Pattern Play – A Hot Event Trend for 2014 posted in: Decorating Ideas, Events, Inspiration, Trends

 

Today’s events are really taking shape! Gone are the days of solid, stark, single color stories.  Well, not totally, but you can expect to see a continued rise in the use of patterns in event concepts this year. Fun geometric patterns like Caspian and geometric shapes, floral prints and polka dots and even wild specialty patterns in saturated in a multitude of color are being incorporated into events. You’’’ see patterns used in beautiful linen, worked into backdrops, in fun accessories and event cast onto dance floors.

pattern play in events

As Event Designers, we work to personalize events creating a bespoke experience reflective of our clients’ objective, theme, brand or personalities, and using patterns can be a great way to make a statement or evoke a specific ambiance. The picture below shows how we incorporated patterns to give a modern take on an event theme that gave a nod to the ’80s  through linen and event logo design.

gala images from mac

The thing to keep in mind when using patterns is volume and placement. Strategically placed patterns really add interest, but if one’s not careful they can become “too loud” per se in the overall concept. Certain patterns if not used in too great a volume, can even make guests feel dizzy (so choose carefully 🙂 . If you see a pattern that you like, share it with your designer, so that they can work with you on the best ways and areas the  implement them print or formation into your event.

What do you think about incorporating the use of patterns into event design? And what patterns are you loving right now?

Wishing you an inspiring day!

Signature Tanja & Co. Events

 

 

 

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Rose Gold Romance posted in: Inspiration, Trends, Weddings

All that glitters is rose gold in 2014 – and I LOVE it!

This color says to me, sophisticated, romantic, and it inspired this design board – modern-day classic romance.

Rose Gold Romance

Rose Gold Romance

 

In addition to weddings, this haute hue is also beautiful color choice for a bridal tea or even a social luncheon. So now to you, would you consider rose gold for your wedding or event? Tell me by leaving a comment below.

 

Wishing you an inspired day!

 

Tanja & Co. Events & Etiquette

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This One Takes the Cake! posted in: Events, Food and Beverage, Inspiration, Weddings

Have you seen this confectionery masterpiece? It is quite the showstopper!

This masterpiece is actress Kaley Cuoco’s upside down wedding cake that she and her new hubby, Ryan Sweeting served at their recent wedding reception. The sparkling sugar showpiece was created by Kimberly Bailey of the Butter End Cakery and was installed installed with the help of production pros at RrivreWorks. In a word – STUNNING!!!

Chandelier Upside Down Wedding Cake

But this gravity-defying dessert  wasn’t simply some gorgeous to look at it – it was literally good enough to eat! The rhinestone adorned cake which boasted a grand 27-inch bottom layer (or top depending on which end you consider is up) consisted of two-flavors —almond with toasted almond cream cheese buttercream frosting and chocolate almond cherry with cherry cream cheese buttercream frosting—sounds as good as it looks!

As you can imagine, the display for this creation required a little…OK, a lot more than a pretty cake stand. Pulling off this presentation required a few trips to Home Depot, custom rigging, several sandbags and a lot of creativity and can-do determination! A gorgeous example of the benefits of having pros at the helm of your event!

We think this daring display takes the cake! What do you think? Love it or leave it? Share your thoughts below in a comment.

xo,

Signature Tanja & Co. Events

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2014 Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid posted in: Events, Fashion, Inspiration, Trends, Weddings

The 2014 Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid (PANTONE 18-3224), a shade of purple that’s a real attention-getter.

Radiant orchid is one vibrant gal in the colorwheel – uplifting and bold. She is expressive, energizing, original, and blooming with confidence, yet in a totally embraceable way.

Pantone 2014 Color of the Year Radiant OrchidThis color is a blended harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones which is said to emanate great joy, love and health. With these attributes, what’s not to love? Who wouldn’t want to invite greater joy, love and health into their life?!

While Radiant Orchid is unique and bold, it’s also surprisingly versatile. This color has range! It is a nice companion to pastels, makes a statement as the bold counterpart to a lighter shade of purple such as Violet Tulip (another hue from the spring 2014 palette), and also plays nice with other bold colors such as teal for a totally vivacious look. This is one shade that you can take almost anywhere this year!

The color hit the runways during the spring 2014 fashion shows incorporated into collections by designers such as Emerson, Stella McCartney, and Juicy Couture, to name a few, and has been reported to be making its way to the red carpet. This particular blend of fuchsia, purple and pink has both cool and warm undertones, making it flattering to many hair, eye and skin tones. So dare to be radiant in this haute hue!

radiant-orchid-purple-color-trend-2014

In the world of events, this eye-catching color is as adaptable as it is beautiful. Create a totally radiant event in monochromatic tones using this shade, or use it to create ambiance through lighting, make a statement with bold florals, create a focal using unique furniture pieces or to add a splash of color in accents and accessories. Radiant Orchid livens up neutral gray, beige and taupe palettes, creates a striking combination when paired with turquoise or teal, complements deeper tones such as olive and navy, and is chic with red or even muted neon or light yellow tones. So whether you decide on a little or a lot, this color definitely knows how to dress a party!

 

 Radiant Orchid Collage. Events

So what do you think of Radiant Orchid – love it or leave it? Would you use if in your event or wear it to a party? Have any other pairing suggestions? We’re dying to know, so leave a comment below.

 

Wishing you an inspiring day!

Tanja Lynn, The Party Maven

 

 

Images Courtesy: Tanja & Co. Studio 109, Colin Miller, Colin Cowie, James Michael Photography, Cheryll Gillespie, Aileen Tran, David Tucker Photography and Shaadi-Bazaar

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