How & Why to Host a Vision Board Party

A vision board is collage representing things you would like to attract to your life. You can cut pictures and phrases out of magazines, print images from websites, and include your own photos in the collage. You glue the images and words onto a piece of poster board and place it somewhere you can see it on a regular basis (mine is hanging on the bulletin board in my home office). Then you sit back and wait for the magic to happen! A vision board party is a fun way to create the life that you want for yourself. (Originally posted June 2010. Updated January 2014.)

How to host a vision board party!

Making a vision board sounds like a good idea. But it sounds like a lot of work too. Am I right? Don’t put it off any longer. To make sure your vision board gets made, you need to throw a vision board party!

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A party guest creating her vision board

Why to host a vision board party

– It forces you to set aside the time needed to create a vision board to draw positive things into your life.

– You will have more magazines from which to select your images and phrases.

– It’s a great excuse to get the girlies together for a night of fun!

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A party wouldn’t be a party without some food and drinks!

How to plan a vision board party

-Invite your friends.  Keep the party to a manageable number – say six to 12 girlfriends (or however many can squeeze in around your kitchen or dining room table). Don’t bother with paper invitations; just send an email invite. The point is to de-stress your life, not add more unneeded tasks! Be sure not to invite any Debbie Downers to the shindig. You don’t need that kind of energy messing up your vision board.

– Request a few things. Ask everyone to bring a pair of scissors, a stack of old magazines, and an appetizer, dessert, or a bottle of vino.

– Head to the store. Once you have a rough idea of how many people will be attending the party, purchase a handful of glue sticks, one poster board per person, a snack to share, and some drinkies.

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Here’s my vision board!

What to do at your vision board party

– Start with introductions and intentions. If everyone doesn’t know each other, or even if they do, go around the table stating your name and what you hope to achieve with your vision board. (For me? Balance, less stress, family time, good health, love, a deeper connection with nature…and, of course, travel!). We didn’t actually do this at my vision board party, but it sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it?!

– Get to work. Clip those magazines to shreds. Lay out a general design for your board. I think it’s a good idea to put a strong image of your central intention in the center of your board. Mine is of a woman balancing on one hand in front of a waterfall. For me it represents strength, peace, balance, and beauty.

– Glue everything on THAT night! Some of my friends had to leave early and took their clippings and board home separately with the intention to paste it together later. That was a few weeks ago. Their boards still haven’t been finished.

– Leave some white space. This gives you room to add additional images as you find them. (I still need to add a picture of Oprah to my board…’cause ya never know!) Plus the white space allows room for serenity on your board. If there is too much chaos, you might just draw chaos to your life!

- Eat. Drink. Be merry!

A giant Champagne bottle full of "dreams" at the Disney Dream ship christening

A giant Champagne bottle full of “dreams” at the Disney Dream ship christening

Be open to how your vision board dreams are realized – an update

Once you create a vision board to help define what you want in your life, work toward your goals but understand that your desires might manifest in a different way than you imagined. I originally wrote this post in June 2010. Here are some updates on how these images have manifested realities in my life.

After I had to cancel a long-anticipated family Disney Cruise for financial reasons, I added a photo of a Disney ship in the Caribbean to my vision board. I also asked my young daughter at bedtime some nights to picture our whole family on board a cruise ship, dancing with Mickey Mouse. When I received a package in the mail from Disney, I was thrilled to discover my family had been invited to the inaugural sailing of Disney’s ship, Dream. It wasn’t the cruise I had originally signed up for, and we still couldn’t afford to book the cruise ourselves, but the cruise came to us anyway, and in a grand fashion too.

Oprah's smiling face on  my vision board

Oprah’s smiling face on my vision board

I eventually added a photo of Oprah to my vision board because this media queen stars in three of my bucket list wishes. Bucket lists are another great tool for defining and drawing what you want into your life. The three wishes are: 1) Be a part of Oprah’s audience; 2) Meet Oprah; and 3) Be featured on Oprah’s show. (Yes, she still has a show—a few of them, in fact, on her OWN Network).

