Elegant Sheet Music Inspired Event Decor and Party Ideas

It’s always around this time of year there is a burst of energy, directed at the planning the next season of afternoon luncheons or fundraisers galas. Everyone seems ready to take on their next challenge and plan big grand events. Unfortunately, during this excitement and period of motivation, I often think many event designers and planners seem to think so little of their event decor and concepts. Is it because they are in such a rush in their excitment to keep the planning train moving on schedule? There have been way too many “Night in New York”, or “Great Gatsby”, or even “Evening in Paris” themed events ever done, and I have to assume part of it is due to rushed deadlines and frustration trying to come up with something new and exciting. With that said, I’d like to challenge planners to come up with new and invigorating concepts, pushing their decor vendors to new creations and designs.

A theme that I think would work particularly great for an afternoon luncheon,  a corporate event, or even a symphony fundraiser gala, would be an elegant sheet music inspired event. Think classical instruments, traditional or vintage washed sheet music. I can honestly say out of the many, many events I’ve been a part of over the years, I’ve never seen one like this. It is elegant, and refined. Unique, and also able to be fitted into a larger concept or branding. What I especially like most about this sheet music party decor, is that it could be done with or without floral elements. With proper instruments, some accent candles, and plenty of sheet music accents, it is possible to pull off this concept, without having a huge floral expense.

Here’s what I had in mind:

Elegant Sheet Music Inspired Event Decor and Party Ideas

Elegant Sheet Music Inspired Event Decor and Party Ideas

Be sure to see where I found each element in this week’s elegant sheet music inspired event decor and party ideas board:

French Horn “Sweet Symphony” Music Themed Centerpiece – created and shared by Kristeen Labro Events

Trumpets and Brass Instrument Music Themed Centerpiece – featured on Style Me Pretty

Sheet Music Wedding Table Markers – mentioned in this post on Wedding Bee

Music Themed Wedding Dessert Buffet Display – shared by Antojitos Eventos on Catch My Party

Sheet Music Notes Invitations with Black Accent Ribbon – created and sold by craftypagan on Etsy

Vintage Sheet Music Photo Background – created and sold by FabDrops on Etsy

Be sure to pin your favorite ideas for future reference:

Like pinning ideas for future events and parties? Check out THIS board on Pinterest, with all of my concepts in one place for easy reference.

Have you ever attended a music themed event? Was it with a classical or modern flair?

18 Champagne Bubbly Bar Ideas

You can never be too prepared when preparing the perfect champagne bubbly bar! It’s always good to have lots of options and ideas on hand so whenever the need to celebrate strikes, you’re ready. Be it New Year’s, a wedding anniversary, or even a milestone breakthrough, champagne is always in good taste. How you present that champagne, is up to you. From small bar carts, to large tabletop displays, and even into ice carved champagne chillers, there are so many options. I’ve put together some of my favorite ideas that I’ve come by. If you need more ideas, or are looking for inspiration for coordinating food buffet displays, be sure to check out THIS board on Pinterst, where I’ve pinned all of my favorites. Enjoy my top 18 favorite champagne bubbly bar ideas:

18 Champagne Bubbly Bar Ideas

18 Champagne Bubbly Bar Ideas

Be sure to see where each of these champagne bar ideas were found and get even more ideas:

Bubbly Bar Sign and Display – as created and sold by WhitWeddingDecor on Etsy

Pop Fizz Clink Champagne Bar in White and Gold – shared by Distinctive Décor Rentals on Catch My Party

Sweet and Sparkly Gold Glitter Bubbly Bar – shared by Hostess with the Mostess

Black and Gold Confetti Bubbly Bar – shared by Lia Griffith

Black and White Stripe New Year’s Eve Champagne Bar – shared by Evite

Bubbly Bar Cart for New Year’s Eve – shared by Anthropologie

Black and White New Year’s Eve Bar – spotted on Pinterest

Modern Gold and Black Cocktail Bar – shared by The Sweetest Occasion

Silver Lined Champagne Spread – shared on Pottery Barn

New Year’s Eve Bar Cart in Black and Gold – shared on Pizzazzerie

Framed Art Quote with Poured Champagne Display – shared on Style Me Pretty

Tassel Fringe Covered Bar in Black, White, and Gold – featured on Polka Dot Bride

Ice Sculpture Stylized Champagne and Caviar Bar – featured on Mariage.com

Regal Bubbly Bar in Black with Gold Accents – shared on 100 Layer Cake

Bubbly Bar with White, Silver, and Gold Balloons – shared by Paula Clemente Woods on CatchMyParty

Gold Glitter Bubbly Bar Cart – shared on Haute Off the Rack

White and Gold Sequined “Pop Fizz Clink” Champagne Station – shared in a roundup on BLovelyEvents

Gold, Pink, and White “Pop Fizz Clink” Champagne Station – shared by Natalie Dressed

Don’t forget to pin your favorites so you can use them at your next soiree:

How do you like to celebrate with champagne?

