Asian Infused Wedding in Red

It’s not too often I find myself designing concept boards based specifically around a cultural theme, but this week I was overwhelmingly inspired by the tablescape you’ll see below. The red and gold paper lanterns with an array of fresh flowers on the table caught my eye. After more digging into similar looks, I found myself disappointed in the number of higher end weddings that incorporated these beautiful red paper lanterns. With that in mind I challenged myself to create this Asian influenced wedding in red, featuring beautiful paper lanterns that looked luxurious and opulent, and less crafty.

Here’s what I created for this week’s Asian inspired wedding in red:

Asian Infused Wedding in Red with Paper Lanterns

Asian Infused Wedding in Red with Paper Lanterns

Be sure to see where I found each of these inspiration images:

Red Paper Lanterns Reception Entrance with Red Drapery – shared on WedMeGood

Hanging Red Paper Lantern Wedding with Chinese Influence – spotted here

Asian Inspired Tablescape with Red and Gold Paper Lanterns Hanging from Above – shared on WedLuxe

Asian Infused Bar – shared by Michael Habachy on Flickr

Large Red Paper Lanterns Grand Entrance – spotted on Pinterest

Red Paper Lantern Food Buffet and Display – also spotted on Pinterest

Red Wedding Reception Up Lighting with Red Paper Lanterns – shared by Bart Boehlert’s Beautiful Things

Do you know of any other weddings that incorporate paper lanterns in a high end style?

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Wine Glass Painting Party Ideas {for National Wine Day}

In honor of National Wine Day, May 25, I present to you this party idea and inspiration board, full of wine themed party décor. I envision this party theme being used for a birthday party, or perhaps a bachelorette party, where lots of wine is enjoyed, and there is plenty of good spirited company around to celebrate with. A wine glass painting party should be in a comfortable area, where people are free to roam about and mingle as their work is drying, and they can nibble on finger foods as they walk about and enjoy the creation of their fellow guests.

For this wine glass painting party, here’s what I had in mind:

Wine Glass Painting Party Ideas {for National Wine Day}

Wine Glass Painting Party Ideas {for National Wine Day}

Here’s where I found each of the elements used to create this week’s party idea board:

Painting Party Birthday Invitation – created and sold by NineEighteenBirthday on Etsy

Abstract Watercolor Paper Flowers on a Gold Backdrop Photo Booth Wall – shared in a roundup post by Engaged and Inspired

Eclectic and Colorful Tablescape and Centerpiece – featured on 100 Layer Cake

Abstract Artistic Painted Cake – by Maggie Austin Cake

DIY Wine Glass Painting Party Kit – created and sold by LaBicheBoutique on Etsy

Are you a wine fan?

Check out my other posts involving wine HERE, or check out my “Wine and Cheese Party Idea” board on Pinterest HERE.

Eclectic and Colorful Mother’s Day Party Ideas

Bright and bold, full of sunny colors and vibrant accents, this week’s party idea board is the perfect eclectic mix to celebrate mother’s day this year. Mixed florals and textures combine to create this color heavy summery party inspiration board while still looking cohesive and put together.

The balance is in the black and white accents you see here and there. The white table highlights the bright floral centerpieces, while a black and white background helps amplify the fresh flowers in their summer shades. The flat black and white elements really work well together to help make the mix of textures and colors stand out.

Here’s what I had in mind:

Eclectic and Colorful Mother’s Day Party Ideas

Eclectic and Colorful Mother’s Day Party Ideas

Be sure to see where I found each of this week’s inspirational party pictures:

Dessert Macaroon Display in Colorful Shades of Chartreuse, Hot Pink, Lemon and Lime – shared on Bridal Musings

Vibrant Flowers “MOM” Food Buffet with Black and White Stripes – spotted on Pinterest

Eclectic and Colorful Photo Booth Back Drop – shared by Rock N Roll Bride

Bold Tropical Inspired Flower Centerpieces – shared by Alchemy: Fine Events and Invitations

Tall, Eclectic Focal Centerpiece Décor with Colorful Bud Vases – shared on Ruffled

Of course I think this week’s party idea board is fantastic for any mother’s day celebration, but why stop there? I could easily see this design translated into a birthday party, a fun summer wedding theme, or even a women’s luncheon.

