Manicured Garden Soiree Ideas

I’m not saying this because green is my favorite color, I’m saying it because it’s true: green is an amazing color. Not just for events, though that is true too, but for all sorts of decor. Green is one of those few colors that is good year round, any season. It’s welcomed at just about every holiday, from a lively bright green to a dark and rich emerald green. It can soften and lighten a room, or intensify and enrich the space it is in. Shades of green have such a wide range of effects, it’s no wonder that green is always in style and often used at events.

This week I thought I would try to re-envision on of my earliest party idea boards, still found on my other blog, A Sparkly Life for Me (you can see the original idea board HERE). Partially inducing excitement, and the other part a bit of cringing (why the need for balloons?!), I like to look back and see what fresh new twists I could come up with on previous concepts. Plus, I think I’m on a green kick at the moment!

I thought I’d start with keeping that brilliant emerald green and gold concept from my original challenge, transforming it into a manicured garden soiree, still elevated, still formal, but with the emphasis on the emerald green. The gold, now with mirrors, would be subtle but well placed in strategic points throughout the decor. Boxwood hedges, cubes, arrangements, and topiary would be the defining decor at this event.

Here’s what I had in mind for this manicured garden party decor:

Manicured Garden Party Decor Ideas

Manicured Garden Party Decor Ideas

Be sure to see where each element of this week’s decor idea board was found:

Boxwood Wall Hedge with Mirror Seating Charts – captured by Dana Cubbage Weddings and shared on Borrowed and Blue

Boxwood Frames Covered in Mini Lights – shared on Instagram by HMRDesigns

Garden Topiary Stage Set with Twinkle Lights – also shared on Instagram by HMRDesigns

Twisted Topiary and Boxwood Entrance Wall – shared in a roundup post by BizBash

Mirror and Neutral Lounge with Topiary Accents and Boxwood Room Dividers – spotted on Pinterest

Green Chair Cover with Bustle and Green Flowers – available through Wild Flower Linen

Oversized Green Foliage Ring Suspended Above the Dancefloor – shared on Azumamakoto.com

Silver Compote Planters Filled with Boxwood Perimeter Decor – spotted on Pinterest

Pin your favorites for future reference:

I can see this boxwood and manicured garden themed decor working for a gala, fundraiser, evening corporate event, or even wedding.

What setting would you enjoy seeing this manicured garden event decor in?

 

 

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Unusual Ways to Incorporate Green at Your Next Event

Have you ever seen something that was just so weird, so unusual, maybe so out there – that it just worked? And maybe at another point in time in the not too distant future, you find yourself looking at something that is incredibly predicable?

The later of those two thoughts happens far too often, at least for me, at events. Someone tried to be trendy by making a table full of “Greenery”, because Pantone made it the color of the year. But they just over did it. At the beginning of the year, I shared THIS post on how to include greenery into your corporate event. Like many corporate events, I took a very clean but modern approach to this decor. And I stand by it. I can think of a lot of corporate events that would do well by those concepts.

But what about the high end galas, which are counting on wowing guests for donations? Or the social event for a great cause? Or, the brand that is launching their new line and really want to make an impact at the launch party. These types of events are often burdened with the sometimes overwhelming task of what theme to channel. Sure, there are a million “Night in Paris” or casino themed events. I’ve said it a million times before, and I’ll probably say it a million more, but I continuously challenge planners, creative directors, and designers to try something new!

With shades of green, and of course greenery, being on point this year, I thought I would start to see a lot more unique and unusual green event decor circulating. But I haven’t! So to help get your creative ideas firing, I’ve put together some of my favorite unusual ways to incorporate more green at your next event. I’ve included my favorites from high impact receptions, entertainment, and clever uses of lighting. All green, and all unique.

