Over the last couple of months I’ve come to appreciate the value of an inspiration board. It’s a tool that I never gave much thought to this time last year. I will also admit, that this time last year I didn’t have a clue as to what an inspiration board was.
I remember reading about them on tons of gorgeous party blogs and scratching my head trying to figure what they were, and better yet, how could I do one? Of course all I had to do what was google it and lo and behold there was everything I needed to know about inspiration boards.
If you’re planning a party please consider putting together an inspiration board. You don’t have to share it with anyone else, unless someone has enlisted your services to help them with the planning. It may even be helpful to print it out for those times when you may be gathering supplies or out and about buying them. Of course you can have a picture stored in your smartphone, but sometimes there’s nothing like the real thing. If you plan to print your board, consider taking it to an office supply store and have them do it for you on cardstock.. Colorful boards can drain your ink reservoir dry and it will cost less than a $1.00 a sheet.
To put one together you need access to a photo editing site that allows you to make a collage. I’ve been using Picnik, but after April 19th when they pack up shop, I’ll have to find another one. Picasa also has a collage feature but it doesn’t leave you with many options for assembling then. Speaking of assembling your collage, don’t make it too busy. Too many pictures don’t allow you to keep your focus and makes it hard to tie your theme together cohesively.
It’s so cool to see the ideas spring from your head and onto the screen where you can see if they are really as great as you think they are. Or, if they are a flaming hot mess. As of today my Easter theme is, “Pastels and Polka Dots”, we’ll see how it all meshes out a couple of weeks from now.
The one thing I’m find out about putting them together and specifically posting them is you have to give credit where credit is due. The same thing we’ve been dealing with in regards to Pinterest these days. The first board was created in Picnik and the second one in Picasa. The pictures I’m sharing here are from 123RF a royalty free image sight. There are a few that had no watermark or it was small and I couldn’t read it. The Pink Velvet Cheesecake in the first board is my own.
Remember party planning and entertaining doesn’t have to leave you tearing your hair out. Play around with your pictures and your ideas. Pay attention to the colors and textures, do they work well together? Looking at them in a different way can lead to different ideas. It can also help you figure how what type and how many serving pieces you’ll need. Use inspiration boards for upcoming events and events that are further down the road. It’s never too early too plan ahead. Who knows what you’ll come up with next!