Race to the Finish Line – Racing Inspired Reception Ideas

This is getting out of control! A few weeks ago I shared an inspiration board on a fun, vintage feeling classic cars party. A few weeks before that, a party inspired by a mechanics garage. This week? A high end – race to the finish line racing inspired reception ideas. Will this trend end? I don’t know!

Part of it, or at least part of what I’m chalking it up to, is Pinterest’s ability to integrate things you have searched for into your feed, because you’ve clearly shown interest in it. Maybe all these ideas have been subconsciously making me want to keep curating car themed parties? I suppose we will never know. Don’t worry, I’ve been pinning all of my favorite classic car, race car, monster truck, NASCAR party ideas all on THIS board.

For this “race to the finish line” party ideas board, I really wanted to keep it modern and more traditional racing, which is why you see lots of red with the classic white and black checkers. To keep it feeling modern, I made sure the lounge groupings and furniture set ups had that nice clean look with the texture in the metal, with a pretty sweet metal bar.

Here’s what I had in mind:

Race to the Finish Line – Racing Inspired Reception Ideas by Unique Pastiche Events

Be sure to see where each element of this race car inspired reception decor was found:

NASCAR Themed Race Centerpiece with Tire and Checker Flags – spotted on Pinterest

Hot Wheels Toy Takeaways and Place Settings – shared by BizBash

Red Spandex Chair with Checker Race Flag Accents – shared by WeddingCircle

Valet Parking Ticket Seating Chart Cards – spotted on Pinterest

Checker Race Flag Lawn Accent Entrance – shared on Hostess with the Mostess

NASCAR Party Checker Flag Place Setting and Napkin – shared by Stacy T’s Fundraiser on Catch My Party

Tribeca Silver Industrial Metal Bar – available through Palace Party Rent

White and Silver Lounge with Silver Stud Metal Accent Tables – featured on LuxeFinds

Red and White Lounge with Silver Metal Accents – available through AFR Events

Pin your favorites for future reference:

Pick your favorite: classic car, mechanic’s garage, or race car themed party!

Confetti Balloon Summertime Party

Glitter may be the herpes of the craft world, but confetti is its equal in the realm of parties.

There’s something about these massive clear balloons with colorful confetti that is so light and airy, but still creates a festive, high energy feeling. Plus, the cleanup is much easier than just putting confetti everywhere! The oversized circle confetti plays off the oversized balloons, making proportions a feature of the decor. The same confetti circles used as a photo booth backdrop make a white wall really pop, and is easy to make. Smaller, confetti filled balloons gathered together as a centerpiece make an excellent complement to the look as well.

If you are worried about your next get-together looking a little drab and low energy, mix it up and throw a confetti balloon summertime party! Use this contained confetti to bring in a whimsy playfulness to your party, without having to deal with the mess of it all. A clever invitation and a few smart and strategic decor pieces can transform the vibe of any party instantly. From bridal showers, to birthday parties, to baby showers, confetti balloons can be your saving grace, especially in a last minute soiree.

Here is what I had in mind for this confetti balloon summertime party:

Confetti Balloon Summertime Party

Confetti Balloon Summertime Party

Be sure to stop and see where each element of this week’s easy summer party ideas board were found:

Giant Round Rainbow Confetti Balloon with Tissue Paper Tassel Garland – created and sold by WillowDistributors on Etsy

Mini Confetti Balloon Centerpiece – shared by Modern Moments

DIY Floating Confetti Photobooth – shared by Studio DIY

Medium Clear Balloons with Circle Confetti Decor – created and sold by ThePartyPostman on Etsy

Rainbow Confetti Table Runner and Accents – shared by Mirabelle Creations

DIY Confetti Balloon Invites – shared by DIYs.com

Don’t forget to pin all these great confetti balloon party elements for future reference, you never know when you’ll need them:

Do you like the idea of contained confetti at a party? Or do you prefer to bring in color through flowers, like this colorful wildflower celebration I shared last week?

 

Classic Cars of the 50’s Party Ideas

This week we are taking it back to the fifties, party people! That’s right, a classic cruisers of the 50’s party ideas board awaits you!

A few weeks ago when I was working on my mechanic’s garage car themed party, I stumbled onto a ton of fantastic car related decor, for all sorts of different styles. Now, of course I pinned my favorites to my car and racing party ideas board on Pinterest, but I save a few just for this week’s classic car themed party.

