Race to the Finish Line – Racing Inspired Reception Ideas

This is getting out of control! A few weeks ago I shared an inspiration board on a fun, vintage feeling classic cars party. A few weeks before that, a party inspired by a mechanics garage. This week? A high end – race to the finish line racing inspired reception ideas. Will this trend end? I don’t know!

Part of it, or at least part of what I’m chalking it up to, is Pinterest’s ability to integrate things you have searched for into your feed, because you’ve clearly shown interest in it. Maybe all these ideas have been subconsciously making me want to keep curating car themed parties? I suppose we will never know. Don’t worry, I’ve been pinning all of my favorite classic car, race car, monster truck, NASCAR party ideas all on THIS board.

For this “race to the finish line” party ideas board, I really wanted to keep it modern and more traditional racing, which is why you see lots of red with the classic white and black checkers. To keep it feeling modern, I made sure the lounge groupings and furniture set ups had that nice clean look with the texture in the metal, with a pretty sweet metal bar.

Here’s what I had in mind:

Race to the Finish Line – Racing Inspired Reception Ideas by Unique Pastiche Events

Be sure to see where each element of this race car inspired reception decor was found:

NASCAR Themed Race Centerpiece with Tire and Checker Flags – spotted on Pinterest

Hot Wheels Toy Takeaways and Place Settings – shared by BizBash

Red Spandex Chair with Checker Race Flag Accents – shared by WeddingCircle

Valet Parking Ticket Seating Chart Cards – spotted on Pinterest

Checker Race Flag Lawn Accent Entrance – shared on Hostess with the Mostess

NASCAR Party Checker Flag Place Setting and Napkin – shared by Stacy T’s Fundraiser on Catch My Party

Tribeca Silver Industrial Metal Bar – available through Palace Party Rent

White and Silver Lounge with Silver Stud Metal Accent Tables – featured on LuxeFinds

Red and White Lounge with Silver Metal Accents – available through AFR Events

Pin your favorites for future reference:

Pick your favorite: classic car, mechanic’s garage, or race car themed party!

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11 Kid’s Science Themed Party Ideas

Looking for a different theme for children’s birthday parties? Tired of seeing the cowboy or princess party every other weekend? Why not go for something fun and unexplored, and try hosting a science themed birthday party?

Not only is it not something you see in a cookie-cutter box store, but it has lots of opportunity to bring in fun learning and exploration possibilities. I especially am fond of it because it is a way to make science and curiosity fun for kids, but also a theme that girls and boys alike can share, without any gender bias.

To help get you brain flowing with ideas, I’ve put together 11 of my favorite ideas for a kids science themed party. Of course, they can be used together or apart, but they cover all of the major elements you’d want at a party like this. A cool food display, fun treats, and of course lots of decor ideas to make the day extra special. Here they are:

11 Kid’s Science Themed Party Ideas

11 Kid’s Science Themed Party Ideas

 

Be sure to see where I found each element from this week’s party ideas and inspiration board:

Lab Security Scan Entrance – spotted on Pinterest

Science Lab Party Food Buffet Display – shared by Michelle’s Party Plan-It

Petri Dish Jelly Party Treats – shared in a roundup post by Hip Hip Hooray

DIY Printable Mad Scientist Badge – created and shared by Rays of Bliss

Chocolate Science Molecule Printable Party Favor Wrapper – shared by Hostess with the Mostess

Kid’s Science Themed Dessert Station – shared by Emily Waltenbaugh on Kara’s Party Ideas

DIY Molecule Decor – tutorial by Style be Emily Henderson

Dry Ice Science Beaker Drink – shared by Penny’s Parties

Printable Science Birthday Invitation – created and sold by ThePartyDarlingLLC on Etsy

Kid’s Tiered Science Themed Birthday Cake – spotted on Pinterest

Bio-hazard Lab Birthday Favor Treat Box – shared by Spaceships and Laser Beams

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

Need more ideas for a science or medical themed party? Check out my board on Pinterest dedicated to all things science and medical party ideas. I’ve pinned a lot of great party activities that kids of all ages will enjoy.

Have you ever attended a science themed party before?

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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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Outdoor Jack-o-lantern Halloween Party Ideas

Happy Fall!

