Vision Board Party Planning Tips for Fun & Inspiration

To draw more of what you want into your life and ensure your vision board gets made, host a vision board party! As someone who has attended and hosted many vision board events, I am a big believer in gathering with others to create vision boards. These parties are a great way to define your best life while helping others envision their dreams. They’re a whole lot of fun, too. Whether you’re making boards with friends, family members, or kids — follow these vision board party tips for an inspirational and entertaining event.

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My own vision board (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

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What Is a Vision Board

A vision board is a collage that uses the law of attraction to draw more of what you want into your life. Even if you don’t believe in this philosophy, making a dream board helps to define new goals in a fun and creative way.

Vision boards can focus on something specific like career, love life, or the coming year. Or, you can make a board that encompasses your general life intentions.

Vision board party results
Vision board party results (Photo credit: Travel Mamas)

To make a vision board that will help you achieve your aims, the first step is cutting lots of pictures and phrases out of magazines that represent your desires. You can also print images from websites or 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 regularly. (Mine is hanging in my walk-in closet.) Then sit back and wait for the magic to happen!

Casual vision board party
It’s easy and fulfilling to host your own vision board party (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Why Host a Vision Board Party

Throwing a vision board party motivates us to set aside the time needed to create a vision board to define what we want in our lives. Plus, more participants means more magazines from which to select images and phrases. And vision board parties provide a great excuse to get friends or family together!

Vision board party with friends
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 four 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!

Co-ed vision board party
Co-ed vision board party (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

To invite people to your vision board workshop, my advice is to skip paper invitations and just send emails. The point is to de-stress your life, not add more unneeded tasks.

Vision board party supplies
Vision board party supplies from my last party (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Vision Board Supplies

In your email invitations, request a few things. Ask each guest to bring a stack of magazines. You may also want to ask everyone to bring their own scissors. To simplify the entire party planning process, ask each guest to bring a snack or drink to share, too.

Scissor party pack
Scissor party pack (Photo from

What to Buy for Your Vision Board Party

Inspirational words and phrases
Inspirational words and phrases (Photo from

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

Vision board craft kits
Vision board craft kits (Photo from

When to Host Your Party

A vision board party to define New Year’s resolutions makes a fun New Year tradition each January after the busy holiday season. Or, you could make boards to celebrate a birthday, graduation, or other meaningful life change.

You need not wait for a specific reason, though. Any time is a good time to gather with close friends and family at a vision board party!

Whereas good food and drinks are often the focal point of a typical shindig, the main goal of a vision board party is to create a positive physical representation of what you and your party guests want out of life. To keep the focus on the boards, avoid hosting your event during mealtimes. Instead, choose a late morning, mid-afternoon, or post-dinner start time.

Vision board party snacks and drinks
Vision board party snacks (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Vision Board Party Food and Drinks

Hands will be busy flipping through magazines, cutting out images, and gluing things onto poster boards. Therefore, stick with simple snacks that don’t make a lot of mess.

Vision Board Party Food Ideas

  • Hard Cheeses
  • Crackers
  • Grapes
  • Sliced melons
  • Apple slices
  • Cookies
  • Dried fruits
  • Vegetables and dip
  • Olives

For a festive party with adult attendees, you may want to serve mimosas for a morning party or wine and beer at a later party. No matter the age of attendees, it’s always a great idea to have some fun non-alcoholic drinks on hand like sparkling water, juice, and craft sodas. Put drinks in ice buckets so guests can serve themselves.

Variety of drinks
Provide a variety of drinks (Photo credit: belchonock,

What to Do at a Vision Board Party

To kick off your party, start with introductions and intentions. Go around the table and have all attendees state their names 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. You may want to have a computer with a printing station set up nearby so attendees can print out specific images or words for their boards, too. Meanwhile, eat, drink, and be merry with your fellow vision board makers!

Vision board party guest
My friend putting together her vision board (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

How to Make a Vision Board

I suggest laying out a general design for your board before you start gluing. You might also put a strong image of your central intention in the middle of your design.

On one of my vision boards, the center image is of a woman with arms outstretched, across which I pasted the word, “inspiring.” For me, this represents inner peace, confidence, and creativity.

Magazine clippings
Magazine clippings for vision boards (Photo credit: saffiresblue,

You should also leave some blank 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, a couple of my friends had to leave early and took their magazine clippings and boards home separately. Of course, they intended to glue the pictures to their poster boards. That was years ago, and those friends never finished their boards.

Vision board
One of my vision boards (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Vision Board Party with Kids

Making vision boards with kids is a perfect way to help children focus on being positive. This fun activity also gives kids a sense of empowerment regarding their lives and futures.

Without guidance, children may see this as merely an opportunity to make a pretty collage. 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.

When hosting a vision board party with children, help kids define what types of things they want to paste to their boards and assist them in finding appropriate pictures by asking helpful questions.

Child making vision board
My son making his board at our family vision board party (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Vision Board Questions to Ask Kids

  • 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 you go?
  • Do you have a favorite animal, color, or food that you’d like to add to your board?
  • Is there someone you admire a lot? Who and why?

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

Tween vision board
My daughter’s vision board (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Be Open to How Your Visions Are Realized

Once you create a vision board, you should work toward your life goals but have an open mind about how your visions are realized. I originally wrote this post in June 2010. Here are some updates on how my original vision board has turned into reality in my life.

Vision board featuring Oprah
My original vision board (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

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. The cruise became a reality, and in grand fashion, too, when we were invited to sail aboard the new Disney Dream.

I also included a photo of Oprah Winfrey on my original board because I have always wanted to see her show live and get a chance to meet this inspirational icon. Again, my goals weren’t realized exactly how I envisioned, but you don’t get to choose the “how” portion of your aims. Read more about how my Oprah wishes were realized.

Other elements from that first board have come into my real life, too. I have visited Orlando, Hawaii, Europe, and Disney Parks many times and I even made it to Shanghai Disneyland in China. Although I didn’t go to Catalina Island as I had hoped, I did visit another of the Channel Islands during my trip to Ventura, California (and it is home to wild foxes, which makes it better in my book!).

But really, a vision board isn’t a prescription for the future. Rather, it’s an exercise in personal growth and a good chance to focus on positive things and define goals. After all, how will we get there if we don’t know where we want to go?

My friend's vision board
My friend’s vision board (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Time for Another Party

As time moves on, our goals and desires change. Even if you’ve made a vision board in the past, you may consider making another one. I have made several vision boards and each one is special in different ways.

You might consider making your vision party an annual event and taking turns hosting it. Be sure to take a photo of everyone’s poster board so you can discuss what did or did not come to fruition for each person. What a great way to inspire and support each other’s dreams!

For additional information, take a look at The Complete Vision Board Kit.

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  1. I asked my Pastor could I host a vision board party, and she said yes. So its tonight. Im so excited to see what all everyone want to accomplish. We are planning to make this a once or twice a years event. And work together keeping one another inspired to achieve our goals as well. Wish me Luck, This Blog helped me out a lot Thanks