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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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?

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?

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?