Party Styling With Pantone's Colour of The Year: Ultra Violet

Party Styling Ideas Using Pantone’s Colour of the year Ultra Violet

Every year we wait with baited breath to hear which colour Pantone has crowned as the one to watch and the result for 2018 is finally in – and this year it’s Ultra Violet.

Although this year’s colour has divided opinion, our wonderful experts have been offering up their words of wisdom and images of inspiration across the social sphere, so here is TOAST.Life’s pick of the best ways to add a stylish pop of this year’s hottest colour when entertaining.

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Inventive and imaginative, Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come’

Pantone describes it as ‘a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, that communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.

Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now’…

Basically, it’s just a really nice jewel shade of purple. Historically, there has also been a mystical or spiritual quality attached to Ultra Violet. The colour is often associated with mindfulness practices and meditation spaces, offering refuge from today’s over-stimulated world. Of course musical icons such as Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix all brought shades of Ultra Violet to the forefront of pop culture as personal expressions of individuality, which means we finally have the perfect excuse to host that Purple Rain themed party this year…

The Pantone Colour Institute is a consulting service that forecasts global colour trends and advises companies on colour in brand identity and product development. Recognised around the world as a leading source of colour information through seasonal trend forecasts, custom colour development, and more, last year we saw Pantone’s chosen shade Greenery literally everywhere and there’s no doubt that this purple-powered number is set to do the same.

Here are TOAST.life's pick of the best ways to add a pop of this gorgeous, uplifting and seriously on trend colour to your next party or event, from brilliant balloons to beautifully designed teapots, stunning wine glasses to fabulous florals, it’s time to go perfectly purple. 


Cool Correspondence

Whether it’s a wedding, big birthday or other special occasion that you’re planning, why not opt for some carefully coloured invitations? We love online stationery emporium Papier’s selection of beautifully designed, purple-powered invites, save the dates, place names, notecards and more.


Papier's stationery starts from 0.25p direct from their website. 

A Show-Stopping Entrance

London’s leading event florist Amie Bone Flowers create luxury installations for weddings and events across London, and this full, rich and bright floral arch created for a wedding at The Berkley Hotel is the perfect centrepiece to any occasion. Using bright pinks, oranges, and green florals and foliage the ultra violet hydrangeas used her literally pop.  

Aime Bone Flowers Sanshine Flowers

Design by Aime Bone Flowers,  image by SanShine Photography )

Blow It Up

Big, bright balloons always add a fun, stylish and celebratory touch to any occasion, and if you want to inflate ultra violet then head to Bubblegum Balloons for a selection of gorgeous big balloons, garlands, tassels, confetti and more, and all in this year’s hottest shade.

Bubblegum Balloons Mermaid Collections

Bubblegum Balloons

Bubblegum Balloons in a box start from £6.95, bespoke party styling prices are discussed on consultation check out their profile for contact details. 

Hanging Hues

If you’re styling your party yourself, you can bring your party décor bang up to date by hanging plenty of purple and ultraviolet hues around your home – The Sweet Little Party Shop have a selection of honeycombs balls, paper pom poms, pretty fans, paper lanterns and more, all in Pantone’s preferred 2018 shade.

Sweet Little Party

The Sweet Party Shop's range starts from £1.95. 

Ultra Violet Light

Add just a pop of Pantone’s chosen shade to your party decor with one of Kemp London’s show-stopping ultra violet neon lights guaranteed to add instant style and ambience. Sold as a bespoke item that will look stunning on the wall, a backdrop for a photo area or even a unique centrepiece mounted at your dinner table.

Kemp London Love

Kemp London's Lights start from £450.00.  

Creative Table Plans

Cranberry Blue Weddings were way ahead of the curve when they created thee gorgeous escort cards made from gold mirror on violet ribbons in 2017. As an alternative to a traditional table plan this method is a perfect way to create something impactful which will get your guests talking and interacting.

Intricate Creations

Designed by Cranberry Blue Weddings with Intricate Creations , Prices start from £1.50 dependent on design, detail and quantity.  

Fabulous Florals 

Always ahead of the curve when it comes to what’s hot and what’s not is one of TOAST.Life’s favourite florists - Larry Walshe. So of course he’s already one step ahead of Pantone with his stunning Perfect Purple Hydrangea bouquet and the equally on trend (and totally gorgeous) Purple Trilogy bouquet, featuring purple hydrangea, deep berry roses and sculptural black calla lilies.

Perfect Purple Hydrangea Bouquet Larry Walshe  

Larry Walshe

Larry Walshe Bouquets from £85, nationwide delivery available see his shop online

Violet Vases

For an affordable stylish vase for your chosen floral bouquet that radiates Pantone’s ultra violet then LSA’s beautiful, mouthblown vases that come in all shapes and sizes are perfect, and in that all important colour too. Filled with flowers and foliage they will look stunning and totally on trend all year round.