What other type of celebration could you see a colorful design like this featured?

 

 

Luxurious Halloween Wedding – with Ravens

You know I love a fun, unusual wedding. I pin a LOT of great ideas for that couple who wants something….a little more unique.

But I feel like I ALWAYS see comments or responses along the lines of, “I could never do that,” or “it’s too far out there for me,” or any variation along those lines. And to that, I always think: is it?

Is it really that far out there? Is there REALLY that big of a difference if a color is blue not white? Can it really have a detrimental effect on your wedding? Or at your next party?

For some, it seems that way. Others, have no second thoughts about it. The debate will go on forever, and there is no wrong or right answer. But with increased socializing and media sharing, I believe it will become more and more socially acceptable to trade in some traditions to see new ideas brought to the wedding world. Or at least I hope so!

This week I’ve challenged myself to come up with something that falls halfway between the traditional white wedding, and the all-out goth wedding. White and gold, with subtle touches of black raven make for a very interesting design. The perfect detail that I think brings it all together is the unusual invitation.

Here’s what I had in mind:

Luxurious Halloween Wedding – with Ravens

Check out the links below to find out where I found all of these pieces:

Black and Gold Table Design – created and shared on Hey Gorgeous Events

White, Gold, and Black Masquerade Bird Masks – spotted on Pinterest

Black Feather and Peacock Bouquet – created and sold by ColorOfmay on Etsy

“The Birds” Raven Cookies – tutorial shared on Camille Styles

Black and White Raven Cake – shared in a round up post on MODWedding

White and Crystal Lounge with Black Raven Décor – spotted on Pinterest

Black Feather Décor – spotted in this round up post on Deco Crush

Crow Décor and Black Feathered Wreath – shared on Midwest Living

Feather Neckpiece – spotted on Cultivnation Tumblr

“Crack Me” Black Raven Egg Invitations – custom made and sold by LittleElephantCrafts on Etsy

Could you do a Halloween wedding like this?

Hobbit Day Woodland Party Ideas

Did you know yesterday was Hobbit Day? Apparently my nerdy-ness level has been down ranked since I just found out about it myself. But you know what? That’s why we have sites like Pinterest, so we can bookmark ideas for future use. With that in mind – I put together this party inspiration board for Hobbit Day 2016 (and beyond!) and all your future Lord of the Rings party needs. Here’s what I had in mind for this outdoor party:

Hobbit Day Woodland Party Ideas

Oh- and if you were looking for something a little more refined, say for a wedding, check out this woodsy inspired wedding idea board I put together a few weeks ago.

Check out where the fantastic creations from this week’s idea board were found:

Forest and Woodsy Party Food Station Buffet – spotted on Pinterest

Forest and Woodsy Party Food Station Buffet – spotted on Pinterest

Wood Chalk Board – shared in a roundup post on DCWV Diary

Wood Chalk Board – shared in a roundup post on DCWV Diary

Gold Coin Treasure Favor – shared on Mommy’s Little Peanuts

Gold Coin Treasure Favor – shared on Mommy’s Little Peanuts

Enchanted Forest Lounge – shared on The Knot

Enchanted Forest Lounge – shared on The Knot

Speak Friend and Enter Door Décor – shared on India Loves Texas

Speak Friend and Enter Door Décor – shared on India Loves Texas

Hobbit Party Yard Sign Décor – shared on Pinterest

Hobbit Party Yard Sign Décor – shared on Pinterest

Woodsy Table Display – shared on You Paid More Than Me

Woodsy Table Display – shared on You Paid More Than Me

Ferns, Candles and Glass Tablescape – shared on Ruffled Blog

Ferns, Candles and Glass Tablescape – shared on Ruffled Blog

“No Admittance Except On Party Business” Quote – shared on Storyboard Wedding

“No Admittance Except On Party Business” Quote – shared on Storyboard Wedding

Vintage Entertaining Toldeo Cocktail Swords on Cocktails – shared by Ode to Awe

Vintage Entertaining Toldeo Cocktail Swords on Cocktails – shared by Ode to Awe

Rosie Cotton’s Apple Tarts – recipe shared on When Geeks Wed

Rosie Cotton’s Apple Tarts – recipe shared on When Geeks Wed

Lord of the Rings Party Menu – shared by Michelle Paige

Lord of the Rings Party Menu – shared by Michelle Paige

Hobbit House Cake – shared on Pinterest

Hobbit House Cake – shared on Pinterest

Mountain Cookies – shared on Sweet & Saucy

Mountain Cookies – shared on Sweet & Saucy

Lord of the Rings Hobbit Second Breakfast Brunch Invitation – created and sold by MirkwoodScribes on Etsy

