Morning! I hope you are allwell and safe after the storms that have battered the UK the past couple of days.  We have accquired a couple of our neighbours fence panels but apart from that all is ok here.  As we start the new year it is a good time to take stock and ponder what the new year will bring with it.  This is also a time when thoughts within various industries turn to trends for the coming year.  The party industry, like the wedding industry, is often led by fashion and interiors trends.  So if we are seeing bold splashes of colour on the catwalks we undoubtedly would be seeing these in our party theming too.  I predict that we will see lots of orange and yellow in party theming this year, especially as Tangerine Tango has been named as Pantone’s colour for 2012. 
Another focus for 2012 is infact our fabulous capital city, London.  With the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in June and the Olympics in the summer months we can expect some theming influence from these memorable events.  Perhaps we will see children dressed up in red uniforms and busby’s as they attend parties with a royal or London theme.  Or maybe the glamour of diamonds will be replicated in girls dressed as princesses making sparkling diamond tiaras. 
London Shopper Bag from Sweet Home London
As we all tighten our belts for another year I think our parties will focus more on what we can do ourselves.  We will still be creating fabulous parties but looking to make lots of details ourselves.  I also think with the smaller party budgets will see a move away from plastic toy laden party bags and I hope children will be thrilled to take home cookies they have decorated or crafty makes along with a slice of cake.  Over the coming months I plan to share lots of tutorials to help you still have amazing parties and I also plan to include different ideas for party food.
Now I wait to see if my trend predictions will be right! Next week I will be sharing with you the trend predictions from a variety of party bloggers and suppliers from around the world.  If you are a party blogger or supplier and would like to share your ideas for 2012 to be included in next weeks post, please email me .

Have a wonderful weekend,