Top 12 Posts of 2014: Parties, Event & Interior Design + 2015 Trends

Top Partiy, Event & Interior Design Trends of 2014 that are trending in 2015

Happy and healthy 2015 my friends! I wanted to share my top 12 blog posts of 2015 with you today!

Sarah Sofia Productions had a successful year in event design and styling! You will notice 9 of the 12 top blog posts are events or parties that were big trends in 2014 and continue to trend in 2015. The other 3 of 12 top blog posts are interior design and home décor trends that spill over into this year.

12. Wine Tasting and champagne tasting parties were hot in 2014 and continue to be in 2015. Tastings are one of my faves to plan because it’s an intimate affair with food and wine/champagne pairings. Get inspired with our Wine Tasting Party!

Wine Tasting

11.  Easter Celebrations and Easter Celebration Part II have some great décor elements and fun colors.

Easter Celebrations

10. Pink + Gold GLAM Bridal Shower was a fan fav and still is one of mine! Pink + Gold were hot trends in 2014 and continue to be in 2015. The elements of this GLAM bridal shower can be used for any party that needs a little sparkle! We were featured in two publications for this photo shoot: My Tru Blu and The Bride Link

Pink + Gold GLAM Bridal Shower

9. Coral, Robin Eggs Blue & Elephants themed 1st Birthday Party is whimsical and had hot trends like dessert and candy bar, coral and blue colors, and of course smash cake.

045This party is a good example of interior design and home décor trends that are making their way into party trends. The theme of this party was based on the coral, blue & elephant themed nursery.

Kasey Loftin Photography

Kasey Loftin Photography

8. Thrill of the Hunt Series was a hit with treasures from thrifting from my guests Dwell by Cheryl and Jennifer, Pure & Simple Organizing, along with my treasures!

Finding the Good Stuff

7. Black Tie Weddings and Events are classic and will always be in style! There’s something fun and glamorous about getting dressed up in formal attire that makes the night special. The Queen City Gala: Black Tie for Charity was no exception!

Queen City Gala

6. Brunch with the girls: Summer Entertaining continues to be one of our top archive searches for 2014! Despite the rain, there are fun punches of color and easy party décor elements.

Brunch Sarah Sofia Productions

5. Surprise 50th Birthday Party isn’t your typical backyard celebration! The attention to detail from the food to the simple and masculine décor made this party an instant classic. Burlap and navy were hot trends in 2014 and continue to be in 2015.

50th Surprise Party

4. One Room Challenge Spring 2014 Master Bedroom and Fall 2014 Big Girl Room drove a lot of new traffic to our blog and demonstrated that trends in interior design continue to overlap with weddings, events & parties.

High & Low Finds

Many of the home décor items in both ORC rooms came from our wedding, or my daughter’s birthday party décor.

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3. Fall Décor and entertaining along with our Thanksgiving Tablescape were both hits with readers and the interior design industry! We were featured in Southern Girl Blog Community’s Fall Round up, Festive Fall Crafts and Décor.

Festive Fall Decor Tablescap

Thanksgiving Inspiration

2. Sofia The First Birthday Party not only had a lot of views when it was first published in September 2014 but continues to be our second most popular search into 2015! Sofia The First Invitation

Sofia The First and Disney character themed parties were hot trends in 2014 and continue to be in 2015! This Sofia The First party incorporated boys by having them dress up like Princes and adding special touches in crafts and food labels.

Sofia The First Birthday Party

1. Our biggest month to date was December 2014 with all our holiday and Christmas posts such as Santa Claus is Coming to Town Party, Trimming the Tree and Christmas Décor, Family Traditions with Recipes and Cookie Decorating Party, Cozy Survival Guide for Winter Months, and Christmas Tablescape.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town Party 3

Merry & Bright

Holiday Traditions Cookie Decorating Party

We collaborated with wedding and event industry pros such as Classic Party Rentals, for Christmas Tablescape and were recognized nationally by Classic Party Rentals and in Southern Girl Blog Community’s Holiday Tradition Roundup, A Southern Girls Guide to Christmas Traditions.

Christmas Decor and Tablescape

Christmas Decor and Tradition

Cozy Surviival Guide for the Winter Months

However our most viewed post of December and of 2014 was New Year’s Eve Bash and Recipes!

NYE Bash

NYE BASH Recipes

Can’t wait to share more 2015 top trends in weddings, events, and parties in the coming months!

 

 

Dexton Silver Racer 1st Birthday Party

From top to bottom, this was a fun and vibrant first birthday party to plan.  Tripp is one of the most happiest babies I know and was entertained by all the details!

Inspiration for the “Dexton Silver Racer” themed party came from Tripp’s parents Lory and Hampton, who had planned to give him the Racer for his birthday.  In addition, his parents wanted to do a desert bar themed party, which is perfect for this occasion.

Using the colors from the race car: silver, white, and black, we added a punch of red to make the event pop.   Color was in all the details from the dessert bar, to the red and white pom poms, to the flower arrangements, to the happy birthday banner, to the red Radio Flyer wagon which was used to display the gifts.  Even the invitation gave a preview of the color scheme.  We added red and white polka dot pinwheels to the food and drink stations to make the party whimsical as well as large red and white balloons.

In staying true to the Dexton Silver Racer theme we used tags such as “Start Your Engines” on the wreath at the front door, “Vroom Vroom Thanks For Coming” by the shortbread party favor cookies, “Refueling Station” by the drinks, “Concession Stand” by the vegetables and popcorn, “Finish Line” by the dessert bar, and “First Place” on Tripp’s high chair.

The menu consisted of an assortment of color coordinated candy, smash cake, chocolate, almond, and lemon pound cake, candy red apples, vegetable cups with hummus and ranch, popcorn, and shortbread cookies for the party favors.  Refreshments of lemonade, ice tea, and water were displayed in glass pitchers and served in red cups with gray and white striped paper straws.

Vendor Credits:

Event Design and Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Floral Arrangements – Sarah Sofia Productions

Chocolate, Almond & Lemon Pound Cake – Edible Art Cake Shop

Short Bread Party Favor Cookies– Edible Art of Charlotte

Popcorn and Candy Apples – Cromer’s

Smash Cake – Harris Tetter

Red and White Pom Poms – Sarah Sofia Productions

Happy Birthday Banner – Sarah Sofia Productions and Lory Cobb Interiors, LLC

Gray and White Paper Straws – Etsy

Red and White Polka Dot Pinwheels – Hobby Lobby

Red and White Polka Dot Straw Holder – Hobby Lobby