Get Started: Create an Idea Board
Idea boards bring together the colors, images and thoughts that “communicate” your desired look and feel for an event so that you can create a cohesive theme.
- What colors are important to you?
- How will you convey the theme?
- How do you want your guests to feel after leaving: inspired, relaxed, energized?
“Starting your party planning with a theme is a great idea! The theme will help develop the ‘idea board’ for an event,” says Laura Zaspel, Serendipity’s Co-Owner and Green Event Specialist.
Party planning can be as simple as incorporating a certain color throughout the event. For example, a wedding catered by Serendipity was based on the color Tiffany Blue. The linens, frosting, candies and other accents incorporated the color in its design. Tiffany Blue and solid black contrasted to create an elegant effect. “Having a theme for an event does not make it more expensive to execute; in fact, it lends a lot of focus to planning and putting the right amount of importance on the key ingredients of an event so money is not wasted.”
Party Idea: 1920s Flair
Last weekend, a young couple chose a 1920s theme for their wedding. The bride wore a 1920s inspired wedding gown with flapper curls in her hair, while the groom wore a suit, tie, and top hat with a coordinating hat band. Female guests wore flapper dresses and carried beaded purses and boas, and male guests wore zoot suits with matching hats and a few donned white shoes. Peacock feather centerpieces adorned the tables inside the Denver City Park Pavilion. Serendipity created a 1920s-inspired menu of Caesar salad (reportedly created in that decade), lamb shepherd’s pie, chili rubbed pork tenderloin, and grilled ratatouille.
Party Idea: Construction Sites
If the idea of a 1920s party doesn’t rub your fancy, maybe a construction site theme would be a unique idea to try out. Don’t forget your:
- paint brushes
- lunch pails
Ask guests to come dressed as tradesmen to get them involved as well.
Oktoberfest: Costumes don’t have to only be for Halloween!
At Serendipity Catering, we help our clients decide on a theme and then create custom menus to reflect the theme of the event. That’s exactly what we did for a client celebrating Oktoberfest with us: the Serendipity staff dressed the part and catered to the host’s palate. Polka music was playing and the German flag was waving in the background. We also use vendors to enhance the look and feel that one wants to achieve, for example, florists, musicians, lighting technicians, and cake designers.
Need help with deciding on a theme, or do you have an idea but don’t know what to do next? Request an estimate from Serendipity Catering today!