To kick off the first week of October, which as far as I’m concerned kicks off all things pumpkin and autumn like, I thought I’d share an outdoor, jack-o-lantern themed Halloween party idea board. This themed party would be fantastic for a neighborhood get together, especially in a backyard or lawn setting. Trying to keep the scariness level friendly for all ages, I kept the Halloween inspiration focused on the pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns… no blood and gore. Don’t want to give little ones unnecessary spooks!

Here’s what I had in mind for this jack-o-lantern themed Halloween party idea board:

Outdoor Jack-o-lantern Halloween Party Ideas

Outdoor Jack-o-lantern Halloween Party Ideas

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

DIY Illuminated Jack-o-lantern Pumpkin Arch Tutorial – shared by Don Morin

Jack-o-lantern Outdoor Display – shared by Our Fairfield Home & Garden

Front Lawn Jack-o-lantern Outdoor Display – shared on a roundup post on BlazePress

Pumpkin Beverage Coolers – shared by Lindsy Steinberg Events

Outdoor Halloween Food Buffet Display – shared by A Fanciful Twist

Outdoor Halloween Party Decor – also shared by A Fanciful Twist

Jack-o-Lantern Hanging Lanterns on Shepherds Hooks – shared by Better Homes and Gardens

Need more fall and autumn party ideas? I’ve got a gallery of all of my autumn party idea boards here, and all of my favorite fall ideas pinned here.

Are you a fan of the mischievous looking jack-o-lanterns, or do you prefer the more smiley ones?

Jungle Animal Print Celebration – Themed Party Ideas

I’m not sure what the most appropriate greeting for this jungle themed animal print party would be: rawr or meow. Either one could work, but I’m going to go with rawr!

Rawr! Welcome to my jungle animal print inspired party idea board.  This animal print party inspiration board is all about incorporating animal print in a more classy and modern way. I like to think there is no gimmicky jungle props involved here. And there’s no plastic animal props here either!

When I was putting this party idea board together, I was envisioning a soiree for one of three events: a ladies luncheon, a birthday party for the modern woman, or a super sophisticated baby shower. The tropical hints found in the green foliage help balance out the mixed animal prints…..and help make this a perfect theme for a summer soiree!

Oh, and if you need even MORE inspiration, I’ve got you covered! Stop by this board on Pinterest to get more ideas for all my favorite jungle, safari, and zoo party ideas. And if you are looking for more animal print party ideas, I’ve pinned all of my favorites here on this board. I know, so many boards. Is my OCD’ness showing?

On to the leopard and animal print party I’ve been promising you. Here’s what I had in mind:

Jungle Animal Print Celebration – Themed Party Ideas

Jungle Animal Print Celebration – Themed Party Ideas

Stop by where I found each of these images for more information:

Glitter Glam Funky Hot Pink Watercolor Flowers with Leopard Print – Printable Invitation – made and sold by SimplySocialDesigns on Etsy

Safari Animal Print Fan Place Settings – tutorial available on Oriental Trading

Animal Print Popcorn and Food Display – shared by A Small Snippet

Animal Print INSIDE the Cake – recipe and tutorial shared by Sweet Dreams

Tropical Foliage Print Photo Booth – shared by Green Wedding Shoes

Tall Giraffe with Animal Print Balloons – shared by P is for Party

Tropical Tall Centerpiece with Palm Leaves with Yellow Flowers – shared by Elizabeth Anne

Jungle Animal Print Napkins – spotted on Pinterest

Leopard Print Cake with White Flower – spotted on Pinterest

Do you like this animal print idea board more for a ladies luncheon or birthday party?

My Favorite Harry Potter Party Ideas

Each week I try and share my latest inspired party or wedding idea board with you. This week, however, I’m sharing something I can’t get enough of. I’m sharing with you my all-time, favorite Harry Potter party ideas. If you follow either of my accounts on Pinterest you are most likely familiar with this board, this one, or maybe even this one. I’m a huge fan, to say the least. This week is all of my favorite Harry Potter party ideas combined into one magical party.

