14 Concrete Block Centerpieces for Any Event

Steampunk may be falling out of style on Pinterest, but the industrial chic revolution is really starting to pick up in the weddings and party decor categories. Everyone is looking for interesting plays on mixing softness with the rough edges of industrial decor. I have found a ton of great ideas this year, and have been pinning them as I find them HERE. I’ve even shared several party and wedding ideas boards with an industrial flair to them, you can see those HERE.

Centerpiece are a tricky element in the industrial event decor scene. You don’t want too many flowers, as that can take away from the desired look, but then what do you do? It’s already hard enough to come up with centerpiece with no floral at all, that aren’t just boring regular candles. So what’s a girl to do?

Why not incorporate some concrete blocks into your decor? I’ve put together 14 of my favorite cement block centerpieces. From simple to layered, I think you’ll find at least one that you will like. Here are my top 14 concrete block centerpiece ideas:

14 Concrete Block Centerpieces for Any Event

14 Concrete Block Centerpieces for Any Event

Here’s where I found each of these cinder block based centerpieces:

Concrete Block Centerpiece with White Flowers and Succulents – shared on Style Me Pretty

Narrow Concrete Cinder Block Centerpiece with Succulents – shared on Mon Cheri Bridals

Concrete Block Centerpiece with Burlap Accents and Mixed Flowers – shared on Wedding Chicks

Cement Cinder Block Centerpiece for Long Table with Daffodils and Candles – shared on BizBash

Small Concrete Block with Succulents Centerpiece for a Cocktail Table – shared on WeddingWire

Lemons and Greenery Concrete Block Centerpiece – shared in the Style Me Pretty Vault

White Orchids and Succulents Cement Block Centerpiece – shared on No Boring Parties

Gold Lion with Moss and Succulents Double Cinderblock Centerpiece – shared on White Magazine

Square Concrete Block Centerpiece with Succulents Surrounded by Small Bud Vases – shared by HGTV

DIY Cinderblock and Grass Centerpiece – shared by Design Sponge

Cement Brick with Lightbulb Vase and Votive Candles Cocktail Centerpiece – shared on Polka Dot Bride

Concrete Block with Overgrown Greenery and Leaves – shared by Janneke Storm

Colorful Stenciled Concrete Blocks – tutorial shared by Chica Circle

Whimsical Cinder Block Centerpiece with Candles and Moss Accents – shared by Paisley & Jade

Don’t forget to pin your favorite centerpieces, you never know when you may need them!

Looking for more ideas along these lines? Check out my industrial themed party board on Pinterest to see more ideas for concrete blocks (like food displays!) and more creative ideas. Or if you are looking for more of a “traditional” construction inspired party, might I recommend THIS board, dedicated to modern construction party theme decor.

Do you like seeing new elements, such as concrete blocks, working their way into party and wedding decor?

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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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Citrus Themed Thanksgiving Decor

Do you ever find yourself drawn to unusual takes on traditional decor? Maybe when everyone is focused on red and green, you opt for a stylized modern white and gold vignette? Or perhaps you find a unique way to incorporate warm citrus hues into your Thanksgiving table. When I first saw this teal buffet, with its rustic branch elements and citrus accents, I knew it wouldn’t be for everyone, but it would absolutely be a look for me. As a native Floridian, I am often spoiled by our year-round access to fresh and delicious citrus. There is something to captivating and warming about the vibrant hues of the lightly textured fruit. After seeing this simple but beautiful buffet spread, I thought that Thanksgiving and citrus really do make for quite the duo. They both emanate warmth and happiness, but I think it’s the citrus that really elevates this Thanksgiving decor to a higher level, bringing in a sense of freshness to the table.

Shades of a teal blue and off white help balance out the orange hues, as to protect them from overwhelming the decor, but it’s the textures and shapes that really help to keep this look from becoming overdone. The different shapes and sizes of the fresh fruit table runner softens the design, especially with the foliage and branch accents mixed in. This teal blue and citruss hue styling lends itself to a smaller, more intimate dinner party experience.

