Mechanic’s Car Garage Party Ideas

Vroom vroom! Doesn’t it feel like this year is racing by? I swear not too long ago I was thinking, “Oh, I have PLENTY of time to prepare for Mother’s Day.” Boy was I wrong. Before I know it Father’s Day will be on us, and I thought it would be in my best interest to start brainstorming ideas for the perfect party for any special guy in your life.

This week I thought I would take our party ideas mood board and channel a home mechanics car garage as party inspiration. Of course, I think this would be great for Dad’s birthday party, or even Father’s Day, but it’s got a lot of potential for different uses.  Channeling the more casual home garage vibe in this party inspiration board, it allows the environment to be much more relaxed, perfect for an afternoon BBQ or even translate into an evening soiree with a few friends and family.

Here’s what I had in mind for a mechanic’s car garage party ideas board:

Mechanic's Garage Car Themed Party Ideas by Unique Pastiche Events

Mechanic’s Garage Car Themed Party Ideas by Unique Pastiche Events

If you are looking for even more ideas for hosting any sort of car themed party, take a look through THIS board dedicated to all things cars and monster truck party ideas I’ve curated on Pinterest.

Be sure to see where each element of this week’s mechanic’s car garage party ideas came from:

Garage Toolbox Drink Cart – shared on Hostess with the Mostess

Mechanics Toolbox Party Favors Station – spotted on Pinterest

Car Mechanic Party Food Buffet in Tool Box – spotted on Pinterest

Car Themed Party Tool Set Silverware Sets Display – spotted on Pinterest

Garage Tools Centerpiece – spotted on Pinterest

Car Party Oil Can Wraps for Bean Bag Toss – spotted on Pinterest

Diamond Plate Tile Photo Wall – tiles available from Car Guy Garage

Car Themed Diamond Plate Charger and Place Setting – spotted on Pinterest

**Normally I don’t have such a hard time finding the original sources for the images I use for inspiration boards, but this week proved exceptionally challenging. If you know of any of the original sources, please let me know so I can update the links accordingly! Many thanks!**

Don’t forget to pin your favorite elements for future reference:

What type of unique party themes for guys have you discovered on Pinterest?

Simple Succulent Event Decor Ideas

You know the saying “sometimes less is more”? I so rarely agree with it, but this week I make the exception, and agree less can be more. When I’m putting together an event decor concept board, I love to design event concepts that are rich and dynamic. Something that will continually wow guests as the event unfolds, from hidden elements mixed into perimeter decor, to thoughtful additions in the place settings. I’m the first one to advocate for bold colors and wild prints, textures everywhere with layers of details.

But you know what? Something just hit me this week, swaying me towards a more simple design direction. Make no mistake, it may be simple in concept, but there are still plenty of unique and specific design elements at play here in this simple succulent event decor ideas board. While there may not be as many layers and targeted wow features, there is still a continuity of design here that resonates beautifully throughout.

Where I would normally go all out with a high impact entrance, I went for a white will with strategically placed air plants. Where normally a focal bar would sit, I switched gears and went for a succulents arranging bar, where theoretically guests could create their own little arrangements and take them home.  It would be fantastic to have a horticulturist on site to help recommend combinations and placements, and give guests care tips for their new plants. The table that I normally love covered with linens and colors and perfect silverware with matching stemware, is simple neutrals with succulent accents. Even the lounge is a clean white, with sandy floors and pillar candles.

I could see these simple succulent event decor ideas working from events such as weddings, to luncheons, and even social events. The succulents are powerful enough to be the focus of the event decor, but not so dominating that they couldn’t be made the second focus of the event, so there would be room for whatever the message or goal of the event was.

Here’s what I had in mind:

Simple Succulent Event Decor Ideas

Simple Succulent Event Decor Ideas

Be sure to see where each element in this simple succulent event decor ideas board was found:

Entrance of Air Plants on White Wall – shared in a roundup post by Tickled Pink

Modern Event Lounge with Succulents and Candles – shared in a roundup post by The Knot

Succulent Photo Backdrop – shared in a roundup post by BuzzFeed

Simple Succulent Table Decor and Centerpiece – spotted on Pinterest

Tall Centerpiece with Candles and Succulents – shared in the Style Me Pretty Vault

Succulents Arrangements Bar – shared by SF Girl by Bay

Small Succulent Party Favors in Glass – shared on Martha Stewart Weddings

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

How do you like to see succulents incorporated into event decor?