When Oprah hosted her network television program, I tried several times to obtain tickets via her lottery system with no luck. After adding Oprah’s smiling face to my vision board, however, the tickets came to me. I had signed up as a member of her website once upon a time but didn’t really do much with my membership. Then one day I received an email from Oprah’s team inviting me to attend one of her shows…not because I was a blogger, but because I had signed up to receive emails from them occasionally. Before I knew it, I was sitting in the third row, center at a taping of her Lifeclass in Houston, Texas.

In a way, all three of my Oprah bucket list wishes came true that day. Again, these dreams weren’t realized exactly how I envisioned it, but you don’t necessarily get to choose the “how” portion of your visualizations. Read more about my Oprah dreams realized.

Many of the images I placed on my vision board three years ago have come to me in one way or another. Some of them haven’t, which means these dreams may still be headed my way. A few years have passed since I first made my vision board and now I have new dreams to add to my wish list. Maybe I should add a few more images? Or, maybe it’s time to throw another vision board party!

What do you think about vision boards? Let us know in the comments below!

A Note from The Travel Mama: CalNaturale provided us with two complimentary bottles of wine to sample at the party. CalNaturale wines are made from organic grapes and come in eco-friendly packaging. The gals at the party who tend to like a crisp white wine preferred the chardonnay while the red wine lovers enjoyed the full-bodied cabernet. Thank you CalNaturale for the tasty wine!

All photos by Colleen Lanin.

About Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

Colleen Lanin is a mom of two and the founder/editor-in-chief of TravelMamas.com. As the author of THE TRAVEL MAMAS' GUIDE, she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show, NBCNews.com, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen teaches blogging classes and has given travel tips on television, radio, and as a paid video blogger. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing.

Comments

  1. Great blog! I loved making a vision board…I wish I had a party to go to when I made it. :-)

  2. I really enjoyed the Vision Board party. I plan to host one myself this summer. Thank you, Colleen.

  3. This was fun, thanks for instigating it and helping us get clear on our goals and envisioning how we want our lives to be!

  4. Now you’ve inspired me to make one, even though I’ve been thinking about it for some time. I think it was the box of Chardonnay that sold me.

    So great to meet you this weekend!

  5. Hi there –

    I received a question about where you can purchase CalNaturale wines. The wines can be found at natural food and specialty stores such as Whole Foods, Jimbo’s, Fred Meyer, Harry & David’s, and others. The wine can’t be purchased from their website but CalNaturale will soon be adding a store locator to the site.

    Cheers!

  6. smart brains says:

    Great blog! I loved making a vision board…I wish I had a party to go to when I made it. I really enjoyed the Vision Board party thanks for sharing this blog and great reply.
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  7. Oh my gosh, this is a fabulous idea! what better way to have fun with your friends and put together all your dreams and aspirations!

    I have difficulty in believing that it would only take one night, it was an entire process for me to put mine together, but I guess you could have it over a series of nights! Sure beats bowling! haha

    Thanks for the great idea!

  8. Create My Mind Movie – I’m so glad you are inspired by this idea. It was a lot of fun. Let me know how it goes if you do throw a Vision Board Party!

  9. Awesome Idea. thanks! I will have one as well :)

  10. what fun!!

  11. What a great idea! We talk about it so much, but what a great way to inspire and to be inspired.

  12. I love the idea of doing this with a group of girlfriends or family members. COuld be a nice idea for kids to do, too!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Jenna – What a great idea to do this with children. Hmm…I’m thinking I need to figure out a way to incorporate this into my daughter’s next birthday party. It’d be a fun and inspiring activity that would leave kids with more than a sugar rush!

  13. Have one question, I have a yacht charter company, can we do that in the yacht? As you might know yacht sometimes might shake if any kind of current hits it so I want to throw such party but kinda afraid.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Dogan – I don’t see why not! Just use children’s safety scissors and you should be good to go!

  14. Fun — i had never heard of this!

  15. Love this idea!

    What a great way to share and collaborate on creating your dream life with your friends and family (and also to be held accountable through showing others your dream path in life!)

    Cheers,
    Kristi

  16. I hosted a vision board party for family on last Janauary. We are coming together again in January 2014 to review, discuss and update our boards.

  17. That’s fun. When do we get to cut out snowflakes?

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Mike – If you want to draw snow into your life, I suppose a few homemade snowflakes would be a great addition to your vision board!

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