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Five Holiday Event Trends for 2019

With the holidays fast approaching, we have our eyes set on current décor trends that emphasize coziness and wellness. There’s a lot you can do to accentuate a sense of warmth and comfort at festive gatherings this year. Combining a little shine and sparkle with some seasonal scents will give your space the perfect dose of elegance and nostalgia.

Follow these tips to keep guests in good spirits at your holiday events this season:

Go Green

Long associated with holiday trees, wreaths and garlands, green is the color of health and well-being. Many shades of green are in style during the holidays, from deep forest to moss and chartreus. Try layering different hues of green on your holiday table designs and lounge areas for a restorative palette, and double down on faux greenery beyond the holiday trees. Surprise guests with palm trees for a Southern hemisphere themed gathering, and don’t forget the mistletoe!

Think Beyond Gold

Golden ornaments and elements will always be important for holiday décor, but shine can come in any color. Shades of shiny green, blue, red metallic or silver pieces work with nearly any design. These can be used on table tops, pillows, ottomans and ornaments – adding a traditional festive glamour to your space. Don’t be afraid to bring the shine to your side table either, or make a statement with personalized holiday graphics on a Posh Bar Table. Personalized designs allow you to tailor the party theme and reinforce your color story. You could also have a Mirrored Wet Bar all your festive décor back to partygoers!

Spice it up with Scents

Certain scents can be used to evoke the holiday spirit with a sense of nostalgia that gets guests in just the right mood. Reinforce the smell of live pine with candles or scented potpourri, or spice it up with cinnamon sticks and mulled cider. Work in the smell of homemade baking to melt the hearts of attendees. Then, hold a cookie decorating contest as an entertaining networking activity that will bring everyone together.


Make it Hygge

This Danish lifestyle trend is pronounced “hoo-ga”, and it embodies a feeling of cozy contentment and warmth that offers perfect holiday inspiration. To bring a little hygge to your space this year, go with some subtle woodsy holiday décor. Furnish with comfortable, faux fur seating that makes it feel like getting a big hug! Pair this with a berry-colored sofa, faux fur pillows and natural wood tables. Creating a cozy glowing atmosphere can also be achieved using amber light, lots of candles, and fire pits where appropriate. If your venue is more traditional, use large LED screens decorated with garlands and play a roaring fire image to do the trick.

Get Crafty

Let your guests have some hands-on holiday fun by making their own ornaments. Provide plenty of natural materials such as raffia, cane and printed cotton fabrics along with other assorted items from your local craft store. Of course, you’ll need glue and glitter to keep things together and add the extra sparkle. Before you know it, your guests will be getting sentimental as those ornament designs conjure fond memories of holidays past.

By incorporating design trends and adding some personalized touches, you can create a joyful and unique holiday event experience for your guests. Whatever your plans are for festivities this season, we send our warm holiday wishes to you and yours!

Kevin Dana is executive director of marketing and product development at CORT Trade Show & Event Furnishings. To learn more about CORT’s exhibit and event rental collections or its Social Tables integration, visit www.cortevents.com.

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Kevin Dana is executive director of marketing and product development at CORT Events. To learn more about CORT’s exhibit and event rental collections, visit www.cortevents.com.

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