Here’s some unusual and unique ways to incorporate more green at your next event:

Unusual Ways to Incorporate Green at Your Next Event

Unusual Ways to Incorporate Green at Your Next Event

Be sure to see where each of these great ideas were found:

Green Fern Bar with Green Lighting – shared in a roundup by BizBash

Woodsy Green Forest Patch for Photo Opps – also shared in a roundup on BizBash

Green Woods Tent and Ceiling with Green Fern Lamps – shared in a roundup post by Food52

Green Draped and Illuminated Entertainment Cube – shared in a roundup post by BizBash

Garden of Eden Themed Greenery and Foliage Decorated DJ Booth – spotted on Pinterest

Hovering Floating Land with Green Grass and Wood – created by Daniel Ost

Don’t forget to pin your favorite ideas for later:

Need more ideas for your events? Check out my Pinterest board “Entertaining by Design” for lots of big picture event ideas.

How do you incorporate unique decor into your social events?

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Industrial Glam Party in Copper and White

You know what is delicious? A Moscow Mule!

I have been thoroughly enjoying this new trend. The drink itself – goes down so smooth, there is plenty of variation options out there so you never get tired of it, but you know what I love too? The mug! It’s got just enough shimmer to it, but could be held by men and women alike without fear of judgment. It’s easy to hold, and not a pain to walk around a busy room with. And bonus points: the copper mugs are not breakable.

My mind can’t help but wonder if the drink/mug combo became trendy because of its two winning elements, or if it caught on so well because the industrial themed slash steampunk inspired party and wedding is on the rise? Referencing industrial age design, event planners, decorators, and brides have been making their own twists on this theme for the last few years, with the concept gaining lots of momentum.

I have to suspect, that a huge part of the reason for this momentum gain is the sheer flexibility and scalability the steampunk and industrial theme allows for. It can be very vintage and grunge inspired, or it can be very modern and clean. It could be used for corporate decor, weddings, events for men or women, day or night, and really, any season. Check out some of the cool pins I’ve saved that are industrial themed or steampunk inspired.

For this week’s industrial glam party in copper and white idea board, I’ve chosen to go a more modern route, inspired by the Moscow Mule mug, with touches of nature brought in through small clusters of fresh foliage and greenery accents. In my head, this industrial glam themed event is for an evening corporate dinner, but I could just as easily see it transitioned over to a more social event, like a wedding reception.

The major elements to this party theme are:

  • Copper mugs and accents
  • Edison bulb lighting
  • Small clusters of fresh green foliage

Here’s what I had in mind:

Industrial Glam Party in Copper and White

Industrial Glam Party in Copper and White

Be sure to see where I found each element for this industrial glam themed party in copper and white:

Geometric Copper and White Modern Place Setting – spotted on Pinterest

Copper Industrial Modern Place Setting – shared on 100 Layer Cake

Copper Trellis with Greenery and Edison Bulbs Tablescape – shared on Inside Weddings

Industrial Centerpiece of Glass Tubes and Copper – also shared on Inside Weddings

Marble Vellum Invitation Wraps with Copper Wax Seal – created by Written Word Calligraphy

Copper Cups Display with Greenery Border – spotted on Pinterest

Industrial Edison Bulb Wall with Metallic Draping – shared by In The Event

Modern Industrial Metal Bar with Copper Bulb Lighting – shared on Contemporist

Moscow Mule Copper Bar Station – shared on Salve A Noiva

And if you are using this industrial glam party in copper and white for a wedding, might I suggest this as an altar idea:

Industrial Wedding Arbor in Copper with Green and White Floral Accents – featured on Flowers by Janie

 

Don’t forget to pin your favorites for future reference:

Are you more into a modern industrial themed event, or would you prefer a steampunk inspired set of decor?

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Enchanted Fairy Garden Party Ideas

I would like to have an enchanted fairy garden party. As an adult.

There, I said it.

There is something so fantastically magical about a garden filled with little fairies and butterflies floating around, with toadstool mushrooms and gnomes hidden here and there. With all of the seriousness that being a good grown up involves, I think a nice dose of whimsy should be a prescribed stress reliever.  Something fun, and out of the ordinary. In the case of our enchanted fairy garden party, an outdoor setting doused in plenty of greenery will do the trick.

