning experience has crossed the gamut, the primary focus of 1881 Event Planning & Design is on small social events of 75 guests or less. Each of these ladies has unique strengths which—when combine—makes them a dream team of event planners. Pamela Franklin Stegall is a native of Atlanta. She holds a Bachelors degree in Theatre from Spelman College and has extensive experience in backstage management. She is often asked to manage the backstage events for high profile theater productions and was most recently asked to assist with the tribute to the unveiling of the Martin Luther King, Jr. national monument, entitled “A Monumental Life,” at Constitution Hall in Washington D.C. In April 2010, she added filmmaker to her list of accomplishments in her production of the documentary Fly, Sista, Fly, which chronicled the lives of three Pauline E. Drake Scholars—“seasoned women” who chos e to attend Spelman College. Pamela believes that all events are just productions in disguise. She designs events the same way a Broadway producer approaches a theatrical production—making sure that the stars shine and the guests are glad they came!
Ericka A. Thomas is a native of Atlanta. She holds a Bachelors degree in Environmental Science from Spelman College and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix. She absolutely loves every aspect of planning an event. Ericka has a passion for graphic design and is able to quickly conceptualize a theme and use creative elements to generate visual presentations for our events. Her easy‐going personality, meticulous attention to detail, and amazing budget management skills prove to be a valuable asset to the 1881
Event Planning & Design Dream Team. Renata Hilson is a native of New Orleans but has called Atlanta home for quite some time. She holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Spelman College and a Master of Public Health degree from Emory University. Her
passion for event planning began during graduate school, where she was enrolled full‐time, had several part time jobs, and pulled all‐nighters planning her own wedding! If hiring an event planner were in her budget at the time, she would have gladly done so. This is why she is so happy to be part of an event planning company that caters to a wide range of budgets and client needs Renata is the “research detective” for all of our events. Her logistical skills, creativity, and fun personality make her an extraordinary member of their team.Their motto “Relax…and let us handle the details!” says it all. From innovative concepts to flawless execution, their goal is to take the stress out of planning so their clients can enjoy every moment of their special occasion.