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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Modern Blue Pumpkin Thanksgiving Decor Ideas – in Light Blue and Navy Blue

With Halloween just behind us, and Thanksgiving just a few short weeks away, it’s time to start thinking about what your Thanksgiving dinner is going to look like. If you are looking to mix up the traditional rustic orange color palette and go for something more modern, you’ll love the Thanksgiving party decor idea board I have put together for this week. Shades of light blue, mixed with a dark navy blue and hints of taupe and ivory combine to create this modern Thanksgiving dinner styling. To me, having lots of pumpkins in various sizes and colors help make this a cohesive look. I’d love to see the buffet have a few pops of blue or a gentle metallic accent, perhaps in the plates. To add just a touch of freshness, the pumpkin succulent planters have been incorporated. A fun dessert display is always in good taste, and this hanging dessert buffet stays within the color palette, but brings that modern touch with its clean lines. Beyond Thanksgiving, this is a great concept for transitioning from the end of summer into the fall season.

Here’s what I had in mind:

Modern Blue Pumpkin Thanksgiving Décor Ideas – in Light Blue and Navy Blue

Modern Blue Pumpkin Thanksgiving Décor Ideas – in Light Blue and Navy Blue

Be sure to see where I found each of this week’s inspiration images:

Light Blue and Navy Blue Pumpkin Centerpiece Tablescape – shared by casadeperrin on Instagram

Modern Pumpkin Food Buffet Display for Thanksgiving – shared on About.com

Blue, Taupe, Metallic, and Ivory Pumpkin Display – spotted on Pinterest

Blue Ladder Hanging Dessert Display – shared on The Knotty Bride

Modern Ivory Paper Wreath – tutorial shared by HGTV

Modern Pumpkin Centerpiece with Succulent – shared by A Shade of Teal

Have you incorporated blue into your Thanksgiving décor?

 

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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.

Relaxed Cabin Engagement Party {with a Moose?}

This post is for the SUPER chilled, incredibly relaxed couples who love the mountains. The couple that is most comfortable in jeans and a comfy shirt, and are up for hiking any day. The nature loving couple that doesn’t need all the fluff and formalities, and just wants to ENJOY the moment.

I’m picturing this couple’s engagement party at a beautiful cabin in the woods. It’s chilly out, plenty of snuggling is going on, and warm comfort foods are in abundance. There are fires going, and conversations flowing. Families and friends are meeting and getting to know one another, and everyone is relaxed and having a great time.

Oh, and there are moose accents. That’s right, I said it. Moose ACCENTS. Because who doesn’t love a cute moose cookie? Honestly… what else would you tie this soiree together with? I almost picked bears because they are also high up on my list, but the moose won.

Here’s what I had in mind:

Relaxed Cabin Engagement Party {with a Moose?}

Relaxed Cabin Engagement Party {with a Moose?}

Be sure to stop by and say hi to all the places I found these images from:

Marzipan Moose Mousse Cake – recipe and tutorial shared by My Name Is Yeh

Rustic Pizza Food Bar – shared in a roundup post by Brides

Espresso Chocolate Moose Cookies – recipe share by The First Year

Rustic Cabin Hot Cocoa Bar – shared by Witney Carson

Candlewood Glass House Cabin and Fire Pit –shared by Travel Wisconsin

Welcome To Our Beginning Wood Sign – shared on Wedding Chicks

Pashmina Guest Scarf Favor – shared in a roundup post on Adorn

Foggy Forest Engagement Photo Ideas – shared by Green Wedding Shoes

Rustic Tables and Benches with Baby’s Breath – shared on 100 Layer Cake

Rustic Country Moose Wedding Invitations – created and sold by WhoaNelliePress on Etsy

Pinecone and Moose Escort Cards – shared on The Sweetest Occasion

Eco-Tree Pine Tree Seedling Party Favors – available on The Green World Project

Should I have picked bears over moose for the accent elements?

Enchanted Birch Forest – Winter Wedding Ideas

Are you in an area that doesn’t have the traditional white Christmas landscaping that all the holiday songs sing about? I am. Having never seen snow myself, it’s hard to imagine winter wonderland weddings, but that doesn’t stop me from trying. This week I thought I would challenge myself with putting together a winter wedding inspiration board that would work not only up north, but also here in the south, all while not looking out of place.