Amazingly, I happened to have stumbled onto a venue that actually looks like a classic garage already – complete with cars! From there I built up the rest of the classic cars party decor ideas that would complement the space, without being too distracting. To me, the 50s era for party decoration was not as layered and intense as some of today’s modern parties, and with that I think it’s important to try and reflect that in the event decor, even if it is all hypothetical! That’s why there is a lot of simple white linens and flowers, with a few colorful accents here and there. Let the classic cruiser cars be the highlight, I say! Let the cars shine and the music play, as they will do more for setting the mood then any flower arrangement or tablecloth will. Here’s what I had in mind:

Classic Cars of the 50’s Party Ideas

Don’t forget to check out where the elements of this week’s party ideas board for all this classic cars of the 50’s were found:

Vintage Car Favor Boxes – featured on Kara’s Party Ideas

50s Car Food Display and Buffet – spotted on Pinterest

Classic Car Keys Invitations – shared on Wispy House

Rick’s Classic Cars Party Venue – shared on BizBash

50s Rockabilly Centerpiece with Vintage Car, Coke Bottle, and Record – featured on Rock n Roll Bride

Pin your favorites for future reference, you never know when you may need them!

Do you like more of the classic car themed party? Or do you prefer more of the high energy, racing style?

Colorful Wildflower Party Ideas

Normally I try to have a really thoughtful and heavily themed party decor ideas board to share with you. But this week, I don’t! I’m just so inspired by these colorful and free flowing wildflower elements I’ve found lately, that they really don’t NEED to be in some themed event. They ARE the theme. Having big arrangements of long stem wild flowers with lots of greenery but with every color of the rainbow involved, makes it such an eye catching and energy infused event, whatever the event is for.

To me, this colorful wildflower party ideas board gives off this boho glam garden party. No one is really sitting on the floor, maybe there is one of those beautiful white tents on a lawn, but there is also no formal tea service and scones getting handed out by fancy butlers. I could see this working for a lovely daytime wedding, baby or bridal showers, or maybe even a fundraiser luncheon.

Enough dreaming up in the clouds, let’s take a look at this colorful wildflower party decor ideas board:

Colorful Wildflower Party Ideas

Be sure to see where I found each element from this week’s garden and wildflower decor board at:

Wine Ice Bucket with Frozen Flowers – shared on Flickr

Wildflower and Greenery Boho Tablescape with Candles – spotted on Pinterest

Massive Colorful Wildflower Arch Grand Entrance – shared on Wild at Heart

Colorful Wildflower Dessert Table Display – spotted on Pinterest

Chivari Chair with Sequin Cover and Colorful Wildflower Swag – also spotted on Pinterest

Naked Tiered Fruit Cake with Fresh Colorful Flowers – shared by Blossom Sweet

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

Do you like this take on a garden party? Or do you prefer more of a manicured garden party?

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Enchanted Evening Garden Party Ideas

Hello, whimsy! This week I am taking a step back away from modern or industrial event decor ideas, and sharing a classic enchanted evening garden party idea board. There are hundreds, probably thousands, of ideas on the internet that are all so magical and enchanted. I’ve picked just a few of my favorite to share with you this week. Given the fact that the options and ideas are limitless, I choose to hone in on elements that I believe to be must haves for any event. To me, these are the make or break elements that really bring your theme from concept to reality.

For example, if you were to throw an enchanted evening garden party, some of the most important elements would be the table decor and the fairy lights. Ideally, a themed invitation and entryway would be incorporated into your design, to help set the mood. And in today’s modern world, a magical photo backdrop to remember the evening by is a must.

Here’s what I had in mind for this enchanted evening garden party ideas board:

Enchanted Evening Garden Party Ideas

Enchanted Evening Garden Party Ideas

I’ve shared a number of other enchanted and fairy inspired boards in the past, you can see those HERE. And if you’d like even more inspiration, I suggest checking out THIS board on Pinterest, where I pin all of my favorite ideas for butterfly – fairy – garden parties and weddings.

