Party Planning Tips
2013 Event Trends
The 2013 event season is here, and we’re excited to share some of this year’s hottest trends with you. Trends are great, and the key is figuring out how to apply them to your event.
When it comes to event decor, there will be lots of incorporated rustic items with a touch of elegance. Last year, we saw mostly all rustic elements, everything from the flowers to the table top. Whereas this year we are noticing a shift towards a more classy look with china atop farm tables and glass pieces on whiskey barrels.
Creating Lounge Space
Creating a mini oasis for guests to relax and lounge, is very in this year. Lounge seating areas away from the main reception are extremely popular as opposed to just tables and chairs. Incorporate a cigar station or a dessert bar in your lounge area for your company to enjoy while they unwind.
Customize & Personalize
This trend was a hit last year, and it isn’t stopping now. Brides and event planners are still all about DIY projects, bringing in unique touches through one-of-a-kind projects.
This year, food trucks are making their way into event dining. Food trucks not only offer an array of food options but provide guests with an incomparable experience. We are also seeing fun food bars added into the mix, offering mac n' cheese in martini glasses and desserts with choose your own toppings.
Traditional to Unconventional
Weddings and events are becoming less traditional and more customized. Additions of photo booths, puzzle guest books at weddings and tons of new mobile apps for an enhanced guest experience aid to differentiate one soirée to the next. Being unconventional and unique is crucial to planning any event.
Mint green and coral are huge colors this year. For spring and summer, the bright color trend continues with yellows mixed with other vibrant colors, such as hot pinks, oranges, and purples. For the rustic craze, white goes perfectly, as well as muted pinks, pale blues, and pastel yellows.
Mixing & Matching
Mixing and matching creates a fun, eclectic, and non-uniformity look and feel. Tabletops will dote traditional place settings with standout stemware, textured linens, and simple colors of the same family. This look is sure to have folks talking!
- Book venue (or rent a tent!)
- Hire caterer and plan menu (buffet style or formal dinner, drink menu, dessert)
- Welcome/entry signage
- Sign-in board or guest book
- Overall room décor (balloons, banners, lighting accessories, etc.)
- Seating cards
- Table décor, including linens, place settings, glassware, centerpieces, votive candles, napkins/napkin rings, etc.
- Confirm DJ or band
- Confirm photographer and/or videographer
- Design and print personalized or professional programs if needed
- Create "day of" schedule and name a day of coordinator
- Confirm headcount and go over last-minute details
Mahaffey uses CAD (Computer Aided Design) programs to assist in the planning of many projects. We can provide schematic drawings that allow you to better visualize the completed tent and its components. Crowd flows and equipment access paths can be pre-planned and approved before assembly work begins, helping eliminate any unpleasant surprises to ensure your satisfaction.