Of course, in the great party idea bank– also known as Pinterest – there are so many amazing ideas to choose from. I’ve put some of my favorite party ideas together for this themed event, but have pinned nearly 500 other ideas, all along a butterfly, fairy, and garden party –esque theme. Feel free to browse them here.

Here is what I had in mind for this enchanted fairy garden party:

Enchanted Fairy Garden Party Ideas

Enchanted Fairy Garden Party Ideas

Be sure to see where I found each element in this party idea board:

Butterfly and Vines Tiered Cake – shared by Hannah on CakesDecor

Enchanted Flowering Garden Gate Party Entrance – spotted on Pinterest

Butterfly, Fairies, and Vines Dessert Bar – shared by Tasya T on Catch My Party

Woodland Garden Fairy Table Decor and Log Stools – shared in a roundup post by Artistic Odyssey

Enchanted Forest Food Buffet with Fairy and Butterfly Accents – shared by Effi Tsoukatos on Kara’s Party Ideas

Mushrooms and Moss Garden Centerpiece – shared in a roundup post by Mix and Chic

Woodland Fairy Party Favor Wings, Wand, and Flower Garland Set – created and sold by Revelbee on Etsy

Don’t forget to pin your favorites for future reference:

 

As an adult, do you have any themed parties you’d like to throw?

 

 

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Spring Wedding at a Winery

I’m told that spring “officially” starts on March 20th, but I have a hard time with that date. You see, as a Floridian, our seasons, if we are even going to call them that, are limited, short lived – and rather sporadic. Spring is an occasional day that it’s in the 70’s. And I think so far this year, we are up to maybe 5 of those days, spread out and often followed by a week of low 80s. So the concept of spring, with its new life bringing and bright blossoming flowers, is a bit far-fetched sounding for this part of the world. Everything is always green here. Even when we are low on our rain quotas, the sun still shines and the palm trees just live on.

So to a native Floridian, the idea of spring is not so much the rebirth of nature. It’s more about savoring those few, previous days that bring slightly cooler temperatures, and lower humidity rates. Simple, easy, and yet so hard to come by. It’s a fairly well kept secret that Florida has a number of wineries in its growing wealth of attractions. Snagging one of the beautiful properties on a sunny spring day would make for a perfect wedding setting. Letting the natural green landscape that Florida provides be the highlight of the decor, with a few wine themed accents, and simple spring flower accents, you’ve got all the makings to a natural-elegance inspired outdoor wedding. Why not have a spring wedding at a winery?

Here’s what I had in mind:

Spring Wedding at a Winery

Spring Wedding at a Winery

Be sure to see where each element of this week’s spring wedding at a winery ideas board was found:

Wine Bottle Seating Charts with Spring Flowers – shared by Melani Lust Photography in the Style Me Pretty Vault

Outdoor Wedding in a Vineyard – shared on Martha Stewart Weddings

Oversized Champagne Bottle Ring Toss Game – shared on BizBash

Lawn Reception with Vines – captured by Katie Harmsworth

Please Don’t Take My Drink, I’m Dancing Custom Drink Coasters – available by Wedding Paper Divas

Round Wooden Barrel Bar with Vine Accents – shared by Easton Events

Wine Bottle Table Number – shared by Jessica Burke in the Style Me Pretty Vault

Don’t forget to pin your favorites for future reference:

Be sure to check out my other party and wedding idea boards featuring a wine element here, and for even MORE inspiration, check out my board on Pinterest dedicated to wine here.

Have you ever been to a Florida winery before? Which is your favorite?

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Candy Gumdrops Party Ideas for Adults

Did you know that February 15 marks National Gumdrop Day? According to Holiday Insights, it is!

I love a good candy themed party as much as the next person, but I always wish there were more ideas out there for adults, either at the kid-friendly candy party, or FOR an adult focused, gumdrop themed party. So to help get some ideas out there for gumdrop candy party ideas for adults, I’ve put together a few of my favorite party ideas I’ve found so far.

