2018 Gala Trends

What’s popular?

In fabrics, walls, art and other visuals general trends are luxurious curves, rich textures and bold patterns with a spin of ’70s vibe.

Set the table for giving

Think “timeless” and create an old-world atmosphere designed to promote a feeling of sharing. Rose gold candle sticks, brushed silver flatware, sequin-adorned table linens and mint mist hydrangeas are timeless pieces. And they can do “double duty’ at either a high glam gala or an intimate candlelight cocktail party.

Create a magical wonderland

A storybook theme or winter wonderland will sweep guests away from the doldrums of every day and put them in the mood to give. Think simple elegance — contemporary ghost chairs, crystal stemware, deep purple linens and opulent gold flatware with clean lines. Add a simple Sapporo Lily Tulip for a twist of whimsey to bring the fairytale to life.

And keep in mind these words to live by when creating your theme:
1. Immersive
2. Relatable
3. Execution (okay, maybe two words “Flawless Execution”)

And remember, it’s not the expense. Choose simple options with strong visual impact and meant-for-the-mood lighting to liven up the most basic venue. Make your gala an experience of giving!

— Jason


Jason Champion

Jason Champion is Getaway2Give’s VP of Sales and is dedicated to making giving an experience and helping charities raise money in the process. But did you know he is a talented interior designer too?  He has 16 years’ experience styling homes and businesses and was a designer on HGTV’s Design Star, Season 4.