Color Party Trend for 2017: Trend 3
February 20, 2017

Color Party Trends for 2017 | Halfpint Design

Top Party Trends for 2017… Color Party Trend #3

Every year we look ahead to what is new. This year I break down the four top party trends for 2017. Several existing trends are being built on and continue into the New Year, while a few old ideas are making a comeback with updated appeal. And we see a few classic themes re-imagined with fresh new graphic appeal. This color party trend of high contrast and rainbows makes for a lot of fun.

Trend 3 – Color sets the stage for fabulous fun!

Color is one of those things that people either love or hate. They embrace it or fear it. Use it wisely or very wrong! Using a single color for a party theme can create drama. While combining color harmonies can create a cohesive feeling. I’m noticing a color party trend of all or nothing this year. Let’s take a look at rainbow designs, and high contrast black and white parties.

Rainbow Colors

Rainbows often follow unicorns, artists, ponies, and leprechauns, and we’ll be following along to see how long they stay hot.

Rainbow Party theme:

This is such a simple yet striking party theme. Versatile enough to be used for lots of different occasions: birthday parties, baby sprinkles, religious celebrations, and a certain March holiday!

Rainbow - Color Party Trend 3: Color sets the stage for fabulous fun | Halfpint Design

I’m not sure I have the patience for these rainbow cupcakes but they sure are cute!

Rainbow - Color Party Trend 3: Color sets the stage for fabulous fun | Halfpint Design

This sweet tulle rainbow backdrop is a quick and easy rainbow party solution.

Rainbow - Color Party Trend 3: Color sets the stage for fabulous fun | Halfpint Design

Rainbow kabobs are always a good idea! No matter the theme. You can also try it with vegetables and trick the kiddos into eating more!

Unicorn Party Theme:

I’ll admit that I love unicorns. They are beautiful, magical, and functional. What could be better? {My son says if they breathed fire they would be better.} Ok. I’ll give him that one. This is wonderful theme when you want to go fancy and mystical without being “princess”.

Rainbow - Color Party Trend 3: Color sets the stage for fabulous fun | Halfpint Design

Colorful ribbons on these unicorn wands are a great addition to the party. Who doesn’t want to be a unicorn?

Unicorn. Rainbow - Color Party Trend 3: Color sets the stage for fabulous fun | Halfpint Design

Simple rainbow streamer backdrop at Jen T by Design

Unicorn. Rainbow - Color Party Trend 3: Color sets the stage for fabulous fun | Halfpint Design

No unicorn party is complete without a colorful unicorn horn headband for each guest.

*For more rainbow and unicorn party theme ideas see my Rainbow Unicorn Party Pinterest board. 

Art Party Theme:

As a color consultant and interior designer I’m partial to this one. I haven’t painted in years but someday when when kids are a little older I’ll pull out the dusty palette and get to work. Until then, I can celebrate creativity with my children. Heck, I’m not sure I even need a birthday to do this one!

A colorful food table for an Art themed birthday party. Purple table cover, rainbow paint palette banner, and rainbow hexagon backdrop.

This Party Like Picasso birthday was a hit! So much creative fun.

Art Party. Rainbow - Color Party Trend 3: Color sets the stage for fabulous fun | Halfpint Design

I’ve been dying to create some Melted Crayon Art for a long time. I think this would be the perfect art party backdrop on my mantel. When I give it a try, I’ll let you know.

*For more Art party theme ideas see my Art Party Pinterest board.

Pony Party Theme:

My Little Ponies were big when I was a little girl so this theme brings a sense of nostalgia. I prefer the simple ponies from my day rather that the “sexy” ones they make now. {Can ponies be sexy?} You know what I mean. Most toys these days are UGH! Over the top.

Rainbow - Color Party Trend 3: Color sets the stage for fabulous fun | Halfpint Design

Rainbow fans create a wonderful backdrop to this cute pony inspired table. The fondant heart cake is a nice touch and wouldn’t be tough to make with a good fondant recipe and the right size cookie cutters.

St. Patrick’s Day Party Theme:

I love holidays! They give me an excuse to party all the time. St. Patrick’s Day is a special one as it was also my dear Grandfathers’ birthday. He used to joke that all of Ireland celebrated his birth. Whether you go in for leprechauns and pots of gold at the end of the rainbow or keep it simple with a little green food, St. Patrick’s Day has the potential for lots of fun.

St. Patrick's. Rainbow - Color Party Trend 3: Color sets the stage for fabulous fun | Halfpint Design

I love this streamer rainbow backdrop for this fun green spread. You can find the tutorial here.

St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun. Rainbow - Color Party Trend 3: Color sets the stage for fabulous fun | Halfpint Design

Want to “taste the rainbow”? I’m not a huge candy fan but you can even convince to ME to make a Skittles rainbow dessert. Just don’t forget the pot of Rolo “gold” at the the end.

*For more St. Patrick’s Day party theme ideas see my St. Patrick’s Day Pinterest board.

High Contrast Black and White Party Theme

The high contrast “no color” party. Black and white color schemes are becoming more and more popular. They are classic and make it easy to pull pieces together that fit the theme.

Mustache Party, Achromatic - Color Party Trend 3: Color sets the stage for fabulous fun | Halfpint Design

You can keep it a strict achromatic palette using no color at all

Achromatic - Color Party Trend 3: Color sets the stage for fabulous fun | Halfpint Design

…or add a splash. The red balloons here are made all the more dramatic because of the black and white background. Don’t you love the striped balloons?

Kate Spade Party. Achromatic - Color Party Trend 3: Color sets the stage for fabulous fun | Halfpint Design

And here we have a beautiful Kate Spade party in black and white accented with gold. Black and white makes for a very sophisticated soiree. But can also be played down.

I bet you weren’t expecting that! This Modern Batman Party breaks tradition and I love it for that!

*For more high contrast party ideas see my Black and White Party Pinterest board.

There is no limit to the direction you can go when color is your party guide. Rainbows have made us happy for decades, it’s no wonder they are in the top party trends for 2017! And black and white will never go out of style. Have any of our color party trends won you over? Or will nature, pattern, or culture be your favorite? To find out keep reading…

Trend #4: Our Small World gets Big

Until next time my friends,

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2 Comments

  1. Flavio

    lindos, aplicaremos em nossos trabalhos.
    Translated: “Beautiful, we apply this to our work.

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