Why and How to Host a Vision Board Party

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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.

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 stack of old magazines, and an appetizer, dessert, or a bottle of vino.


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Here's my vision board!

What to buy for your vision board party

– A bunch of glue sticks.

– Lots of pairs of scissors and a pair of left-handed scissors for the lefties in your life.

– One poster board per person (and maybe a few extras in case of mistakes).

– Snacks and drinkies to share.

– For extra flair, get some stick-on poster letters.

– 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

– 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.

Time for another vision board party!

Many of the images I placed on my vision board 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!

All photos by Colleen Lanin.

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.


  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 –

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  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!)


  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. 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.

        • 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.


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