Creating a Mood Board

When I was studying for my Diploma of Interior Design many moons ago, I was first introduced to the concept of mood boards.

A mood board is a type of collage that may consist of images, text, and samples of objects in a composition of the choice of the mood board creator. Designers and others use mood boards to develop their design concepts and to communicate to other members of the design team and clients.

When you start planning an event such as a Wedding, Engagement or Birthday party, creating a mood board allows you to see different colours, textures and ideas put together.  You don’t need to have it over complicated just use some cut out from a magazine or favourite pictures you have found on the internet.

A mood board is also a great way to ensure that your decorators, florists, reception venues or wedding planner has a clear vision of how you envision your special day.

Whilst searching the web, here are some of my favourite mood boards. Hopefully this will help inspire you for your next event.

Until next time,

Happy Planning Everyone

xoxo Christine

Fresh Green

cakes and flowers




Winter Wedding Mood Board

To Veil or not to Veil

With so many different options for a veil today I have put together some of my favourite veils and a few hints and tips to help you choose your perfect veil.

My first pick is the traditional Cathedral length veil (think Grace Kelly and Princess Diana).  Timeless and classic.  Cathedral veils are the longest and generally the most formal and they work best with a full length classic gown.   You can also do a little twist on the tradition with having it as a detachable veil so you can still kick up your shoes and dance the night away.
Princess Diana Wedding Dress Image via Pinterest

Princess Diana Wedding Dress
Image via Pinterest

A little too much?  You can start to scale back and look at the Chapel length veils all the way to the Elbow length veils.

The Chapel and Floor length veils are shorter than the cathedral length yet generally still drape on the floor.
Both of these veils look best with a formal gown yet you do not need to have a train.
You then start to move into the Waist and Elbow length veils.  They are both extremely versatile as they can be worn with the traditional ball gowns or more modern gowns.
Birdcage veils are becoming ever so popular. For me they are perfect for a vintage theme.  Some of my favourites are Reece Witherspoon’s character in Sweet Home Alabama.

Sweet home Alabama wedding Image fromPinterest

Sweet home Alabama wedding
Image from Pinterest

Most veils today are detachable and can be removed after the ceremony which allows you to hit the dance floor at the reception or without ruining your hairstyle.  If you decide not to wear a veil you can still add some bling with some great Hair Jewels available.

It can be as simple as a bejeweled comb, a sparkling tiara, a flower crown or an elaborate feathered concoction (picture Carrie’s hairpiece from Sex in the City).  Which ever of these options you choose, ensure that you take your hairpiece or veil with your when you go for your trial hairdressing appointment.  This will ensure that it can be secured in your hair properly and avoid any mishaps.
 And then sometimes the dress says it all and no veil is required
Fergie and Josh Image courtesy of GreenWeddingShoes

Fergie and Josh
Image courtesy of GreenWeddingShoes

Chair Style

Take a seat and let me show you some fantastic

Chair Style inspirations.

Mix and match chairs for a vintage feel.  Perfect for a Country or Vintage theme

Mr and Mrs. The ribbon colour of your choice to match your colour scheme

Classic Black and White with a Pop of Colour. These White Metal Cones with Embossing are perfect to fill with rose petals, confetti or bubbles.

I love this Black and White look with the

added elegance of Ruffles.

Celebration Peonies. Simple and stunning. These Celebration Peonies are available in a range of colours and sizes to match any colour scheme

Until next time,

Happy Planning Everyone

DIY Photo Booths

Photo Booths are lots of fun and your guests can enjoy making some great memories.  However the reality is that some Photo Booths can cost over $1000 per event to hire.

If don’t have the resources to buy or rent a photo booth, you can make your own.

The key ingredient for all DIY Photo Booths, is a digital camera.  Either set up a digital camera on a tripod or have a friend or family member be the “photographer” for the event.  Digital cameras are perfect for Photo Booths as you can preview the photo straight away.  If you can also invest in a small photo printer and have it set up ready, your friends can instantly take home a unique souvenir as they are great Wedding or Party Favours.

You can make your Photo Booth as easy and simple as you like, just by adding a few props and standing in front of a white wall is a great place to start.  Most of all, it is about the fun and craziness that makes Photo Booths so special.

Here are some simple and creative ways to add a little more fun to your DIY Photo Booth for your next event.

1.  Frame It

Visit your local secondhand store of market and be on the look out for large paintings.  Pay careful attention to the frame as this is what you are most interested in.  Most secondhand stores have large paintings which may or not be your taste, but the frames are mostly made from timber which are generally stained or in a Gold finish.  As long as the frame is in good order you are half way there.

Simply remove the painting from the frame and any nails or studs left over and now you have your photo booth.

There are many different ways in which you can use the frames and my favorite is to hang the frame or a few different sized frames from a large tree branch and let nature be the backdrop.  If you are unable to find large frames, buy a number of small to medium size frames and these will be light enough for your guest to pick up and Frame themselves in the photo.

Rustic Picture Frame Photo Booth

2.  The Backdrop

There are so many different backdrops available however one of my favorites is the “Kissing Booth”.   Kissing Photo Booth

It reminds me of a country carnival with the Candy Red Stripes and the Yellow Banner.

You can have this banner personalised with your name and date to add that extra WOW factor.

Some other cost-effective backdrops are to use the game mat from Twister, or a shower curtain.  The colours are fantastic and you can reuse it over and over again.  Great for kid’s parties.

A simple yet effective backdrop is to hang a range of different coloured streamers by using an old broom or mop handle and hold them into place with some sticky tape.

3. Props

No Photo Booth is complete without props.  There are great templates available on the internet and with a little help from Google, you can find so many different shapes and themes.

