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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Gold Glitter and Pastel Shades Unicorn Birthday Party Ideas

The cuteness! It’s taking over Pinterest. Unicorns are EVERYWHERE, like an adorable plague of happiness and glitter. And to be honest, I’m not even mad! While we are being honest, I’m not even a super unicorn fan. I mean, I don’t HATE unicorns, no, but I was never like “OH MY GOSH UNICORN EVERYTHING”. But the idea of having a young child’s birthday with a full on, unicorn-fever theme….sounds like something I want to be part of.

Now me being me, I like a bit of bling at my events, thus the gold glitter element of this kid’s birthday party decor. Spectacularly shiny, gold glitter unicorns are found in each element, from the invitation, to unicorn party games, to the cake and dessert display, to even the goodie bags and photo backdrop. Cohesion is what it’s all about!

To balance out all that sparkles and shines, the rainbow colors are all along the pastel shades family, so as to not fight with the sparkling gold glitter unicorns. From what I can tell, based on my extensive unicorn party pinning, (check out my unicorn board on Pinterest if you need more ideas for a unicorn party!), an abundance of rainbows are a must for proper unicorn party, birthday or otherwise. Choosing which shade directions, warm or cool, you choose to go can greatly influence the feel of the event, so be sure to have a clear idea of your event mood before you start your shopping!

Here’s what I had in mind for this gold glitter and pastel shades unicorn birthday party ideas board:

Gold Glitter and Pastel Shades Unicorn Birthday Party Ideas

Gold Glitter and Pastel Shades Unicorn Birthday Party Ideas

Be sure to see where I found each element of this week’s kid’s birthday party ideas board:

Gold Glitter Unicorn Party Dessert Buffet Table with Pastel Accents – spotted on Pinterest

Pin the Horn on the Unicorn Printable Party Game – created and sold by SunshineParties on Etsy

Gold Glitter Unicorn Cupcake Topper – created and sold by ShinySoiree on Etsy

Gold Glitter Unicorn and Pink Roses Birthday Cake – shared by All That Glitters

Pastels and Gold Glitter Unicorn Invitation – created and sold by propshopboutique on Etsy

Gold Glitter Unicorn Favor Bags – created and sold by twinepaperscissors on Etsy

Unicorn Rainbow Pastels and Gold Sequin Garland Photo Backdrop – created and sold by ohMycharley on Etsy

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

What do you think of Unicorns, THE trending party theme on Pinterest right now?

 

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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?

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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