#SEENPartyTrends for 2017

Originally published by the Post-Gazette on January 16, 2017.

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By Natalie Bencivenga / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Theresa Kaufman: Events & Public Relations/​partner, principal planner, Eventful Event Producers

#TechiesUnite: The hesitation over mobile bidding is gone. There are many mobile bidding services to choose from, and savvy nonprofits will do some comparison shopping before committing to a service. Nonprofits are re-thinking auctions. I believe you’ll see smaller silent auctions with more quality items. As for live auctions, I believe three awesome items should be the limit, otherwise, guests get restless.

Guest-Centric: There will be more emphasis on guest experiences and making them feel appreciated. A hosted one-hour cocktail reception is a surprisingly economical alternative to those oh-so-annoying drink tickets, and a nice way to make guests feel welcome and appreciated.

Evelyn Casillo: creative director, Sterling Events

Socially aware: Expect to see a lot more video and live streaming incorporated in events large and small. Video will be used for both pre-event promotion, and live streaming during the events as well. Facebook Live, Snapchat and Instagram videos seem to be the go-to for this right now.

A world view: Filipino cuisine seems to be gaining a foothold in the catering world — especially if it can be adapted using local farm-to-table trends. I also think that you’ll also see some more mindfulness on how the food is presented at events, with an eye to decrease the amount of waste, especially if the catering staff is knowledgeable about avenues on how to donate surplus food to local groups like 412 Food Rescue.

#OverIt: Mason jars. It seems to be universal that mason jars are done unless they are filled with tasty pickles!

Martin Potoczny: LUXE Creative founder and CEO

#InspiredEveryday: Our aesthetic is constantly evolving, drawing inspiration from nature, architecture, interiors, art and fashion. For 2017 we are loving rich elaborate designs and unexpected pairings like a lush jewel-toned velvet love seat surrounded by a live cacti garden, expertly lit of course!

What’s IN: Modern, refined styles with unique edgy notes is the direction for the new year.

What’s OUT: The cutesy trends we’ve been seeing in events and interior design over the last few years.

Shari Zatman: owner of Perfectly Planned by Shari | It’s Your Day

#MovingFoward: I think the food trucks are stronger than ever. I think we will see people incorporating food trucks or food truck/​street foods into their menus with stations that replicate those types of food. Interactive activities at events are big. We will see more digital and virtual reality incorporated into the activities, but giant games and nostalgic games are still a big hit.

#CustomizeMe: For weddings, more than ever, I am seeing brides who want very custom elements to their weddings. They like big focal points such as custom print applications, designer lounges and bar backdrops.

#SoPasse: I think using chair covers to cover chairs is played out, and people are getting heavily into renting chairs and furniture. We are seeing more eclectic style where the aesthetic is to have a mix of chair styles, table shapes, fabrics and materials as opposed to all tables and chairs being the same.