LSA Vase

LSA's vases start from £20.

Spectacular Centrepiece

A stunning event created by Bespoke Events London is this enchanted garden at The Royal Exchange. With vibrant lilac table linen as the base for a large tree that forms the centre of a dramatic display of orchids, hydrangeas, roses, Queen Anne lace and many more dripping form the branches this is a truly stunning and luxurious centrepiece.

Bespoke Events London

Design by Bepsoke Events London, event design all priced on consultation see their profile for details.   

For a chic centerpiece, succulents are also hot in 2018 and with their purple tinge, offer the perfect luxurious look for any table. Add gorgeous hydrangeas and the colours will jump out from your table.

Royaltsprojects Events

(Image: @Royaltproject Events).

Head Turning Tableware

Add some style and sophistication to proceedings with an impressive dinner table. Duchess and Butler’s unique gold rimmed glassware and charger plates with Rob Van Helden’s Floral Design and Stylish have created a spectacular setting offering inspiration to create a stylish table.

RVH Duchess And Butler (1)

(Image: Duchess and Butler crockery, Rob Van Helden Floral Design with imagery by Serena Bolton

For a more understated look, this simple tablescape shown by The Prop Factory features a deep purple velvet table runner with gold candelabras on top and surrounded by red fruits and purple crockery to create the perfect setting. Add a contrasting violet ribbon from VV Rouleaux wrapped around your napkins and you can create this minimalist but luxury look in your own home.

The Prop Factory

VV Rouleaux (1)

Image from The Prop Factory, check out their profile for props and hire information. Image 2: VV Rouleaux collection. 

Glistening Glasses

Impress your guests with some gorgeous, glistening glasses in this year’s hottest shade – we love these stylish amethyst jewel wine glasses by interior designer Nina Campbell. Perfect for wine, water, cocktails and more - they look totally stunning laid out along a dinner table.

Nina Campbell

Nina Campell Glassware starts from £26. 

Looking to hire your tableware, Duchess and Butler have an unrivalled collection of purple glass goblets and purple leaf charger plates that will create a stylish setting for your menu.

Duchess And Butler

To hire Duchess and Butler Crockery take a look at their profile in our Little Black Book


If you want your serve ware to match your tablescape, then Le Creuset’s range of perfectly coloured cookware is a match made in heavn, Choose from their impressive signature oven-to-table casserole dishes, jugs, plates, egg cups, butter dishes and more, and all in a très a la mode shade of purple, or as they call it – ‘cassis’. 

Le Cruset

Le Creuset sets start from £4.25 www.lecreuset.co.uk.

For The Food

Ultra Violet food might not be your first choice for your menu but the experts at Bubble Food certainly knows how to make it look appetising. Take their delicious and wonderfully presented Caprine goat’s cheese, beetroot and goat’s cheese powder, beetroot, radish and onion flowers.  For the final touch, serve it on one of Tina Nisson’s gorgeous purple acrylic plates and this dish will set the tone beautifully.

Bubble Food Caprine Goats Cheese Betroot And Goats Cheese Powder Radish And Onion Flowers

Tina Nisson Design  (1)

Bubble Food & Tina Nisson  can be found in our Little Black Book.

(Images: Vegan and Gluten-free starter of beetroot and celeriac sphere, salt baked and pickled summer vegetables, seasoned with a bespoke herb and flower popper.


Beautiful Bakes

Every party needs cake. In fact most days in dreary January need cake. Two gorgeous and incredibly delicious options that really compliment Pantone’s chosen colour is trendy London baker Lily Vanilli’s beautiful blackberry and apple cupcakes, or Fondant Fox x Meringue Girls’ awesome Electro Floral celebration cake. Trendy and tasty.

Electro Floral In Lilac

Lily Vanilli's Prices vary dependent on item and quantity, see their contact details here. and Fondant Fox can also be found in out LBB. 


For Dessert

Going for the wow factor and want something designed for your event, then look no further than Kalm Kitchen and their incredible dessert stations. This one uses Ultra Violet as a signature colour through beautiful hanging florals by Hannah Berry Flowers, and filled with delicate desserts, combined with a rich gold gilt and hanging florals to create a centrepiece that will dazzle.

Kalm Kitchen And Hannah Berry Flowers Image By Anneli Marinovich Edited 1

Kalm Kitchen and Hannah Berry Flowers  Image by Anneli Marinovich.

Time For Tea

Whether you’re serving a refreshing cuppa after a meal, a sumptuous spread of afternoon tea or a beautiful breakfast the morning after the night before, do in super on trend style with LSA Internationals’ perfectly purple POLKA tea pot, matching cups and milk jug, hand painted with gorgeous iridescent lustre and finished with a luxurious platinum rim and handle.

Time For Tea

LSA POLKA Range from LSA website Price: £12.50.

Don’t forget to tag @ToastLifeUK in all your pops of ultra violet – we would love to see your photos!




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