Georgic chic by day, vintage dream by night, this ancient-inspired soiree was one to remember. We opted for an understated color palette of creamy neutrals and added thoughtful touches of botanics and rustic details which allowed guests to “step over” and into the nature-infused vintage haze. While there, flickering tealights and timeless adornments created a soothing ambiance that allowed sincere conversation to become its own design element.
We were tasked with creating a Non-Profit dinner fete inspired by memorable, epic scenes found in Ancient artworks. Meeting our clients for the first time, we felt their graciousness flow over us with every smile and knew instantly that we needed to incorporate their sense of humility and generosity into the design scheme. Influenced by vintage botanics and backyard memories, a feeling of homeyness served as the perfect juxtaposition to the antique relics.
Joining past with present may seem difficult at first thought, but we focused instead on celebrating life. Primordial depictions of family, love, and friendship tied together the design in harmony, subtly showcasing that through our differences, even eons apart, those virtues prove to be most meaningful. Our design quickly morphed into a vehicle, carrying gracefully the message that we are, each and every one of us, part of a greater whole.
Offset by QI’s time-honored displays, centerpieces with natural burlap fabrics, nostalgia-inducing Scrabble tiles, and charming mason jars added a rustic, backyard feel. An urge to become ‘unplugged’ and an air of community filled the space; even the few empty seats felt full. As the sun set behind them, guests still felt wrapped in warmth. Vintage brass adornments and antique frames upheld the room’s brightness while organic greenery breathed life into every corner.
We were honored to have contributed to the evening’s success and truly loved creating this antique-inspired event. A special thanks to QI for their impeccable story theme!
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Graduation parties, fiestas, 1970s and 80s, personalized special occasion parties for anniversaries or bridal showers… Themed parties can be a complete blast for everyone involved. However, if you’re new to party planning and you’re in charge of putting the event together, they can also be a stress-inducing nightmare.
Here are 7 party planning tips to make your life easier if you’re trying to put together a themed party:
Themed Party Tip #1: Set a Budget
It might seem out of step, but the first thing you’ll want to do is figure out your budget for the event. If your budget is $100, there’s no need to consider having Aerosmith perform live. Seriously though, nailing down your budget will really help you in figuring out details of your party plan and how best to accomplish them. Which leads us to…
Themed Party Tip #2: Make a Plan
There’s nothing worse than going to a poorly planned party. Essential things you’ll need to plan for based around your budget include: the time and date of the event, the venue, who to invite, date(s) invitations and reminders should be sent, food/beverages needed, decorations/props needed, and a day of event schedule. Put deadlines on each action item to be done and stick to it. Planning helps ensure that you know what to do, when to do it, and that everything gets done.
Themed Party Tip #3: Seek Online Design Inspiration (ahem Pinterest)
The “hive mind” is truly brilliant! I guarantee that no matter what themed party you’re planning, other people have already pulled it off in spectacular fashion and posted pictures, videos, and blog articles about it online. Perhaps the best place to go for themed party design inspiration on the internet is Pinterest. Borrow your favorite ideas, improve and add to them, and create your perfect themed party tailored to your specific needs and desires.
Themed Party Tip #4: Recruit a Friend or Family Member To Help
You know that one really smart, dependable, well-organized friend or family member you have? Yes, that one. If they were going to be invited to the party anyway, ask them to help you plan your themed party. The extra mind, hands, and feet will make your life soooo much easier than having to think of and do everything on your own. At the party, just be sure to give them a special gift and a big shoutout for all their help to thank them!
Themed Party Tip #5: Send a Themed Invitation (and Reminders)
If you’re having a Sip and See party, don’t just send out a bland email invitation. Make sure your invitation is themed according to your general party theme in order to set the mood and get people excited. This is true regardless of whether you’re sending printed invitations or an Evite. Also, if you need to send any reminder invitations, make sure they’re themed as well.
Themed Party Tip #6: Plan Games and Activities
Want to make your themed party extra memorable? Have some planned games and activities scheduled into your event. If you’re having a fiesta party for kids, you’ve simply got to have a pinata. If you’re having a Royal Costume party, you’ve got to plan a “best costume” vote and prize giveaway. Games and activities take a little extra planning, but the payoff in fun and great memories for you and your guests is more than worth it.
Themed Party Tip #7:
Is your themed party supposed to start at 7pm on Saturday? Then you need to be totally finished with everything on your to-do list by 4pm–or even earlier if you can pull it off. Rushing and being stressed ruins your ability to enjoy your own event. By finishing early, you’re also more likely to: a) not forget something important, and b) have time to come up with a backup plan if something bad happens (example: you need to find a different venue last minute). Your goal is to go into your party feeling relaxed, confident, and ready to have a great time. When your guests see you in this state of mind, it helps them better enjoy the event as well.
