Why and How to Host a Vision Board Party

Travel Mamas sometimes receives compensation and/or hosted travel and sample products related to blog posts. This story may include affiliate links for which we receive a small commission at no extra cost to consumers.

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 ensure your vision board gets made, host a vision board party. Throwing a vision board party is a fun way to define the life that you want for yourself, while having a whole lot of fun and helping others realize their life goals, too. Learn how to host a vision board party including what to buy, how to structure the party, how to make inspirational vision boards, and what NOT to do.

How to Host a Vision Board Party

What is a vision board

A vision board is collage representing things you would like to attract to your life. Vision boards can focus on something specific, like career, love life, or goals for the year. Or, you can make a board that encompasses general life desires. To make a vision board, cut pictures and phrases out of magazines, print images from websites, and include your own photos in the collage. Next 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 in my walk-in closet.) Then sit back and wait for the magic to happen!

My latest vision board ~ Why and How to Host a Vision Board Party

My latest vision board (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Why host a vision board party

Hosting a vision board party forces you to set aside the time needed to create a vision board to draw positive things into your life. Plus, you will have more magazines from which to select your images and phrases. And it's a great excuse to get friends or family together.

Hosting a vision board with friends is fun and inspiring

Hosting a vision board with friends is fun and inspiring (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

How to plan a vision board party

When planning your vision board party, keep the number of attendees to a manageable number. I suggest inviting six to twelve friends, or however many can comfortably fit around your kitchen or dining room table. Be sure not to invite any Debbie Downers to the shindig, either. You don’t need that kind of energy messing up everyone's vision boards.

My advice is to skip paper invitations and just send an email invite. The point is to de-stress your life, not add more unneeded tasks. In your email invitations, you should request a few things. Ask everyone to bring a stack of old magazines and maybe their own pair of scissors. To simplify things further for you as the host, ask everyone bring an appetizer, dessert, or drink to share, too.

Make sure you have plenty of magazines for your vision board party!

Make sure you have plenty of magazines for your vision board party! (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

What to buy for a vision board party


If you'll be making just a few vision boards, you could get a vision board craft kit for each party member.


What to do at your vision board party

To kick off your vision board party, start with introductions and intentions. Go around the table and have all attendees state their name and what they hope to achieve with their vision board. For example, the primary purposes for my latest vision board were to find more: work-life balance, connection with my kids, time in nature, healthy living and, of course, travel.

After setting intentions, get to work. Clip those magazines to pieces. Meanwhile, eat, drink and be merry with your fellow vision board makers!

Vision Board Party Tip: lay out images before gluing them to your board

My friend, Holly, putting together her vision board (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Tips for making a vision board

I suggest laying out a general design for your board before you start gluing. It might also be a good idea to put a strong image of your central intention in the center of your board. Mine is of a woman with arms outstretched, across which I pasted the word, “inspiring.” For me, this represents inner peace, confidence and creativity.

You should also leave some white space. This gives room to add additional images as you find them. 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!

Be sure to paste everything onto the poster boards AT THE PARTY! At my first vision board party, some of my friends had to leave early and took their clippings and boards home separately. Of course, they intended to glue the pictures to their poster boards. That was years ago and I know at least one friend who never finished her vision board.

Vision boards empower kids and help them to focus on being positive

Vision boards empower kids and help them to focus on being positive (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Tips for hosting a vision board party with kids

Making vision boards with kids is a wonderful way to help children focus on being positive. This activity can also give kids a sense of empowerment over how they want to live their lives. When hosting a vision board party with kids, you may need to help children define what types of things they want to paste to their boards and help them find appropriate pictures. Children may look at this as merely an opportunity to make a pretty collage or they might just cut out a lot of images of material things like toys and candy, instead of focusing on what truly matters to them.

Ask questions to help kids understand what kinds of things they might want to paste to their boards. Sample questions include:

  • What do you like to do for fun with your friends and family?
  • What are three goals you'd like to achieve (this year/in your life)?
  • At what activity, sport or school subject would you like to improve?
  • What would a really happy day look like for you?
  • If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would that be?
  • Do you have a favorite animal, color or food that you'd like to add to you vision board?
  • Is there someone you really admire? Who and why?

