14 Concrete Block Centerpieces for Any Event

Steampunk may be falling out of style on Pinterest, but the industrial chic revolution is really starting to pick up in the weddings and party decor categories. Everyone is looking for interesting plays on mixing softness with the rough edges of industrial decor. I have found a ton of great ideas this year, and have been pinning them as I find them HERE. I’ve even shared several party and wedding ideas boards with an industrial flair to them, you can see those HERE.

Centerpiece are a tricky element in the industrial event decor scene. You don’t want too many flowers, as that can take away from the desired look, but then what do you do? It’s already hard enough to come up with centerpiece with no floral at all, that aren’t just boring regular candles. So what’s a girl to do?

Why not incorporate some concrete blocks into your decor? I’ve put together 14 of my favorite cement block centerpieces. From simple to layered, I think you’ll find at least one that you will like. Here are my top 14 concrete block centerpiece ideas:

14 Concrete Block Centerpieces for Any Event

14 Concrete Block Centerpieces for Any Event

Here’s where I found each of these cinder block based centerpieces:

Concrete Block Centerpiece with White Flowers and Succulents – shared on Style Me Pretty

Narrow Concrete Cinder Block Centerpiece with Succulents – shared on Mon Cheri Bridals

Concrete Block Centerpiece with Burlap Accents and Mixed Flowers – shared on Wedding Chicks

Cement Cinder Block Centerpiece for Long Table with Daffodils and Candles – shared on BizBash

Small Concrete Block with Succulents Centerpiece for a Cocktail Table – shared on WeddingWire

Lemons and Greenery Concrete Block Centerpiece – shared in the Style Me Pretty Vault

White Orchids and Succulents Cement Block Centerpiece – shared on No Boring Parties

Gold Lion with Moss and Succulents Double Cinderblock Centerpiece – shared on White Magazine

Square Concrete Block Centerpiece with Succulents Surrounded by Small Bud Vases – shared by HGTV

DIY Cinderblock and Grass Centerpiece – shared by Design Sponge

Cement Brick with Lightbulb Vase and Votive Candles Cocktail Centerpiece – shared on Polka Dot Bride

Concrete Block with Overgrown Greenery and Leaves – shared by Janneke Storm

Colorful Stenciled Concrete Blocks – tutorial shared by Chica Circle

Whimsical Cinder Block Centerpiece with Candles and Moss Accents – shared by Paisley & Jade

Don’t forget to pin your favorite centerpieces, you never know when you may need them!

Looking for more ideas along these lines? Check out my industrial themed party board on Pinterest to see more ideas for concrete blocks (like food displays!) and more creative ideas. Or if you are looking for more of a “traditional” construction inspired party, might I recommend THIS board, dedicated to modern construction party theme decor.

Do you like seeing new elements, such as concrete blocks, working their way into party and wedding decor?

Save

Modern Mirror Event Decor Ideas

Looking for a clean and modern event decor concept for an upcoming event? Have you considered creating something that will really stand out, like a modern geodesic mirror theme? With plenty of wow elements, balanced out by clean, modern lines, this concept is sure to have guests talking for days. I love the idea of a dramatic entrance that gets guests thinking they are in for one thing, and then have that massive impact moment when they realize it’s the exact opposite of what they thought they were going to walk into, which is exactly what happens in this week’s modern mirror event decor ideas board.

Guests walk in through a dark but dimensional room, with hints of the geometrical mirror, and then the next thing they know, they are out in the open of a bright outdoor space, layered in sculptural mirror elements and complimentary white furniture. To me, this decor design concept could easily translate into a hyper-modern conference reception, scaled to fit any sized summer wedding, or even be thrown for a unique birthday or social celebration. It’s the sculptural, multi-faceted mirror decor that really creates the “wow” in this event, which lends this theme to all sorts of creative functions.

Here’s what I had in mind for each element in this modern mirror event decor concept:

Modern Mirror Event Decor Ideas

Modern Mirror Event Decor Ideas

Be sure to see where each element of this modern mirror event decor ideas board was found:

Dark Geodesic and Mirror Grand Entrance – shared in a roundup post on Contemporist

Modern Geometric Mirror Bar – shared by Alchemy Fine Events

Dimensional Mirror Coffee Table – sold on Horchow

Modern White Event Lounge Seating Arrangement – available through AFR Event Rentals

Multi Mirror DJ Booth – available through Revelry Event Designers

Geometric Mirror Vases – spotted on Pinterest

Mirror and Multi-Dimensional Mirror Sculpture Backdrop – spotted on Pinterest

Square Mirror Dance Floor – shared in a roundup post by IDOJOUR

White, Glass, and Mirror Simple Cube Centerpiece – shared in a roundup post by Bodas Novias

Don’t forget to pin your favorites for later!

What do you think of this week’s party decor ideas board? Do you like the new layout of all the images?

 

Save

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?

Save

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?

Save

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?

 

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?

Save

Save

Save

Save

Sophisticated Green Velvet Winter Wedding Decor with Gold

There was a time I was fearful that I had run out of things to see and discover on Pinterest, but oh how wrong I was! I have found several, absolutely one of a kind images the last few days, and have had an overwhelming sense of inspiration and ideas come to mind after discovering them.

The first piece of beauty I found was a regal looking altar, draped in a dark green velvet, adorned with crisp white orchid flowers along the top. To heighten the look even further, there are gold, regal tassels and fringe accenting the drapery, creating a simple but stunning design. There was no turning back once I started down the path of devising the perfect combination of elegance and class that this wedding inspiration board demanded. I am over the moon with the elements I’ve included in this week’s wedding post. Lots of gold accents, plenty of green velvet, and of course more bright white orchids. Together, they create an almost enchanting, storybook-esque winter wedding.

While I think this would be a beautiful Christmas wedding in general, I would particularly love to see this wedding done on a day like New Year’s, or perhaps even Valentine’s Day. There is something so romantic about the textures and bold use of this luxurious dark green velvet that could really play to those holidays.

Here’s what I had in mind:

Sophisticated Green Velvet Winter Wedding Decor with Gold

Sophisticated Green Velvet Winter Wedding Decor with Gold

Be sure to see where I found each element in this winter wedding idea board:

Draped Green Velvet Wedding Altar with Gold Tassels and White Orchid Border – spotted on Pinterest

Green Velvet Tablecloth Overlay with Gold Tassel Borders – available through PRI Productions

Green Velvet on a Gold Chameleon Chair – available through All Occasions Party Rental

Gold Wedding Favor Box with Gold Tassel – created and sold by UniqueDecorSUPPLIES on Etsy

Sophisticated Green Velvet and White Sofa Lounge – featured on 100 Layer Cake

Gold Candlestick Centerpiece with Bubbling White Orchids – created by Colin Cowie Weddings

Elegant Winter Wedding Scroll Invitation with Gold Print – created and sold by ArtfulBeginnings on Etsy

Pin your favorite elements:

What are your thoughts on this sophisticated winter wedding that mixes green velvet and crisp white orchids?