Be sure to see where I found the inspirational elements in this week’s party decor ideas board:

Enchanted Forest Firefly Invitation – available by Soumya’s Invitations

Enchanted Forest Evening Perimeter Decor – shared by RoninWarriorRyou on DeviantArt

Forest Inspired Tablescape – shared by Green Wedding Shoes

Illuminated Moss Covered Jar with Butterfly Accent – found on Tumblr

Mia’s Enchanted Forest Wooden Sign – shared by Louise Sanders of Sunshine Parties on Kara’s Party Ideas

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

Have you ever attended an event that was themed “enchanted garden”? What was it like?

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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?

Summertime Unicorn Piñata Party

Higher temperatures = more outdoor parties!

While the temperatures are rising to meet their summer highs, so does the number of amazing outdoor party themes you have the option to choose from when getting ready for your next soiree. And what kid doesn’t love a fun party in the backyard over the weekend?

This week’s party idea board is a summertime unicorn piñata party, filled with pinatas of all sizes, and of course: the classic unicorn rainbow. I love the layered texture the pinatas naturally bring, but layering rainbows of colors just makes it that much more fun. It goes without saying, that plenty of colorful candy, treats, decorations, and drinks are a must for a successful unicorn party. I often think that a unicorn party is a lot like throwing a candy party, but with more of a whimsical and make believe element to it.

Quick tip: as the summer continues to heat up, I suggest going with warmer, more vibrant hues when selecting your unicorn piñata party decor.

Here’s what I had in mind for this week’s themed party idea board:

Summertime Unicorn Piñata Party

Summertime Unicorn Piñata Party

Be sure to see where I found each element of this summertime unicorn piñata party:

Unicorn Pinata Cake Topper – created and sold by LulaFlora on Etsy

Unicorn Pinata Table Centerpiece – shared on Kara’s Party Ideas

Miniature Unicorn Pinata Tutorial (for favors!) – tutorial shared on A Subtle Revelry

Unicorn Parade Balloon Photo Backdrop in Pink – shared by The Alison Show

Rainbow Unicorn Bacon Treat Bag Toppers – created and sold by SunshineParties

Custom Unicorn Pinata – created and sold by angelaspinatas on Etsy

Gold Glitter Name Sign Display – created and sold by HoorayPartyCo

Rainbow Treat Boxes – shared by Craftiness Is Not Optional

Oh, and if you need more ideas for throwing a unicorn party – be sure to check out my other posts inspired by the majestic creature, and enjoy my unicorn party board on Pinterest.

Don’t forget to pin your favorite elements of this week’s mood board:

What was your favorite party to attend over the summer when you were a kid?

** UPDATE: Check out how to create a set of DIY rainbow unicorn place mats AND a fabulous unicorn inspired centerpiece in my two new video tutorials, walking you through each DIY step by step!**

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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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Candy Gumdrops Party Ideas for Adults

Did you know that February 15 marks National Gumdrop Day? According to Holiday Insights, it is!

I love a good candy themed party as much as the next person, but I always wish there were more ideas out there for adults, either at the kid-friendly candy party, or FOR an adult focused, gumdrop themed party. So to help get some ideas out there for gumdrop candy party ideas for adults, I’ve put together a few of my favorite party ideas I’ve found so far.

The candy party decor ideas I’ve shared in this week’s gumdrop themed focus, include all of the major elements I would want at my candy party for adults. Thoughtful theme accents, personalized elements, delicious themed cocktails, a focal centerpiece, and a breathtaking and colorful table decor. Of course, photo booths, big props, entrance decor, clever invitations, and a million other amazing options are out there, and I’ve been pinning 200+ of my favorites. You never know when you may need them. Check out my candy and ice cream themed party ideas board on Pinterest for more fun ideas.

Here’s what I had in mind for this candy gumdrops party for adults:

Candy Gumdrops Party Ideas for Adults

Candy Gumdrops Party Ideas for Adults

Be sure to see where I found each element from this week’s gumdrop candy party for adult’s ideas board:

Gumdrop Party Buffet Food Labels – tutorial shared by Gimme Some Oven

Gumdrop Tree Centerpiece – shared by Southern Scraps

Colorful Candy Bar Tablescape and Place Setting – spotted on Pinterest

Gumdrop Cocktails – recipe shared by Tablespoon

Gumdrop Place Settings – spotted on Pinterest

Be sure to pin your favorites for future reference:

Candy Gumdrops Party Ideas for Adults

Candy Gumdrops Party Ideas for Adults

How quick do you think your adult friends would RSVP to an adult-only, candy themed party?