Tuesday, January 25, 2011

{inspiration} new york glitz inspiration board

I recently created a series of inspiration boards for an upcoming Sweet 16 party for my co-worker Adrienne's daughter. We decided on a "New York" theme since she is currently in love with New York and is about to redecorate her room in that very same theme. Starting my inspiration hunt, I tried to look for NYC inspiration boards as a launching point: no luck! Hopefully these boards will make it around blogland enough to offer some quick inspiration for other party planners and brides!


Cityscape {source?}, Black & White centerpiece {HWTM}, Red floral centerpiece {Catch My Party}, White pendant {Aunt Peaches}, Street Signs {Innovative Party Planners}, Apple centerpiece {}, Sparklers {HWTM}, Red pomander {HWTM}, Taxi Cab place card holders {Weddingbee}, Subway Art {Flying Junction}, Feather Tree {HWTM}

The common colors/prints to re-occur throughout the party are: black, white, red, and damask. I really wanted to incorporate classic New York City life touches to the party's overall theme. The skyline could be created and be a backdrop to the tables or for all over the walls surrounding the dance floor. The dance floor is going to have those great, vintage round lights hung from the ceiling. With the skyline, a rooftop party in downtown NYC would be the vibe. Feather trees and gem drops to add to the "glitz" part of the party--after all it is for a Sweet 16! Who doesn't think of Taxis when they think of New York? Directional signage and place card holders are perfect ways to add them to the mix. I also wanted to incorporate (red)apples and subway art. Filling glass cylinders is just one way to add apples to the decor.


Fruit Display {Kara's Party Ideas}, Glamour Tablescape {Celebrations At Home}, Empire State Candleholder {Shindigz}, Ribbon Backdrop {Icing Designs}, B/W Tablescape {Kara's Party Ideas}, Apples {All Things Nellis}, Damask tablescape {Kara's Party Ideas}, Glittered Letters {HWTM}, Twine Balls {Weddingbee}, Red & Silver Tablescape {HWTM}

This decor inspiration page relates more to the party's tablescapes. Love how the cherries are displayed on individual stands. This could be used for plenty other "clusters" of food to make into single serve portions. 2 GREAT dessert tables are featured: bling and damask. I really fancy the idea of using a glam, beaded curtain to add some bling to a black backdrop. I also loved the feathers and damask tablecloth. I actually found a 4 1/2' wire Empire State building at Hobby Lobby that Adrienne purchased. That will definitely make a statement! I think little photo op or sitting area vignettes could have that adorable ribbon backdrop. The images could be shots of NY. Twine balls are inexpensive crafts that could be great space fillers and could create drama when used the right way. I had Adrienne purchase ornaments in silver and black at the end of the season for mega cheap to use a vase fillers at the party as well. For some more glitz, sparkly letters could spell out: 16, NYC, her daughter's name... A way to add height to tablescaping is the use of boxes. Wrap them in a shimmery and glittery fabric/paper. Apples are also another idea for placecards.


Cupcake Tower {Pink Cake Box}, Damask Cake {Source?}, Lollipop Tree {Kara's Party Ideas}, Marshmallow Pops {Source?}, Number Suckers {Kara's Party Ideas}, Printed Oreos {Sweeties By Kim}, B/W Cookies {Slash/Food}, Water Bottle Wraps {Sweet Sanity}, Cheesecake {The Review Lady}, Brownie Meringue Bites {HWTM}, NYC Cookies {Art Journaler}, Gum {Anders Ruff}

A candy/dessert buffet is going to be a part of the upcoming party. This board features different proposed candy and dessert options past standard, colored candy. The first two pictures are for different cake inspiration ideas. I really like the 3D cityscape on the top tier. Black and white cookies as well as cheesecake are traditional NYC desserts and would compliment the table very well. A way to jazz up regular, classic candy/desserts: wrap regular gum packs in patterned paper to match the theme, dip marshmallows in chocolate and put on a paper straw, custom printed oreos, buy chocolate sucker molds and make your initial suckers, and take delicious brownie bites and make a little more special with a premade meringue added to the top with a bit of frosting. The water bottle wraps are available on etsy and they have different cityscapes from around the US which can be customized to the specific event. How perfect?!?

I hope that party inspiraton is found from the boards that I assembled. Happy planning!




  1. The second one is my fave! Love that backdrop that Chris did with the beaded curtain!

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