Sustainable event decorating is something we can’t ignore any more.
The pandemic had an impact not just on big ticket events like concerts and conferences BUT even simple backyard birthdays and other micro events.
The first thing that got chucked was seating styles and formats. A table for 10 reduced to seating six or eight guests and so on.
As a result, here’s our take on sustainable event decoration designs to make your events relevant for all seasons.
Outdoor vs Indoor
Recommendations for the outdoors rather than indoors means that outdoor furniture is likely to revolve around various exciting styles.
More so in ways that guests can enjoy as they chat, eat or generally enjoy the great outdoors.
Due to fantastic weather, events in most of Africa are held outdoors all year round. Presently, most people are being drawn to the great outdoors.
If not manicured gardens, then lovely picnic spots and nature trails.
Sustainable event design (and wellness)
With increasing interest in wellness and sustainability, more people have taken up home gardening and landscaping.
They’re drawn to natural materials, green living and anything that’s bound to enhance their quality of life.
As a matter of fact, this push for wellness and sustainability is likely to influence a rethink of how materials are used at events.
Can there be less wastage and more re-cycling, re-using or re-purposing?
What alternative uses of materials are available or are you keen on trying out for your next event décor?
Generally, pandemics herald massive economic, social and political changes.
Events are included no less because they inform the patterns of how people interact and socialize.
Evolving trends for sustainable event decorating
So, how can events start shaping up to be more sustainable?
1. Spacing and distancing
It’s likely that even after the pandemic, distancing, spacing and any preservation of the personal space will continue.
2. Large events
There’s no doubt large events will eventually be back. But guests may prefer and even settle for events with adequate spacing, though only time and emerging trends can prove this.
Venues will need to create the ideal settings for smaller pop up events like birthdays, chama meetings and even weddings.
Big venues like hotels with huge outdoor spaces can customize their spaces to specialize in specific events.
It gets interesting…
Remember our previous blog post on this? If you can’t recall seeing it, read it here. True, it’s largely a novel concept here, but one that’s likely to become a trend.
For one, if you can’t have a big wedding, how do you settle on who to invite to a smaller one? This was the reality for a lot of weddings during the early stages of the pandemic.
Young couple are also keen to spend more of their hard earned cash on travel experiences. This is in opposition to expenditures on elaborate wedding décor that’ll only last a day.
5. Decor for corporate events
It’s likely that most will be largely of an online hybrid format. Most regular corporate events consist of 100 to 500 guests or even more depending on the type of event.
If a corporate event can’t deliver incredible in-person social and networking opportunities, it’s best to have it online.
6. Re-purposing of materials ( for decor)
We’re keen to embrace handcrafting, recycling and repurposing for event décor and styling over the coming year and beyond.
How can we reduce waste at our events and promote re-purposing of materials?
Examples of re-purposed decor props
Below are some of the re-purposed décor props we’ve settled on.
- Caramel poufs
Over the years, we’ve accumulated excessive tyre waste. Short of disposing them at the Kariokor market, we opted to explore ideas to repurpose them.
After several hours on Pinterest and a technical brainstorm, we finally settled on wrapping them with sisal fibres to create some incredible poufs for indoor and outdoor spaces.
- Faux flowers from newspapers and old journals
For this repurposing project, we relied on the proven skills of Joyce from Boundless Creations to create these awesome floral props. Quite amazing really, how they turned out.
Check out photos of the final product below.
Over the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing with you more discoveries on repurposing of materials for decor and events.
It’s possible to achieve sustainable event decorating. However, what’s clear is that:
- Future events MUST be safe havens for in-person interactions to occur.
- Wellness and sustainability are going to be major features in event design and décor. Where re-use, re-cycling and re-purposing of materials is bound to be critical.
- Event venues, may have an even bigger role to play in customizing their spaces for small events that recur often.
- For weddings, the travel experience may take a huge chunk off the décor and setup budget.
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