Pantone Colour of the Year in Floristry
At the beginning of 2019, Pantone announced their new ‘colour of the year’; Living Coral. Each year, party creatives and designers worldwide are excited to see what trends the new Pantone will bring.
When it comes to spring floristry, the best in the business are promising mixtures of corals, oranges and pale pinks to build a beautiful mixture of springtime florals. Caroline Ball, Hybrid Flowers comments, “Living coral is a glorious colour, full of warmth and fun and is perfect for spring and summer florals. A coral coloured Sweet Pea, Camellia or Tulip will always be held aloft and admired by all the florists in our studio.”
As well as floristry, for design trends 2019 we’re seeing anything with a hint of coral add luxury to tablescapes, elegance to party-wear and pops of colour to catering, crockery and glassware.
This year, one balloon or even a bunch just will not be enough (balloon arch installations are a massive hit!). Party designers see balloon installations become one of the top must-haves for spring designs 2019. The ‘balloon experts’ themselves, Bubblegum Balloons are anticipating more celebrity house installations, pouring multi-coloured displays out of manor houses, as well as brand inspired product launches, with private clients using balloons to create a dramatic entrance as part of their luxury wedding design. To establish luxury, the likes of Aynhoe Park, Annabel’s Mayfair and The Ritz are embracing the inflatable-must-have.
2018 waved goodbye to photo booths as party planners welcome a more unique form of entertainment; guests are continually wanting to be surprised, or for us to introduce something new, and it always starts with party entertainment ideas. Spring trends show an introduction to live illustrators and calligraphers; Victoria Fitzroy and Sally Faye specialise in stunning illustrations of guests as place cards, live illustrations to wow guests throughout the evening, or a gift to take home in the form of wedding favours.
Of course, unique entertainment doesn’t stop at illustrators as we have also been asked for mobile escape rooms, edible bubbles and perfume workshops. The list is endless, and we always ensure to find the perfect entertainment for your guest demographic, theme and event (be it a birthday party, private dinner at home or engagement celebration!)
A thoughtful approach to catering
Over the past 12 months we have seen a shift in the way guests eat, drink, act and how they think about their environmental impact. This is true to catering as party suppliers have to offer vegan friendly, gluten free, an increase in vegetarian dishes and also think about waste (which is something very close to our hearts!).
Blue Strawberry and Table Talk, a premium caterer for royalty and the Historic Royal Palaces suggest that “a more ethical, zero waste approach has become the norm and, wherever possible, we utilise the entirety of the ingredients we purchase – we love to make unusual stocks or fruit vinegars for intensifying flavours”.
“One huge food trend which is making a huge comeback this spring is ice cream! Building upon the trend of high-quality ice-cream, our late-night ice-cream cocktail stations feature a twist on classics such as the Martini Espresso with crunchy coffee bean toppings, Mojito mint choc chip, and Pina Colada with coconut ice and pineapple sauce.”
Opulent cakes – the bigger, more colourful, the better!
2018 showcased stunning creations and the most picturesque form of baking, yet 2019 promises even more impressive creations. Private party sources including Brides Magazine and Style Me Pretty comment that couples and those celebrating milestone birthdays will take inspiration from 2018’s royal weddings. It’s all about bespoke – let your imagination soar and the magic begin.
Emma Dodi Cakes creates bespoke contemporary cakes, taking inspiration from couture dresses, edible petals and trending colours. For spring she has experimenting with paper flowers, huge floral toppers and cute cake pops. Perfect for baby showers, a grand 50th birthday or corporate summer party.
Here at The Events Mill, says creative Director Christopher Mills, “we love spring as it starts a new cycle of colour and an abundance of textures that are the complete opposite to autumn/winter. We love exploring lighter tones and adding base notes that add depth and variety. By mixing interesting textures such as cork or copper you can add a luxurious edge whilst remaining true to the delicacy of spring”.