It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Yes, sure it’s the holidays, but we’re referring to the release of Pantone’s “Color of the Year.” Each year, the trend-setting brand releases their prediction of “the” hue for the year to come.
And after the year we’ve had in 2020, we’re ready for a little forward-looking inspiration. Our friends at Pantone obliged with not one but two colors for 2021: Ultimate Gray and Illuminating.
Ultimate Gray is neutral and calming. It’s the color of the sky after the storm has passed as well as the sun-warmed rocks at the edge of the shore. It’s a hue that plays well with others, which makes it the perfect foil for its bright yellow partner in 2021.
Illuminating is all energy and light. It’s the embodiment of happiness in color form. The hue makes us think of bright summer mornings, a perfectly-ripe lemon, the shade of a dress that stands out in a crowded room.
This isn’t the first time we’ve been wowed by these hues though — we’ve been oohing and aahing over gray and yellow-saturated events for some time. And we’re here to bring you some inspiration in the form of our favorite celebrations.
Scroll to see 32 weddings, birthday parties, corporate events, baby showers, Bar and Bat Mitzvah parties, and more real celebrations highlighting these chic shades that represent Pantone’s Colors of the Year. Then start planning for a better 2021.
Ultimate Gray Celebrations
Ultimate Gray is neutral and calming.
photographer: Paula O’Haraband | event planner: Tara Fay Events | design: GK Design Ltd | florals: Appassionata | band: ALR Music | furniture & linen: Total Event Rental | catering: The Yellow Door | reception music: The London Essentials | tent: Eventus Marquees | glassware & crockery: White House Event Crockery | stationery: Appleberry Press | videography: The Story of Eve
photographer: Christy Tyler Photography | event planner: LK Events | floral: Madison Wedding Flowers | church: St Patrick’s Church | entertainment: Arlen Music Productions | linen: BBJ Linen | caterer: Saz’s Catering | rentals: Lakes Area Rental | videography: Corey Lillard | bakery: Lakeland Bakery | transportation: Lamers Bus Lines
photographer: Kent Drake Photography | event planner: Shannon Gail Events | décor: Event Creative | venue: Venue SIX10 | caterer: Blue Plate Catering | entertainment: Chicago Catz | room block: The Palmer House Hilton
photographer: Kistina Lee Photography | event production: The Little Gray Book | florals: AOO Events | entertainment (band): The Replicas Music | entertainment (body painting): Champagne Creative Group | entertainment (dj): Luxury DJs | caterer: Taste Of Pace
Illuminating is all energy and light. It’s the embodiment of happiness in color form.
photographer: Gideon Photography | event design & coordination: Amorology | florals: Tint And Timber | tent: Classic Event & Tent Rentals | linens: La Tavola Fine Linen | caterer: Room Forty | table top rentals: The Hostess Haven | rentals: Folklore Rentals | save the dates: Amber Moon Design | cake: Hey There, Cupcake! | graphic design: Peanut Press Creative | calligraphy: Nancy Hopkins Handlettering | dj: Dan Malvanie | backdrops: Back Up Backdrops | videographer: Cloudless Wed
photographer: Melanie Reyes Photography | event planner, entertainment, & activities : Star Trax Events | décor: Mandell Display Design | venue: Orchard Lake Country Club
photo courtesy of & event production: Harley & Company | venue: Studio 525 NYC
13. Something Yellow
photographer: M by Michaela Photography | event planning & design: C’est Belle Events | design, décor & floral: Say Sukii
photography: Phylicia Duncombe Photography | event planning + design: KeAira Chantell Events | floral design: The Simon Design | stationery: Papered Wonders | cake topper + drink stirrers: Ten23 Designs | cake: Deja vu Sweets | catering: Sensory Delights Catering | backdrop: Just By Design
photographer: Gavin Howarth Photography | event planner: Elegant Occasions by JoAnn Gregoli | floral: Susan Stipling | venue: Coral Beach & Tennis Club | entertainment: EastCoast Entertainment | invitations: Chick Invitations & Design | lighting: Great Sound Lighting & Audio Visuals | sound: Sound Concepts | rental: Ambiance Rentals and Class Act Designs | linen: Nuage Designs
photography: Vanessa Tierney Photography | event planner: Twenty Three Layers (23 Layers) | florals: Farmgirl Flowers | venue: Cavallo Point | rentals: Blueprint Studios | rentals: Shelter Co. | gifting: Marigold + Gray
photography: Clane Gessel Photography | planning & production: NYLUX Events | design and florals: Patrick J Clayton Productions | venues: Carnegie Hall & Ramscale| catering: Thomas Preti Events to Savor & Constellation Culinary Group | rentals: Taylor Creative Inc.
photo courtesy of & event planner: Kraft Events | event designer: Ed Libby Events | lighting: Frost Productions | party rentals: Party Rental Ltd. | catering: Laurence Craig Catering | tenting: Alamar Party Rentals
The Magic of Both Ultimate Gray with Illuminating at Celebrations
Our friends at Pantone obliged with not one but two colors for 2021: Ultimate Gray and Illuminating.
photographer: Ross Daniels Photography | event design, lighting & furniture: Pink Monkey Solutions | venue: Shlomo’s Aspen
photo courtesy of & florals : Tiger Lily Weddings | planner & design: KHSG
30. Sunny Side Up
photographer: Mark Kornbluth | event planner: Pink House Productions | dj/entertainment: Gotham Events NYC