 

 

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Sophisticated Blush, Gold, and White Gala with Crystal Accents

What comes to mind with you think “black tie gala”? Is it the gowns, the champagne, or the socializing? Do you ever think of associating the color blush in a fundraiser or gala setting?

It’s easy to disassociate the two, as blush is a popular choice for weddings year round; however I think it’s worth exploring that soft shade of pink in the gala setting. Used sparingly and carefully, blush can add a sense of life and freshness into an environment that is often a little stiff. Below I’ve curated a few of my favorite inspiration pictures that I believe would be a great start to a sophisticated blush, gold, and white gala with crystal accents. The crystal chandeliers and candelabras make the event so refined, but it’s the subtle blush napkins or rose accents that help soften this design. Where I think this concept really shines is its ability to translate into an after party space or lounge on the lawn. The greenery in the grass only enhances the neutral color palette, enhancing the look further.

Would this look work for any fundraiser or gala? Certainly not! But for the right group with a focus on appealing to its female guests, this ideas board could be the perfect beginning to a lovely and elegant evening. Here’s what I had in mind:

Sophisticated Blush, Gold, and White Gala with Crystal Accents

Sophisticated Blush, Gold, and White Gala with Crystal Accents

Be sure to see where each element of this week’s sophisticated gala mood board were found:

Draped White Lounge Cabanas on the Lawn with Blush Furniture and Crystal Chandeliers – shared by Revelry Event Designers

Grand Entrance with White Tent and Drapery featuring Crystal Chandeliers – shared by Inside Weddings

Candelabra Estate Table in White – shared by Rafanelli Events

White and Gold Focal Bar with Blush Rose Arrangements – shared by Todd Events

Blush Place Setting with Gold and White Prints and Textures – spotted on Pinterest

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

What type of organization do you know of that could throw an event like this?

 

Modern Mirror Event Decor Ideas

Looking for a clean and modern event decor concept for an upcoming event? Have you considered creating something that will really stand out, like a modern geodesic mirror theme? With plenty of wow elements, balanced out by clean, modern lines, this concept is sure to have guests talking for days. I love the idea of a dramatic entrance that gets guests thinking they are in for one thing, and then have that massive impact moment when they realize it’s the exact opposite of what they thought they were going to walk into, which is exactly what happens in this week’s modern mirror event decor ideas board.

Guests walk in through a dark but dimensional room, with hints of the geometrical mirror, and then the next thing they know, they are out in the open of a bright outdoor space, layered in sculptural mirror elements and complimentary white furniture. To me, this decor design concept could easily translate into a hyper-modern conference reception, scaled to fit any sized summer wedding, or even be thrown for a unique birthday or social celebration. It’s the sculptural, multi-faceted mirror decor that really creates the “wow” in this event, which lends this theme to all sorts of creative functions.

Here’s what I had in mind for each element in this modern mirror event decor concept:

Modern Mirror Event Decor Ideas

Modern Mirror Event Decor Ideas

Be sure to see where each element of this modern mirror event decor ideas board was found:

Dark Geodesic and Mirror Grand Entrance – shared in a roundup post on Contemporist

Modern Geometric Mirror Bar – shared by Alchemy Fine Events

Dimensional Mirror Coffee Table – sold on Horchow

Modern White Event Lounge Seating Arrangement – available through AFR Event Rentals

Multi Mirror DJ Booth – available through Revelry Event Designers

Geometric Mirror Vases – spotted on Pinterest

Mirror and Multi-Dimensional Mirror Sculpture Backdrop – spotted on Pinterest

Square Mirror Dance Floor – shared in a roundup post by IDOJOUR

White, Glass, and Mirror Simple Cube Centerpiece – shared in a roundup post by Bodas Novias

Don’t forget to pin your favorites for later!

What do you think of this week’s party decor ideas board? Do you like the new layout of all the images?

