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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