Once kids have defined some goals and things that bring them joy, you (and other adult participants) can help them find images that match these. Point out relevant images that you find, but leave it up to kids to decide if they belong on their boards. Kids should feel ownership and pride in their vision boards. Only they know what belongs in their vision.

How to host a vision board party with kids and tweens

My tween daughter's vision board (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Be open to how your vision board dreams are realized

Once you create a vision board to help define what you want in your life, you should work toward your goals but understand that your desires might manifest in different ways than you imagined. I originally wrote this post in June 2010. Here are some updates on how my original vision board has 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 to my vision board. At bedtime some nights, I also asked my young daughter to picture our whole family on board a cruise ship, dancing with Mickey Mouse. It wasn't the itinerary I had originally wanted, and we still couldn't afford to book the cruise ourselves, but the cruise came to us anyway, and in grand fashion too. Read about how this dream came true for my family.

I added a photo of Oprah to my original vision board because this media queen starred 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 were: 1) Be a part of Oprah's audience; 2) Meet Oprah; and 3) Be featured on Oprah's show. In a way, all three of my Oprah bucket list wishes came true. Again, these weren't realized exactly how I envisioned, but you don't necessarily get to choose the “how” portion of your visualizations. Read more about how my Oprah dreams came true.

It's easy and fulfilling to host a vision board party

It's easy and fulfilling to host a vision board party (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Time for another vision board party!

As time moves on, our goals and desires change. Even if you've made one vision board in the past, you may want consider making another one. I have made several vision boards over the years (and also taught a vision board workshop). Each board I've made is special in different ways.

The start of a new year is a wonderful time to host a vision board party. Or, you could make boards to celebrate a birthday, graduation or other momentous life change. You need not wait for a specific reason, though. Any time is a good time to get together with friends or family to focus on life goals and happiness during a vision board party!

For additional information, take a look at The Complete Vision Board Kit: Using the Power of Intention and Visualization to Achieve Your Dreams

Have you ever made a vision board? Do you have any questions or tips to share? Let us know in the comments below!

This story originally posted in 2010 and was updated in 2017.

About Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of TravelMamas.com. As the author of her book, "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 gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

Comments

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

  2. Genevieve Koesling says:

    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. Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

    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.
    http://travelplanningsite.com
    Travel Planning

  7. Create My Mind Movie says:

    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. Colleen at Travel Mamas says:

    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. wanderingeducators says:

    what fun!!

  11. Laurel- Capturing la Vita says:

    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. Dogan Kutbay says:

    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. Travelogged says:

    Fun — i had never heard of this!

  15. Kristi {encircled.ca} says:

    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!

  18. April McCullough says:

    I did one on my own 2 years ago but plan to host a last minute party this year! I even want my son to participate with some of his friends? We will see how that goes over!

  19. Lisa Goodmurphy says:

    This is such a great way to focus on what you want from life – I think I’m going to have to try it!

  20. Jody Robbins, The Saucy Travel Mama says:

    I made a great vision board once. Should I be doing one every year? How often do you recommend it?

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Jody – I think you could do a new vision board every year or whenever you feel you need to refocus and refresh. You can also make vision boards for different aspects of your life: work, home, travel, etc. I need to make a new one, too!

  21. I love the Vision Board idea!! I would really like to have a
    Vision Board party for men & women. I work with very low income families and would like to have them build towards financial independence. Any suggestions or ideas? Thank you all.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Michelle – My suggestion would be to focus the class on fun because people can feel overwhelmed and put off by financial planning. Then weave your messaging about financial planning throughout, encouraging attendants to put images of success, money, security, things they’d like to buy (like a home or car!), and ways they envision earning the income. Best wishes with your class – sounds wonderful!

    • I do a group and I would like to do this with my group of men and woman

  22. Great read!!! I am hosting a small Vision Board party next weekend in Atlanta for five of my closes friends. I was somewhat nervous and sometimes tend to overthink everything. Your blog post has really put my mind to ease. Thank you!!!

  23. Enjoyed reading this. You Inspired my spontaneous creative side! I am even thinking of having a vision Baird party, totally last minute today on New Year’s Eve. Even if the only attendee is me! I used to do visionboard workshops do my therapy patients and community events. I have not had one myself in 2 years 😳 Just realized! Yikes!

