Although I am not getting married in 2017, I still find wedding trends fascinating. Why? Because they are usually the event trends as well, and darn right I am interested in those. I love pulling a new color scheme or entertainment idea from the bridal scene and adapting it for the private party stage.
I absolutely love throwing a party that my guests will remember. My husband and I host multiple events throughout the year, each with a particular theme, signature beverage and decor. I have sent invites on boxes of candy and mini bottles of wine, created edible necklaces and snackable shot glasses for guests, and had goodie bags that made attendees feel as if they just stepped off the red carpet.
I recently had the privilege of attending BrideStyle17, a Live LookBook Trend Party at the so-chic-it-hurts DL Loft in Lincoln Park. DL Loft is owned by Debi Lilly of A Perfect Event, who was named one of the top Wedding Planners by Martha Stewart. THIS woman knows what it takes to host a memorable moment, and she is one of the most genuinely pleasant and kind people I have ever met.
White Pillar Glow
Upon entering DL Loft, the staircase is often lined with glowing hurricanes or lanterns that house simple white pillar candles. Many underestimate the power of lighting- as long as children are not present, I try to include candles in my decor. They are much less expensive than other decor and add a special glow.
Although many shy away from balloons unless they are hosting a child’s birthday party, Debi dotted massive ones strategically throughout the party space. She used clear line to anchor them, then wound greenery around the line. The vertical greenery added to the English Garden feeling of the party, and the balloons added a touch of whimsy set against the dramatic crystal chandeliers.
English Garden Theme
Yes, flowers for spring. I know, florals are in style every spring, it is just a matter of the size, color, and presentation. The theme at DL Loft was reminiscent of an English Garden- massive blooms in blush, cream, white and pink arranged with winding greenery and draped ivy. Flower garland graced a vintage mirror on the wall, and the windowsill was laced with branches full of ivy green leaves. Flat, round vases were filled with leaves and lilies paired with roses and greenery spilling over the edges, then accented by vintage candles in varying heights and patterns.
Pretty in Pink Plates
One of the first things that I noticed when I walked up to the food presentations was the perfectly pink china pattern and blush plates. Mixing and matching patterns is such a huge fashion trend, and it can carry over into events seamlessly. The Festive Frog is a tableware and barware rental company…but this description does not do them justice. They collect large quantities of single patterns as well as those that play well together. Since they couldn’t find enough vintage inventory for larger parties, they have started creating their own patterns. Debi is the master of mixing and matching patterns, so it is only natural that she brought in The Festive Frog team of Kendell and Jane to provide unique tableware designs.
Mediterranean en Masse
I am thrilled that the days of heavy dinners at events are coming to pass. Olive Mediterranean Grill presented a gorgeous spread of every imaginable Mediterranean spice and scent. From giant bowls of Basmanti rice to succulent chicken kabobs artfully poking into a pineapple, this was the freshest food I have ever experienced at an event. Warm falafel, creamy hummus, and giant, ripe olives dotted the table as well alongside freshly baked pita bread. This allowed people to graze and snack as opposed to filling up on heavier dishes. They have locations in Evanston, Lincoln Park, River North and the Loop.
Bridal hair no longer means masses of romantic ringlets. Kate Johnson Artistry Bridal Team was on hand to show all of the braid styles that have conquered the scene. From half crowns to center dutch braids, they easily transformed my fallen curls into something stunning.
Edible Floral Decadent Desserts
When I asked Toni of Toni Patisserie what the 2017 dessert trend was leaning toward, she commented that edible buttercream flowers were back in. After years of more architectural and geometric designs on cakes, updated florals (meaning- more than just roses) are dominating the confectionery landscape. I also spied a chalkboard design on one of her cakes- genius! Toni also added lighter-than-air macrons, mini hand pies, and flower-adorned cupcakes and cookies. Her original location is in Hinsdale, and also has a Chicago cafe.
Overall, 2017 is heading toward romance, blush, statement florals, and lighter fare…and I can’t wait to see what the spring and summer brings! Thank you to Debi Lilly for including me in this gorgeous, yes perfect, event.