Tabletalk: a Blog by BBJ

35 Summer Event Trends

May 15, 2018
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Summertime tables are ablaze with new designs. Check out the latest ways to bring a summer feel to your your décor that reflects the best of summer’s sun-kissed, leisurely days.

DÉCOR

Flowing Table Linen for Summer Wedding
Winsome and Wright | East Made Event Company | Sophie + Co. | White Glove Rentals | Party Rental Ltd.

1. Oversized or Flowing Table Linen

Drape tables with luxurious, overflowing linen that mirror the abundance of the summer season, for a sensational, dreamy atmosphere. 

Trailer Bar for Weddings and Events
Pepper Nix | Vivince Event Studio | Mara Event Management | Decoration Inc. | Retro Rentals USA | Sticks + Stones

2. Memorable Bars

Why not get creative for your event bar? Rather than going with a standard bar setup, let your imagination run wild, like this unique approach for a Western-themed outdoor event.  

Neon Tropical Wedding and Event Theme
Julie Dietz Photography | Wantz Events | Nimblewell | Hall's Rental | Lindsey Hook | Bangtel

3. Neon Tropical

Bring on the color with a neon tropical design. There is something subliminal that happens with linen and tableware in striking brights that tends to inspire maximum enjoyment. 

Sheer Floral Lace Overlay for Wedding
Jenny B Photography | SRS Events | Eight Tree Street Floral | Something Vintage | Airlie

4. Sheer Floral Overlays

Delicate floral overlays atop fresh summer table linen bring the magic of the season to life. 

Floral Sculptures for Weddings and Events
Injie Photography | Akeem Clayton Designs | Unique Event Elements | Sweet Seats | Sandi Spells | Paper Wonders  | Lameeka Cakes

5. Floral Sculptures

Make a summer event dramatic with the fruits and flowers of nature with floral sculptures that reflect the abundance of the season, draped with a tenting effect of delicate sheers and floral-toned linen for the ultimate dramatic appeal.

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Floral Hoops and Greenery Wreath
Gerber + Scarpelli | A Perfect Event | Debi Lilly | The Festive Frog | Toni Patisserie | Blue Plate Catering

6. Wreaths

Bring summer wreaths to your event, on tables and walls for a lush, romantic atmosphere.  

Neon Signs for Wedding Trend
Whit Photography | Southern Sparkle Weddings | Southern Sparkle Florals | Prop Cellar Vintage Rentals | Party Concepts | OMG Calligraphy

7. Neon Signs

Add custom neon signage to a design to make a summer wedding or other special occasion beyond the ordinary. 

Fruit in Floral Arrangement Design
Robyn Rachel Photography | A Stem Above | Tablescapes Party Rentals | Chicago Botanic Garden

8. Incorporating Fruit Into Your Floral Designs

Summer is overflowing with nature’s bounty – design your event to reflect the season by adding a profusion of flowers, fruits and vegetables.

Modern Animal Print for Wedding and Event
Mac's Floral | Hutch Events | ZooMontana

9. Modern Animal Print

The attraction of animal prints lives on – but has entered new realms with a modern take. Build a unique table with linen in a contrasting shade, layered with a modern animal print and gold tableware.

FOOD

Edible Flower Cocktails
Gerber + Scarpelli | A Perfect Event | Debi Lilly | The Festive Frog | Toni Patisserie | Blue Plate Catering

10. Edible Flower Cocktails

Dress up your cocktails with edible flowers to bring the fragrance of the summer season to your table design. Stack the flowered cocktails as a dramatic design feature. 

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Popcorn Treat Party Favors for Wedding
KVC Photography | Chancey Charm

11. Popcorn

Dress up your summer occasion with individual popcorn treats to ramp up your summer theme with colors to match your table design.

 

Gourmet Cotton Candy Cart - Sweet Wool
Lynn Lindsey Photography | Konsider It Done Weddings | Sweet Wool Co.

12. Gourmet Cotton Candy

Bring on the sweets with gourmet cotton candy to add a unique summery atmosphere to an indoor or outdoor occasion.

Ice Cream Cone Cupcake
Caitlin Lisa Photography | Rachael Steacy Events | HMR Designs | Food For Thought | The Festive Frog | Hall's Rentals

13. Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

Make dessert an event to remember with ice cream cone cupcakes topped with edible flowers for a delicious way to bring summer to the forefront. 

Mini Tacos for Parties, Events, and Weddings
HMR Designs | Boutique Bites | Brique Chicago

14. Mini Tacos

Dress up a summer table with custom linen, gourmet mini tacos, and a delicious tequila cocktail to create the ultimate summer event.

Watercolor Wedding Cake
Rachel B Photography | Courtney Kroymann Flowers | Vintage Ambiance | CORT Party Rentals | Grain Artisan Bakery | Lady Yum | Generations

15. Watercolor Cakes

Your cake should be a work of art. To create a unique summer vibe, a watercolor cake adds a delightful look to any occasion.

ENTERTAINMENT

Aerialist Silks for Events
Aga Kownacka Photography

16. Unexpected Entertainment

Wow your guests with unique choices in entertainment – imagine the response when they see acrobats hanging from the ceiling, or other unexpected option.  

Live Drawings for Events
KVC Photography | Chancey Charm

17. Drawings

Engage an artist to create drawings during your event and present them to the guests – a caricaturist is always busy and a source of laughter for everyone.  