 

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Modern Industrial Event Decor

This week I am channeling a modern industrial event decor theme with perfect pops of bright orange mixed in for freshness. Cool grays mixed with sleek metal finishes, dusted with slight touches of textures from concrete, garnished with a few pops of bright orange combine to create a soft but masculine event decor concept, sure to please many attendee’s senses.

The high impact piece of this modern industrial event decor, is the entrance. An orange carpet is eye catching, and different. But it’s the length, perfectly edged with silver metal lanterns and coordinating balloons that really make it a statement piece. Mixing gray furniture, with metal textures and accents keeps the event fairly gender neutral and subtle, so the focus could be on the entertainment or other activities going on throughout the event. Fresh floral should be kept to a minimum, so the focus of the decor is towards the clean and curated furniture and displays, and not the arrangements. Having well thought out and strategically placed pops of color will far outshine any arrangement that would be used at this event.

With this particular style of modern industrial event decor, I think it would be well worth the money to spend some time developing unique buffet tables and food displays, such as the French fry tower, or the cubic based salad bar shared in this week’s inspiration board.

Here’s what I had in mind for this modern industrial event decor with pops of orange:

Modern Industrial Event Decor

Modern Industrial Event Decor

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

Orange Carpet Event Entrance with Balloons and Silver Lanterns – shared on Traffic Magazine

Silver Metal High Top Tables with Silver and Yellow Stools (would be perfect with orange stools instead of yellow) – shared on The Style Co

Concrete Block Simple Centerpiece with White Flowers – shared on Simple Southern

Cubic Food Buffet Stands and Elevations – shared in a roundup post by Flick River

Smoke Grey Vienna Café Chairs and Modern Table Set – available through AFR Event Furnishings

Estonia Bar – available through Just Bars

French Fries Food Buffet Tower – spotted on Pinterest

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

What comes to mind when you think of an industrial themed event?

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Farmers Market Themed Luncheon Ideas

Looking for the perfect theme for an upcoming luncheon? Be it a thank you lunch, annual meeting, or even a fundraiser – don’t overlook the theme and decor of your event! It is so easy to be underwhelmed at luncheons, due to their perceived limits of timing. In all reality, if it’s noon or 8 in the evening, a ballroom will often look the same, if it’s a standard no-window room. There are a lot of creative ways to bring a farmers market themed luncheon to life, indoors or outdoors. This week, I will be focusing on an outdoor take to hosting a farmer’s market themed luncheon.

Ideally, for hosting this event outdoors, you would have a nice lush green space, the grass would be coming up, and there would be plenty of natural foliage and growth in the area. So picture that as we move forward. Here’s what I had in mind for this week’s party theme and idea board:

Farmers Market Themed Luncheon Ideas

Farmers Market Themed Luncheon Ideas

Be sure to see where each element of this farmer’s market themed luncheon was found for more details:

Green Event Tent with Picnic Seating – shared by The Natural Wedding Company

Farmers Market Gift Goodie Favor Tote – shared on Taste with the Eyes

Tractor Drink Display and Bar – shared in a roundup on Deer Pearl Flowers

Hanging Herb Table Decor (would be amazing if hanging from a tree- or fake tree over an outdoor table!) – shared on a roundup post on Interiors Addict

Hanging Mason Jar Display for Guest Drinks – shared on Capitol Romance

Baked Goods and Sweet Buffet Display – shared by Studio M Inc.

Market Style Salad Bar with Fresh Herbs and Greens – shared on Vignette Design

Fresh Sliced Vegetables and Salad Toppings – shared by Kiira T on Catch My Party

Wooden Plank Market Wall with Fresh Vegetables (would be a fantastic photo backdrop) – shared on Habitat Events

Pin your favorites for future reference:

Looking for a gardening themed party for kids? Check out this idea board for hosting a fun gardening themed party:

Kids Gardening Birthday Party Ideas

Kids Gardening Birthday Party Ideas
See all the details for this post here:
https://uniquepasticheevents.com/2014/03/12/kids-gardening-birthday-party-ideas/

Need more garden party inspiration? I’ve got you covered! Check out THIS Pinterest board.

What time of garden and farm inspired events have you been to before? Tell us all about them in the comments down below.

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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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