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2014 Event Trends

Chelsea Pellegrino

Contributor

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something…called a cragel? This isn’t the traditional bridal rhyme gone wrong - it’s a list of predictions for party design trends in 2014! We’ve scoured the web to bring you what’s up and coming this year. Whether you’re planning a wedding reception, corporate party, or even a backyard birthday bash, here are some of the trends you’ll want to incorporate:

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1. Technology Meets Tradition

Pretty, printed invitations aren’t going anywhere. E-vites just simply don’t have the same allure as a sealed-and-sent request. However, in a world glued to their cellphones, it only makes sense to make some aspect of the invite process digital. Apps like Social Tables are a dream for event planners, letting you map out floor plans and check in attendees. For party hosts or brides-to-be, sites like RSVPify let guests RSVP with the click of a button; making life (and seating charts) easier for everyone.

 

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2. Sorry, Cupcake

Mini cakes may have been the star of the dessert table last year, but this year, expect to see an influx of interesting food combinations. We’re talking cronuts (croissant meets donut), cragels (croissant meets bagel) and dessert pizzas. Start experimenting with your own mash-up menu items!

 

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 3. Mix & Match

Bold colors, unique textures and funky patterns will live in harmony at this year’s events. Get ready to dust off your grandmother's antiques, and mix them with fresh new decor for a quirky but charming atmosphere. Anticipate other combos, like bright neon hues with animal prints, or rustic chic with elements of nature. See the above photo of varying table centerpieces from MarthaStewart.com.

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Photo credit: Elizabeth Anne Designs

 

4. We’ll (Still) Be at the Bar

Interactive food bars will continue to be a hit, and for good reason! Guests get to play with their food, while customizing treats to fit their taste buds. From pancakes to grilled cheese, Elizabeth Anne Designs offers up this mouthwatering list of make your own stations.  

 

2014 is sure to be a year for the ages, and these fun event trends will make your parties equally as memorable!