photographer: Roey Yohai Studios | planning & design: Evantine Design | venue: Private Residence
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20 Party Trends for 2020

This past year’s parties featured long, winding tables, creative (and sometimes personal) charcuterie, amazing arches, and experiential photo ops galore. Some of last year’s trends will continue into 2020 (people will still need pics to post, after all) and will join a host of other exciting innovations we’re seeing crop up at celebrations. Whether you’re planning a weddingbirthday partyBar or Bat Mitzvah, or gala, you’ll want to be in-the-know on what’s new so you don’t miss out on incorporating fun trends like dueling stages and interactive centerpieces into your next celebration.

1. Glamorous 20s-themed Celebrations for a New Decade

Click to see 20 Great Gatsby Party Themes & Ideas That Will Take You Back in Time.

singer in 20s themed costume at celebration
photographer: Cage and Aquarium

Jazz-Age Jump & Jive

When it comes to celebrating the 20s, the music has to be hot and the dancing cool. This party included siren singers, hopping brass, and flapper-clad dancers that kept guests on their feet. See more photos to get inspired by period-perfect theming.

photographer: Cage and Aquarium | floral: Soulflower Design Studio | venue: de Young Museum | entertainment & lighting: Love in the Mix | caterer: Jane Hammond Events | rentals: Bright Event Rentals | ambient entertainment: Earth Circus Productions | bar: Bartenders Unlimited | coffee: Steamship Coffee Co | photobooth: Smile Booth

2. Wellness Activities Bring Healthy Elements to Decadent Events

Click to see Corporate Yoga, Mobile Spa Parties, and 5 More Wellness-Themed Party Additions that Have Us Feeling Good

company employees doing yoga in nyc
photographer: AP Images for LG Electronics USA and Luis Antonio Ruiz

An Early-Morning Rave

First we yoga, then we dance. DAYBREAKER, a morning movement community of more than 500,000 members in 28 cities, brought yoga, fitness, and happiness to this pre-work corporate event. Floor-to-ceiling windows offered breathtaking (and meditative) views of NYC, while participants stretched in the dark and danced at dawn.

photographer: AP Images for LG Electronics USA and Luis Antonio Ruiz | planner: LG Experience Happiness Project | venue: ASPIRE at One World Observatory |  partners: Life’s Good, Daybreaker, and Donté Colley | entertainment: Darrell Thorne

3. Dueling Stages Create Twice the Fun

band and orchestra performing dressed in all white
photographer: Tuan B & Co

A Musical Face-Off Means More Entertainment

Chicago’s most recent Wish Upon a Wedding gala featured a dance floor flanked by opposing stages. Supporters of the nonprofit — which gifts weddings to couples who face life-threatening illnesses — were treated to performances that hopped between stages and musical styles (rock ‘n roll and swing) for an immersive entertainment experience where no one had a bad spot.

photographer: Tuan B & Co | décor: Ashland Addison Floral and Event Decor, Atmosphere Events Group, Flowers for Dreams, Revel Decor, Taylor & Co, Yanni Design Studio, Vale of Enna, Willrett Flower Co., Zuzu’s Petals, and Ella & Rose | venue: Revel Fulton Market | rentals: BBJ Linen, Blue Peak Tents, Bowery & Bash, Hall’s Rental Service, Inc, & Nuage Designs | entertainment: BeatMix Music | av & technology: Frost Chicago | videography: Hunter Floyd Films | caterer: Dipsy Desserts, Limelight Catering, & Vanille

4. Event Palettes — Like Fashion– are Going Monochrome

Click to see Monochromatic Party Themes to Dye For at These Seven Celebrations.

space lit glowing blue for Evan Hansen themed birthday party
photographer: Simon Luethi

Blue-Hued Revue

This show-themed birthday celebration was held in honor of Dear Evan Hansen’s producer. The over-the-top fête featured moody blue lighting that mimicked the tech glow of the stage production, as well fonts and cake design inspired by the emotionally-resonant Broadway success.

photographer: Simon Luethi | planner & caterer: Tom Orlando Events | design, decor, + floral: The Style Marc by MWD Lifestyles | venue: Manhattan Movement + Arts Center | furniture rental: High Style Rentals | custom dance floor + bar: HITECH Events, LLC | lighting: Robert Stark Lighting

