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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Tropical Backyard Engagement Party

Are you the first person to toast to a good time?

I know I try to stay as upbeat and positive as I can, and never really need a reason to celebrate. But when I do, I like to do it in style! Thinking back on engagement party ideas I’ve done in the past, a lot of them seem very…serious. And when I say serious, I don’t mean the parties are happening in the library. No, I mean more along the lines of: the parties seem like more structured events. That are very official, with a specific start and end time. And an MC could direct the event if need be.

Maybe it’s the summertime sunshine that’s gotten into my brain, (or my cup!) but I’d like to see a more laid back, tropical backyard style, out on the patio engagement party. The vibe is relaxed, great music in the background, and of course….. some tiki torches!

Here’s what I had in mind for this tropical backyard engagement party:

Tropical Backyard Engagement Party

Tropical Backyard Engagement Party

Be sure to see where I found each inspiration for this idea board:

Curved Patio Bench Around Fire Pit – shared on HomeBNC

Tropical Cake Display – shared on 100 Layer Cake

Vibrant and Tropical Centerpiece – shared in a styled shoot on Bespoke Bride

Green Tropical Palm Leaves and Wood Food Buffet and Display – spotted on Pinterest

Palm Tree Cutlery Display – also spotted on Pinterest

“We love the nights we can’t remember… with friends we can’t forget…” Painted Sign – sold on Etsy

Floating Pool Décor with Tropical Foliage and Tiki Torches – featured on Jet Fete

Tropical Beach Invitation – sold by Nou Designs on Zazzle

Backyard Tropical Patio with Hanging Lanterns and Banana Trees – shared on Traditional Home

Brown Wicker Charger with Green Accents – spotted on Pinterest

To party, or not to party? Are you a fan of engagement parties? Or do you think they are unnecessary?

Bird of Paradise Tropical Wedding

I hope you like pina coladas! You’ll be craving one after seeing the bird of paradise inspired tropical wedding board I’ve put together for your viewing pleasure.  I don’t know about you, but seeing this inspiration board gives me hints of African vibes. I think it’s highlighted in the exotic bird of paradise paired with the branches and oversized tropical palm leaves.

This week I’ve gone more towards a traditional tropical look, coming away from the modern destination beach wedding concept I shared a few weeks ago (click here to see). I like the juxtaposition the two boards have to each other.

Here’s what I had in mind:

Bird of Paradise Tropical Wedding

Bird of Paradise Tropical Wedding

Be sure to see where I’ve found each of these inspirational images:

Tall Green Tropical Foliage Wedding Aisle Décor – spotted on Pinterest

Bird of Paradise Wedding Chair Décor – featured on Elevophotography

Bird of Paradise and Botanical Tropical Foliage Display – shared by Cuba Libre

African Bird of Paradise Centerpiece and Tablescape – shared by Lemontree Concepts

Bird of Paradise Wedding Cake – shared on Laissez Affairs

Personalized Wedding Favor Wrapped in a Tropical Leaf with Flower Accent – shared in a roundup post on Mariage.com

Which do you prefer: modern tropical wedding or traditional destination wedding?

Need more ideas for beach and destination weddings? Check out my “Beach and Destination Wedding Ideas” board on Pinterest for all of my favorite ideas for this type of wedding.

A Modern Tropical Beach Wedding in Orange

Would you say “I do,” on the beach?

Come get away with me today! We’re going to the beach for a fabulous destination wedding, with a modern vibe and LOTS of vibrant orange accents. All the traditional elements of a beach or destination wedding are included in this week’s wedding idea board, just with more of a modern twist. I opted for a perfect shade of orange that pairs well with the tropical foliage leaves that I’m including sparingly on the tables. Adding dark wood elements on the tables helps to ground the wedding decor, and helps keep it from getting too south beach colorful. Maybe another week!

It’s not a destination wedding to me if there isn’t an abundance of tropical flowers! This week, I’ve made sure to include a variety of flowers with all sorts of different shapes, sizes, and colors. The simple but modern arrangements are all so different, but still highlight the textures and natural beauty of each flower’s natural shape.

Here’s what I had in mind for this week’s modern tropical beach wedding in orange idea board:

Modern Tropical Destination Wedding in Orange by Unique Pastiche Events #thisisUPevents

Modern Tropical Destination Wedding in Orange by Unique Pastiche Events #thisisUPevents

Be sure to see where I found all of these fantastic inspirational images:

Orange Boarding Pass Invitation with Bird of Paradise – created and sold by SproullieDesigns on Etsy

Modern Bird of Paradise Tropical Wedding Bouquet – by Kathy Wright and Company featured on Junebug Weddings

Beach Wedding Aisle with Palm Leaves and Vibrant Flowers – shared by Olivera Rusu Photography

Submerged and Clustered Tropical Orange Flower Arrangements on Escort Table – shared by Karen Tran Florals

Modern Tropical Place Setting with Leaf and Wood Accent – spotted on Pinterest

Bird of Paradise and Bamboo Tropical Centerpiece – shared on Bride.com

Orange Ombre Modern Cake – created by Eat Cake Be Merry

Modern Orange Outdoor Lounge with Dark Wood and Palm Leaf Accents – shared on this blog (translation needed)

Minimalist Modern Dessert Buffet Table in Orange and White – shared on Hostess with the Mostess

Would you say “I do,” on the beach?

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?