2014 Runway Trends

Inspiration for event design can come from a variety of places.  One industry that directly influences us is fashion.  The colors, fabric details, eras that are hot one year on the runway will often be the hot new look in events months later.  Here are a few of the 2014 runway trends we are watching.


Colors:  Grey, Bright Blue, Orange

2014 Runway trends colors

Alberta Ferretti, Ralph Lauren, Christian Siriano


Details:  Extraordinary Embroidery, Painted Effects, Cut Out

2014 Runway Trend Embroidery

Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, Temperley, Pucci

2014 Runway Trend Painted

Chanel, Monique Lhuillier, Isa Arfen, Burberry Prorsum

2014 Runway Trend Cut Out

Thom Browne, Balmain, Stephane Rolland, Tony Ward

For all photo credits and more runway inspiration, visit our 2014 Runway Trends Board on Pinterest.

2014 Food Trends Pt. 2

In our previous post, we introduced you to some of the food trends we’ve been tracking for 2014.  Recently, we asked some of our industry colleagues to comment on how they are already incorporating current trends into their events or to make their own predictions for hot new ideas.  Here’s what they had to say.

Trend:  Celery

At Your Event:  Chap Gage of Susan Gage Caterers predicts that celery is going to be the newest veggie Chefs and mixologists alike will be elevating and highlighting.  He has created two custom cocktails featuring this often over-looked green that can pack a mighty punch of flavor.

Aquavite Celery Martini

Photo courtesy of: Susan Gage Caterers

Celery-Aquavit Martini

2 oz. Linea Aquavit

1 oz. Celery simple syrup

.5 oz. Dolin Blanc

Top off with soda water

Garnish with celery

Rim with smoked sugar


Celery simple syrup

1 Cup water

1 Cup Sugar

3 stalks of celery (chopped)

Boil water, add sugar until dissolved, add celery and simmer for 10 minutes

Strain and allow to cool (will last in your fridge for a couple of weeks)


Celery Greyhound

Photo courtesy of: Susan Gage Caterers

Muddled Celery Greyhound

2oz Jensen Gin

2oz Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice

Small handful of celery greens


Muddle greens in bottom of a rocks glass

Add ice

Add juice and gin

Lightly stir


Trend:  Cauliflower

At Your Event:  Wolfgang Puck Catering at The Newseum offers a delicious and unique first course highlighting the media’s pick for veggie of the year.  The Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Indian Spices shows just how versatile this pale sister of broccoli can be.

Wolfgang Puck Cauliflower Soup

Photo Courtesy of Wolfgang Puck Catering The Newseum


Trend:  Artisan Gin

At Your Event:  Occasions Caterers has been noticing an increase in custom cocktail bars at events.  To highlight this year’s trend of artisan gins, offer a selection of small batch gins, including DC’s own Green Hat Gin.  Then, invite your guests to mix their own cocktail with an assortment of options like housemade syrups; fresh herbs and berries; citrus peel ribbons; lemongrass sticks and candied ginger batons, small batch tonics, fresh squeezed juices and more.

Photo courtesy of Occasions Caterers

Photo courtesy of Occasions Caterers

Trend:  Juicing

At Your Event:  Kimpton properties across the country are now featuring fresh juice menus, and The Hotel Monaco Baltimore’s Juice Caboose Break offers a fresh and healthy option for meetings and events.

Kimpton Juice Bar

Trend: Hyper-Local

At Your Event:  Farm-to-table dining and local, seasonal, green events continue to grow in popularity. Some venues are going beyond sourcing at local farms and actually growing their own produce.  The Hay Adams Hotel recently announced a “partnership with the University of the District of Columbia’s College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) to serve locally grown produce from its Muirkirk Farm. The farm uses sustainable growing methods to produce a range of fresh herbs and vegetables including ethnic crops not native to the US, but that can be grown locally.”

Hay Adams DC farm

Photo courtesy of Hay Adams


2014 Food Trends

As in previous years, we have been collecting ideas and articles about the latest trends in the fashion, design and food industries to share with you.  In the coming weeks, we will talk about what trends will impact the event industry and provide inspiration and ideas on how you can incorporate some these trends into your upcoming events.


The experts have been abuzz for months making predictions about what will be big in food for 2014.  Here are a few of the articles we’re keeping on file National Restaurant Association, Huffington Post, The Guardian, Food & Wine.  Not surprisingly, some of the trends from last year will gain even more favor this year (e.g. mash-ups, local sourcing, and artisan products), but there will also be some new themes bubbling up (Peruvian cuisine, Cauliflower, tea).

Here are just a few of the trends expected to be big in food, dining and cooking.  Follow our Pinterest board to learn more.

2014 Food Trends

2014 Trends to Watch (L to R): Middle Eastern Spices and Cuisine; DIY and Artisan Gin; Mash-ups like S’mores BrowniesCauliflower Ousts King Kale; Tea, Not Just for Drinking; Artisan Breads; and Veggies, Juices and Local Sourcing, Oh My

What trend has you reaching for the recipes?

Featured: DIY Sip and See on Style Me Pretty Living

The Observatory Elizabeth Duncan Events Sip and See

We are beyond excited to have our Heart Full of Love Sip and See featured on Style Me Pretty Living today.  This was such a sweet and fun party to plan!

Click here to check out the post and learn more about the DIY details.  Thank you to all of our fabulous vendors!

Photography: The Observatory | Floral Design: Philippa Tarrant Floral Designs | Cake: Kendall’s Cakes | Invitations: Trimmings By Jill | Catering: Design Cuisine | Calligraphy And Signage: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Custom Coffee Sleeve: Print Globe | Custom Wood Monogram: Etsy – Custom Cut Monograms |  Linens And Equipment: DC Rental

2013 Trend Report

It’s that time of year again – our annual Trend Report.  We’ve been collecting ideas, articles and photos like crazy to come up with our predictions for how fashion, interior design and food trends will influence the event industry in 2013 and beyond.

Photo Credits: VogueUK, Elle Decor, Bon Appetit

Coming up, we will show you how to incorporate this year’s latest trends into your events.  In the meantime, check out our Pinterest boards and these articles to see what trends we’re tracking.

Style.com Trend Reports for Spring and Fall

Elle Decor

Huffington Post

New York Times

Huffington Post

London Love

Last month, I took a little holiday over the pond.  Here are just a few highlights from an amazing trip to London and Harrogate.

Birthday Dinner at my favorite London restaurant, La Petite Maison; Best Sunday Ritual – Sunday Roast at The Pig and Butcher; wedding gown shopping with @urbanflipflops at Brown’s Bride; wedding venue shopping at Fulham Palace with @urbanflipflops.

Getting to know the Islington neighborhood with @urbanflipflops; The Queen by Lego at Hamleys; design inspiration at Selfridges.

A majestic peacock in Holland Park; Baccarat chandeliers at One Marylebone, a spectacular London wedding venue; House of Dior exhibit at Harrods – beautiful and inspiring; cheese-flavored macaron at La Cave a Fromage – genius.

Home Sweet Home at Betty’s Harrogate and The Valley Gardens Harrogate; Columbia Road Flower Market; the truly stunning Renaissance St. Pancras, my London home.

And, the jewel in the crown, seeing Dame Helen Mirren in The Audience.  Truly incredible performance and a must-see if you are planning to be in London before June!!!