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Golden Pineapple – Summer Party Ideas

What a colorful summer it’s been, here on the blog! I’ve been loving the combination of vibrant summery hues with strong golds lately. If you were to take a look at some of my most recent posts, you’d see all the color I’ve been incorporating in all sorts of interesting elements for each event.

This week I thought I would combine gold (in the form of golden pineapples) with bold summer hues, with a touch of elegance by incorporating black and white stripes. While it sounds like a lot, I actually think the trio is quite impressive together. There’s something about each of these elements that balances the other out, so as to not let any one element overly dominate the design. This themed party could be used for summer wedding receptions, birthday parties, or even just a fun night with friends and family. Lots of great options!

Since I could probably go on and on about how intriguing I find incorporating golden pineapples as party décor, I’d rather have you see what I had in mind. Here’s what I’m thinking for this week’s party idea board:

Golden Pineapple – Summer Party Ideas

Golden Pineapple – Summer Party Ideas

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

Golden Pineapple and Tropical Green Palm Leaves – shared by HOMEPOLISH

Colorful Tiered Cake with Black and White Stripes and a Golden Pineapple – shared by MidwestBride

Outdoor Bowling with Golden Pineapples – shared in a roundup post on POPSUGAR

Golden Pineapple Layered Cake – shared by MidwestBride

Golden Pineapple with Black and White Stripes Tablescape – shared by Better Homes and Gardens

Colorful Party Food Dessert Table with a Golden Pineapple – shared in a roundup post on Happy Wedd

Party Table with Hot Pink Napkins, Palm Leaves, and a Golden Pineapple – shared on 100 Layer Cake

Could you sip an ice cold piña colada out of a golden pineapple while laying poolside?

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?

Pops of Polka Dots Soiree Inspiration

You know those days, where you just see something and it’s just lovely? It’s bright and cheery, and just brings a smile to your face when you see it? Maybe it’s a bunch of fresh flowers. Or maybe it’s a decadent dessert in a bakery window. There’s something special other there for everyone, custom tailored to make that person’s day.

For me, something that brings a huge smile to my face is my inspiration boards. I always love making them, and I am especially fond of the ones that instill an extra sense of happiness when looking at them, even on an unconscious level. There’s just something about this week’s idea board that sparks that in me, and I hope it has that effect on you too.

This week, I wanted to create a bright, cheery board sure to brighten up your day, and hopefully your guest’s days too. This theme can be used for a wedding or gala, a fundraiser, milestone anniversary party, or toned down to be a baby shower or luncheon color theme.

The touches of polka dots really help add the fun to this black and white inspiration board with those accents in yellow. Here’s what I had in mind:

Pops of Polka Dots Soiree Inspiration

Pops of Polka Dots Soiree Inspiration

See where all of the images in this week’s inspiration board were found for more details on each of them:

Black and White Polka Dot Cake – created by Eva Salazar and shared on The Cake Blog

Black and White Polka Dot Cake – created by Eva Salazar and shared on The Cake Blog

Black and White Polka Dot Cake – created by Eva Salazar and shared on The Cake Blog

Printable Black on White Polka Dot Place Cards – created and sold by ThePoshEvent on Etsy

Printable Black on White Polka Dot Place Cards – created and sold by ThePoshEvent on Etsy

Printable Black on White Polka Dot Place Cards – created and sold by ThePoshEvent on Etsy

Black and Yellow Polka Dot and Stripe Paper Straws – made and sold by OutsidetheBoxPapers on Etsy

Black and Yellow Polka Dot and Stripe Paper Straws – made and sold by OutsidetheBoxPapers on Etsy

Black and Yellow Polka Dot and Stripe Paper Straws – made and sold by OutsidetheBoxPapers on Etsy

Black, Yellow and White Tablescape and Centerpiece – shared in a roundup post on Celebrations at Home

Black, Yellow and White Tablescape and Centerpiece – shared in a roundup post on Celebrations at Home

Black, Yellow and White Tablescape and Centerpiece – shared in a roundup post on Celebrations at Home

Polka Dot Invitations – created and sold by ThePaperProposal on Etsy

Polka Dot Invitations – created and sold by ThePaperProposal on Etsy

Polka Dot Invitations – created and sold by ThePaperProposal on Etsy

Yellow Bicycle Cocktail – Recipe shared on Chowhound

Yellow Bicycle Cocktail – Recipe shared on Chowhound

Yellow Bicycle Cocktail – Recipe shared on Chowhound

Yellow and Black with Mirror Party Food Buffet Station – shared on Hosting Essence

Yellow and Black with Mirror Party Food Buffet Station – shared on Hosting Essence

Yellow and Black with Mirror Party Food Buffet Station – shared on Hosting Essence

Do you love seeing that bright hue of yellow pop with polka dots as much as me?