  24. Jill neff says:

    I’m hosting a vision board party this weekend… thank you for this amazing blog!
    Any new ideas – please send them my way!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Enjoy your vision board party, Jill! I would suggest telling your attendees to cut out whatever appeals to them without over-thinking it too much. Just cut, cut, cut and then decide what works best for your board. My family just made vision boards this weekend and it was so fun to see how all of us have similar and different wishes!

  25. Rochelle Conyers says:

    Planning to host a mother/daughter vision board party. I am very excited, I am throwing in ideas from The Bucket List and The Secret. It is important to help young women build themselves up and for mom’s to remember that they can still dream and spend a little energy on themselves.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Sounds like a wonderful idea, Rochelle! My family made vision boards together this year in January and it was really fun to see what things made it on to my kids’ boards!

      • Can you refer anyone in the California, Bay area (Oakland, Emeryville), that can attend on of these events.
        Thank you.
        Kathy

        • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

          Hi Kathy – I don’t know about formal vision board classes in the Bay Area, but it’s really very easy and fun to host your own vision board party!

  26. Hi Mrs. Colleen,
    I’ve been inspired to host a large vision board party at my school with the 5 other schools within our school district- from 8th graders to high school seniors. I wanted to thank you for this article, it is definitely helpful for the planning of this event! I intend to also have guest speakers and great food to make the event more intriguing, inspiring and fun! Do you have any tips or suggestions for this event, being that the attendants are specifically young girls in middle/high school?

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Hi Cionie – What a great idea to do a vision board party with teens! I made vision boards with my kids this January (ages 11 and 8) and we had a great time working on this project together. Since the kids you’ll be working with are a bit older this may not be any issue, but I think my kids struggled with the idea of choosing photos of things they want to draw into their lives, instead of just choosing pretty or tasty looking pictures. You don’t want kids to stress out that their images aren’t “right” but the goal isn’t merely to make a pretty collage, it should be about setting intentions for their lives. I would tell the kids that their boards can focus on one year of their lives, their high school career, or their entire lives (or any other time period). I would also let them know that they can focus on just one aspect of their lives (social life, career, sports, school, etc.) or make a more broad-themed board that incorporates all of these. I hope that helps! Enjoy your vision board party!

  27. Gina Lusardi says:

    How long are these parties. A hour, 2 hours?

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Hi Gina – You could set a limit or just let the party go until everyone has completed their vision boards. I taught a vision board class once, which gave everyone an hour to put their boards together. It was a little rushed but doable, with me walking around and helping people find the images they wanted. I would say you need at least two hours for a relaxing party during which everyone can complete a board.

  28. Deb Barton says:

    I have been invited to a vision board party with new friends from bookclub (I just moved to this area & enjoy my new friends). I have never heard of vision boards. I’m a retired teacher and I’m 30 years older than these young ladies. What would you suggest as questions to ask myself as a newly retired person to place on these vision boards? I just want to be prepared before I go. Thank you.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Hi Deb – I hope I’m not too late in answering your question! (I took some time off to spend with family over the holidays.) I think you could ask yourself the same questions I suggested under “Tips for hosting a vision board party with kids.” Since you are newly retired, think about what you want your retired life to look like. Busy or restful? Is there an organization or cause you love to which you could donate some time now that you are retired? Do you want to travel more now? To where? With whom would you like to spend your retirement? Do you want to make new friends, connect with old friends, or enjoy solitude? I hope these questions help. Enjoy your retirement! 🙂

Trackbacks

  1. Tweets that mention The Travel Mama's Blogs & Trip Reports - Accommodations, Air Travel, Disney Travel, Road Trips, Trip Reports -- Topsy.com says:

    […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Colleen Lanin, Colleen Lanin. Colleen Lanin said: New on Travel Mamas: How & Why to Throw a Vision Board Party http://bit.ly/cT77cK […]

  2. A Budget and Eco-Friendly Way of Getting a New-to-You Wardrobe | Kami Gray says:

    […] about books so we like to occasionally throw something else in the mix. Last month, we had a vision board party and this month, we held a clothing […]

  3. Reaching for the stars! (aka YOUR goals!) PLUS: My weight loss tips;) | Tomboy That Wears MakeUp says:

    […] really want to have a vision board party like these ladies did at Travelmamas.com (Wine and vision boards? Sounds fun! Anyone […]

Speak Your Mind

*

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.