5. Luminous Iridescent Details Brighten Parties

Click to see how to Add Sparkle to Every Event — Iridescent Décor is Here to Stay

iridescent balloons at bat mitzvah celebration
photographer: CONNOR STUDIOS

Effervescent Event

This celebration featured so many innovative touches that it’s hard to focus on a single element — unless that element happens to be luminescent bubble-like balloons that made the dance floor into a teen dream. See more photos to check out the coat-check-as-entertainment moment and the surprise sweets shop disguised as a giant gift.

photographer: CONNOR STUDIOS | event planner: Evoke Design & Creative | décor: Event Revolution | venue: InterContinental Washington D.C. – The Wharf | entertainment: Electra Entertainment | desserts: Bella Christie | balloons: All About Balloons | coat check experience: Tryon Entertainment

6. See Your Self(ie) at Every Event

Click to see 7 Selfie Party Fun Ideas You Have to See.

cocktails with pictures and logos floating on top
photographer: Andrew and Ada Tran Photography

Toast to Yourself — with Yourself

This modern, corporate holiday party offered branded cocktails, yes, but also super-personal sips adorned with photo-booth snaps of guests. See more photos for the over-the-top red and silver tables featuring gorgeous lamé linen and and painted palm centerpieces that make a big statement (we think they’re saying, “pull up a ghost chair and enjoy!”).

photographer: Andrew and Ada Tran Photography | event planner & designer: Mandy Marie Creative | florist: Avant-Garde Floral Studio | venue: Scottsdale Hangar One| caterer: M Culinary Concepts | rentals: Bright Event Rental , Prim Event Rentals, & Blue Media | tabletop: Bright Event Rentals & BBJ Linen| linen: La Tavola Fine Linen & Connie Duglan Linen | menu: Artifacture | entertainment: Blake Smith – DJ Ascension | games: Vegas 2 U | lighting: Avant-Garde Floral Studio| red carpet: Bright Event Rentals

7. Sustainable Catering Makes for Greener Celebrations

eco-conscious catering strawberry soup on white table
photographer: M2 Photography

Big Love, Low Eco-Impact

Guests of this New York-set wedding were wowed by delicious dishes like chilled strawberry soup and petite sweets, before ending the night with a fun Philadelphia cheesesteak station. The eco-conscious cuisine was crafted from only the freshest local ingredients, adding a seasonal touch for the celebration as well. A partnership with local farms is just one of the ways the right caterer can create social events without an environmental impact.

photographer: M2 Photography | planner: Secretariat | floral: Brandis Blooms | venue: Winterthur Museum | rentals: Party Rental Ltd. | caterer: CxRA | band: Untouchable Events | cake: The Master’s Baker | makeup: Tribe Beauty

8. Tassels & Tinsel Are the Swiss Army Knife of Events

Click to see Decorative Tassels & Metallic Mylar Fringe Are Popular Ways to Add Glamour to Every Celebration.

grand entrance to corporate anniversary with gold tinsel
photographer: Fred Marcus Studio

Grand Entrance at a Grand Celebration

Tassels and tinsel add sparkle and fun and make the statement that it’s party-time. From wow-worthy ceiling installations to shimmery backdrops, they’re flexible and beautiful. We adore how long strands of tinsel were utilized to add gold glam as room dividers and grand entrances at PartySlate’s own 4th anniversary celebration in NYC.

photographer: Fred Marcus Studio | event planner: Gourmet Advisory Services | design/décor/floral: Dejuan Stroud, Inc. | venue: CNVS Events | entertainment: Jordan Kahn Music Company | hotel partner: InterContinental New York Barclay | hair & makeup: Beautini | invitations: Alpine Creative Group | av: AV Workshop | caterer: Neuman’s Kitchen | games: Creative Games Inc | videographer: Hart Studios | rentals: Taylor Creative Inc. & Luxe Event Rentals

9. Interactive Centerpieces Liven Up Tabletops

Herbaceous (and Delicious) Décor

We love when décor details do double duty (see tassels above). Not only is the tabletop at this event professional gathering gorgeous, but it’s functional too. Amid the lovely pastel florals and greenery sat little pots of fresh herbs for guests to snip — with sweet little gold scissors, of course — and savor with their meal.

photographer: Phillip Van Nostrand Photography | planner: Ali Barone Events | floral, décor, & styling: Adam Leffel Productions | venue: Glenmere Mansion | catering: OnTheMarc Events | video: Joseph Edwards Films | rentals: Luxe Event Rentals & Party Rental Ltd. | menus & invitations: Ceci New York | harpist: Erin Hill Harp | music: Jarrell Entertainment | hair & makeup: Samantha Agostino Makeup

