It’s not just the fashion industry that follows trends. Events work in similar cycles, fluctuating between what’s hot and what’s not. Balloon arches? Bye. Photo booths are also out. And themed parties can move aside. As the world slowly starts to return to some semblance of normalcy, party trends are beginning to emerge for 2023. 

Garden Party Girls is constantly considering fresh approaches to elevate events. Every year, we see the emergence and disappearance of new event concepts, and this year, we have already identified the hottest event-planning trends for 2023. To help you WOW visitors, we’ve selected some of our favorite predictions for what will be popular in the coming year. Keep an eye out for: 

Sydney Crimmins is the owner of Scottsdale-based Garden Party Girls.

Instagrammable Installations: Balloon arches are out! Creating a space that uses bright colors, textures, and/or florals, where guests can take selfies, is in. In the new year, we’ll see a greater enthusiasm for vibrant, interactive immersive experiences with Instagrammable installations that put guests at the heart of the event.

TikTok-able Tablescapes: Achieving that WOW factor will be a MUST in 2023. This means adding textures and layers to your table, not being afraid of color, adding fresh flowers, and plating your food on the table.

Divine Drink Menus: Don’t pass the punch. Curated cocktails and mocktails are in. These too must be made with the Gram in mind.

Butter Boards: These are becoming extensions of or even improvements over traditional charcuterie boards. Don’t be surprised if you’re presented with a cutting board with thick-spread butter and topped with, well, all sorts of stuff. Butter boards are undoubtedly trending on social media and in social gatherings throughout the next Holiday party season and into the New Year.

Disposable Cameras Are Making a Comeback: Photo booths are out! What was once old is new again and disposable cameras will be all the rage from birthday parties to weddings. We find that Partygoers want to capture genuine, true memories leading into the new year.

Sustainable Catering: This means using locally sourced ingredients, working with ethical suppliers, and reducing waste. More and more catering companies are going green, using locally sourced ingredients to reduce their carbon footprint. They’re also working with ethical suppliers who care about the environment.

We can’t wait to see what other trends transpire next year. As mentioned, the event planning space is always changing, so there are sure to be other new and exciting trends to lookout for. 

Author: Sydney Crimmins is the owner of Scottsdale-based Garden Party Girls, an event design company that specializes in commercial floral installations and “Instagrammable” spaces for advertising and marketing. For additional information visit