Here’s what I had in mind for this citrus themed Thanksgiving decor:

Citrus Themed Thanksgiving Decor

Citrus Themed Thanksgiving Decor

Be sure to see where each element for this teal and citrus Thanksgiving idea board came from:

Citrus and Teal Rustic Food Buffet Display – shared on 100 Layer Cake

Blue and White Thanksgiving Place Setting – Decor Tutorial shared by The Kitchn

Teal Blue and Orange Fruit Runner Medley Table Centerpiece – shared by MYDOMAINE

Shades of Teal Blue and Orange Candle Holder Tutorial – shared by Martha Stewart Weddings

Orange Basket and Candle Accent Decor – shared on DigsDigs

Chocolate Orange Cake with Salted Cream Cheese Frosting – recipe shared by Hummingbird High

How adventurous are you with your Thanksgiving decor?

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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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Precious Cargo – Vintage Airplane Baby Shower Party

Final boarding call!

This fabulous vintage planes inspired baby shower is about to take you on a trip of cuteness!

What’s not to love about the sweet hues of the soft clouds mixed with vibrant pops of reds and yellow in these amazing vintage airplane decorations? This airplane and travel inspired baby shower idea board is perfect for either gender, and is easily able to be transitioned into a birthday party theme for a young child.  Here’s what I had in mind:

Precious Cargo - Vintage Airplane Baby Shower Party

Precious Cargo – Vintage Airplane Baby Shower Party

Be sure to find out where I found each of this week’s inspirational elements:

Vintage Airplane Flight Path Floor Décor – shared by Kara’s Party Ideas

Time Flies When You’re Having Fun Vintage Airplane Invitation – available on I Heart to Party

Vintage Airplane Sandwiches – shared by Hostess with the Mostess

Next Stop: Parenthood Sign – shared by Nat Your Average Girl

Luggage Drop Off – also shared by Nat Your Average Girl

Travel Advice for the Parents-To-Be on Their Journey – shared by Le Petit Papier

Yellow and White Airplane Tablescape and Centerpiece – shared on Every Last Detail

Baggage Claim and Airplane Baby Shower Instant Download Kit – made and sold by MKKMDesigns on Etsy

In Flight Snacks Sign – shared by Mimi’s Dollhouse

Airplane Buffet Backdrop – spotted on Pinterest

In need of vintage travel wedding ideas? I’ve created an inspiration board for that specific theme, see it HERE.

Vintage Travel Inspired Wedding Idea Board

Vintage Travel Inspired Wedding Idea Board
See the full post here:
https://uniquepasticheevents.com/2015/08/12/vintage-travel-inspired-wedding-idea-board/

Looking for more travel and airplane inspired décor? You’ll want to check out my board on Pinterest dedicated to all things travel and airplane party and wedding related!

What do you think of travel inspired parties and weddings?

What exactly DOES Unique Pastiche Events mean?

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Well let’s start by breaking it down:

Unique – I think you already know what this means, but to me it means like no other. Unparalleled and incomparable.

Pastiche – often referred to as a combination of materials from different sources. A little of this, a little of that. Think “eclecticism in art.”

Events – any type of social gathering or activity. Social events, which are my favorites, include everything from weddings and birthdays, to engagement, retirement and holiday parties, and even helping plan the most perfect proposals. That list doesn’t even begin to cover the range of options in between. Anything where there are people in a place, for a purpose, is the most basic form of an event.

Unique Pastiche Event Design and InspirationUnique Pastiche Event Design and Inspiration

Unique Pastiche Event Design and Inspiration

So if you combine them all together, you get Unique Pastiche Events! Events that are fresh and new, with personalized touches, and elements sourced from unusual and nontraditional places. It is the extra details that are incorporated and mixed into these events from start to finish that wow not only your guests, but your own imagination.

My goal for Unique Pastiche Events is to become a leader in event design. I’d like to be constantly pushing the standard and blowing away minds, party after party, with the latest and most amazing designs out there.