Incorporating the Color Yellow into Your Events

Incorporating the Color Yellow into Your Events

Last month we catered a really pretty summer party.  I was especially pleased because the client chose a yellow color scheme.  It’s a color that most people shy away from and I don’t know why!  I’ve found a lot of interesting trivia about yellow and am sharing it in this blog along with some photos of the party. 

The color of sunshine is associated with joy, freshness, happiness, intellect, and energy. Designers suggest using yellow to evoke pleasant, cheerful feelings.  Like the energy of a bright sunny day, yellow brings clarity and awareness. Clean, light yellow clears the mind, making it active and alert. That’s why yellow is such a cheerful color for the kitchen.  And in the color spectrum, yellow is the happiest color.  Isn’t this a “happy” setting?


Did you know that pure, bright and sunny yellow is the easiest color to see? Peoples who are blind to other colors can usually see yellow.  Maybe that’s why there are so many yellow note pads… easy to see and mentally stimulating.

Yellow flowers, as with most light colors, bloom earliest, so they are naturally associated with spring. Spring bouquets frequently feature yellow tulips. Yellow daffodils symbolize unrequited love… a yellow rose stands for friendship and yellow flowers are frequently associated with Easter and Passover.  And what flower says summer better than a sunflower? 


Cheerful Yellow and White Flower Arrangement


Yellow Roses and Creamy Hydrangeas

Yellow ribbons have long been associated with those waiting for the return of a loved one.  For an interesting and scholarly read about the history of the yellow ribbon follow this link.  It could be more than you’d ever want to know about yellow ribbons, but might make interesting cocktail party talk someday. 

When we think of yellow food, we tend to think of fruit first.  Wonderfully sweet with firm and creamy flesh, bananas come prepackaged in their own yellow jackets. The exceptional juiciness and vibrant tropical flavor of the pineapple, which balances the tastes of sweet and tart, makes them only second to bananas as America’s favorite tropical fruit. Juicy and sweet, with a soft, buttery, yet somewhat grainy texture, the white to cream-colored flesh of pears was once referred to as the “gift of the gods.”  And if you’ve never had a yellow watermelon, you don’t know what you’re missing. 

fruit-cropped-and-compressed Yellow Watermelon

Yellow Watermelon

We are just beginning to discover the wealth of nourishment supplied by the mildly sweet flavored and finely textured winter squash. It was once such an important part of the diet of the American Indians that they buried it along with the dead to provide them nourishment on their final journey to the afterlife. And nothing’s better right now than an ear of Brentwood corn.  We roasted some and topped our Basil Polenta with it. 


Basil Polenta with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Put some yellow in your life when you want clarity for decision-making, relief from ‘burnout’, panic, nervousness, exhaustion, sharper memory and concentration skills, and protection from lethargy and depression during dull weather.

The smell most associated with yellow is lemon, a very strong, refreshing summer scent.  In aromatherapy lemon scent has a refreshing, stimulating and rejuvenating benefit. 

When using yellow as a party color, think about these color combinations:

  • Use yellow to perk up a more subdued cool palette of blues and grays.  Bright yellow and blue are a high contrast combination.   
  • Use lemon yellow with orange and lime to invoke a summery citrus theme.
  • Pale yellow works well as a neutral alongside darker or richer colors. 
  • Think yellow and black for a high tech look.
  • Mix yellow with red for a “hot” themed party.
  • In the fall, yellow pairs quite well with green, brown and rust.

Don’t forget yellow as a party color.  It’s really special.