What’s hot now for parties? Bold design, casual comforts, and a big dash of personality. These parties feature of few of our favorite trends including bright geometric patterns, modern balloon styling, comfy bohemian lounge areas, craft beers, food truck dining, unique dessert bars, and creative lighting design.
Bold Geometric Patterns
The mix of modern shapes and fun colors makes this a design trend that will brighten up any party. Most of these items can be whipped up using a few basic craft supplies such as tissue paper, construction paper and string. You can also find many beautiful options on etsy.com.
Traditional balloons are still fun, but these over-sized, round beauties are a more modern take on party decor. You can dress them up by filling them with confetti or adding streamers, or make a bold statement with a single-color bouquet.
Don’t you just want to crawl into these fab lounges and curl up with a cool Mojito? Having a chic but comfortable spot for guests to chill will make them feel like boho rock stars. You may be able to borrow a few extra chairs, floor pillows and rugs from friends and family, or consider renting vintage pieces from a local party rental company.
Hand crafted, gourmet beers are really having their moment. Treat your guests to something a little cooler than the same old wine and beer. You can go all out with a craft beer cart, a beer bar, or flights of beer, or just put out a few bottles from local breweries for guests to enjoy.
Gourmet Food trucks
The food truck movement has been gaining steam for years but the recent proliferation of niche food trucks has made it easier for the average party thrower to find (and afford) one locally. Choose a food style you love, such as Mexican, middle eastern, or Asian, or opt for gourmet versions of comfort foods such as burgers, hot dogs, and grilled cheese sandwiches. And the best part is: no set up, serving, wasted food, or clean up.
Unique Dessert Bars
Candy bars are still fun, of course. But lately party planners have been branching out and putting their own stamp on the traditional dessert bar. These days you’ll find unique offerings such as popsicle bars, waffle bars, root-beer float bars, popcorn bars, donut bars, s’mores bars, caramel apple bars, and frost your own cupcake bars. If you can dream it, you can serve it.
Creative Up Lighting
Up lighting isn’t just for big corporate events any more. Now that it is so easy to rent your own stand alone lights, and even customized gobo lights, you can create beautiful effects on a budget. Some of the recent trends include bold, mixed colors, patterns such as “starry night” and “underwater,” and custom designs using names, initials, logos and theme elements. (Sources for lighting rental include DJs, local party rental companies, and online sources such as DIYuplighing.com)
Let us know what party trend you love the most in the comments section below.