How Omni William Penn Celebrates its 100th Birthday in Style!

Omni William Penn Hotel 100th birthday

When I think of historical Pittsburgh hotels, Omni William Penn is certainly on my short list. The hotel is one of my family’s favorites when visiting the city, and its old-fashioned ambiance with modern touches is only one of the reasons we love the property. This week, my family and I had the honor of celebrating its 100th birthday- in style and with a 5-foot tall birthday cake!

Celebrating in Style

Thursday, March 10th was all about fashion- both classic and modern. Famous Pittsburgh women in media participated in the 20-minute show and transformed the lobby into a hip, fun style fest!



Markowitz Communications did an amazing job with the event and, from the champagne to the mixed drinks made with liquor from local distillery Wigle Whisky, the atmosphere was lively and so stylish.


Venison tartar was a definite hors d’oeuvre highlight.

Let Them Eat Cake!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, was the 100th birthday celebration for Omni William Penn Hotel– and the cake was the focus of the party!

The cake donned 100 candles that were all lit in a giant circle on the bottom tier. After singing the traditional “Happy Birthday” song, it was time to let them eat cake!

Prantl’s Bakery, famous for its Burnt Almond Torte (the #1 rated cake in America!), collaborated with Art Institute students to create a five-foot tall, five-foot wide confection. Weighing right around one ton, are you curious as to what it took to make it?

  • 366 pounds of flour
  • 366 pounds of sugar
  • 2,530 eggs
  • 28 gallons of soybean oil
  • 20 gallons of water
After a lovely speech from MC and Pittsburgh’s Rick Sebak, the cake was cut and all party guests received a nice, big slice (the cake offered 10,000 slices in all!). Leftover cake will be donated to the local food bank.
I couldn’t help myself when I learned that Rick Sebak loves selfies! He’s such a great guy and I cannot help but think of him as one of THE voices of Pittsburgh.
Thank you, Omni William Penn Hotel, for 100 classy and stylish years in Pittsburgh! Here’s to 100 more!
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