Disco Ball Party Decor

You know how sometimes, people say “Let’s host a summer luau party” and a lot of the time the initial reaction is “EEEHHHH” because it’s been SO commercialized and become less and less authentic, and incredibly predicable and cheesy? I think the poor disco ball has also waltzed into that arena. It’s hard to work with disco balls and make them look high end. The proportions, proper lighting, and necessary ambiance needed to really pull them off is hard to do. Then there are the other questions that come up, such as what type of party is this? Is it a neon party themed? Or just disco balls? Can you even use disco balls without other decor?

This week I’ve put together a disco ball party decor ideas board to help navigate and inspire your inner decorator. I think the key is to work with lots of quantities, you can’t just have one big disco ball over the dance floor, and to work with lots of different sizes. There is a reason people are fascinated with the disco ball; it’s just so shiny! So to keep the focus where it should be, I’ve opted to make the focal “color”, if you will, white. It’s not really a focus, but it’s what everyone else will be seeing in the areas not touched by the disco ball decor. Plus, white is an excellent background to make the disco ball effects pop on!

Here’s what I had in mind for my disco ball party decor:

Disco Ball Event Decor Ideas by Unique Pastiche Events

Be sure to see where each element of this dazzling disco ball party was found:

Bubble and Disco Ball Hanging Event Decor Installation – shared on BizBash

Giant Disco Ball Event Decor – spotted on Pinterest

The Silver Belles Stilt Walkers with Disco Balls Event Entertainment – featured on Contraband

Hanging Disco Ball Installation (would be fantastic as something that hangs over the entrance!) – shared by Lisa Edoff

Tiered Disco Ball Centerpiece – spotted on Pinterest

Disco Ball Mirror Mosaic Curved Bar in White – also found on Pinterest

Disco Ball Table Top Event Decor – spotted on Pinterest

Disco Ball Hand Balancer Event Entertainment Show – featured on MishMash Management

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

From wedding reception, to modern gala, to holiday party, I think this theme could translate into any celebration, don’t you?

 

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Rustic Fir Tree Farm Christmas Wedding

Have you ever visited a tree farm before? Had the chance to see where Christmas trees are grown? When I think of what it would be like to visit a Christmas tree farm in the winter, I seem to instantly get warm flurries in my head about how magical and inviting it must be. Why not harness that magical feeling to create a rustic Christmas wedding on a fir tree farm?

With its natural rustic winter ambiance, you’re already half way there to creating a memorable wedding that no ballroom can compete with. It takes just a few more elements to complete this design and turn it into a cohesive wedding theme. For this concept, lots of natural greens with burlap accents is key. Simplicity rules in this design, with no fuss, and a focus on the natural beauty that the growing fir trees have to offer.

If the couple (or planners – this would be an unexpected but fantastic corporate themed holiday party too) felt so inclined to be more environmentally friendly, there are a number of options available. Having the paper elements printed on recycled paper, gifting guests seedlings to take and plant somewhere, even offering to have guests give donations to the tree farm instead of gifts, the list can go on.

Here’s what I had in mind for this rustic fir tree farm Christmas wedding idea board:

Rustic Fir Tree Farm Christmas Wedding

Rustic Fir Tree Farm Christmas Wedding

Be sure to see where each element of this wedding design board was found:

Fir Christmas Tree Wedding Altar – captured and shared by Melissa Kelsey Photography

Christmas Tree Farm Wedding Sign – featured on Town and Country Magazine

Snow Machine for a Winter Wedding Photo Opp – captured and shared by Rick + Anna Photography

Burlap Wrapped Fir Tree Christmas Centerpiece – shared in a roundup post on Happy Wedd

Rustic Tree Forest Wedding Invitations – created and sold by alittlemorerosie on Etsy

Green Spruce Tree Seedlings Wedding Favors – created and sold by NatureFavors on Etsy

Printable Evergreen Table Number Card – created and sold by vandersterredesign on Etsy

Pin your favorite elements for later:

What is a clever way to be more environmentally friendly at parties and weddings?

