Last month, we had our annual Fall Party. For those of you who are new to my blog, here is a bit of background. Two years ago, my husband and I started the tradition of having a party at the beginning of each season to celebrate our favorite things about that time of year. Fall was our first party, so this party is always extra special for us. You can see photos of past seasonal parties here and here.
This year, I got much of my inspiration while shopping during our trip to New York. I fell in love with a super soft tan and white striped yarn at Purl Soho and knew that it had to be incorporated into the party. I also found a great fabric there with a neutral leaf print and brought some home with me. I went with a more neutral feel, bringing in burlap fabric and ribbon along with my New York finds and accenting with color from fall produce. My goal was to use things that I already had for decor- no buying flowers this year. Only items already in my supply as well as produce from the market that I could reuse. Here is the result:
Guests were welcomed with white pumpkins from Trader Joes, stacked on vintage crates. I also made a garland out of the yarn and paper circles and hung it on our front porch.
I lined our window sill with large mason jar candles accented with yarn:
I created centerpieces out of pieces of tree trunks borrowed from a friend, as well as some flowers I already had, squash, pomegranates, pods and candles.
I am in love with the little felted acorns I bought from etsy seller greenbaboondesigns. They are just so cute!
On the third table, I put a fairy tale style pumpkin (also from Trader Joes) on a vintage pepsi crate and set jars filled with fall items on the sides.
I used burlap strips, yarn and fabric as trim on the vases:
White and brown base linens were provided by Fusion linens and I made the runners out of burlap.
For drinks, I used mason jars and cut strips of brown paper shopping bags to wrap around them. I added a little yarn and then had guests write their names on the paper to claim their glasses. Essentially free and way cuter than sharpee on a red plastic cup!
I also wrapped glass water jugs from Ikea to match. The green striped paper straws were left over from an event earlier in the week. I purchased them from etsy seller HeyYoYo.
I scored this oversized mason jar at Target on clearance and love it:
Our seasonal parties are always potlucks, so it is fun to see what seasonal inspired creations our friends bring. I only got a couple of photos of the food, but here is a peak:
Since we have little ones at the party, I always try to think of decor that is safe for them on the coffee table. This year, I put on some burlap with cut paper circles they could play with and not break.
At the last minute, I decided to throw together a quick wreath. I wrapped a cardboard wreath form with strips of burlap and then added a yarn bow and hung it with the same yarn. Super quick.
At each party, we give out a mix of songs that fit with that season. In addition, we gave out little sachets of mulling spices as well. This is such an easy and cheap favor! I bought mulling spices from Trader Joes, wrapped a small amount in cheesecloth and then wrapped that in a piece of burlap and tied with yarn.
We set up a photobooth for our guests to take photos, which was a fun addition to the night. I hung burlap and then made fabric letters to hang.
Our seasonal parties are so much fun and we love sharing this special tradition with our friends. I already cannot wait for Winter!