Mood Board Monday: It’s Boston Week!

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As I mentioned last week, we are dedicating this weeks posts to Boston. Maybe we’re a bit biased, but we think our city is pretty fantastic. And this past week has proven that the people living there are doubly so. Want to throw a party here? Well we have you covered. Check out some lovely inspiration and resources!

Boston Board Final1. Boston skyline from here; 2. Public Garden from here; 3. Trolley from here; 4. Duck Boat from here; 5. View from Top of the Hub from here; 6. Cake from here (check out the whole amazing wedding – a special guest of Boston Bruins fame makes an appearance!); 7. Save the Date from Etsy; 8. Dress from here; 9. Sports jersey table numbers from here.

Let’s imagine your event is stretching out for an entire weekend. If our lit up skyline and public gardens don’t draw you in at first glance, you can always delve into the city a little more with a group tour. It may seem incredibly touristy, especially if you live here, but we recommend a trolley or duck boat tour. I (Renee) personally lived in the city for 4 years before I took a tour, and I learned so much! You can purchase group tickets for the duck boats here. For Boston Trolleys, you can either book a tour or charter a whole trolley for your own private event transportation. More information here.

If you’re feeling more like walking, take a walk down the Freedom Trail. Your event guests – especially the out-of-towners – will appreciate the opportunity to get out and take a look around. You can organize a self-guided tour yourself and walk around on your own (maybe plan a scavenger hunt?), or you could have the folks at the Freedom Trail Foundation set one up for you – private tours also available.

If a birds-eye view is more your speed, you can get a pretty amazing one from Skywalk Observatory  or Top of the Hub, the restaurant and viewing area at the tip top of the Prudential tower. Skywalk offers group rates for the observatory and you can find more info here. Top of the Hub hosts events as well in their private event spaces, and we can speak from experience – the food is pretty great. The view isn’t bad either, 52 stories above the city.

Boston Common is the home of the swan boats, lovely bridges, and excellent photo ops for you and your party guests/guests of honor. It can also be a beautiful and very central location for your wedding ceremony. If you want to have your wedding ceremony or photos taken in the Boston Public Garden, you need a permit. Find out more about that here.

Are you from here? If so I bet that none of the above are news to you! For today we chose a few things that we consider quintessential Boston. Look for some off-the-beaten-path stuff later this week!

Awhile back we did some mood boards on what it would be like to hold an event at the Boston Public Library. Check it out here.

~The ladies at Favorite Day

Top photo from Etsy, print on sale for $15.
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Mood Board Monday: Wanderlust Part 2

Oh hey everyone! Sorry I’ve been MIA lately. My life has been taken over by travel and other life events! Most recently, I was in Miami. Now the stark white/art deco/over-the-top style of South Beach is normally not my thing, but I’m a firm believer that when you’re in Rome, you do like the Romans do, so I found myself embracing it. It wasn’t all that hard having ocean-side mojitos, so don’t think that I stretched my boundaries too much. Besides – South Beach has some excellent people watching. So fun!

Now that I’m back in New England, and the weather isn’t a steady 80 degrees with a slight breeze – I’m finding myself missing it. Because of that, and with all of that inspiration still floating around my head, I decided to make it my theme for this week’s mood board. I found a photo that captured the art deco, neon, tropical side of South Beach and went from there.

miami board final1. Miami from here; 2. Coral dress from The Dessy Group – Style LR163 in Firecracker; 3. Wedding dress from Unique Vintage (no longer available); 4. Lounge at Spire Bar from here; 5. Cake from here; 6. Drink from here; 7. Lighting from here; 8. Luminaries from Etsy.

With the Great Gatsby movie coming out, you can find art deco EVERYWHERE. We’re departing a little bit from the 1920’s swank of Great Gatsby, though, and adding details that are very Miami. Think white and coral with neon blue and purple details.

I started with the clothes – both dresses here have art deco touches with the structure on the bodices. They compliment each other without matching exactly. I also like that the white dress has some sparkle in the form of white sequin on the sides.

For the lounge area, I would take a page out of the book of the Spire Bar, which is pictured in the above  photo. I love this place – It is the perfect spot to have a rooftop mojito, and I love  the white furniture with the coral-red pillows and the striped floor.

You can bring the neon details in with light-up cocktails (LED ice cubes do the trick), and possibly some rope light at the bar. If your DJ or venue has other lighting, you can also add pink, purple, or blue uplighting around your party. (side note – I am normally not a fan of colored uplighting, especially at weddings. I think it can get  tacky very quickly. But this is Miami-inspired, so over-the-top it is!). The luminaries that I pictured above for table numbers have an art deco style, and can be lit up with colored lights as well.

