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In January, we attended The Special Event in Chicago, IL. We attended sessions and spoke to people who visited our green and white booth.
Because you cannot always make every show so, we try to bring the show to you throughout the year. Here is a recap of a session I attended.
Hollywood or Bust
There’s no business like show business and if there is anything to know, Hillary Harris knows. How does she know? She is the Executive director for Warner Brothers’ Special Events division. As head of her division, she and her team have won numerous industry awards.
I attended a session presented by Hillary during The Special Event called “Latest Trends in Hollywood.” She presented trends to be on the lookout for this year in events and weddings.
According to Hillary 2013 is the year of the smoke. Whether it is meats, cheeses or even water and olives, smoke is in and it does not have to be obvious.
Modern Mexican food in on the rise and one unique element is new profession called a Guacologist. What is that exactly? It is a person who specializes in mixing avocado with a variety of ingredients to create a unique guacamole experience. Talk about taking a simple appetizer to a completely new level.
Teacarts are all the rage due to popularity of shows such as Downton Abbey and the expected large premiere of movies like The Great Gatsby.
The color of the year may be Emerald green but the trend for cocktails is Chartreuse. Adding Absinthe to cocktails gives the cocktails that great green hue.
The champagne coupe glass is in and the traditional flute is out. It is all about the vintage feel and look. A great champagne to fill a coupe with is a pink champagne which is also on the rise in popularity.
Themed events this year will be vintage and elegant. With the premiere of The Great Gatsby nearing elements of the movie will be appearing in weddings and events, such as the tea cart mentioned above.
The picture above is a shows coupe champagne glasses and a teacart used as a mini bar.
Fairytale chic will also be making an appearance on the wedding and event scene. One element mentioned is really easy to recreate; tea aged paper.
Fire is also a big trend this year. From simple candles to elaborate fire pits such as the ones below.
Fire adds ambient lighting as well as drama. During those spring and summer, events even tiki torches made of copper add elegance to an outdoor event.
The 3 Attributes of a Trendsetter
The Great and Powerful Oz came out this year and had perfect timing with Emerald being the color of the year, but before there was James Franco there was Judy Garland and her friends. Hillary gave great advice using 3 of the key characters of the original Wizard of Oz film.
She said to become a trendsetter you need to be the Scarecrow, the Lion and the Tin Man.
*Scarecrow: have a curious mind, because curiosity allows you to find inspiration
*Tin Man: be passionate about what you do and how you do it. It takes heart to follow your passion.
*The Lion: it takes courage to manifest your ideas. Big dreams and ideas are not always popular but if you courageously follow your dreams, you never know what trend others will go crazy over.
If you would like to read more about Hillary and the Hollywood events, she does throughout the year check out her blog here.
To see more Hollywood trends check out our Pinterest board.