2022 party trends are fabulous and people are ready to celebrate like never before. We have been locked up for the past two years, now it’s time to party, party, party!

This list of top party trends is a collection of mentions from international industry leaders. Which big WOW factors will you choose to take your celebration to the next level? If you have a “Big 0” milestone, this is the year, it’s time to go BIG!



Two main party trends are presenting themselves when it comes to themes. One is to GO BIG! Yes, Over-the-top décor, dressing up, special food, and drink presentations are all on the cards.
A big theme is to transform your event into a social media playground. Inspired by Insta Nation where you and your guests can capture memories to last forever, turn every corner into an Instagram set.

The second trend is more introspective with a focus on what is truly important. A theme tailored to the host’s individuality, their favourite place, colours, and flowers they love. It can include interests, hobbies, and causes they are drawn. Perhaps it’s a destination celebration with their favourite people.



We mentioned the themes above yet we feel that Décor needs a special mention. A big trend is colourful balloon garlands and backdrops making a real show. Balloons are no longer scattered around the room, a wonderful balloon installation is a showstopper. They make fantastic Instagram-worthy backdrops for pictures too.
Colour Palettes are also making a comeback. From the invitations to what your guests see when they arrive. All the details from table settings, lighting, and accessories in your colour palette make a statement. Go all the way and incorporate the theme into your cocktails, inventive plating, and flowers. Whether it’s neutrals or bright or anything in between, make sure you carry it through for maximum impact.
Personalise it by taking a walk back in time. Showcasing that someone special throughout the years in photos.


Of course, music is a must and a great DJ or live musician will get your boogie on. A trend for 2022 is the inclusion of surprise unique acts. Think magicians, caricaturists, impersonators, and singing waiters.
For more formal events dinner and dancing come up tops adding a little spice with duelling pianos taking requests, live string trios, and saxophonists.


With the big C still lurking in the corners, outdoor events will be popular. This includes partial and total outdoor events. Luckily in South Africa, we have great weather. Festival-style sites and locations that take your guests off the beaten track feature.
Industrial rooftop with a view and into nature venues feature strongly.
Outdoor functions are weatherproofed tenting, outdoor heat lamps, and bringing the “indoors” out.


Depending on your theme, venue, and ease of accessibility food trucks, ethnic cuisines, and small bites are great options for the outdoor party trend.


Of course, you need a cake, and big cakes are in. Larger than life and works of art are the most obvious trend. The cake display is fast becoming a focal point of the party. Look out for cakes and confections set up in front of greenery walls, balloon garlands, and other interesting places.


People want to celebrate life which means celebrating everything. We see all-age birthday parties, not just the Big 0 milestones.

We understand that planning an important event is stressful and can rob you of the joy of the celebration when you’re worrying if you’ve forgotten anything. Drop us an email on to see how we can help.

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