Lord of the Rings Hobbit Second Breakfast Brunch Invitation – created and sold by MirkwoodScribes on Etsy

 

There are SO many fantastic ideas out there; I wish I could have included them all. Check out my “Nerd It Out” Pinterest board that I pin all of my favorite geek themed party ideas. Fair warning- there is a lot of Marvel, so if you’re a fan, enjoy!

What’s your geeky indulgence?

Fan art? Movie memorabilia?

It’s Written in the Stars – Astronomy Themed Wedding

A few weeks ago I shared a party idea board for an under the stars backyard movie night. If you missed it, check it out here.

I absolutely loved the theme of the party, and just couldn’t stop thinking about how beautiful a wedding in a science museum or planetarium would be. Something under the stars, but without the bugs and heat. That was all I needed for inspiration – the next thing I knew I had found some fabulous inspirational images and compiled them into this idea board:

It’s Written in the Stars – Astronomy Themed Wedding

It’s Written in the Stars – Astronomy Themed Wedding

Find more about the images that create this week’s inspiration board:

Constellation Stars Midnight Blue Wedding Invitation – made by HipHipHoorayStudio on Etsy

Constellation Stars Midnight Blue Wedding Invitation – made by HipHipHoorayStudio on Etsy

Constellation Stars Midnight Blue Wedding Invitation – made by HipHipHoorayStudio on Etsy

Navy and Gold Wedding Setting and Menu – featured on Every Last Detail

Navy and Gold Wedding Setting and Menu – featured on Every Last Detail

Navy and Gold Wedding Setting and Menu – featured on Every Last Detail

Astronomy Centerpiece – spotted on Pinterest here

Astronomy Centerpiece – spotted on Pinterest here

Astronomy Centerpiece – spotted on Pinterest here

Stars and Moon Photo Booth Backdrop – featured on After Yes Weddings

Stars and Moon Photo Booth Backdrop – featured on After Yes Weddings

Stars and Moon Photo Booth Backdrop – featured on After Yes Weddings

Planetarium Wedding Alter – featured on The Offbeat Bride

Planetarium Wedding Alter – featured on The Offbeat Bride

Planetarium Wedding Alter – featured on The Offbeat Bride

Navy and Gold Wedding Cake – spotted on Pinterest here

Navy and Gold Wedding Cake – spotted on Pinterest here

Navy and Gold Wedding Cake – spotted on Pinterest here

Time to Drink Champagne and Dance Under the Stars Poster – shared on Love My Dress

Time to Drink Champagne and Dance Under the Stars Poster – shared on Love My Dress

Time to Drink Champagne and Dance Under the Stars Poster – shared on Love My Dress

 

Looking for more star, galaxy or astronomy inspired ideas? Check out my board dedicated to just that on Pinterest!

Would you get married in a science themed museum?

Vintage Travel Inspired Wedding Idea Board

Now boarding! Fabulous wedding inspiration board ahead!

It doesn’t matter where you are when you are getting married. It doesn’t matter what season it is. It doesn’t even matter what time of day it is, or even what day of the week it turns out to be.

The most important thing is that you are marrying your other half. Your best friend. Your partner for life. Remember that you have each gone on a journey that has led you to that very day, and very specific pieces of the cosmic puzzle have had to work out for the miracle that is love to occur.

