I was recently contacted by Bryan Vu of Red Envelope about their new blog post regarding entertaining trends in 2014. He thought my readers might find it interesting and I definitely concur. There are many forward-thinking ideas here and all of them can be adapted for weddings and receptions (So any time you read “party” think “wedding” instead.)
Kudos to Erica Daniels, the author of this very impressive and far-reaching post. It is obvious she has done a lot of research and there is much food for thought (excuse the pun).
Here is a link to the Red Envelope Blog and Erica’s blog post specifically. (You can also read the post in its entirety below.)
Thanks, Bryan, for the heads up about this very helpful and informative post.
How to Entertain in 2014The New Year has arrived, and with it comes a bevy of predictions about what to expect in 2014. Our favorites come from experts in exciting industries like interior design, fashion, art and technology.
While the future is anyone's guess, cultural trends are a wealth of inspiration for the modern hostess. We've culled the predictions from experts across the web to find the trends most likely to influence your entertaining decisions in 2014. If you want to host trendsetting events this year, then these are things you need to know when planning your parties.
Party Planning Gets PersonalAccording to craft retailer Michaels, the art of handwriting will be making a reappearance in 2014. This is a continuation of popular trends like hand-sketched illustrations and chalkboard art, but expect it to take on new forms this year.
According to the color experts at Pantone, the Color of the Year for 2014 is Radiant Orchid. "It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple ... a captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones." The designers at Sherwin-Williams are in agreement, naming their favorite color for 2014 Exclusive Plum, "a sophisticated violet" that balances "cool blue and feisty red with a splash of gray." Both pair well with the many shades of green, blue and turquoise currently trending among designers and highlighted as top accent colors for the coming year. When choosing party decorations, incorporate hues like lavender, orchid, indigo and turquoise into your color palette to take advantage of this burgeoning entertaining trend.
Décor TrendsDecorating is an intensely personal subject filled with varied opinions, yet still there is consensus among the experts on several trends. Look for light woods with natural grain, oversize floral prints, large-scale geometric wall paper, Asian-inspired accessories and new animal accents in 2014. Test out this year's hottest looks by letting the top 2014 interior design trends inspire your party decorations.
On a side note, several lifestyle experts have also written treatise on trends that need to go in 2014. Several, including blogger Jennifer Perkins of Naughty Secretary's Club, put chevrons on that list. The next time you're choosing patterns for your party—whether it's a table runner, napkins or a pennant banner—think beyond the chevron and try herringbone or flame stitching as suggested by Tastemaker.
Food and Drink TrendsMany upcoming food trends take their cue from recent years. Health foods are expected to make a strong showing on most menus, influenced by increasing interest in foraged foods.
Another idea we're loving is the introduction of more all-natural convenience foods, a category termed speed scratch. Thanks to movements like this, a busy hostess can prepare a delicious, healthy menu without spending all day in the kitchen. In addition, here are some other delicious ideas for better menu planning in 2014.
The hottest trends from every genre will always tend to cross-over. The season's best parties will inevitably reflect what's walking down the runway, playing on the radio and being served in the top restaurants. We expect 2014 will bring plenty of new inspiration from these sources for another great year of party enjoyment.
Over and above their very interesting blog post, Red Envelope is a great resource for all kinds of ideas for weddings, parties, decorations and gifts. You should definitely check out their website.
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