With the Queen's jubilee in just a few weeks' time and the Olympics beginning in three months, the Best of British trend has never been so popular. And what a great trend for events. Every key area of an event can take advantage of the trend, from event catering to styling, furniture to entertainment, lighting to the venue itself...
Catering is a good place to start, as British food has never been so popular or of such high quality. Locally sourced, delicious British food takes pride of place, and there are so many quirky takes on British classics for a fun event. Mini full English breakfasts in little frying pans, delicate quails eggs, Bramley apple cake pops, tiny portions of fish n chips in branded newspaper cones, afternoon tea picnics served in hampers with gingham inlays.
Event styling is where we can really let loose on the Best of British trend - eccentric papier mache animal heads on the walls (why stick with a stag? Try a badger, pig or sheep!), union jack chesterfield armchairs, hanging ribbons in red, white and blue, a neon bulldog guarding the entrance....or go down the refined English route, with stately home styling, hat stands, ornate mirrors and beautiful installations.
Best of British entertainment abounds, from a classic Beatles band to cutting edge DJs, parlour maids and butlers or Queen Elizabeth herself (well, a very good likeness!). Or one of our homegrown British talents - of which the list is endless.
Here's hoping the Best of British event trend continues past 2012, our year of celebrations, as there are so many fun and impressive ways to make the trend come alive. Long live the trend!