Going green: 3 marquee party trends for 2020

January is an exciting month for so many reasons. With a whole new year stretched out ahead of us, we feel full of possibility; seeking fresh ideas and getting ready to bring them to life for our clients requiring marquee hire in Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey. And, as always, we’re striving to do so in ways that don’t hurt the earth.

If you’re thinking about hiring a marquee for a birthday, wedding or anniversary in 2020, think green! Here are 3 eco-friendly trends for marquees and décor that we hope you’ll be inspired by this year…

Reusable and recyclable

With climate change and ecological crises in the daily news, more and more people are looking for environmentally friendly ways to throw a wedding or party.

Wedding site Hitched quotes party architect Johnny Roxburgh, who says that one-time use products have had their day, with couples choosing raw materials that can be reused after the wedding:

“One of my clients bought very expensive fabric for the tablecloths, which she then turned into curtains after the wedding. She had an excellent laundry service!”

To reduce waste from your wedding or party, replace plastic decorations, favours and place settings with compostable or biodegradable items and reusable lighting – things that won’t still be languishing in landfill or masquerading as fish food next century…

  • Get creative! Upcycle and upstyle fruit, veg, herbs, wood, stones or crystals to make beautifully original place settings and table centrepieces
  • Brighten your marquee roof space with cotton bunting, rice paper lanterns or fairy lights that you or a friend can re-use another time
  • Pop the plastic trends of yesterday and choose natural latex balloons because they biodegrade much quicker than traditional balloons
  • Eat, drink and be merry with a clearer conscience by switching to paper or bamboo straws and plates for food and drink
  • Flatter your guests and yourself with the relaxing soft light of natural beeswax candles (or soy candles if you’re vegan)
  • Leave nothing behind but memories by asking your guests to use pretty petal confetti rather than plastic
  • Opt for corn coir matting flooring – we love this because it can be cleaned and re-used over and over again, unlike carpet which often only has a shelf life of 1 or 2 uses
  • Email your invites or use social media! It creates no waste, is cheaper than post and makes it easier for your guests to reply

Local, seasonal and foraged foliage

As nature lovers, when taking down a marquee after an event, nothing used to break our hearts more than left-behind flowers! Especially those exotic beauties that had been flown in from far away. Luckily, we’re seeing more and more people choosing their floral party décor and decorative foliage with a more conscious approach.

When you’re deciding which flowers and plants to put in your marquee, you can feel blooming good about your eco-credentials by:

  • Buying British – a good florist can help you choose stunning locally grown flowers, from ethical suppliers with a low carbon footprint
  • Keeping it seasonal – you may be surprised to discover how every month of the year has something gorgeous to offer
  • Foraging for your own foliage – if you have enough time, you could grow your own floral décor in your back garden and ask green fingered friends and family to do the same
  • Placing living plants, trees and flowers in cool containers around your marquee, on tables and hanging from the roof – why not gift them to your guests at the end of the day or night? They’ll last far longer than cut flowers
  • Planting a tree for every guest to off-set the carbon footprint of your wedding or party – or giving guests seeds as favours so that they can plant their own tree to remember the occasion

A more plant-based menu

Plants aren’t just for pots and vegetables aren’t just for Veganuary! These days, delicious plant-based meals are highlights on the menus of top restaurants across the country, as well as in just about every high-street eatery you walk past. What was once thought of a ‘hippy’ and ‘eccentric’ is now incredibly popular – and very much in vogue. And it’s a trend that only looks set to grow.

According to a paper by the research journal Nature, one kilo of beef protein has a carbon opportunity cost of 1,250kg: that, incredibly, is roughly equal to driving a new car for a year, or to one passenger flying from London to New York and back!

So, if you’re trying to throw a greener marquee party or wedding, providing your guests with a meat-free meal or buffet is not only an environmentally friendly and compassionate option but a fashionable one, too…

  • Find a chef or caterer who’s knowledgeable and passionate about creating plant-based dishes that will put all those bland mushroom risottos firmly in the shade and impress even the most carnivorous of grandparents!
  • Going DIY on the catering? It seems like a new vegan cookbook is launched every minute so head to your local bookshop and library and have a browse (or just get googling)
  • Don’t want to go the whole hog (pardon the pun)? Cut down on meat and dairy by just making one course plant-based – or even just your canapes
  • Middle Eastern, Indian and South-East Asian food is packed with so much flavour that nobody will even notice the lack of meat – and you could even incorporate it into the theme of your décor
  • Seek out ethical suppliers who can source organic and veggie British or European wines instead of those flown from across the world
  • Have fun with some old English cocktail and mocktail recipes featuring local and seasonal ingredients

You heard it here – when it comes to party trends in 2020, green is definitely the new black! If you’re looking for marquee hire in Hampshire, Berkshire, Surrey or the surrounding areas, we can help you create a wedding or party that will leave a mark on the memories of all your guests – but not on the earth. Call us on 0118 973 6444 or email sales@time-marquees.co.uk