Sophisticated Blush, Gold, and White Gala with Crystal Accents

What comes to mind with you think “black tie gala”? Is it the gowns, the champagne, or the socializing? Do you ever think of associating the color blush in a fundraiser or gala setting?

It’s easy to disassociate the two, as blush is a popular choice for weddings year round; however I think it’s worth exploring that soft shade of pink in the gala setting. Used sparingly and carefully, blush can add a sense of life and freshness into an environment that is often a little stiff. Below I’ve curated a few of my favorite inspiration pictures that I believe would be a great start to a sophisticated blush, gold, and white gala with crystal accents. The crystal chandeliers and candelabras make the event so refined, but it’s the subtle blush napkins or rose accents that help soften this design. Where I think this concept really shines is its ability to translate into an after party space or lounge on the lawn. The greenery in the grass only enhances the neutral color palette, enhancing the look further.

Would this look work for any fundraiser or gala? Certainly not! But for the right group with a focus on appealing to its female guests, this ideas board could be the perfect beginning to a lovely and elegant evening. Here’s what I had in mind:

Sophisticated Blush, Gold, and White Gala with Crystal Accents

Sophisticated Blush, Gold, and White Gala with Crystal Accents

Be sure to see where each element of this week’s sophisticated gala mood board were found:

Draped White Lounge Cabanas on the Lawn with Blush Furniture and Crystal Chandeliers – shared by Revelry Event Designers

Grand Entrance with White Tent and Drapery featuring Crystal Chandeliers – shared by Inside Weddings

Candelabra Estate Table in White – shared by Rafanelli Events

White and Gold Focal Bar with Blush Rose Arrangements – shared by Todd Events

Blush Place Setting with Gold and White Prints and Textures – spotted on Pinterest

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

What type of organization do you know of that could throw an event like this?

 

Once Upon a Time Storybook Gala Ideas

It’s getting to be that time of the year again….fundraisers, holiday galas, office parties….invites are starting to flow! With so many celebrations going on, it’s easy for guests to get bored with seeing the same festive looks, or “night in New York” themes. It’s time to suggest something new to the committee! Why not host a once upon a time storybook gala? It’s nothing too modern, so it suits all ages, but it’s whimsical enough to be appropriate for guests of all ages. With the emphasis on incorporating storybooks into this gala concept, the décor focus shifts from a specific storybook theme, to transporting guests to space where any of their favorite storybook can come to life right off the shelf.

Here’s what I had in mind for this once upon a time storybook gala:

Once Upon a Time Storybook Gala Ideas

Once Upon a Time Storybook Gala Ideas

Be sure to see where I found each element of this week’s gala inspiration board:

Storybook Event Gala Entrance – featured on Special Events

Once Upon a Time Gala Save the Date – shared by REDROSE Fund

Storybook Event Décor – shared on Design Sponge

Poison Apple Escort Cards – featured in a roundup post by BizBash

Oversized Once Upon a Time Storybook Photo Booth – shared by Wedding Chicks

Book Theme Centerpiece and Giant Book Event Décor – created by David Stark Design

Storybook Table Number – featured on BizBash

What’s your favorite storybook?

 

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Moonlight Masquerade Ball in Black, Purple, and Silver

There’s never a dull moment in life, and there is always a reason to celebrate. With fall right around the corner, I thought I would take this week as an opportunity to do something different for the season. While I’m no serious fan of Halloween (gore is just too over done for my liking), I do like the idea of a thrilling dress up party, and so why not have a marvelous moonlight masquerade ball?

Now, it’s important to note that this is not just any masquerade ball. No, this is a moonlight masquerade ball. It’s darker, a bit mysterious, and a heck of a lot more dramatic. On any given day when you google “masquerade party” or any variation, the go-to images that come up are gold, green, purple the majority of the time. While that is a great combination, with a warm and inviting sense to it, I think it’s over done. So to mix things up, I’ve created a masquerade ball idea board in black, purple, and silver.

Here’s what I have in mind:

Moonlight Masquerade Ball in Black, Purple, and Silver

Moonlight Masquerade Ball in Black, Purple, and Silver

Be sure to find out where each of this masquerade ideas were found:

Black, Silver, and Purple Tablescape and Centerpiece – shared by Lake Receptions

Sparkle Corner / Tinsel Photo Booth Backdrop – shared by James Wagner

Purple, Silver, and Black Masquerade Mask – shared by Damn Right, Masquerade on Tumblr

Grand Draped Entrance – featured on Ashley’s Bride Guide

Glamorous Masquerade Centerpiece with Purple and Silver Mirror – designed by Red Carpet Events & Design

Star Drop Silver, Purple, and Black Invitation – created and sold by DIYPartyInvitation on Etsy

Silver Candelabra Centerpiece with Crystal Accents and a Black and Silver Masquerade Mask – shared by Kapture Vision

Black Chivari Chair with Purple Ribbon and Rhinestone Accent – found in the Style Me Pretty Vault

Would your masquerade ball be more silver or gold?

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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?

Luxurious Gem Themed Party + Celebration Ideas

Can I just start by saying how much I adore this week’s party idea board? It’s bright, bold and oh so perfect. I love the gems, the sparkle and the lux feeling it invokes. To me- this could be a wedding theme, a birthday party, a theme for an upcoming celebration – I’d even go so far as to say it would be a perfect concept for a fundraiser or gala.