10. Menus are Popping Up in Unusual Places

french bread wrapper with printed menu on it
photographer: Braedon Photography

Ditch the Bread Basket

Another hard-working party element has earned a spot on our top trends list; this one acting as place card, menu, and appetizer. First of all, we love any soirée that gives each guest their own loaf of bread, but the menus cleverly printed on the wrapper is simply inspired. The idea is elevated even further by the rustic-chic place cards directing guests.

photographer: Braedon Photography | event planner: Bash, Please | floral: Atelier Joya | venue, catering, lighting, & linen: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering & Events | entertainment: EVER Music Group & Brian Moran & Delores Alston 7

11. Place Cards That Not Only Direct, But Engage, Guests

telephone bank as place cards to give table assignments
multiple photographers (listed at right)

A Telephone that Tells Your Table

Speaking of inspired ways of letting guests know where they’re sitting, we are wowed by the creativity at this corporate celebration. Arriving guests were greeted by a wall of vintage rotary phones which they used to dial in for their table assignments at the James Bond-themed party. See more photos to get a peek at the cool geometric backdrops and glittery projection mapping at the conference celebration.

photographer: John Cain Photography, Love Life Images, Paul Morse Photography, & Phillip Van Nostrand Photography | planner: Emily Clarke Events | décor: Wildflowers Events and Occasions | venue: Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, SLS Baha Mar, Rosewood at Baha Mar, & Baha Mar | rentals: Nuage Designs & Signature Chandeliers | invitations & print: TPD Design House | entertainment: Élan Artists

12. Creative Caterers are Letting Partygoers Catch Their Own Bites

Click to see Quick! It’s Food on the Move: Conveyor Belts, Slip ’N Slides, and Other Creative Catering Displays.

glazed donut hole slide at party
photographer: L. Bishop

Donut Grow Up

Why should kids have all the fun? We love this neon-themed tech event with all of its glowing décor, geometric installations (trend alert!), and playful fare. Pick a pack of popcorn from the popcorn wall (then say that 10 times fast), or better yet, catch a donut hole at the end of a sugary slide for a sweet bite.

photographer: L. Bishop | event planner: Roar Events | venue: Mezzanine SF | caterer: Culinary Eye Catering & Events | rentals: Blueprint Studios | dj: Gastby

13. Inspired Product Launches are Experiential

Click to see Immersive Product Launch Parties are Marketing Gold — See 11 Brands That Achieved Experiential Success.

claw machine with Kappa USA fashion item prizes
photographer: Eye-Catcher Social

Arcade Prizes Actually Worth Winning

An industrial space was the perfect dramatic setting for an army of mannequins sporting Kappa USA fashions for guests to roam between at this modern product launch. We love how guests interacted with the fashionable offerings via a claw machine full of chic branded Kappa items.

photographer: Eye-Catcher Social | production: Vox Productions | venue & beverage: City Market Social House | rentals: Signature Party Rentals | furniture: Taylor Creative Inc. | catering: TGIS Catering | clothing: Kappa USA

14. Japanese-Inspired Florals Bring Minimalistic Beauty to Parties

Click to see The Art of Ikebana — Minimalist Japanese Floral Design — Inspired these Seven Celebrations.

japanese ikebana style florals on party tabletop
photographer: Kehoe Designs

Minimalist Designs for Maximum Beauty

Ikebana — the art of Japanese floral design — is all about appreciating the shape, color and style of every individual bloom. This 70th birthday celebration allowed the stunning, wild beauty of diverse florals to shine. The modern and masculine celebration featured totally unique arrangements on every table, set among cool copper elements and luxe velvet and leather seating.

photographer & décor: Kehoe Designs | event planner: Jennifer Anderson Events | venue: The Geraghty | entertainment: DON CAGEN ORCHESTRA

15. Events with Signature Scents

custom scenting station with perfume mixing
photographer: Theo Milo Photography

Engage Senses with Scents

The right smell can transport you to another place in your memory; what if that place were an amazing party that allowed you to create your own signature scent? That’s what guests at PartySlate’s Washington, D.C. launch experienced (in addition to a gospel welcome, a drag queen monk, and an innovative gif photo spot).

photographer: Theo Milo Photography | event planner: Magnolia Bluebird design & events | décor: Syzygy | greenery/ foilage: Twigz Studios | florals: White Magnolia Designs | venue: The LINE Hotel DC | entertainment: Élan Artists | videography: Monachetti Weddings | lighting: Frost DC | rentals: Emerson James Rental | liquor: The Liquor Laundry | linen: La Tavola Fine Linen| invitations: Saima Says Design | photo booth: Snap! Entertainment | calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy | scent: Blue Flower | hair: Bridal Hair by Remona & Noufal HairColor Studio| makeup: Nour Kazoun, Makeup Artist | alcohol: Mezcal El Silencio & Kikori & GH Mumm & Absolut Elyx & District Distilling