On your wedding day- a new adventure awaits you both. An adventure you will take on together. So for the couples that have traveled great distances to come together, or just for the couple that plan on seeing the many wonders of the world together, I present to you this vintage travel wedding idea board:

Vintage Travel Inspired Wedding Idea Board

Vintage Travel Inspired Wedding Idea Board

You can get all of the details for the images found in this week’s inspiration board here:

Old World Map Travel Wedding Invitation – made and sold by merrymint on Etsy

Old World Map Travel Wedding Invitation – made and sold by merrymint on Etsy

Old World Map Travel Wedding Invitation – made and sold by merrymint on Etsy

Globetrotter Glam Wedding Traveler Guestbook – captured by Kelly Benton Photography on Ruffled

Globetrotter Glam Wedding Traveler Guestbook – captured by Kelly Benton Photography on Ruffled

Globetrotter Glam Wedding Traveler Guestbook – captured by Kelly Benton Photography on Ruffled

Gold Coast Backyard Wedding Rustic Photo Backdrop – captured by Bek Grace on Ruffled

Gold Coast Backyard Wedding Rustic Photo Backdrop – captured by Bek Grace on Ruffled

Gold Coast Backyard Wedding Rustic Photo Backdrop – captured by Bek Grace on Ruffled

Travel Map and Pinwheel Cake – created by Plum Tree Cakes

Travel Map and Pinwheel Cake – created by Plum Tree Cakes

Travel Map and Pinwheel Cake – created by Plum Tree Cakes

Friends and Family Mean the World / Thank You Goodie Party Favor Bag – shared by Peckled on Hostess with the Mostess

Friends and Family Mean the World / Thank You Goodie Party Favor Bag – shared by Peckled on Hostess with the Mostess

Friends and Family Mean the World / Thank You Goodie Party Favor Bag – shared by Peckled on Hostess with the Mostess

Vintage Travel Themed Wedding Menu – created and sold by ConteurCo on Etsy

Vintage Travel Themed Wedding Menu – created and sold by ConteurCo on Etsy

Vintage Travel Themed Wedding Menu – created and sold by ConteurCo on Etsy

Travel Map Table Number – shared by Light Love Laughter Photography on Style Me Pretty

Travel Map Table Number – shared by Light Love Laughter Photography on Style Me Pretty

Travel Map Table Number – shared by Light Love Laughter Photography on Style Me Pretty

Escort Card Table with Globe and Florals – captured and shared by Ohana Photographers

Escort Card Table with Globe and Florals – captured and shared by Ohana Photographers

Escort Card Table with Globe and Florals – captured and shared by Ohana Photographers

Clear Globe Centerpiece - available for rental on Event Options

Clear Globe Centerpiece – available for rental on Event Options

Clear Globe Centerpiece – available for rental on Event Options

 

Looking for more travel or adventurer ideas? Look no further – I’ve got a whole board dedicated to it on Pinterest – check it out here!

Are you a fan of destination weddings?

10 Non-Floral Centerpieces for Any Event

Want to mix it up a bit? How about swapping out your traditional floral centerpiece for something different at your next party? Here are 10 of my favorite non floral centerpiece ideas that you can use at almost any party or wedding:

 

Pearls, Silver, Old Books and Crystal

Pearls, Silver, Old Books and Crystal Centerpiece

Pearls, Silver, Old Books and Crystal Centerpiece – this has a great vintage vibe, and is perfect for a luncheon or shower.

Stacked Green Apples

Stacked Green Apple Centerpiece

Stacked Green Apples Centerpiece – add a nice pop of color, texture and height without breaking the bank.

Hurricane Candles and Beans Centerpiece

Hurricane Candles and Beans Centerpiece

Hurricane Candles and Beans Centerpiece – shared on Two Twenty One, a great idea for an easy and adaptable centerpiece.

Books, Globes and Candles Centerpiece

Books, Globes and Candles Centerpiece

Books, Globes and Candles Centerpiece – an arrangement that speaks of personality and depth. Some planning and collecting of items beforehand would be a little tricky to acquire, but worth it.

Sand, Shells and Candles Centerpiece

Sand, Shells and Candles Centerpiece

Sand, Shells and Candles Centerpiece – an easy to do arrangement that could be made in any sort of glass. A quick trip to the local thrift store would most likely get you all of the glassware you could need. Try playing with heights and widths of glasses for different effects.

Fruit Centerpiece

Fruit Centerpiece

Fruit Centerpiece – functional and pretty! Edible centerpieces add both color and functionality to a table. Guests enjoy nibbling and admiring a pretty work of art.

