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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11 Christmas Party Stations Guests Will Love

11 Christmas Party Stations Guests Will Love

Hold on tight! The holidays are going to be in full swing in less than 12 hours. To me, it’s always Thanksgiving day that kicks off the mode of full on Christmas mixed with holiday spirit and mayhem. To help keep your holiday season fun and exciting, and maybe mix up some of your traditional parties, I’ve put together 11 Christmas party stations that your guests will love. From food to activities, each of these fun stations will offer your guests something on both an interactive and a personal level. From customizing their own unique wreath, to creating the ultimate more, you really can’t go wrong. And to those of you with little ones, not to worry! I’ve included a few ideas tailored specifically to children. Better yet, many of these stations can be adjusted slightly to fit both your adult and child demographics.

Here they are:

See where I found each of these great ideas on the links next to their name:

Holiday Wreath Making Stations – as featured on BizBash

Merry Mail Table Station – as shared by Craft Fabulous

Christmas Gift Wrap Station – as shown on The Handmade Home

Christmas Tree Play Dough Kit Station – as shared by the Mustard Seed Family blog

Cookie Decorating Table Station – as explained by Oh Meaghan

Deck the Halls Ornament Making Station – as shared by the Scrappy Geek

Hot Chocolate Bar Station – as shared on Liz Marie Blog

Holiday Gingerbread House Decorating Table Station – as shared by Stephanie Lynn

Kids Holiday Card Making Party Station – as shared by Sugar Aunts

S’mores Bar Food Station – as featured in a roundup post by Tulle and Chantilly

Children’s Ornament Making Station – as shared by Frog Prince Paperie

Need more party activity ideas? I’ve got a whole board dedicated to them on Pinterest, check it out!

11 Christmas Party Stations Guests Will Love

11 Christmas Party Stations Guests Will Love

What are you favorite Christmas and holiday party activities?

 

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Modern and Clean Thanksgiving Decor in Maroon and Turquoise Blue

As we find ourselves in that final stretch before Christmas madness takes over, it’s important to remember that all of the stress we put on ourselves during the holiday season is not as significant as who is around us. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season and forget that all these get togethers and parties are there for us to connect with our friends and family, not to show off or one-up someone’s pumpkin pie. With that mindset at the forefront of your thoughts, allow me to present to you the concept and idea for this week’s Thanksgiving decor idea board.

For this week’s theme, I choose to create a calming but welcoming effect with this modern and clean styling Thanksgiving decor. Maroon and turquoise blue are the heroes of this color palette, with crisp whites and silvery greys accent in the background, merging with the inevitable orange hues of natural autumn decor. Creating such a warm and inviting environment for you and your guests to share can help foster a relaxed and more intimate visit, with the focus on each others company, and not overwhelming decor. Why not try it in these shades?

Here’s what I had in mind for a modern and clean Thanksgiving decor in maroon and turquoise blue:

Modern and Clean Thanksgiving Decor in Maroon and Turquoise Blue

Modern and Clean Thanksgiving Decor in Maroon and Turquoise Blue

Be sure to see where I found each of the elements in this week’s party decor inspiration board:

Turquoise Blue Macaron Tower – featured on OPRAH

Turquoise and Fuchsia Rustic Tablescape – shared in a roundup post by Happy Wedd

Teal, Turquoise, and Maroon Thanksgiving Dinner Printable Invitation – created and sold by inglishdigidesign on Etsy

Modern Thanksgiving and Autumn Table in Grey, White, Blue, and Maroon – spotted on Pinterest

Blue Front Door with Modern Autumn Wreath Decor and Pumpkins – shared in a roundup post by Brit+co

Vibrant Blue Pumpkin with Sequin Details – shared by Squirrelly Minds

Looking for more modern takes on Thanksgiving decor? Or perhaps you find you’re looking for more traditional decor? I’ve got plenty of suggestions for both! Take a look at my Fall party inspiration gallery. Or better yet, pin along with me on Pinterest to see more inspiration!

Modern Blue Pumpkin Thanksgiving Decor Ideas – in Light Blue and Navy Blue

With Halloween just behind us, and Thanksgiving just a few short weeks away, it’s time to start thinking about what your Thanksgiving dinner is going to look like. If you are looking to mix up the traditional rustic orange color palette and go for something more modern, you’ll love the Thanksgiving party decor idea board I have put together for this week. Shades of light blue, mixed with a dark navy blue and hints of taupe and ivory combine to create this modern Thanksgiving dinner styling. To me, having lots of pumpkins in various sizes and colors help make this a cohesive look. I’d love to see the buffet have a few pops of blue or a gentle metallic accent, perhaps in the plates. To add just a touch of freshness, the pumpkin succulent planters have been incorporated. A fun dessert display is always in good taste, and this hanging dessert buffet stays within the color palette, but brings that modern touch with its clean lines. Beyond Thanksgiving, this is a great concept for transitioning from the end of summer into the fall season.

Here’s what I had in mind:

Modern Blue Pumpkin Thanksgiving Décor Ideas – in Light Blue and Navy Blue

Modern Blue Pumpkin Thanksgiving Décor Ideas – in Light Blue and Navy Blue

Be sure to see where I found each of this week’s inspiration images:

Light Blue and Navy Blue Pumpkin Centerpiece Tablescape – shared by casadeperrin on Instagram

Modern Pumpkin Food Buffet Display for Thanksgiving – shared on About.com

Blue, Taupe, Metallic, and Ivory Pumpkin Display – spotted on Pinterest

Blue Ladder Hanging Dessert Display – shared on The Knotty Bride

Modern Ivory Paper Wreath – tutorial shared by HGTV

Modern Pumpkin Centerpiece with Succulent – shared by A Shade of Teal

Have you incorporated blue into your Thanksgiving décor?

 

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