As an event designer, I find my inspiration in a myriad of places. I might open a West Elm catalog and get an idea for a backyard bbq, or open a fashion magazine and see something for a kids party. Right now, the design trend in both worlds is mixing patterns. Luckily for me, polka dots and chevron make me giddy! To keep it from getting schizophrenic, I like to limit the palette to three colors and vary the sizes of the prints. You don't want to make your guests dizzy! For the Memorial Day weekend birthday party I recently designed, stars & strips were a must, but only in small doses to keep the party from going too patriotic. Chevron and polka dots (natch) rounded out the design. Festive. visually interesting and most of all, FUN!