Here’s what I had in mind:

Luxurious Gem Themed Party + Celebration Ideas

Luxurious Gem Themed Party + Celebration Ideas

Be sure to see where all of the inspirational images from this week’s idea board were found:

Gem Escort Card Tray – shared in a roundup post on Tied Bow Inspiration

Gem Escort Card Tray – shared in a roundup post on Tied Bow Inspiration

Gem Escort Card Tray – shared in a roundup post on Tied Bow Inspiration

Grape Jell-O Shot Cupcakes – recipe shared on That’s So Michelle

Grape Jell-O Shot Cupcakes – recipe shared on That’s So Michelle

Grape Jell-O Shot Cupcakes – recipe shared on That’s So Michelle

Edible Sugar Jewel Gems – made by APocketFullofSweets on Etsy

Edible Sugar Jewel Gems – made by APocketFullofSweets on Etsy

Edible Sugar Jewel Gems – made by APocketFullofSweets on Etsy

Bohemian Floral and Gold Tablescape – shared on The Wedding Chicks

Bohemian Floral and Gold Tablescape – shared on The Wedding Chicks

Bohemian Floral and Gold Tablescape – shared on The Wedding Chicks

Mixed Jewel Tone Jars and Votive Décor – shared on 100 Layer Cake

Mixed Jewel Tone Jars and Votive Décor – shared on 100 Layer Cake

Mixed Jewel Tone Jars and Votive Décor – shared on 100 Layer Cake

Pink Gem Invitation – sold on Paperless Post

Pink Gem Invitation – sold on Paperless Post

Pink Gem Invitation – sold on Paperless Post

Is a gem filled party like what I shared in this week’s inspiration board too over the top for you? Or do you love a look like this?

Hot Pink + Gold Ladies Luncheon

Planning a summer luncheon for you and a group of ladies? Maybe you are part of an organization that hosts annual meetings over lunch. Spruce up your next luncheon with this fabulous color scheme: pink and gold!

And how cool would this floral infused hot pink and gold color scheme be paired up with a fundraiser for a local charity? I invasion this color palette at a women’s organization annual meeting, that has lunch and a fashion show. There are several trendy area boutiques and designers that attend and showcase their wares in the fashion show. Hot pink flowers adorn the stage, and of course each of the tables.

Here’s what I had in mind:

 

Hot Pink + Gold Ladies Luncheon

Hot Pink + Gold Ladies Luncheon

See where each of these images were found:

Printable Escort Card with Gold Floral Pattern – made by Oxee on Etsy

Printable Escort Card with Gold Floral Pattern – made by Oxee on Etsy

Printable Escort Card with Gold Floral Pattern – made by Oxee on Etsy

Mini Layered Cheesecakes – spotted on Pinterest

Mini Layered Cheesecakes – spotted on Pinterest

Mini Layered Cheesecakes – spotted on Pinterest

Gold Framed Menu with Flowers – spotted on Pinterest

Gold Framed Menu with Flowers – spotted on Pinterest

Gold Framed Menu with Flowers – spotted on Pinterest

Shades of Pink Tablescape – shared on Colin Cowie Weddings

Shades of Pink Tablescape – shared on Colin Cowie Weddings

Shades of Pink Tablescape – shared on Colin Cowie Weddings

Would you attend a women’s fashion show luncheon like this?

Rainforest Jungle Themed Fundraiser Inspiration

Looking for a fun new theme for your next party? If you are looking for ideas for your next celebration, fundraiser, or anything else in between, say no to the done (and overdone!) Night in New York or Derby themes, and try something new!

The rainforest jungle theme is so versatile, and can be used for so many different types of events.  For those willing to go all out at their events will be sure to leave their guests saying WOW!

Now, if you are not in Florida like I am, this event will probably only make sense during the summer time. But if you COULD host it, and you COULD go all out, wouldn’t it be awesome?

In the perfect setting, guests would be welcomed in through an outdoor butterfly habitat, and walk through luscious tropical plants as they make their way into the party. Light fog and background music true to the sounds of the rainforest would welcome them into the jungle of a party. Oh, and lots of fruity drinks for everyone! Umbrellas optional.

Key elements to this event would be:

  • The surrounding- The more tropical foliage, the better!
  • The palate – fruity fun drinks and tropical flavors are a must.
  • Linen prints – keep the prints to a select few of your favorite animal prints that are roughly the same scale for a cohesive look. Use them as accents if possible, so to not overwhelm the look.
Rainforest Jungle Themed Fundraiser Party Inspiration

Rainforest Jungle Themed Fundraiser Party Inspiration

 

You can see where I’ve used these beautiful images from here….

Images used:

Butterfly Habitat – shared on Flickr by Black Diamond Images

Green Bamboo Paper Straws – by Jazzy Apple Gal on Etsy

Jungle Drink Station – shared by Charlene on Catch My Party

Zebra Cake Pops – by Creative Cakepops

Parrot from Pineapple – seen on this pin

Palm Tree Food Spread – seen on this pin

Palm Tree Leaf & Pink Tablescape – seen on this pin

Tropical Leaf Green Tablescape – seen on this pin

Animal Print Place Settings & Napkins – by The Jewish Hostess

 Would you attend a rainforest themed fundraiser party?