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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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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7 Colorful Watercolor Wedding and Party Ideas

Don’t you just love showing up to a wedding or a party and being instantly energized by the vivid colors and pulsating energy produced by the decor and the space? It’s easy to spice up your next soiree by inviting color to your decor design, without turning it into a rainbow painting party (which would also be pretty fun, but I think we’ll save that for another time). This week’s wedding and party ideas board introduces you to 7 colorful watercolor wedding and party images that you should consider for your next event.

While each of these individual images of watercolor event decor ideas can be used together to create a beautiful wedding, they can just as easily be used for a luncheon, birthday party, or any other celebration. I would love to see this concept utilized for a spring time luncheon, in perhaps more pastel shades. But these energizing hues are also perfect for end of spring, beginning of summer soirees.

If you are looking for more ideas for your next painting, watercolor, or art inspired celebration, check out my board on Pinterest with 100’s of more ideas.

Here is what I had in mind for this colorful watercolor wedding and party ideas board:

7 Colorful Watercolor Wedding and Party Ideas

7 Colorful Watercolor Wedding and Party Ideas

Be sure to see where each inspirational image was found:

Colorful Watercolor Canvas Wedding or Photo Backdrop – shared in the Style Me Pretty Vault

Watercolor Burst Wedding Invitation – featured on Hello May

Watercolor Ceremony Welcome Sign – created and sold by BuffyWeddings on Etsy

Paint Splattered Cookies – shared on Instagram by SoniaSharmaEvents

Painted Colorful Cocktail Escort Cards – shared by Rachel Clingen

Colorful Modern Table Decor – spotted on Pinterest

Tiered Watercolor Wedding Cake – shared in a roundup post by Cake Wrecks

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

Have you ever attended a wedding or dinner party in an art gallery?

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Bold Bohemian Wedding in Jewel Tones

Bold, bohemian beautiful. These three b’s perfectly describe the vibe I was feeling for this week’s wedding decor inspiration and ideas board. A breathtaking ceremony framed by intricate, yet modernized stained glass installation, followed by a reception filled with rich jewel tones and layers of details. Bold, bohemian inspired floral centerpieces with an array of colors make the tables pop. Clusters of mixed wildflowers in colorful vintage glass bottles, paired with assorted jewel tone napkins make for the perfect tablescape. What would make this a spectacularly unique wedding would be the bar. A simple rustic bar with small bottles with wildflowers would be perfect, but it’s what is behind the bar that is special.

Imagine having a wall full of racks, filled to the edge with vintage glassware in all sorts of different shapes, sizes, and colors. As guests refilled their drinks, they were presented a new glass, different from everyone else. Sure, it’s not cheap to rent that many vintage glasses, but the experience and uniqueness is worth it. Bold, bohemian weddings in jewel tones have been done before, but it’s about how you can bring your unique flair into the event that makes it special. Depending on your guest count and timeline, it is possible to amass these vintage glasses at local tag sales and thrift stores for a very reasonable price. If you take the DIY route, consider encouraging guests to take their favorite glass home that evening, as a memento of the special occasion.

Here are my favorite decor ideas for this bold, bohemian wedding in jewel tones:

Bold Bohemian Wedding in Jewel Tones

Bold Bohemian Wedding in Jewel Tones

Need more jewel tone event decor ideas? See more HERE.

Be sure to see where I found each element in today’s bohemian wedding idea board:

Colorful Stained Glass Wedding Altar – created and designed by Julia Shakirova

Jewel Tone Vintage Glassware Display – spotted on Pinterest

Bold and Colorful Bohemian Table Centerpiece and Settings – featured on Green Wedding Shoes

Vintage Glass and Wildflower Bohemian Estate Table Decoration and Settings – featured on Style Me Pretty

Colorful Glass Votive Candle Decorations – spotted on Pinterest

Jewel Tone Linen Napkins Display – featured on Borrowed and Blue

Cluster of Colorful Vintage Glass Bottles with Wildflowers – shared in a roundup post by Deer Pearl Flowers

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

Have you ever attended an event that utilized specialty glassware? How did it add to the event?

 

9 Ways to Include Greenery in Corporate Events – 2017 Pantone Color of the Year

This week, we welcome Greenery, the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year to our growing collection of event inspiration. I am over the moon with excitement about the chosen Color of the Year. While I tried my best to embrace last year’s duo colors of the year, I really found that those soft hues just do not radiate with me as much as I’d have liked them to. This year, the game has changed. Not only is green my favorite color, but it is such a  fresh and clean hue. The team at Pantone working on the Color of the Year nailed it this year.

