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: 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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The Art of Lounging: 5 Tips for Creating a Lounge at Your Next Event

lounge topPhoto from Jonathan Adler.

Happy Friday, friends! If you’ve been following our blog you know that our goal is to make your next event (and your life leading up to the event) extraordinary. We hope to shed some light on details that you may not have thought of. One overlooked and underutilized element that I love is the lounge.

So what is the purpose of a lounge at an event? To facilitate ease of conversation. To provide a bit of a rest or escape from dance-mania. To have a place to catch up with an old friend. These are all great reasons. Another can be that they can be really beautiful.

outdoor editLeft from tumblr (can’t find original source); Right from here.

Here are a few tips on building your lounge area:

1. Find inspiration from permanent lounge and lobby areas. My favorite place to get inspiration? Hotels. The best part is that you can find images all over the internet. Google is your friend. For a formal look, go toward the fancier hotels. For more trendy, look at the boutique hotels. If you’re looking for a more casual look, you can look at lodge-style hotels or any hotel’s outdoor, beach, or poolside lounge areas. What types of furniture do they use? How do they help with easy conversation, or multiple conversations?

2. Bring the indoors outside, or bring the outdoors in. Planning an outdoor event? Don’t be afraid to bring interior items outside. Couches, lamps, etc. Unexpected and memorable. Conversely, you can also bring the outdoors in. If your event is inside, don’t be afraid to add lots plants, flowers and greenery.

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3. Decide whether you will rent, buy or borrow items to build your lounge area. If you are already renting items for your event, your rental company may have more comfortable furniture for rent as well and may be able to help you piece together a lovely lounge. Or you could skip the extra expense and use pieces that you already have. First, make sure you’re okay with moving them and having them being well-used for your day. For example, if you have a comfy patio set, you can incorporate that into your lounge. Seating is key, but make sure you have plenty of surfaces (for drinks and snacks) as well. You can also be creative. A table can be a table, but so can an overturned barrel or an old trunk. Seating can be couches, rocking chairs, poufs, or ottomans. Beanbags? Benches? Sure!

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4. Separate it a little from the noise. You want to make talking easy, but keep the area as part of the event. You can separate your lounge by keeping it away from the dance floor. You can also add some curtains or another kind of divider  to define the space more clearly.

5. Dress it up. Add throw pillows – a lot of them – for comfort, color and pattern. Flowers. Bowls of pretty snacks (snacks are very important). Then, light it up. Add candles on tables, lanterns, lamps. Hang a chandelier overhead. The possibilities are endless.

Are you having a lounge area at your next event? Tell me about it! Leave a comment or shoot me an email at renee@favoritedayevents.com.

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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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Mood Board Monday: Man Party

After a whirlwind week of last minute details, complications, resolutions of complications, we pulled off an extremely successful surprise 30th this weekend.

For the record – my measure of success is the amount of sheer goofiness I can achieve out of the most straight-faced of the party guests.

For this party, I focused on a few of the guest of honor’s favorite things – beer, cheese, and chocolate. Since his birthday actually takes place two days before the end of the Mayan calendar, and therefore the rumored end of existence, I added that into the theme as well: beer and cheese and chocolate and the apocalypse.

I present to you my initial inspiration board. It’s not completely cohesive, but my job was to make it that way in execution.

man party final1. Guinness Chocolate Cake from here 2. Killer Cheese Spread from here (with more awesome cheese photos, so check it out) 3. Black and Red Linens – the most apocalyptic colors I could think of. Photo from here.  4. Pimp your drink station. Such a goofy and good idea. From Rock n Roll Bride.  5. Wine glass lamps for centerpieces, from here.  6. Photo arrangement – I substituted “50” for “30” and added more collages. Photo from here.

Stay tuned to see how it all came together!