4. Explain the Process
Guests might be tempted to start pasting down one pretty picture at a time, but Reed cautions that this is not the way to make a meaningful vision board. Instead, she suggests that guests first scour the magazines and clip out everything that catches their eye; then they can sift through all the clippings and assemble them in a way that’s more resonant, coherent and visually appealing. “It doesn’t have to be pretty, you don’t have to be Picasso…but you do want to make sure you are using the best images for that blank canvas, so take inventory before you paste” says Reed. Bottom line: Over-eager partygoers might get one step ahead of themselves, so it’s a good idea to share this wisdom before the visioning is in full swing.
5. Set a Time Limit
Per Reed, it’s best not to have the project drag on for too long. (It’s a vision board, not a vision bored, after all.) If you are hoping for a slightly longer bash, by all means, let the guests hang around and party down once the visioning is done, but the expert recommends limiting the vision board-making portion of the event to around 90 minutes. This will give guests ample time to make significant progress on their boards—perhaps even complete them—without tiring of the task.
6. Set the Mood
Visioning is all about tapping into unrealized desires and imagining yourself at your very happiest, without any constraints. In order to do this, though, “you have to have an open mind, be willing to accept any ideas that may come and let your inner perfectionist rest,” says Reed. And let’s just say that’s a tall order when the mood isn’t right. As such, Reed suggests making it a point to create a laid back environment by queuing up a playlist that features upbeat tunes and sending out invitations that indicate a comfy clothing dress code (no flirty cocktail dresses for this party, friends) so that guests can feel completely at ease.
It’s also worth noting that, though the aforementioned table set-up is good to have as an option and starting place for partygoers, the expert recommends that hosts do anything possible to cater to the comfort of the guests, like encouraging them to move to the floor, couch or wherever else they wish once they’re in the groove.
7. Serve Snacks and Refreshments
Goal-setting can be scary and ambition can work up quite an appetite—solve both problems by serving some cocktails or wine, plus an appealing spread of finger foods and party appetizers that guests can help themselves to at their leisure. (Hint: Getting hangry is one of those unpleasant constraints that can put a serious damper on the visioning project.)