Feather Centerpiece

Feather Centerpiece

Feather Centerpiece– arranged on a tall platform, feathers add texture, volume and dimension to a table. With so many varieties of natural and synthetic feathers out there, you should have plenty of options to choose from.

Tissue Paper, Rock and Moss Centerpiece

Tissue Paper, Rock and Moss Centerpiece

Tissue Paper, Rock and Moss Centerpiece – a completely untraditional look, but easy to play with height and color. Lots of options if you are making these yourself.

Glass, Candles and Beads Centerpiece

Glass, Candles and Beads Centerpiece

Glass, Candles and Beads Centerpiece – these look like marbles, but they are actually water beads that are used to in arrangements to help regulate water. Easily accessible at most craft stores, these jelly like beads come in several shapes and colors.

Glass Candlesticks and Tall Candles Centerpiece

Glass Candlesticks and Tall Candles Centerpiece

Glass Candlesticks and Tall Candles Centerpiece – a simple but beautiful combination. Finding the perfect candlesticks will be the biggest challenge, but with enough time to hunt for the right ones, it will create a beautiful effect on your table.

What other non-floral centerpieces do you like? Share them with me on my Facebook page!

Colorful Paper Based Wedding

I’m beginning to think I may be addicted to Pinterest.

Ok, I’m lying: I AM addicted to Pinterest.

There is just so much amazing inspiration on there; I doubt I’ll ever be able to see it all! If you enjoy pinning party and wedding inspiration as much as I do, you should come follow my boards.

This week’s wedding inspiration board was put into motion by this colorful paper based wedding arch I spotted on Pinterest. I love the use of untraditional materials and themes in weddings, don’t you?

Paper is one of those elements that can be super cheap to use, but unbelievably sensitive and time consuming to make look picture perfect.

That being said, it is SO easy to incorporate any color combination you want for a wedding or party. This week: I took on more of a colorful palette then I’d normally go with. I think it works, what do you think?

Colorful Paper Based Wedding

Colorful Paper Based Wedding

 

See where all of these images were found:

Colorful Paper Based Wedding Arch – spotted on Tumblr

Colorful Paper Based Wedding Arch – spotted on Tumblr

Colorful Paper Based Wedding Arch – spotted on Tumblr

Rainbow Striped Paper Straws – sold by sweetestelle on Etsy

Rainbow Striped Paper Straws – sold by sweetestelle on Etsy

Rainbow Striped Paper Straws – sold by sweetestelle on Etsy

Alternative Wood Guest Book – sold by FreestyleMom on Etsy

Alternative Wood Guest Book – sold by FreestyleMom on Etsy

Alternative Wood Guest Book – sold by FreestyleMom on Etsy

Giant Flower Bouquet – photographed by Tresal Photography

Giant Flower Bouquet – photographed by Tresal Photography

Giant Flower Bouquet – photographed by Tresal Photography

 

Tissue Paper Pom Pom Table Décor – shared on Lisa Storms

Tissue Paper Pom Pom Table Décor – shared on Lisa Storms

Tissue Paper Pom Pom Table Décor – shared on Lisa Storms

Colorful Wedding Invitation – made by RubyMayDesign on Etsy

Colorful Wedding Invitation – made by RubyMayDesign on Etsy

Colorful Wedding Invitation – made by RubyMayDesign on Etsy

Multi Layered Colorful Cake – spotted on The Knot

Multi Layered Colorful Cake – spotted on The Knot

Multi Layered Colorful Cake – spotted on The Knot

 

Colorful Ribbon Swag – made by elliebelladesigns on Etsy

Colorful Ribbon Swag – made by elliebelladesigns on Etsy

Colorful Ribbon Swag – made by elliebelladesigns on Etsy

 

How do you feel about having a paper based wedding?

Up for the challenge? Or heck no?

May the Fourth {Black and White} Star Wars Wedding – Inspiration and Ideas

Happy *ALMOST* May the Fourth!

For those of you who have NO CLUE what I’m talking about, May fourth, also known as May the Fourth, is International Star Wars Day. And if you hadn’t guessed already it’s a play on the quote “May the force be with you”.