If party planning for your themed party seems overwhelming and stressful, let a professional handle the whole thing or at least help you with planning. Queen Isabella’s Events & Creative Consulting is happy to be at your service, and we work with clients remotely all over the country. Get in touch with us if we can help you!
Can you imagine receiving a special delivery of a party in a box by your personal event planner? A party in a box package on your door step day of your special event that is a predesigned party in a box you just get to unwrap and enjoy. How much fun would that be to just be able to be your own host?
How adorable would it be for loved one or close friend or distant family member to receive a surprise party? Some people are worth throwing a party for. This is awesome for super exhausted and busy moms, who want to be the hostess with the mostest known for the creative parties. Yet, the busy moms are doing too much already without enough time as it is. Adding more to the tasks list is a pain and consumes more time. It takes lots of time to plan and shop for a party even doing so online, ordering from all kinds of different vendors can get a little nerve recking.
Social Party in a Box Ideas
How about a fun social party idea? Small ladies night gathering or kids’ play date at the park, little girls’ tea party, or cute sleepover event on a Friday night? Plan it in your head, tell your event planner every single detail and have your Event in a Box delivered right to your party event, your girlfriend’s house, a local park, and or your work place.
The convenience of the of the Event in a Box service is priceless and absolutely memorable for both the host and party guests. The host actually gets to JUST host and take advantage of the festivities of the event while leaving the entire event planning and design to the event planner.
It’s so nice not having to worry about the little details of things when it is all collected, designed, and created for you and packaged in to your very own party in a box. It’s a real party surprise, the Event in a Box service.
20% off your party in a box offered until December 31, 2018. QI’s offers free shipping through May 1, 2018. Hurry and get to shopping now!
Whether it is an anniversary party, baby shower, graduation event, or anything celebrating life’s milestone events in between, celebrating life’s milestone events are occasions that we all enjoy. These events create memories that last a lifetime, but can sometimes break the bank to achieve the vision you have for your event. For those who don’t want to empty their bank account, there are many options available to keep the cost of every life’s milestone event celebration within your budget.
Getting Ideas for Your Life’s Milestone Events
Your best friends when hosting a party are Pinterest for DIY inspiration, discount or wholesale stores and savvy sales for all your party supplies, and items you may already have in your home or a family member or friend’s home. Depending on the type of event you are hosting, check out Pinterest for ideas that you would like to incorporate into your event. Keep this in mind while you are shopping and checking what you have at home. If time allows, handmade items are usually more economical then store bought.
How to Cut Costs for Your Life’s Milestone Events
There are many ways you can cut the costs for your event without sacrificing quality. The internet allows you to send evites through email or even on Facebook. You can also call or text people to let them know about an event. Formality is no longer a requirement for today’s milestone events!
Food can be a budget breaker. In this case, it is always a good idea to go homemade. If the event’s theme matches, you can also go potluck and ask guests to bring sides to the party. You can also provide snacks and drinks if the event is in between meal times. To cut costs on décor, you can use desserts, like cupcakes or small single layer cakes, as fun and whimsical table décor.
The most cost-effective venue is your home or a family member’s or a friend’s home, if the weather is nice, outdoors. You can also call around to small event halls in your area for cheap rates if you have many party guests. Depending on the season, fresh cut flowers are an excellent item for the décor or you can choose paper florals. Vases could be made of unique glasses bought at a dollar store and spray painted the color of your theme. Paper products of a solid color would be excellent to enhance the color scheme.
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Planning Your Budget for Your Life’s Milestone Events
Now that you know what you need to plan for and how to cut costs, you need to break down the price of each thing you want and make sure the total does not exceed your budget. You may have to adjust or cut some things to get in that budget. Here is an example:
Items that you can save on cost:
Alternatives to cake: cupcakes and frosting, cookies, or donut towers
Simple appetizers and snacks: two large fruit pizzas, peanuts and mints
Coffee, tea, and punch
Paper products (plates, cups, napkins)
Plastic table cloth or borrowed
Material for games (pens and paper in your home)
Gifts for game winners
Baby things for main centerpiece and on gift table
Onesies for guests to decorate (Instructions available online) (different sizes for baby growing to use later)
Garland material (all things baby for use later such as animals cut out of patterned paper, clothes, accessories, etc.)
Helium balloon arrangement for decor
These prices can even be reduced if you shop smart. The sky’s the limit when using your own imagination or getting inspiration from an event planner for creative design ideas for your life’s milestone events!
So, whether you’re hosting a family gathering, a baby shower, a brunch, or planning your own wedding, I encourage you to consider hiring an experienced, creative event planner who can help make your event come off stylish and affordable.
When your life’s milestone events come, you deserve to be able to enjoy the full experience of the events you’ve created rather than frantically running around putting out fires. The right event planner will make it stress-free for you.