“Liquor and lighting are the most important elements of an event,” says Dan Smith of By Design Event Decor. “You want to make sure you have an exciting element in the bottom, middle and top layers of the room,” says Tamara Wilkinson of Linen Hero by Chair Covers & Linens Denver. “Drench the room in color in layers with your linens, lighting and floral. Great linen in a show-stopping color on all the tables is the least expensive way to create the biggest saturation of color.” From there, Wilkinson suggests adding light. “I always suggest pin spotting and illuminating your centerpieces.” Expect to see creative lighting like marquee lights and ombre schemes this year.
Look for a resurgence of blue, says Wilkinson, and gold, which adds glam to any party, is on the horizon. Smith suggests using an unexpected motif, such as one he “likes to call vintage bright. Imagine weathered versions of colors that were once brilliant with rough textures and exposed light bulbs like a beautifully aged carnival!”
Designers are combining color and texture in fresh and uniquely Colorado ways. “Organic materials smashed together with metal and edgy Euro styling are exciting for 2014,” says Nathan Cox of Pink Monkey Solutions of Denver and Vail. He likes creating a lounge environment for guests. “Lounges make everyone feel that the area of the party was put there just for them,” he says. He suggests a well-placed chandelier and projection on walls, or digital wallpaper, to change a space subtly or dramatically.
Gardenswartz likes incorporating interesting bar fronts, unique DJ fronts and statement pieces of furniture into a room. Guests love making new discoveries during the party, according to Smith. “I love it when a guest says: ‘What’s down there? I didn’t even see that!’ because you kept them engaged.” Activities engage guests in fun, fresh ways. Wilkinson suggests creating table decor as a team building task at a corporate event while Cox likes the idea of injecting a bit of competition via gaming. “People loosen up and talk,” he says.
Key to any fabulous party is the party giver’s unique personality, not a mash-up of Pinterest pages. “My job is to put a twist on everything my clients might like on Pinterest and online,” says Wilkinson. “You never want your event to look like someone else’s. Cox echoes this: “I want the giver to feel as if we’re allowed them to amplify themselves, their style and vision for the evening, so that guest will say, ‘Man, this is so enter party giver name!'"
“The hosts’ mood, excitement and welcoming feel add the most to the ambience,” says Gardenswartz. “The bottom line is that nobody gets tired of having fun!
Kimberly Field is a frequent contributor to Colorado Expression, Confetti and Architecture & Design of the West.