The candy party decor ideas I’ve shared in this week’s gumdrop themed focus, include all of the major elements I would want at my candy party for adults. Thoughtful theme accents, personalized elements, delicious themed cocktails, a focal centerpiece, and a breathtaking and colorful table decor. Of course, photo booths, big props, entrance decor, clever invitations, and a million other amazing options are out there, and I’ve been pinning 200+ of my favorites. You never know when you may need them. Check out my candy and ice cream themed party ideas board on Pinterest for more fun ideas.

Here’s what I had in mind for this candy gumdrops party for adults:

Candy Gumdrops Party Ideas for Adults

Candy Gumdrops Party Ideas for Adults

Be sure to see where I found each element from this week’s gumdrop candy party for adult’s ideas board:

Gumdrop Party Buffet Food Labels – tutorial shared by Gimme Some Oven

Gumdrop Tree Centerpiece – shared by Southern Scraps

Colorful Candy Bar Tablescape and Place Setting – spotted on Pinterest

Gumdrop Cocktails – recipe shared by Tablespoon

Gumdrop Place Settings – spotted on Pinterest

Be sure to pin your favorites for future reference:

Candy Gumdrops Party Ideas for Adults

Candy Gumdrops Party Ideas for Adults

How quick do you think your adult friends would RSVP to an adult-only, candy themed party?

Gold Glitter and Pastel Shades Unicorn Birthday Party Ideas

The cuteness! It’s taking over Pinterest. Unicorns are EVERYWHERE, like an adorable plague of happiness and glitter. And to be honest, I’m not even mad! While we are being honest, I’m not even a super unicorn fan. I mean, I don’t HATE unicorns, no, but I was never like “OH MY GOSH UNICORN EVERYTHING”. But the idea of having a young child’s birthday with a full on, unicorn-fever theme….sounds like something I want to be part of.

Now me being me, I like a bit of bling at my events, thus the gold glitter element of this kid’s birthday party decor. Spectacularly shiny, gold glitter unicorns are found in each element, from the invitation, to unicorn party games, to the cake and dessert display, to even the goodie bags and photo backdrop. Cohesion is what it’s all about!

To balance out all that sparkles and shines, the rainbow colors are all along the pastel shades family, so as to not fight with the sparkling gold glitter unicorns. From what I can tell, based on my extensive unicorn party pinning, (check out my unicorn board on Pinterest if you need more ideas for a unicorn party!), an abundance of rainbows are a must for proper unicorn party, birthday or otherwise. Choosing which shade directions, warm or cool, you choose to go can greatly influence the feel of the event, so be sure to have a clear idea of your event mood before you start your shopping!

Here’s what I had in mind for this gold glitter and pastel shades unicorn birthday party ideas board:

Gold Glitter and Pastel Shades Unicorn Birthday Party Ideas

Gold Glitter and Pastel Shades Unicorn Birthday Party Ideas

Be sure to see where I found each element of this week’s kid’s birthday party ideas board:

Gold Glitter Unicorn Party Dessert Buffet Table with Pastel Accents – spotted on Pinterest

Pin the Horn on the Unicorn Printable Party Game – created and sold by SunshineParties on Etsy

Gold Glitter Unicorn Cupcake Topper – created and sold by ShinySoiree on Etsy

Gold Glitter Unicorn and Pink Roses Birthday Cake – shared by All That Glitters

Pastels and Gold Glitter Unicorn Invitation – created and sold by propshopboutique on Etsy

Gold Glitter Unicorn Favor Bags – created and sold by twinepaperscissors on Etsy

Unicorn Rainbow Pastels and Gold Sequin Garland Photo Backdrop – created and sold by ohMycharley on Etsy

Don’t forget to pin your favorites for future reference:

What do you think of Unicorns, THE trending party theme on Pinterest right now?

 

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