November 18, 2015

Fall Tablescape

For my birthday this year, I wanted to have some of my closest friends over for dinner to enjoy wine and make homemade pasta with me!  A fall night like this with a bon fire and people I love , here to enjoy good food and good wine... seriously, how much better does that get! 

(Full disclosure, it was not actually fall the night of this party but it was in mid September and that's good enough for this fall lover.)

The catch was, I had this vision of the kind of evening that I wanted so I had to have it at home,  and needed to be the hostess.  Now my hero husband does all the dirty work, so I still got to enjoy only the parts of throwing a party that I truly love.

It was a beautiful day on the day of the party, yay!  I'm not sure how this would have gone had it not.  But I guess I would have improvised.  This was only important because I wanted the dinner party to be outside!

I put together several fall plants such as cattails, daisies and leaves from a tree in my yard.  I had a couple dozen orange roses I got half price on clearance at the grocery store, as they were on their last leg.  The roses were great for one last day once I pulled off the outer layer of pedals on each one.  I gathered candles and lanterns and candle holders.  Found some rattan chargers, burlap and decorative fruit/corn/artichokes in the attic and brought it outside to create something. (Fresh pumpkins were not yet out in the stores at this point so they were not an option)

We had a tree fall down in our yard in a storm a few weeks before the party.  My husband was awesome enough to cut up several of the larger branches into different lengths for me.  I didn't know what I would use them for yet, but I knew I'd find something!  This table, was the perfect place for their debut.

THIS, is my favorite part of having a party.  The decorating!  I had a party of 12 (counting me) coming so I had a long table to set up.  Now in my dream world I would have tables the same size and all matching chairs for events like this, but that's not reality.  And to be honest with you,  I am the most creative when I don't go buy everything new, and have to create from what I already have.

I borrowed a couple white table clothes from my mom and an extra card table and chairs from a friend, in addition to what we already had. 

I started by placing my tallest item (the cattails) in the middle and then evenly placing the other items throughout the rest of the table.  Then I added the plants on the candle holders and candles on the cute log lengths.  Slowly I layered everything in.  I was at a point where I needed a filler.  That's when I looked around and starting cutting leaves from a local maple tree.  They worked perfectly! 

After my centerpiece was done, I set my table with the plates and glasses and even found some fall cloth napkins in my buffet.  I didn't have enough of the chargers for every place so I alternated to give the table some additional texture.  Then, it was time to light the candles as guests arrive to set the stage for the evening!

Here are a few shots!

Now what would a party be without the people!  It was really such a fun evening.  I had everyone help me make the homemade pasta by running it through the pasta roller too.  It made the dinner interactive and was so much fun.  We had a wine tasting too. We hid the wine bottles in sacks and numbered them so you couldn't make a judgment based on the name of the wine.  Adding wine note cards to put comments on each wine tasting made it feel a little like the real thing.

We had the bon fire set up with wood and brought our chairs over later in the evening as it got chilly, and the party went well into the night.

I haven't had a birthday that truly filled my soul like this one in several years.  I am so blessed to have such amazing people God has placed in my life.  It was one of those nights where you actually take a step back and look at the moment, and breathe it in.  Almost like you step outside of yourself and view the moment for what it is.

Thank you all so very much for coming by my blog today to check out my Fall Tablescape.  I hope you are inspired to create YOUR masterpiece!

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