Here’s what I had in mind:

Enchanted Birch Forest - Winter Wedding Ideas

How’d I do?

Check out where I found the images in this week’s wedding idea board:

White Woodland Lace Wedding Invitations – created and sold by PerfectFavours on Etsy

Forest Wedding Photography – shared by Tessa Barton

White Birch Branched Wedding Arch – shared in a roundup post on Flirty Fleurs

Soft White Wildflower Handmade Alternative Wedding Bouquet – created and sold by TheSunnyBee on Etsy

Enchanted Winter Forest Cake – shared on Colin Cowie Weddings

Rustic Birch Paper Party and Wedding Straws – created and sold by RocheleauDesigns on Etsy

Pine Tree Fingerprint Wedding Guest Book – created and sold by AlwaysAboveandBeyond on Etsy

Can you see this wedding taking place up north or down south?

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?

Wood Grain Spring Wedding Ideas

Hello and HAPPY Wednesday! This week’s inspiration board was inspired by the grain in wood. I envision a magical forest wedding, mid-morning with the sun shining. Fabric bunting in beige and light blue decorates the area. The guests and bridal party dance the evening away in a clear tent with scattered tea candles everywhere.

This is what I had in mind:

Wood Grain Spring Wedding Ideas

Wood Grain Spring Wedding Ideas

Be sure to see where I found all of the elements from this week’s inspiration board:

Printable Bridal Shower Invitation in Wood Grain Floral – made by inglishdigidesign on Etsy

Printable Bridal Shower Invitation in Wood Grain Floral – made by inglishdigidesign on Etsy

Printable Bridal Shower Invitation in Wood Grain Floral – made by inglishdigidesign on Etsy

Rustic Table Décor with Wood – spotted on Pinterest

Rustic Table Décor with Wood – spotted on Pinterest

Rustic Table Décor with Wood – spotted on Pinterest

Large Wood Monogram Décor Hanging – made by BloominBridal on Etsy

Large Wood Monogram Décor Hanging – made by BloominBridal on Etsy

Large Wood Monogram Décor Hanging – made by BloominBridal on Etsy

Woodland Inspired Centerpieces with Moss – shared on Ruffled

Woodland Inspired Centerpieces with Moss – shared on Ruffled

Woodland Inspired Centerpieces with Moss – shared on Ruffled

Wooden Cutlery Silverware Bags – made by CherishedBlessings on Etsy

Wooden Cutlery Silverware Bags – made by CherishedBlessings on Etsy

Wooden Cutlery Silverware Bags – made by CherishedBlessings on Etsy

Digital Buntings Clipart in Turquoise and Beige – made by PompOwl on Etsy

Digital Buntings Clipart in Turquoise and Beige – made by PompOwl on Etsy

Digital Buntings Clipart in Turquoise and Beige – made by PompOwl on Etsy

Fruit and Cheese Food Spread – shared on WedLuxe

Fruit and Cheese Food Spread – shared on WedLuxe

Fruit and Cheese Food Spread – shared on WedLuxe

Emerald Forest Wedding Cake Topper Bunting – made by AthenaandEugenia on Etsy

Emerald Forest Wedding Cake Topper Bunting – made by AthenaandEugenia on Etsy

Emerald Forest Wedding Cake Topper Bunting – made by AthenaandEugenia on Etsy

Pin Wheel Favors - shared on Cake Events Blog

Pin Wheel Favors – shared on Cake Events Blog

Pin Wheel Favors – shared on Cake Events Blog

Mint Green Wooden Candy Scoops – made by thebakersconfections on Etsy

Mint Green Wooden Candy Scoops – made by thebakersconfections on Etsy

Mint Green Wooden Candy Scoops – made by thebakersconfections on Etsy

Succulent Decorated Wedding Cake – shared on The Wedding Chicks

Succulent Decorated Wedding Cake – shared on The Wedding Chicks

Succulent Decorated Wedding Cake – shared on The Wedding Chicks

Candles and Wood Wedding Ceremony Alter – spotted on Pinterest

Candles and Wood Wedding Ceremony Alter – spotted on Pinterest

Candles and Wood Wedding Ceremony Alter – spotted on Pinterest

Do you like the mix of succulents in a forest wedding like this?