Part 4: Big is back for end of year celebrations – Northern Lights

March 19, 2018
Encore Research

The final part of our four-part blog series on this year’s event theme trends for end of years parties is all about embracing sleek and sophisticated Scandinavian design. As you would have read from our previous predictions, this year immersive events are hotly tipped to be the way to give your guests an exciting and memorable celebration and importantly – and end the year with a bang! Some event themes are classic and will always inspire, while others trend alongside popular culture. This year Christmas event styling is focusing on creating immersive events that ‘tell a story’ with festive flair. Immersive events are about going above and beyond your typical styling treasure trove to embracing audio visual solutions that transform your venue. We want to give you a taste of what is hot this year in event styling and our top tips for really bringing your theme to life.

Part 1: Vintage Circus & Carnival || Part 2: Hollywood Awards Night || Part 3: 12 Days of Christmas

NORTHERN LIGHTS

Minimalist stylings and a
Scandinavian approach will benefit your end of year celebrations by being on
trend and setting the bar for all other corporate events to follow. Be inspired
by earthy natural tones and raw materials this year as we strip back layers
upon layers of just awful Christmas wrapping paper and over-done LED Christmas
trees. The end of year should signify the need for conversation and
thoughtfulness as we reflect on the year gone by, which is why these styling
tips will create an atmosphere that is warm, innovative and embraces modern
European charm without losing luxury.

Start by focusing on your table
design, who is it for? Do you need to tell a story with your centrepiece? Use
raw materials like Fur tree branches, pine cones and unpolished logs or
branches to create the foundation of your look. Use your table as a feature and
dont cover it
up! Using minimalist furniture styling and exposed wooden table tops add
texture and make the space you’re in more inviting for your guests. Think about
your cutlery and accent glassware on the table on keep it simple, use cutlery
that is understated and not ornate and create a statement by using stemless
wine glasses and an accent colour to signify the water glass, it looks simple
yet luxurious.

 

Moodboard: Combine natural foliage with warm-coloured elements such as candles and copper vases.

Lighting is everything at events. For this Northern Lights event theme, lighting effects are particularly important and can really bring to life the event theme. Create a stunning Aurelia Borealis skyline around the venue walls using projection blends or digital banners. On the stage you can emulate a beautiful starry night with the use of midnight blue draping with little LEDs embedded into the fabric. For the table centerpieces try and pair tea-lights, simple votives and festoon lighting around
your venue and by sure to use lights that create warmth. If you plan on pin
spotting make sure that you can turn down that cold harsh light. In addition,
use as much candlelight on the table as you can to counter the cold winter tones the Aurealia Borealis projections are generating.

Moodboard: Simple, elegant woods and natural elements in brushed paint or monochrome colours.

Statement pieces are everything to
make an event memorable! Whether you do this at the entrance for guests to
enjoy or have hidden within the room to surprise your guests, it doesn’t matter, so long as it makes the statement you want.The statement piece has to be the talking point for the evening and be worthy of a picture. We recommend a chandelier installation using monochrome and copper baubles to
create a bespoke arrangement. In between the copper bauble’s, incorporate beautiful hanging rustic ‘Edison’ light bulbs to inject warmth into the installation. To create a stunning entrance for your guests and to really set the tone for the evening, line the walkway with a fur-tree forrest, with fake snow covering the walkway. Woven into the trees will be little LED lights to create an enchanted forest feel. There are so many options to choose from when it
comes to minimalist stylings and Scandinavian design, make sure you have a
Nordic Christmas feature your end of year celebration this year!

 

Moodboard: Use a colour palette of white and silver mixed with simple earthy tones such as woods, coppers and pine green.

Top Tips:

 

  • Use a mirror round on each table to
    create depth and drama to each table centrepiece.

  • Use clean lines and a simple colour
    palette to start with, remember less is more!

  • Use soft furnishings and candlelight
    to create warm and comfort for your guests.

  • Don’t be ambitious and create a statement piece that you can’t commit too, you either go the whole way or not at all.

  • Raw materials and timbers should be
    the feature but if you struggle you can opt for linen options in deep apricot
    and beige.


Loved reading about our Nordic Lights event theme? See what else we predict…

Part 1: Vintage Circus & Carnival || Part 2: Hollywood Awards Night || Part 3: 12 Days of Christmas