Once you have downloaded them, visit your local craft store or bargain shop and purchase some wooden Ice-Cream sticks.  Then simply attach the Props to the wooden Ice-Cream sticks.

I suggest using sticky tape or craft glue.  Just ensure when using glue that is safe to use on paper especially if you have printed them on coloured paper as the colour may run.  The quality of the paper is also important, try to obtain some card stock (paper that is around 22ogsm) as this will make them more durable.

Some other great alternatives are Feather Boas, Crowns, Cowboy Hats and Large Sunglasses which can all be purchased at your local discount store.

Photo Booth Props

4.  A little bit extra

Here are few extra things you can add to your Photo Booth.

Buy some magnet dots from your local craft or discount store and keep them next to your printer, so you guests can go home and place their photo the fridge for display.

An alternative for a digital camera is your web cam on your lap top.  This way you can ensure that the photos are stored directly onto your computer or USB.

Place a sign near the Photo Booth instructing your guest to have some fun.  There are also some great free templates you can download and print from the internet.

Most of all is have fun.  Create memories that will last a life time.

Until next time,

Happy Planning Everyone

How to Create a DIY Candy Buffet

Everyone loves Candy.  Create a Sweet memory at your next event with a Candy Buffet for you and your guests to enjoy.

Here are my simple steps to create a beautiful, fun and yummy Candy Buffet.



 Glass Jars or Candy Vases

You don’t need to spend a fortune on Jars or Vases.   Most people have a vase or two at home.  Also make a few phone calls to your Mum, Sister, Aunty or Friends and find out what vases they have hidden away.   A cost-effective alternative is to visit your local flea markets or thrift stores.

You can always find a great bargain there and it wont break the bank.  Also consider using decorative glasses for items such as lollipops and musk sticks.

Scoops and spoons

Whilst out searching for your vases, also look out for some great scoops or spoons.  You may not need one for every jar as you can scatter then around the table.

Another great option is to visit your local kitchen store and purchase some white serving spoons.  White is great for any colour scheme you have chosen and you can always use them again at home.

  Favour Bags and Boxes

There are so many options available now.  Favour bags are cost-effective and are available in a variety of different colours and styles.  To add some extra flair, consider using items such as Asian take away container or Popcorn Cartoons.



Now for the fun part, Candy.  You can still be really creative when purchasing your candy.  Consider your style, theme and colour scheme when purchasing your candy.

When buying Candy, I stick to the brands I know.  This way you know it tastes good and your guests will enjoy.

You should allow about 250  – 300 grams of Candy per guest.  If the Candy Buffet is going to be used instead of dessert I would suggest adding just a little be more.

Some of my favourites are:

Candy Buffet - Selecting the perfect candyJelly Beans:  Everyone loves Jelly Beans.  You can purchase Jelly Beans in single colours or as a mixture of different colours.  They are very affordable and a lot goes a long way.

Strawberries “n” Creams: A classic. Great for weddings, kids birthdays and even Pink themed baby showers.

Conversation Hearts:  A great way to get everyone talking.  Printed message on delicious candy.

Milk Bottles: Another Classic, but great for any theme of colour scheme.

Lollipops:  Available in different shapes and sizes that can be matched to your theme.  Consider using lollipops to add some height and a splash of colour to your Candy Buffet.


This is where you can let your imagination go wild.  Decorating the Vases or Jars are a great way to add some extra colour and WOW factor to the Candy Buffet.

One of my biggest tips is to go out and buy some sticky dots.  They are a small round double-sided dot which can be used to hold up your ribbon around the Vase or Jar without ruining the surface.

Here are my favourite decorations:

Table Cloth

A printed table-cloth or runner can add that extra bit of flair to your Candy Buffet.  An affordable option is to visit your local fabric store and ask them what is currently on special or for what is on the cutting floor as you don’t need a lot of fabric.

Paper Lantern

You can string them together and hang above the candy buffet or have them placed on the table.

Table Scatters

Simple and effective way to grab everyone’s attention.  Available in varies colours and themes there is one to match every event.

Telephone books and Novels

I am not going crazy.  Simply wrap in decorative wrapping paper and you can place your Candy Jars or Vases on top to add some extra height to your Candy Buffet.  They are great as they are sturdy and you can unwrap and use again for your next event.  Another great decorating idea is to visit your local second-hand book shop and purchase some classic hardcover books.  Glue a number together and use them as a feature stand for your biggest vase or jar.

Check with your local craft store as the best glue to use.


There is no right or wrong way when setting up your Candy Buffet.

The first step is to grab all of your empty decorated vases and jars and place them on the table.  Then spread them out ensuring that your guests can access each vase easily.  This is  so they are not having to lean over and potentially knock over the vase or jar.

Once you are happy with the layout, then you can place the Candy in the Vase or Jar.

Now enjoy.

Happy Planning Everyone!


A Little Favour

Favours (also known as Bombonieres) are a little gift given by the Bride and Groom as a way to say “Thanks” and also a way for your guests to remember you special day.

Not just for wedding anymore, Favours are given out at Birthday Parties, Engagements and even Baby Showers.

With so many different option now available, Favours now can complement your theme, style and colour scheme of your next special event.

These Favours will add that extra bit of WOW Factor to your next event.  Simple yet elegant, these favours can also be used a Place Card holder to make it even more cost effective.

Show a little more of your sense of humour with these cute little gnomes. 

Perfect for an outdoor wedding.

Everyone one love a Cinderalla moment.  These Cinderalla Wedding Carriage Candles will do that.

For every event, Just as Planned has the perfect Favour for you.  Visit us now at to find your perfect Favour.

Until next time,

Happy Planning Everyone!