Event planner and designer, Tammy Carmona, who counts among her accomplishments the design of Edward and Bella’s wedding scene in Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1where her exclusive line of dishware and table décor, Carmona New York decorated each of the guest’s table settings is here help us be more party savvy.
Tammy’s topic is: Spring/Summer Party Trends and Color Schemes
As the warmer weather rapidly approaches, spring nearing its end and summer on a not-so-distant horizon, the practice of party planning gets even more difficult—we don’t simply have to consider elements such as a theme, accent colors or floral arrangements, for example—as we now have the added possibilities that arise from the flexibility to move outdoors. The potential to use raw, natural space can be utilized solely on its own, or used as a compliment for an indoor/outdoor fete. The choice is yours, but how do you choose?
Spring and summer party trends differ greatly from those of the fall or the winter. The warmer seasons bring with them a host of new possibilities—from color schemes and floral arrangements to lighting and dishware—that are available, literally, at your fingertips in many cases. Spring and summer offer some of the best possibilities for do-it-yourself type projects that can often be implemented into your party décor. So put the party planning stress on the back burner for a moment and think: “What do I want?”
You need a concept.
Party planning is often so stressful for people because they do not have a solid concept of what they want. They often just attempt to take as many ideas from magazines, movies, etc. as possible and throw them together. I say, “Stop!” Work through your concept, then, you can think of the details.
“Spring and summer party trends differ greatly from those of the fall or the winter.”
Be Bold with Color
Once your concept is set, begin to move on to things such as your theme and/or color scheme. The summer months are the warmer months, so often, not always depending on the occasion, warmer colors are the way to go. Spring and summer colors are fairly consistent from year to year—you have your light and airy blues and greens, and your warmer yellows, oranges or pinks. But, this season, cool colors such as aquamarine, turquoise or lilac, and warmer colors like coral or peach are shaping up as the go-to colors, in both fashion and décor. They can be utilized as main colors in your scheme, or downsized to a bold accent, such as your floral arrangement. The best part about spring and summer parties is having fun with the color scheme. The vivacity of the season is unmatched compared to other seasons with the versatility of color combinations.
The color scheme offers you the opportunity to be flexible in so many ways, but one of the most fun, particularly for the spring and summer, is the use of floral arrangements as a staple of your décor. Floral arrangements can be utilized anywhere, anytime. Whether you are looking for them in your home for an everyday accent, or looking to make a statement at a party, flowers bring out hues in the your décor that other items might not. An added benefit to using unique, colorful floral arrangements is the simplicity in doing them yourself.
Do-it-yourself flower arrangements are fun and easier than you might think, and the diverse portfolio of seasonal flowers offers, essentially, endless possibilities. For spring, dozens of flowers are in their prime, such as your various blossoms and lilies, tulips or lilacs. These work as fantastic accents in both indoor and outdoor settings. The same can be said for summer, which offers new, sometimes more vibrant hues in the seasonal favorites such as hydrangea, gardenia and chrysanthemum. While you need not be restricted by what is “in season” and what is not, utilizing seasonal flowers gives an added novelty to the décor.
Dishes by Design
With your concept, color scheme and a few handy accents narrowed down, you can begin to think about the other details, which often offer you the best opportunity for your own personal twist. Take something like your dishware—here, you have a chance to be truly unique and bring your theme together. Guests interact with their food; they savor it, and dining at any gathering is an experience. Your dishware should reflect that! Consider using unique designs and shapes, such as asymmetrical designs or rectangular plates or bowls for example, to serve on. Choose a design that works with your theme, flows with your colors and adds something to the table. My company, Carmona New York & Co. specializes in creating unique, one-of-a-kind dishware that we can completely customize for any occasion. It is fun and easy, and ultimately pays off when your guests truly enjoy the presentation of their meal.
Light for the Mood
The final tip I would give comes in reference to something that some people often get wrong—lighting. The lighting of your venue, whether it is inside or outside of your home or at some other external location, is the key to setting the mood of the party. If your concept is bright, lively and happy, you would not set lighting that is more subdued and dim. You would want to opt for bright, but not overly harsh. Let’s take an outdoor soiree for example—there are many ways to light an outdoor setup. At your disposal you have candles, torches, strung lanterns or lights; the possibilities are far and wide. But, I go back to the first step of party planning—knowing your concept! Lighting reflects the concept you established early on. Avoid lighting that casts harsh shadows at all times, and opt for something that blends well with your theme. The best parties are the ones that truly fit, from the colors in the flowers to the lighting in the room. The best parties simply feel right.
Use these warmer months to your advantage, and take on some of the hot party planning trends that are emerging in 2012. The colors, flowers and willingness of individuals to do-it-yourself can create bold results. Practice makes perfect, so practice party planning to get your perfect party.