16. Brunch Celebrations Let Guests Get to Bed on Time

Click to see 13 Lunch & Brunch Party Ideas for a Stress-Free Daytime Event.

aspire one world nyc
photo courtesy of ASPIRE at One World Observatory

Chic Lounge Areas Make Midday Cozy

Roc Nation hosted a brunch party in what feels like a perfectly-decorated living room, but what is actually a super-versatile event space boasting expansive city views. Comfortable, yet creative, lounge furniture was strategically placed throughout the flexible space in a way that allowed guests to mix and mingle, while still relaxing and enjoying their brunch. 

photo courtesy of & venue: ASPIRE at One World Observatory | design & décor: Stonekelly Events | glassware rentals: Party Rental Ltd. | furniture rentals: Taylor Creative Inc. & Luxe Event Rentals | lighting: LEVY | NYC | a/v: ESM Sound

17. The Progressive Dinner Concept is Moving into the Event Scene

ballet dancer performing at company anniversary celebration
photographer: Kent Drake Photography

Each Room, A New Scene

The 1970s saw the popularization of progressive dinners — meals with courses served across several homes throughout the course of a single evening. That concept has moved into the event scene for beautifully surprising experiences. For example, this company anniversary celebration took guests on an immersive journey through multiple spaces, including cherry blossom and lavender coves. We love how each space featured its own themed entertainment with a mariachi band, ballet dancers, gospel singers, live mannequins, and more.

photographer: Kent Drake Photography | event design & venue: HMR Designs | florals: Food For Thought, AJF Wholesale, Fleurametz, Delaware Valley Floral, Hilverda De Boer, & Kenicott Brothers | décor: Nuage Designs | caterer: Blue Plate Catering & The Grand Bevy | linen: BBJ Linen & Tailored Elements | entertainment: BeatMix Music, Élan Artists, & Entertaining Company | lighting: Frost Chicago | rentals: Hall’s Rental Service, Inc & Marquee Event Rentals Chicago | paper goods: RedBliss Design

18. After-Parties as Elaborate as the Parties Themselves

Click to see 5 Steps for Hosting the Perfect After the Wedding Party.

neon sign with drunk in love over blue lit dance floor
photographer: Roey Yohai Studios

After-Party for “Drunk in Love” Couple

What do you get when you take cool neon lighting, add creative catering displays of breakfast cereal, and a dash of nightclub vibe? A wedding after-party that keeps guests partying till sunrise. A DJ kept the dance floor filled all night before guests collapsed into luxe silver velvet lounge areas, tired and happy.

photographer: Roey Yohai Studios | planning & design: Evantine Design | venue: private residence

19. Geometric Party Elements Add Chic Angles

Click to see How Geometric Wedding & Event Décor is Making Math Fun (Yes, Really).

bright pink shapes forming dj booth at corporate new year's eve celebration
photographer: Moonlight Studios

New Kind of Party for a New Year

This corporate New Year’s Eve celebration employed triangles, circles, and other shapes too complex to name. The effect was pure magic. Lighting amplified the angles, and projection mapping added even more interest. We’re wowed by how the many patterns and visuals collided for a truly sensational sensory experience.

photographer & venue: Moonlight Studios | event production: Canvas Wedding + Event Design | sound: Sound Investment AV | catering: Haute Boxx

20. Super-Personal Swag Can Be Created On-the-Spot

custom painted sneakers and bat mitzvah
photographer: Kari Otero Photography

Sneakerheads Rejoice

It’s not easy to combine agate theming, effusive florals, and sneakers into a seamless experience, but this celebration does it. Featuring a live art station that resulted in super-personal swag was an inspired touch; we could watch this painter create custom kicks all night long. Except we need to leave to hit the dessert table for a slice of that stunning agate cake.

event photographer: Kari Otero Photography | décor photographer: Gustavo Campos | event planning & design: Florie Huppert Design | florals: L’Atelier Rouge | venue: Tribeca 360 | graphic design: FHD Invites You | caterer: Thomas Preti Events to Savor | entertainment: Total Entertainment | lighting: AV Workshop | linen: BBJ Linen | furniture rentals: CERF | ice bar: OKAMOTO STUDIO Custom Ice | raw bar: The Lobster Place | calligraphy: Anne Robin Calligraphy