"The Summer Olympics [which take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during August 2016] are always a great starting point for an event theme. And with Rio's colorful heritage and their world-famous Mardi Gras celebration, I have a feeling that this will translate into many themed parties all over the world," said Worley. "Rio is such a culturally exciting city with lots of elements you can play off of for events." In addition to the South American city, Cuba will also spice up 2016 with lots of Havana Nights parties, added Worley. "As U.S. and Cuban relations continue to grow and more people are traveling between the two [countries], many will get inspired from the fantastic culture that Cuba has to share. Cuban food, the throwback to the '50s that resonates with the Cuban culture, and bright colors will lend themselves to creating visually stunning and tasty events."
The continuing global unrest and recent acts of terrorism, though, will make safety a major concern and spur an increase in security measures, such as more metal detectors at public gatherings. But Stark thinks that the "global and political polarization will oddly enough inspire people to create social occasions that, in extreme contrast, are warm, cozy, bring people together, celebrate differences, and are culturally rich in traditions, foods, music, and customs. Events are the perfect place to celebrate exoticism. That’s what makes them experiences." On the flip side, expect the presidential election to bring out patriotic red, white, and blue decor at events.
Photos (clockwise, from top left): Courtesy of Events by André Wells, Courtesy of the International Olympic Committee, Courtesy of Cultural Explorations Cuba, Andreas Avdoulos