Milestone Memories Birthday Celebration Ideas

Do you have someone in your family that has a milestone anniversary or birthday coming up, who doesn’t really need anything in regards to presents, doesn’t really want anything in particular, but you still want to do something special for them?

I’m going through that right now. I’ve been doing my darndest to think of something, but really there is not much in way of options. Having said all that, I think the effort and time of putting together something special and unique, like this week’s inspiration board shares, is a great idea. It’s personal, it’s meaningful, and it’s something you can’t just buy off the shelf. Here’s what I had in mind:

Milestone Memories Birthday Celebration Ideas

Milestone Memories Birthday Celebration Ideas

Get all the details where these inspirational images were found:

 Photograph Tablescape and Centerpiece – shared on Ruffled
Photograph Tablescape and Centerpiece – shared on Ruffled

60th Black and White Photo Birthday Numbers – shared by Sarah Dawn Designs
60th Black and White Photo Birthday Numbers – shared by Sarah Dawn Designs

Photo and Chalkboard Milestone Birthday Party Invitations – made by nowanorris on Etsy

Photo and Chalkboard Milestone Birthday Party Invitations – made by nowanorris on Etsy

Black and White Photo Birthday Cake – spotted on Pinterest

Black and White Photo Birthday Cake – spotted on Pinterest

Black and White Photo Background – shared on Scrappy Sugar Girl

Black and White Photo Background – shared on Scrappy Sugar Girl

Ages to Perfection Milestone Birthday Cupcake Picks – made by simplifiedlivingshop on Etsy

Ages to Perfection Milestone Birthday Cupcake Picks – made by simplifiedlivingshop on Etsy

Custom Personalized Wine Bottle Label – made by LushLabel on Etsy

Custom Personalized Wine Bottle Label – made by LushLabel on Etsy

 

Candle Cake – spotted on Pinterest

Candle Cake – spotted on Pinterest

How would you want to celebrate a milestone birthday in your life?

Black, White, Green and ICE! – Wedding Anniversary Ideas

Yup- you read correctly: black, white, green and ice!

Picture this: it’s a decade or two from now. You’ve been with your other half for ages. You are surrounded by family, friends and loved ones. You want to throw a fabulous wedding anniversary. But it’s winter, and everything is red, green and gold. You want something modern, but elegant. You want something chic, dramatic…. You want WOW!

Go with a black, white and green (and ice!) color theme! It is modern, can be done easily, and is incredibly chic. This anniversary is going to be like no others. You’re having a specialty tent erected, custom ice sculptures crafted, luxurious linens delivered, and the best caterer in town.

Here’s what I’m envisioning for you, beyond that white carpet entrance:

Black, White, Green and ICE! - Wedding Anniversary Idea

Black, White, Green and ICE! – Wedding Anniversary Idea

Here are the details on the elements that will go into a memorable event like this:

Dendrobium Explosion Centerpiece – shared on Silk Flower Depot

Dendrobium Explosion Centerpiece – shared on Silk Flower Depot

Dendrobium Explosion Centerpiece – shared on Silk Flower Depot

Dramatic Black Satin Chair Covers - shared on DecorFox

Dramatic Black Satin Chair Covers – shared on DecorFox

Dramatic Black Satin Chair Covers – shared on DecorFox

Ice Sculpture Vase – spotted on Pinterest

Ice Sculpture Vase – spotted on Pinterest

Ice Sculpture Vase – spotted on Pinterest

Green, White and Black Cake – made by Maggie Austin CAKE

Green, White and Black Cake – made by Maggie Austin CAKE

Green, White and Black Cake – made by Maggie Austin CAKE

Modern Lattice Invitation Set – made by lauraleidesign on Etsy

Modern Lattice Invitation Set – made by lauraleidesign on Etsy

Modern Lattice Invitation Set – made by lauraleidesign on Etsy

Ice Sculpture and Food Buffet Station – spotted on Pinterest

Ice Sculpture and Food Buffet Station – spotted on Pinterest

Ice Sculpture and Food Buffet Station – spotted on Pinterest

Black and White Tent – shared on Whimsy

Black and White Tent – shared on Whimsy

Black and White Tent – shared on Whimsy

Ice Sculpture Champagne Display – shared by Pepper’s Fine Catering on Flickr

Ice Sculpture Champagne Display – shared by Pepper’s Fine Catering on Flickr

Ice Sculpture Champagne Display – shared by Pepper’s Fine Catering on Flickr

Black and White Lounge – spotted on Pinterest

Black and White Lounge – spotted on Pinterest

Black and White Lounge – spotted on Pinterest

 

I LOVE the ice element, don’t you? It just has so much impact! What I really love about this theme is its versatility. While I originally planned this inspiration board for a wedding anniversary, it would work just as well for a wedding, a holiday party, or a gala fundraiser. The sky is the limit with this design!

Fill in the blank: Black, White and ………? (What color would you choose?)