Party Trends for Summer 2018



With summer having arrived, so come with it the beach days, summer parties, and staying cool through the day and into the late evening. School’s out, the family’s come to town, barbecues are a blazing, and everyone’s looking for that big party. Will yours be that one? Well if it is, then you have to check out these great party trends for this summer. They’ll be sure to make your party a great one and wow your guests. 


Party Trends for Summer 2018:



1. Nautical Theme

With summer just naturally comes the theme of water. With all of the people that rush to the beach, there are those that are bound to have the desire to go boating. So, why not bring that to them with the theme of your party. Nautical themes are all of the rage during the summer. With having a nautical themed party, you can not only have fun with the great aesthetics that come with it but even the wardrobe. You can compose your outfit with various shades and hues of reds, whites, and blues. 

You’ll find that with this theme there will be a lot of blues, whites, some browns and burlap, tropical plants, pier pilings (which you can get at prop houses), and natural textures in your fabrics. Other fun things that come with this theme are also anchors and ropes. If you can add large natural fiber ropes that are actually used for boating, then that will be sure to add something extra to your party. 

Now, if you’re planning on doing anything with sand or the theme of it near guest’s food, you can actually switch out the sand for brown sugar. You’ll find that the brown sugar looks like sand and if it gets in anyone’s food, it will only add a bit of sweetness. 

If you’re planning on having drinks, greeting your guests with nautical themed drinks is always a winner! Don’t forget about the soundscaping either. You can add something extra to the scene by putting on a soundscape of the beach with seagulls or sounds that you’d hear at the pier like boat horns in the background 

You can find a lot of items to use to dress your location at nautical themed stores or even thrift stores in and around beach communities. Thrift stores in these type of communities are bound to have items that are meant to be on or in the water. You can also find great props online.





2. Plants and Greenery 

Plants are an excellent way to dress up or embellish the location of a summer party. Just be sure that the plants that you choose match the theme of the event that you’re hosting. Plants will of course not only provide the space with more oxygen, but also liven it up. If you’re looking for plants that will match your theme, pinterest is a great place to find excellent ideas for plant arrangements and design for your party. Just make sure not to use pointy sharp leaves or plants with thorns in areas guests will be gathering or passing through so your guests don’t get caught or stuck by them. 




3. Romance 

Yes, it’s that time of year where summer romance is in the air. Not to mention all of the summer weddings that are happening. If you’re planning a romantic fantasy party, there are definitely a variety of elements that you need to add to your place to set the mood. 

Music will set the mood. So pick the style that matches the romantic mood you are trying to set with a great playlist. Lighting will set the feeling, so spend some time thinking of the color palate you would like to use and the type of feeling you want to be produced by the lighting choices you make. Fairy lights and candles are always a good way to start. When choosing your flowers, decide what colors you want to use and what scents you want in the air. In planning your menu, use colors and textures in order to create romantic signage. 




Credit: The Martino Flynn Blog

Credit: The Martino Flynn Blog

4. Generation Z Yellow 

With some calling Generation Z Yellow the new pink and even the new black, this yellow is a great addition to your summer party. Possessing it’s own vibrance, this color will be sure to lighten and liven up any party. Just be sure to use the color in creative ways by using it as the color theme for a section of your party that you would like for attention to be brought to as this is a color that will be sure to stand out. In this case, using it around your bar area, buffet, or seating area would be great as these are all areas that you would want for people to gravitate towards and you can be creative with the ways in which you use it. 

Gen Z Yellow can be the color of the cups or signage/menus at the bar, the table cloths of your guest seating or buffet, and more! We recommend that before purchasing items in this color in bulk, that you see how this color can be incorporated into the theme of your party by collecting an assortment of images that align with the theme and layout of your party to determine what the color pallet of your event will be and if Gen Z Yellow is right for you. As assortment of yellow always works to give you some texture. 



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5. Outdoor and Garden Parties

Summer is the perfect time of the year for summer or garden parties. With outdoor parties, be sure to select a space that will be able to provide shade. If your location doesn’t have much space for shade, then you should think about how to create shade for your guests to be comfortable. You can do this by adding the elements of umbrellas. Keep in mind that you can find an assortment of different styles of umbrellas from rental companies that will be able to fit and accommodate the theme of your party. Also, if the area is large, you might want to think about putting up an open canopy. In selecting an outdoor space for your event, you will also want to make sure that there are certain amenities for your guests such as enough room for seating, restrooms nearby and enough room for a grill or any other workspace that you will need for cooking and for your bar.

In addition to this, you’ll want to make sure that your buffet will have some form of cover for each of the food items if your party is during the day. As with a garden party comes insects that will try to get into your food. So to protect your food, use mesh covers and a Centinela candle which will help keep a lot of the flying insects away. 

For the seating of your event, you can do with a few different styles in this case. Depending on the style of the garden that you are throwing your party, seating can come in a variety of forms and styles. Ranging from fold up chairs to lounge chairs and even bar stools depending on the layout. Plus having stand up tables and sit down tables for ⅔ of your guests will help with seating arrangements. There is something for every theme of party and every style of garden. Check with your local rental companies to see what your choices are. We at Randy Fuhrman Events use Town and Country. 

Finally, but not least, what to wear! At an outdoor or garden party, there is no shortage of wardrobe choices. Light-colored fabrics are always a great choice as they will help you with staying cool in the sun. Also, choosing fabrics that are light in weight and breathable so that you’re most comfortable at your party.



Well, there you have it. Five summer party trends of 2018 that will be sure to make your party stand out. Be sure to share what your summer party experiences are like this year in the comment section below. We would love to hear what you think of the trending items that we listed and what trends you try at your next party! 


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