This invigorating and modern color, Greenery, is a fitting color to introduce to your upcoming corporate events. It’s neutral, but lively. Modern and clean. Most importantly, it is easy to incorporate into your events. Of course, Greenery is easily incorporated via natural foliage and ferns. But there are so many other ways to use this great color! From green flowers, to seating, to accent colors, lighting, and perimeter decor, it’s easier than you would think to bring this pop of life in to any event scenario. To help get your event decor ideas flowing, I’ve put together 9 ways to include Greenery in your corporate events:

9 Ways to Include Greenery in Corporate Events - 2017 Pantone Color of the Year

9 Ways to Include Greenery in Corporate Events – 2017 Pantone Color of the Year

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

Modern Green Corporate Cafe Furniture with Glowing Centerpiece – featured on Glowmi.com

Green Chairs with Modern White Conference Room – shared on Contemporist

Simple Green Orchid Centerpiece – shared on Gift Hampers

Living Greenery Walls with White Bases for Perimeter Decor or Room Dividers – spotted on Pinterest

Greenery Meeting Cubes – spotted on Pinterest

Modern White and Living Greenery Bar and Café – spotted on Pinterest

Simple Greenery Floral and White Candle Table Centerpiece – spotted on Pinterest

Greenery Sofa Lounge with Modern White and Pops of Orange – shared in a roundup post on Office Snapshots

Modern Greenery and White Event Reception Desk – spotted on Pinterest

Pin your favorites for future reference:

What do you think of the 2017 Color of the Year?

A Wedding on a Snowy Winter Night

Imagine a cold winters night, while it’s gently snowing outside. That serene feeling of calmness, layered with the beauty of the dark night and fresh white snow. Towering branchy white trees above, and dimly light lamp posts nearby to mark your path. Twinkling stars above, and candle accents here and there. What you are envisioning is my take on a wedding on a snowy winter night. As you are imagining this, did your fantasy look develop into something with dark, deep blues and crisp whites? Mine certainly did.

The addition of lamp post accents in the escort cards, and in the area decor take this winter wedding to a more unique, one of a kind look. Having a lamp post is not the most traditional of decor choices, but certainly lends itself to this unique theme, and adds to the ambiance of the decor, especially if the event is held in a specialty tent with taller ceiling options. Here’s what I had in mind for this nighttime winter wedding:

A Wedding on a Snowy Winter Night

A Wedding on a Snowy Winter Night

Be sure to see where I found each of the elements of this week’s wedding idea board:

Nighttime Snowy Winter Wedding Altar and Ceremony Decor with Lamp Post Accents – designed by Lid’s Event House

Dark Blue Tent Ceiling with White Seating and Tables – shared in a roundup by Bodas and Weddings

Tall White Branch Winter Centerpiece with Hanging Crystals and Candles – spotted on Pinterest

Mini Lamp Post Escort Cards – shared in the Style Me Pretty Vault

Dark Blue Up Light Room with White Winter Branches and Lamp Post Decor – created and designed by GreyHare

Winter Wedding Invitation with Trees in White and Blue – created and sold by GooseCornerGreetings on Etsy

Pin your favorite elements:

Have you ever seen a lamp post incorporated into event decor before?

Ice Queen Inspired Winter Wedding

Do you find yourself getting all warm and fuzzy on the inside when you think of the coldest days of winter? Are you at your happiest spot on the icy, cold days when there is barely any sun to note? Or maybe you are just a fan of Frozen, and have your heart set on an icy, winter themed wedding.

If any of those ring true to you, or even if you are a bespoke bride who loves pushing the boundaries, you are going to love this week’s wedding idea board.

Channeling my inner Ice Queen love, I scoured the internet for some of the top ideas for an icy winter wedding. This wasn’t just any celebration, oh no. I’ve shared my take on a frozen icicle holiday party before. This wedding inspiration board had to be fit for the ice queen herself. A complete vision of venue, ice sculptures, frosted icicle accents, and of course: a massive ice bar.

After days of searching for the perfect images of what I was envisioning, I have created this Ice Queen inspired winter wedding ideas board for your viewing pleasure:

Ice Queen Inspired Winter Wedding

Ice Queen Inspired Winter Wedding

Be sure to see where I found each of the elements in this week’s wedding concept board:

Icicle Crown – spotted on Pinterest

Ice Bar and Display – also found on Pinterest

Etched Icicle Wedding Invitation – shared on Ruffled

Frozen Crystal Snowflake Bridal Bouquet – created and sold by BridalBouquetsbyKy on Etsy (be sure to see their matching boutonniere!)

Icicle Ice Sculpture Centerpieces – captured and shared by Shaunae Teske Photography

Icy Venue and Tablescape at Snow Village, Parc Jean-Drapeau – featured on Elegant Wedding

Icy Winter Wonderland Champagne Wedding Glasses – created and sold by Alantida on Etsy

Don’t forget to pin your favorite elements:

Are you cool enough to handle an icy wedding like this? Or do you find yourself longing for a spring wedding on the countryside?