Why and 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 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.

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 bing 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 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 types of things 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 it belongs 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.