The HOTTEST School Formal Trends of 2016

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Want to be spot on-trend for your School Formal in 2016? Check out what's hot for the 2016 season before taking one more step in planning this year's School Formal.

Be Seated - Make it social...

School Formals are moving away from a reception layout based on large round tables, which can be impersonal and ‘conference-like’. Savvy School Formal Planners have observed that with large round tables coupled and tall table centerpieces you’re often limited to conversation with just the person either side of you.  We’re seeing a shift toward either long, rectangular tables or a mix of long tables surrounded by smaller square and round tables — offering a more intimate vibe with more opportunity to chat with everyone!

Metallics – It’s time to shine…

Metallics are definitely on-trend for 2016 and are a great way to add a whimsical elegance to your School Formal. Metallics are particularly effective when used against a bold but simple colour theme, such as a black tie ball with hints of liquid gold. There are multiple inexpensive ways of incorporating metallics into your School Formal Styling for example through venue styling, perhaps a metallic gold candy bar table cloth or rose gold table lanterns, or even catering options such as a liquid gold School Formal cake, candy bar or cupcakes, or even through your dress attire such as your School Formal dress or shoes! We’re seeing a departure from silver finishes, but rich golds, rose gold and copper are definitely on-trend for 2016!

Personalisation - Own it...

Forward thinking students are moving away from the traditional ‘cookie-cutter’ style school formal packages and are looking at ways to personalise their School Formal Experience. “Students want a School Formal that showcases who they are, offers a fun experience for all guests and that they will look back on and cherish” says OzParty Events Extraordinaire Dan Udall. 2016 will see students opting for more unique venue spaces and bespoke catering packages with personalised styling and fun entertainment.

Theatrical Themes - Wow the crowd...

School Formal planners are really looking at ways to inject fun, interactive entertainment into each event. Colourful candy bars, popcorn and candy floss bars are becoming an increasingly popular way to involve guests with the menu. Theatrical performers such as street magicians, acrobatics, dance troupes and live musicians are great School Formal entertainment additions to really liven up the night.

Vivid Lighting - Light up the night...

Effective lighting plays a huge part in setting the ambience of a School Formal event space. We anticipate we will see more fun and experimental lighting effects in 2016 including brightly coloured table spotlights and up-lights, soft candlelight, dance-floor laser lighting, hand-held neon sticks, glow furniture. 

We would love to hear any ideas you have in mind for this years School Formal.

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Dan, School Formal Event Extraordinaire 

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