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How to select the right props for your next event
Urooj Goplani
How to select the right props for your next event

Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day- Rim Rohn

 You have been through every single Pinterest page looking for inspiration for your next event. However, you don’t want to be a copycat this time. Any attempt that you made in the past to replicate an event you saw on Pinterest failed miserably. You are looking for something unique and something simple- not too over the top but still make the most fabulous statement. Color blocking is a huge trend this year in both fashion and event design. Color blocking simply means that you pair two or three totally different colors together to make a bold statement. For successful color blocking, keep your colors in the same family such as all pastels or all neon colors, consider using it with place cards (each row uses a different color of cards, but no more than 3 total colors), with favors (such as a teal favor box on top of a red napkin).

Another key to successfully using color blocking in event design is to mix colors that are not under one tone. If you are new at color blocking, limit your color blocks to two colors first. Try mixing complimentary in-style colors such as charcoal gray and yellow.  Once you get the hang of it, you can mix more colors and try pairing opposite colors together. Ok now for the duration of the event planning, just remember the word “statement.” What is your statement? How will you personalize the event and makes sure it tells your story? Understanding your space is vital and we cannot stress the importance of working with what you have unless it’s a clean slate. If your event is a clean slate, we would suggest upgrading the walls and ceilings. The options are endless.

Our very first recommendation: visit a local fabric market to get inspired. But please don’t make any silly investments on your first trip. Have a look around. The colors and the textures will give you direction. Take a few photos of fabrics that you absolutely fell in love with. Now we are moving in the right direction. It is the real life experiences that prepare you for the next fab event.

By this time you will know what look you are leaning towards. Maybe, its mid century modern or completely rustic. Try to select one theme for everything and then go crazy with it. That’s always a winner. For colors as well as flowers. Once you get to the table setting part, make sure you go over all the details again and again. The tableware, napkins, centerpieces should somehow tell your story. It doesn’t have to be a story from your life it can just be a story about your taste or even an element you picked up from your travels.

For vessels, try to look at unconventional ones such as bowls, carafes and pitchers in different textures. Arrangements that are created in water last a lot longer than ones that are made in foam. Visit one of our boutiques and our florists can help you select the vases you like. Some very fashionable flowers to work with these days are agapanthus, veronica and scented garden roses. 

The finishing touches matter a lot. For example, your napkins, make sure they are folded perfectly. A simple fold is what’s trending. One of our favorites is the bowtie fold. It looks classy and well thought out. Bowtie folds are good for daytime soirees. Another amazing one is Fleur de Lis fold. It is suitable for formal dinners and would require you to invest in the simple napkin rings. Have a look at napkin rings from restoration hardware- the silver knotted one is to die for. 

A lounge vignette will help create the environment. Solid sofas with embroidered or screen printed pillows are a must. We love an accent table with some flowers placed at the top in coordinating vessels. 

Pay extra attention to elements such as placecard holders and food tags as well as serving trays depending on the kind of meal you are going to serve. Make sure to light a candle. Our personal favorite is from K.Hall Studios. Their hobnail candle can burn for upto a hundred hours and has the heavenly scent. To top it all off you need music. A background music playlist should include songs that don’t thump or crescendo too much and as a whole it should flow well into one another. The goal is to allow your guests to calmly enjoy the taste of all that hard work you put into preparing the food and participate in conversation without having to raise their voice over the music.

On the day of the event make sure to step away from it for a while and take some time out for yourself. The best events are thrown by a calm and collected host/hostess!! 

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