I hope this makes you want to run away to the beach. If not, I will have a Miami-inspired cocktail for you on Friday and I’m sure that will do the trick! In the  meantime  – Check out my past travel-themed mood board here (Morocco), and look out for more in the future!

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Mood Board Monday: Tea Party

It’s finally spring and we’re back with more great party ideas!

I’ve been knocking around the idea for some sort of vintage tea party board for a while now, but my inspiration was a bit lacking.  Initially I had been shying away from the whole “Alice in Wonderland” theme as I thought it would be a bit too cliche, but then I came upon a post on Decor4All featuring an Alice  inspired Halloween party.  I really loved the way they  had incorporated the theme while still keeping with a muted color scheme.  The wheels started turning again and I came up with this.  I decided to stick with my initial vintage theme, but added  some fun Alice inspired details.

Tea Party 1. clock tablescape pic from here   2. vintage cake stand pic from here  3. Alice invite pic from here  4. cakes from Parisian Party 5. stacked cups pic found on Pinterest, but unfortunately the source link no longer works  6. croquet pic from here

The thing that I really love about this theme is that it is so versatile and can be easily modified to fit almost any party or occasion.  Take a look at this vintage eclectic Alice in Wonderland tea party found on the Nellie Bellie blog.  I love the way they’ve used playing cards as bunting.katiesbirthday_thumb

Or what about this sweet pink and blue tea party baby shower from Australian event stylist Kiss Me Kate.  I could also see this exact theme being lovely for a bridal shower or a first birthday party.alice baby

If Alice isn’t really your style you can check out this fabulous Queen of Hearts inspired wedding shoot by Adrienne Gunde Photography.queen

Do you have an idea for a theme event but just can’t figure out where to start?  Leave us a comment or send us an email and we’ll do the dirty work for you!

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Mood Board Monday: Ombre Obsession

Ombré (pronounced ohm-bray, or ohm-brah if you want to talk in a fancy french accent) is a trend that I’ve been seeing everywhere lately. What is ombré exactly? Basically, it’s just a gradual change in color. If you want to get all technical, the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines ombré as: having colors or tones that shade into each other —used especially of fabrics in which the color is graduated from light to dark.

This theme is great if you are drawn to a particular color but can’t quite nail down a shade. With ombré you don’t have to choose, and since the colors are from the same family, there’s no need to worry about clashing.  My inspiration for this board came from the pic of the lovely bridesmaids in the upper left corner.  I’m not quite sure how they ended up as picture 4.  Poor planning on my part, I guess.  Regardless, the various shades of blue add depth and visual interest, while still coordinating beautifully.

Ombre Board

1. Cake from Bobbette & Belle 2. Statement necklace from Etsy 3. Blue bottles pic found here 4. Blue bridesmaids pic found here 5. Ombré escorts found here 6. Custom invitations from Etsy 7. Pinwheel bouquet from Etsy

The fabulous thing about ombré is that it can be done with any color, so the possibilities are limitless.  Are you looking for inspiration?  Head on over to the paint department in your local home improvement store and snag a few free paint sample cards.  You could even hand sample cards out to your bridesmaids to make their lives a bit easier when it comes to dress color selection.

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What do you think about this ombré craze?  Are you planning on utilizing this theme at your wedding or next party?  Leave us a comment and tell us all about your plans!

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Mood Board Monday: Wanderlust Part 1

Well, good Monday to you all! If you’re anything like me, you’re sitting there at your day job, solemn, mourning your weekend, and dreaming of far flung places where you’d rather be spending your time.

Sarah is in Spain right now, so I’m pretty much in daydream mode. My destination of choice today? Morocco. For your viewing pleasure, here is my take on a teal and gold party with Moroccan accents.

teal morocco board final1. Inspiration from here; 2. Cake from here; 3. Lanterns from here; 4. Invitations with patterned band from Etsy; 5. Pouf with tea glasses from here; 6. Earrings from here; 7. Dress also from here and originally from Etsy; 8. Gold and floral accents from here.

I love the patterns and detail of Moroccan architecture. Something as mundane as a door can be achingly beautiful. Take the pattern, the gold touches, and carry them through in all of your small details.  Add some long and flowing dresses and maybe a lounge area with stuffed Moroccan poufs and you’ve got yourself a party. I also really love the idea of grouping things en masse to make a statement. If you’re going to do that here, try some lanterns grouped and hung from the ceiling. Maybe over the dance floor? Over an entryway? It’s a great way to bring in mood lighting and color, and introduce guests to your theme.

Got an idea for a mood board? Throwing a party and want us to put a board together for you? Let us know! Leave a comment or shoot me an email at Renee@favoritedayevents.com!

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