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Tuesday Top 5

Tuesday Top 5: Décor That Pops with Pop Art Inspiration

Event Planning Design: SpotOn Events | Venue: San Francisco Ferry Building | Photographer: Jess Epstein

For this week’s Tuesday Top 5 — where we pause to marvel and share a specific element, image, or detail from events we love — we’re focused on the vivid color and style of pop art décor.

In the 1950s, the pop art movement elevated popular cultural touchstones to the level of fine art. Now those artistic images are serving as inspiration to a new generation of artisans — event planners, designers, photographers, caterers and more. Creative event professionals are incorporating details like comic strip-type signage and fonts and graphics from consumer brands into festive celebrations like weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvah parties, and corporate events across the country. We love how these designs utilize bold hues and recognizable graphics to enhance celebrations.

This beautiful festive wedding at Stover Hall in Virginia featured pop art touches in its invitations from Paper Goods & Calligraphy and its two-sided cake from Bijou’s Sweet Treats. From one angle, the wedding cake appeared to be a traditional-tiered confection but the other side provided a wow moment with bold, multi-dimensional graphics and colors as captured by Ashley Photography.

Event planner Partie Girl worked with the décor specialists at Kehoe Designs to curate this fun Bat Mitzvah celebration utilizing a chic white palette accented with colorful pop art décor. Superhero-style comic books provided inspiration in the form of a bright dance floor emblazoned with the Bat Mitzvah girl’s name and an entrance with her image in graphic form at Deerfield, Illinois’ Venue One North Shore. Tell Draper Photography captured every detail, including centerpieces with fun teen-slang dialogue bubbles saying things like “totes” and “YOLO.”

This stunning corporate event at The Geraghty in Chicago featured pop art as an immersive experience. With graphic tables, a Roy Lichtenstein-inspired illuminated bar and a 40-foot projection screen, event designer and technical producer, Kehoe Designs, surrounded guests with custom vivid pop imagery. The event, as planned by Meetings & Incentives Worldwide, Inc., reinforced the strong theming with creative lighting.

This Sweet 16 celebration from Magnolia Bluebird design & events carried its bold pop art theming from its entrance to its activities, food stations and favors. Photojournalist Rodney Bailey captured the vivid hues of the Andy Warhol-inspired soup can place cards and the colorful comic strip-style menu signage from Revolution Event Design & Production. Bethlehem, Pennsylvania’s MusikFest Café was an apt space for the sprawling celebration that included clever favor bags with all things “pop” — cake pops, “snap, crackle, pop” Rice Crispy treats, Pop Rocks, ring pops and more.

The San Francisco Ferry Building proved the perfect setting for this festive corporate event. Photographer Jess Epstein captured the grand hall as well as pop art details, like bartenders wearing Andy Warhol-inspired t-shirts and a bar-front graphic encouraging guests to “indulge”. Planner, SpotOn Events, incorporated iconic comic book-style imagery into the menus and table décor, as well.

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