Top Entertaining Trends

Entertaining Trends Monmouth County, Ocean County, NJ

Entertaining trends Monmouth CountyFrom roving lounge-style cocktail suppers to loose, lavish florals, the entertaining forecast has never looked so rosy. Well, Pantone’s Rose Quartz to be exact. Here are the must-know entertaining predictions for 2016 from 12 of the world’s top event designers:

Celebrating is the trend for 2016 so we’re going to see a lot more parties. But they’ll be more social with formal seated dinners being replaced with mix-and-mingle cocktail soirées that feature cozy lounge seating, hearty global tasting bars and craft cocktails. In terms of décor, we predict loads of rose quartz, one of Pantone’s colors of the year, long-lasting, fast and easy succulents paired with geometric shapes and loose, airy, garden-style floral arrangements.

I’m noticing a trend toward more formal entertaining. Some people are really looking to give their guests over-the-top experiences. This could be the ‘80s all over again with caviar carts and masseuses on hand to rub down guests’ tootsies after dancing the night away to the sounds of Gloria Gaynor.

Retro menus particularly from the 60s are back. Look for Perfect Manhattans, classic Martinis, shrimp cocktail, Baked Alaska, Green Goddess dressing, cheese balls rolled in nuts, spiced lamb meatballs, Beef Bourguignon and pot pies. Food hall style entertaining — inspired by the artisanal food halls at The Plaza Food Hall, City Kitchen and Gansevoort Market — will be “the new black” at parties whether it’s food you make or bring in. I also predict that we’ll see more personalized party favors, whether they’re gold-stamped or screened, for example, as well as the use of RFID technology (like barcode tags) at parties to create customized experiences for party guests. It’s going to be an event game changer in 2016.

People are enjoying celebrations, and hosts are more creative than ever. Millennials are now at an age where they are hosting and giving guests new experiences that challenge tradition. This year, we’ll see party decorations shadow as art installations with special music compilations that can’t be found on iTunes. We’ll have “wasted” dinner parties with full nose to tail menus seasoned with herbs from the host’s personal garden and every moment will be worthy of an Instagram post (because that is all that really matters). If it’s not on Instagram, did the party even happen?

We’ll see more parties this year as hosts continue to revel in the freedom to entertain and celebrate in this increasingly scary world. We’ll see two kinds of parties - either very, very formal seated dinners (perhaps even white tie) as we bask in the Downton Abbey vibe before it disappears or casual lounge-y dinners with passed tasting plates, serving food and cocktails via carts and guéridons and untraditional sofa and coffee table seating vignettes. The influence of Sofia Vergara’s wedding will be obvious with plenty of over-the-top florals. I also see 3D printers getting a real workout this year as they create plenty of custom party elements.

We’ll see an increase in black-tie events and formal dinner parties this year. People are dressing up again and enjoying conversations over a delicious meal and wine. We’ll also see more long tables with vintage candlesticks and organic, low floral or greenery down the length of the table instead of round tables with large, single centerpieces. I also expect to see more electronic save the dates and invitations from services like Paperless Post, a trend driven by younger, more environmentally-friendly hosts. I also predict the photo booth will be replaced by “staged” photo shoots with back drops and props.

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