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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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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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?