I’m a bit of a fan girl myself, so I couldn’t let an opportunity like this pass by. I love alternative and geek weddings, so I knew I had to make one HECK of an inspiration board for this holiday.

I decided to do a play on the colors of Star Wars, the notably black, white and yellow, and turn it into a wedding for the modern fan couple. While there are lots of Star Wars details and elements involved, there are still lots of traditional elements of a wedding, like a cake, floral, etc. that have had a bit of a geeky-god-mother-twist on them.

For example, take a look at the gorgeous wedding ceremony spot I found. It completely looks like Padme Amidala could walk by any moment to head over to the lake. I love the black floral details in it, don’t you?

Let’s take a look at the inspiration in more detail:

May the Fourth {Black and White} Star Wars Wedding - Inspiration and Ideas

May the Fourth {Black and White} Star Wars Wedding – Inspiration and Ideas

 

See where all of these fantastic images were found:

Star Wars Wedding Invitations – made by AprilSanson on Etsy

Star Wars Wedding Invitations – made by AprilSanson on Etsy

Star Wars Wedding Invitations – made by AprilSanson on Etsy

Star Wars Wedding Cake – spotted on The ido Moment

Star Wars Wedding Cake – spotted on The ido Moment

Star Wars Wedding Cake – spotted on The ido Moment

Star Wars Darth Vader and Storm Trooper Cupcake Toppers – made by PimpYourParty on Etsy

Star Wars Darth Vader and Storm Trooper Cupcake Toppers – made by PimpYourParty on Etsy

Star Wars Darth Vader and Storm Trooper Cupcake Toppers – made by PimpYourParty on Etsy

Midnight Star Black Wedding Bouquet – made by Blue Petyl Bouquets

Midnight Star Black Wedding Bouquet – made by Blue Petyl Bouquets

Midnight Star Black Wedding Bouquet – made by Blue Petyl Bouquets

Just Married Star Wars Wedding Window Cling Decal – made by AnthonyHerreraDesign on Etsy

Just Married Star Wars Wedding Window Cling Decal – made by AnthonyHerreraDesign on Etsy

Just Married Star Wars Wedding Window Cling Decal – made by AnthonyHerreraDesign on Etsy

Black Glass Trumpet Vases – sold by JamaliGarden

Black Glass Trumpet Vases – sold by JamaliGarden

Black Glass Trumpet Vases – sold by JamaliGarden

Star Wars Galactic Imperial Empire and Rebel Alliance Black Wedding Rings – made by Cloud9Tungsten on Etsy

Star Wars Galactic Imperial Empire and Rebel Alliance Black Wedding Rings – made by Cloud9Tungsten on Etsy

Star Wars Galactic Imperial Empire and Rebel Alliance Black Wedding Rings – made by Cloud9Tungsten on Etsy

Yellow, Black and White Centerpieces – shared on The Knot

Yellow, Black and White Centerpieces – shared on The Knot

Yellow, Black and White Centerpieces – shared on The Knot

Darth Vader Cupcakes – spotted on Pinterest

Darth Vader Cupcakes – spotted on Pinterest

Darth Vader Cupcakes – spotted on Pinterest

Star Wars Custom Sugar Cookies – made by SugarbeeGoodies on Etsy

Star Wars Custom Sugar Cookies – made by SugarbeeGoodies on Etsy

Star Wars Custom Sugar Cookies – made by SugarbeeGoodies on Etsy

Black Napkin with Orchid Accent – shared by Preston Bailey

Black Napkin with Orchid Accent – shared by Preston Bailey

Black Napkin with Orchid Accent – shared by Preston Bailey

Black and White Wedding Ceremony and Aisle - shared by The Knot

Black and White Wedding Ceremony and Aisle – shared by The Knot

Black and White Wedding Ceremony and Aisle – shared by The Knot

Black Star Glittering Bokeh Photo Booth Backdrop – made by MyBackdropShop on Etsy

Black Star Glittering Bokeh Photo Booth Backdrop – made by MyBackdropShop on Etsy

Black Star Glittering Bokeh Photo Booth Backdrop – made by MyBackdropShop on Etsy

Would you have a Star Wars wedding?