Someday I hope to be able to throw a party in my own home as themed out as this:

My Favorite Harry Potter Party Ideas by Unique Pastiche Events

Be sure to find all of the details for each image on the links below the pictures:

Marauder’s Map Harry Potter Birthday Invitation Printable – created and sold by PrintyMuch on Etsy

Harry Potter Caramel Sorting Hat – tutorial shared on Candy Bar Cupcakes

Galaxy Night Sky and Floating Candles Décor – shared on Eating Bender

3 Tier Harry Potter Cake – shared by Oakleaf Cakes on Flickr

“Have You Seen This Wizard?” Harry Potter Photo Booth – shared on Fun-Filled Flicks

Harry Potter Personalized House Ribbon – created and sold by didgeandstitch on Etsy

Harry Potter House Banner Décor – shared on Home Stories A to Z

Mandrake Cupcakes – spotted on Pinterest

In Case of Dementor Attack Eat Me Candies – shared on See Suzy Spin

Printable Halloween Book Covers – shared on Little House on the Corner

Hogwarts Cookies – shared by Lucy Samuels on Flickr

Hogwarts House Colors Checkered Cake – recipe and tutorial shared by Bakingdom

Glitter Potion Bottle – tutorial shared on Scrapbook.com

Fold Your Own Harry Potter Chocolate Frog Box with Wizard Cards Printable – created and sold by RockYourWalls on Etsy

 

Who is your favorite Harry Potter Character?

 

Hobbit Day Woodland Party Ideas

Did you know yesterday was Hobbit Day? Apparently my nerdy-ness level has been down ranked since I just found out about it myself. But you know what? That’s why we have sites like Pinterest, so we can bookmark ideas for future use. With that in mind – I put together this party inspiration board for Hobbit Day 2016 (and beyond!) and all your future Lord of the Rings party needs. Here’s what I had in mind for this outdoor party:

Hobbit Day Woodland Party Ideas

Oh- and if you were looking for something a little more refined, say for a wedding, check out this woodsy inspired wedding idea board I put together a few weeks ago.

Check out where the fantastic creations from this week’s idea board were found:

Forest and Woodsy Party Food Station Buffet – spotted on Pinterest

Forest and Woodsy Party Food Station Buffet – spotted on Pinterest

Wood Chalk Board – shared in a roundup post on DCWV Diary

Wood Chalk Board – shared in a roundup post on DCWV Diary

Gold Coin Treasure Favor – shared on Mommy’s Little Peanuts

Gold Coin Treasure Favor – shared on Mommy’s Little Peanuts

Enchanted Forest Lounge – shared on The Knot

Enchanted Forest Lounge – shared on The Knot

Speak Friend and Enter Door Décor – shared on India Loves Texas

Speak Friend and Enter Door Décor – shared on India Loves Texas

Hobbit Party Yard Sign Décor – shared on Pinterest

Hobbit Party Yard Sign Décor – shared on Pinterest

Woodsy Table Display – shared on You Paid More Than Me

Woodsy Table Display – shared on You Paid More Than Me

Ferns, Candles and Glass Tablescape – shared on Ruffled Blog

Ferns, Candles and Glass Tablescape – shared on Ruffled Blog

“No Admittance Except On Party Business” Quote – shared on Storyboard Wedding

“No Admittance Except On Party Business” Quote – shared on Storyboard Wedding

Vintage Entertaining Toldeo Cocktail Swords on Cocktails – shared by Ode to Awe

Vintage Entertaining Toldeo Cocktail Swords on Cocktails – shared by Ode to Awe

Rosie Cotton’s Apple Tarts – recipe shared on When Geeks Wed

Rosie Cotton’s Apple Tarts – recipe shared on When Geeks Wed

Lord of the Rings Party Menu – shared by Michelle Paige

Lord of the Rings Party Menu – shared by Michelle Paige

Hobbit House Cake – shared on Pinterest

Hobbit House Cake – shared on Pinterest

Mountain Cookies – shared on Sweet & Saucy

Mountain Cookies – shared on Sweet & Saucy

Lord of the Rings Hobbit Second Breakfast Brunch Invitation – created and sold by MirkwoodScribes on Etsy

Lord of the Rings Hobbit Second Breakfast Brunch Invitation – created and sold by MirkwoodScribes on Etsy

 

There are SO many fantastic ideas out there; I wish I could have included them all. Check out my “Nerd It Out” Pinterest board that I pin all of my favorite geek themed party ideas. Fair warning- there is a lot of Marvel, so if you’re a fan, enjoy!

What’s your geeky indulgence?

Fan art? Movie memorabilia?