Mood Board: Iridescent

iridescent party jems and the holograms inspired party

The inspiration for this party was the very famous 80’s cartoons, Jem and the Holograms. As a matter of fact, they released a movie about Jem and the Holograms last year but it flopped. A very girly show with themes such as fame, alter egos, competition, glamour, friendships, and above all music. Kind of like the Hannah Montana of the 80’s, but with cartoons. There are really no limitations to this design, anywhere from a birthday party, to a life celebration such as a career achievement, to a corporate event. I would have the guests dress in all white and the honoree wear an iridescent dress. Nobody would miss her!

I see a crisp white room filled with food action stations. Iridescent panels hanging from the ceiling and cubes of iridescent marbles Ikebana style for some of the centerpieces. Ghost chairs on etched glowing tables and high boys covered with iridescent linens. The wow element of the party? An iridescent jello bar (with or without alcohol).

This theme can be done also in a more hip and urban style, maybe for a sweet sixteen or for a bar/bat mizvah. For more ideas you can see my Pinterest board here.

It’s time to show your lustrous colors to your family and friends.

Image credits: 1. gown 2. ghost chair 3. iridescent marbles 4. lettered wall 5.jello bar 6. invitations 7. linen 8. table

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Mood Board: Coachella Inspired Sweet 16

Mood Board Themed Party: Coachella Inspired Sweet 16 injinnyous,com

I have to admit I can’t go anywhere without finding inspiration for a party. The other day (as I was casually walking into Home Depot to buy paint), I found the cutest cacti in bloom. The colors of the flowers were vibrant and the textures so different that I fell in love with them. I took a picture and immediately started thinking of the different things that I could do with them.

The most obvious was a Mexican fiesta but to me that is way too expected, so I decided I would give it some more thought. When I got home, I shared with my teenager daughter my find. I wanted to do a themed Sweet 16 with them so I asked her if she had any ideas. She instantly responded: “Coachella!”. Absolutely, Coachella it is. It’s perfect!

Coachella is an annual Arts and Music festival that takes place in the spring in the Colorado desert in California. As you can expect, the ambiance is super casual and has an all around bohemian feel. Lots of celebrities attend each year making it an instant “add it to the bucket list” for teens.

I decided to do a Coachella during the day party for my mood board, but you can do a Coachella at night as well. Just add lots of lighted art installations. With this theme the sky is the limit, it is an arts festival after all! Now, let’s face it, you can’t have a Coachella party without good music. Live bands and entertainment! To top it all off, just found out today that Guns N’ Roses is reuniting this year at Coachella. It can’t get any better than that.

Oh Sweet Child O’ Mine, it’s time to get to planning this festival.

You can see the whole Pinterest board here.

Image credits: 1. Lounge 2. Table 3. Models 4. Invitation 5. Cacti 6. Cake 7. Hanging Floral