Who loves creating vision boards? I know I do! Which is why I decided to host my first one with my girlfriends to help set and plan goals for the new year! I thought it would be a good time to share what I learned and what I would and wouldn’t do for the next go round’!
To kick off the evening, we poured up a shot to get going and get everyone in the mood! I figured there was no point in planning and manifesting for the new year if we were still holding on to baggage from this year, so I passed around a slip of paper where everyone wrote down the things they are leaving behind in 2018. We took those slips of paper and put them in a balloon.
Now, the goal was to do a symbolic balloon release, but no one told me that you needed helium and not oxygen to make balloons float. So, we opted for plan B and burned the papers instead. After we released, we went inside to eat and socialize, and then we got to work.
We spent about an hour or so creating our boards before we shared out. We ended the night exchanging emails and phone numbers to hold each other accountable throughout the year, and a quick prayer.
I encourage you to plan your party in a way that will create engagement and fun for you and your guests! Remember, there’s no right or wrong way to host! As long as there’s fun, everyone will enjoy themselves. To give you some ideas, here’s how I went about planning my party:
As an appetizer, I kept it simple with chips, salsa, and spinach dip! For the main course, I was lucky enough to have my mom hook me and my girls up with a good hearty meal of beans. Now they aren’t just beans – that’s what we call them. It’s actually beans, sausage, and turkey meat, that we eat over rice and cornbread. It’s bomb ya’ll!! Lastly for dessert, we had chocolate chip cookies!
The drinks were definitely in abundance though. I had unlimited bottles of wine, cognac, and vodka. Needless to say, my girls and I had a grand time!
- cheese and meat tray
- fruit tray
- finger sandwiches
- lil’ smokies sausages
- cheesecake bites
- ice cream
- cake slices
How you decorate for your party is essential! I wanted to make sure I tell you that, because I didn’t do that! Yeah, I know, hypocritical. But it’s okay! Initially, I wanted to go all out on decor – ALL. OUT! I wanted a photo frame, glitter everywhere, balloons, the whole nine.
But my bank account quickly snapped me back to realization and told me to reel it in a bit, so I did. I didn’t think it wise to blow my budget on decor for just a few hours. So instead of splurging on glittery and cute decor, I picked a color scheme. My color scheme consisted of black, gold, and pink because those are classy and chic colors in my opinion. I incorporated these colors in the plates, cups, silverware, and a cute paper tassel border. The best thing about my decor was that it all came from Dollar Tree. I spent a total of $6 on my decorations!
My tip to you is to pick colors and decorations that will enhance your night as much as possible. If you’re in the mood to splurge, then by all means, but if not, then I’d definitely suggest picking a color scheme or ‘vibe,’ and going to the dollar store [the Dollar Tree where everything is a dollar] for all of your decorating needs.
There are many different ways you can get supplies for your guests. You can tell everyone to bring magazines, pitch in $5 to offset the cost of supplies or have them bring in scissors and glue. For me, I didn’t want my guests to worry about anything; I just wanted them to show up, so I had everything provided for them. I went to the dollar store to get all of the supplies except scissors [we had like 6 pairs lying around the house] and the magazines.
The magazines, I was able to get for free from my library at work. If you don’t work at a school, an option is to hit up your local neighborhood library for their free magazines or encourage your guests to bring magazines in themselves. Here’s everything I had prepared for my girls:
- Scissors [several pairs]
- Glue sticks
- Glitter Glue
- Poster Board [I opted for smaller poster board for my guests because to me, a full board was excessive, but do what you feel is best]
- Magazines [the more diverse your magazines are, the better – get fashion, food, wedding, lifestyle, exercise, etc]
This is something you can take or leave. If I had to do it all over again, I’d probably leave gifts out because they took up the bulk of my budget. I gave out three different gifts:
- First to arrive gift [a glitter notebook -$5]
- Ice Breaker gift [$10 Chick-fil-a gift card]
- Gift bags: [roughly $6 per bag]
- mini notebook with an inspirational quote
- bath bomb
- body oil
- mini bottle of wine
I spent about $65 on gifts alone, which definitely could’ve gone to something else, so again, for your party, decide if it’s something you can take or leave. If you feel that you have to have gifts, opt for something that’s about $2 per person [notebook & pen, candy bar & soda, etc]
And that’s it! I do hope you found this helpful! If you are planning on hosting a vision board party, let me know in the comments how you’re going to plan it!
As always, keep up with me on Instagram and I’ll talk to you later!