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Glamorous Gothic Halloween Wedding in Black and Red

Get ready, we are doing a complete 180-degree this week!

Last week I shared a rustic, goth inspired wedding, perfect for a county area with lots of natural landscape to harness, with candles everywhere. This week I present to you a completely different wedding look, created for the glamorous gothic couple that love all things luxurious. Glossy black finishes with the deepest red roses you have ever seen will line every surface your eyes may lay. Black crystals with delicate black lace accentuate everything from the chairs, to the chandeliers in black above. This has the makings of an unforgettable Halloween wedding. All that’s missing is the perfect chamber music faintly heard in the background. Here’s what I had in mind:

Glamorous Gothic Halloween Wedding in Black and Red #thisisUPevents

Glamorous Gothic Halloween Wedding in Black and Red

Be sure to see where I found each of this week’s inspirational ideas for this glamourous gothic Halloween wedding in black and red:

Black and Red Wedding Aisle Runner – shared in a roundup post by Wedding Newsday

Candles on Black Candlestick Aisle Décor Or Centerpiece with Red Roses – shared on United with Love

Black Lace Wedding Invitations – sold by Elegant Wedding Invites

Black Crystal Chandelier – shared in a roundup post on Weddingomania

Red Roses and Black Lace Tiered Wedding Cake – shared in a roundup post on Cake Wrecks

Black Chantilly Lace Chair Corset with Havana Skirt – available through Wildflower Linen

Black on Black Goth Tablescape with Red Accents – shared in a roundup post by Digsdigs

Red and Black Flower Centerpiece with Gothic Flair – spotted on Pinterest

Grand Entrance with Black Drapery and Red Rose Arrangements on Mirror Pedestals – shared by Eventure

Gothic Wedding Bouquet with Red Roses and Black Feathers and Accents – shared on High Society Event Planning

Black and Red Centerpieces with Gold Accents – shared in a roundup post by Destination Wedding Mag

Black Glitter Charger with Red Rose and Napkin Accent Place Setting – spotted on Pinterest

Would you prefer this wedding, or my rustic take on a vintage gothic wedding?

 

 

Rustic Goth Wedding by Candlelight – Halloween Wedding Ideas

There is something so intriguing about themed weddings. The sky is the limit of opportunity when it comes to themed wedding concepts. I really believe a well done, alternative themed wedding, can truely set the tone for a marriage. I say this for this reason: for the couple that really knows themselves and each other, and are in tune enough to break away from the standard white-dress mold and do something bold, develop an extra layer of strength and bonding during the process. As stressful as it is to plan a “traditional” wedding, creating a perfectly themed wedding can be exponentially harder. If you can get through that, you are off to a good start.

And for the couple that is up for the challenge, I present to you this rustic goth wedding by candlelight. I see this as an ideal theme for a wedding around Halloween, or for any evening or dusk timed wedding in a rural area year round. It’s all about playing up the dark of the night!

Here’s what I had in mind:

Rustic Goth Wedding by Candlelight – Halloween Wedding Ideas

Rustic Goth Wedding by Candlelight – Halloween Wedding Ideas

Be sure to see where I found each of these elements:

Branch Centerpiece with Candles and Crystal Accents over Black Tablecloth – shared by Wedding Design Studio

Black Tiered Cake with Flower Accents – featured on 100 Layer Cake

Vintage Skeleton Key Wedding Invitation – designed by Jinaiji on Zazzle

Rustic Cascading Floral Wedding Bouquet – featured on MODWEDDING

Crystal Tree Centerpiece with Candle Accents – spotted on Pinterest

Black Wedding Altar with Rustic Branch Accents and Suspended Light Bulbs – featured on Trendy Bride

Black on Black Table Setting with Candle Centerpiece – shared on LANE

What do you think of this take on a rustic gothic wedding with a touch of sparkles?

 

**Update** If you are trying to attempt some of this in a DIY, you may really like THIS post I shared on my other site, where I share DIY event and tablescape ideas all the time, including this goth inspired tablescape:

DIY Goth Candle Tablescape (Thrift Store Version)

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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?

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?

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!