Embroidered Tote Bag Party Favors
Gerber + Scarpelli | A Perfect Event | Debi Lilly | The Festive Frog | Toni Patisserie | Blue Plate Catering

18. Cheeky Favors

Present your guests with cheeky favors that match the theme of your event, from beachy to romantic, or tasty treats plated in unique glassware they can carry home as a memory. 

Instagram Worthy Floral Garland
Anna Peters Photography | Gather Design Company | Simply by Tamara Nicole

19. Instagram-Worthy Spaces

Create special spaces where your guests can take selfies in a perfect setting.

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COLORS

Ultra Violet Event Color Inspiration
Whit Photography | Southern Sparkle Weddings | Southern Sparkle Florals | Prop Cellar Vintage Rentals | Party Concepts | Isabella Allen Beauty

20. Ultra Violet

Define your table with ultra violet linen atop a dark underlay accented with bright florals to signal the warmth and abundance of summer – a stunning way to make your occasion memorable. 

Swirling Blue Azure Agate Party
Thisbe Grace | Diamond Affairs | Three Branches Floral | The Filter Building | Wolfgang Puck | Perch Décor | Marquee Event Rentals | Tara Jones Calligraphy

21. Swirling Blues

Your guests will be swimming in cool blues with swirling designs on custom linen. Add greenery to for a fresh naturalistic atmosphere perfect for a summer event. 

Bold Color Tablescape
Lifelong Photography Studio | Kelly Kennedy Weddings | Gabro Event Services | A Chair Affair

22. Bold Color Play

Boldly-hued linen accented with multi-hued napkins and floral designs bursting with the brightest blooms, along with a matching cocktail makes a summer table exceptionally inviting. 

Floral Table for Summer Wedding
Sunshower Photography

23. Floral Inspired Brights

What says summer more than a table covered with linen designed in bright floral patterns? Make your event signal the lazy days of summer with this design.

Southwest Color Palette for Events and Weddings
HMR Designs | Boutique Bites | Brique Chicago

24. Southwest Colors

For a stunning summer table, choose linen in updated Southwest designs, and load the table with desert blooms, brassware, and other design elements for an eclectic look. 

Golden Undertones Tablescape Design
Kehoe Designs | Floral Exhibits | The Geraghty

25. Golden Undertones

Your tablescape takes on a royal gleam with golden undertones woven into custom linen, topped with golden chargers, with added depth and interest in floral designs, and mirrored in silky, shimmering napkin hues.

Peach Wedding Color Palette with Metal Placemat
Floral Wonders

26. Peach

Nothing says summer like a tablescape built upon luxurious peach linen, accented with pale peach napkins and a glorious burst of summer florals.

Pink and Blue Wedding Color Inspiration

27. Pink and Blue

Create a stunning summer event table with pale pink linen topped with blue accents in florals, reflected in your chargers and other subtle design elements.

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TABLESCAPE DETAILS

Metal Placemats for Summer Weddings
Kate Ames Photography | Perfectly Posh Events | Swoon Floral Design | Saint Irene's

28. Metal Placemats

Bring an eclectic style element to a summer occasion by adding metal placemats to your table design, along with layered linen in varying hues.

Flower Clusters for Summer Wedding
Yun Li Photography | La Rue Events | Rebloom Florals | Accent Décor Rentals | The Foundry

29. Floral Clusters

Create a summer tablescape to remember by building upon geometric linen designs loaded with floral clusters in small, unique vases.

New Metal Napkin Rings for Wedding
Dani Cowan Photography | CURATE Events | Prema Style | Yonder Floral and Decor | J Albrecht Designs | Paula Lee Calligraphy | Plume Calligraphy

30. New Napkin Rings

Your summer event table can be ramped up with the addition of contemporary napkin ring designs shaped to allow you to tuck in custom cards or menus. 

Custom Mermaid Sequin Pillows Gold and White
Cattura Weddings | Curate Plan Style | Tablescapes | HMR Designs | Chez Chicago

31. Pillows

Load comfy pillows to reflect your theme on creative seating areas and to make a summer occasion warm and inviting.

Tile Calligraphy Escort Cards for Wedding
Kiel Rucker Photography | Le Festin Events | Flowers by Kim | Embellish Vintage| Slinging Inks | Dolphin Bay Resort

32. Tile Escort Cards

Use custom tile escort cards rather than paper versions to bring a summer reception, shower, or formal dinner a distinctly classy vibe.

Flowing Floral Garland Arrnagement
Cattura Weddings | Curate Plan Style | Tablescapes | HMR Designs | Chez Chicago

33. Over-the-Top Flowing Florals in Gathering Spaces

Create a space that signals the abundance of summer with over-the-top florals where your guests will gather. 

Acrylic Wedding Menu
Injie Photography | Akeem Clayton Designs | Unique Event Elements | Sweet Seats | Sandi Spells | Paper Wonders

34. Acrylic Menus

Add a modern touch with custom acrylic menus as a design element for a summer occasion. 

Geode Wedding Table Numbers
Lifelong Photography Studio | Kelly Kennedy Weddings | Gabro Event Services | A Chair Affair

35. Geodes

Invite your guests to a numbered table with gleaming geodes that reflect your theme colors. 

Planning a summer event? What summer trend will you incorporate into your event? Share with us! 

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