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Celebrate Fall! 5 Steps to an Autumn Party

Celebrate Fall! 5 Steps to an Autumn Party


I ‘m SO happy it is FALL! As we have been working on getting settled into our new house over the past couple of weeks, the one thing I keep thinking about is how much I enjoy my fall routines. I feel like we moved in  just in time to nestle in and enjoy everything I love about fall.

Celebrate Fall! 5 Steps to an Autumn Party

A couple of weeks ago, with everything still feeling a little (understandably) disarrayed with my furniture and belongings inside the house, I decided a fall picnic outside in the park was in order! Even though I am really enjoying arranging the house (and can’t wait to show you another room vision post!), getting outside on a sunny day was the perfect experience celebrate the beginning of fall.

How could you not be inspired in nature, seeing the first leaves start to change and fall and feeling that first chill in the air? If you are a fall-lover like me, you probably love being outside as much as possible in this season. It’s perfect and you want to savor it.

Celebrate Fall! 5 Steps to an Autumn Party

In a glorious spot near us at a local park (Discovery Park) there’s an old rustic picnic table and benches under a twisted old tree that has been just begging us to come and enjoy a fall picnic.

Celebrate Fall! 5 Steps to an Autumn Party

The park overlooks the water and is filled with gorgeous trees. The whole setting is just perfect for a rustic fall outdoor gathering. “Don’t mind if we do,” we said to ourselves as my daughter Courtney and I packed up a couple of tote bag with crackers, cheese, salami, grapes, apple cider and some fun fall accessories for what we decided would be a “small plate picnic.” Pier 1 had sent us a gift card and invited us to set up a fall party, so how could we resist? This is our kind of fun, we could not have been more excited to get this party started!

Celebrate Fall! 5 Steps to an Autumn Party

The setting was breathtaking, the rustic old table was inviting and the accessories were a most charming and irresistible backdrop for our humble picnic.

Celebrate Fall! 5 Steps to an Autumn Party
Small plate parties are my favorite for informal or impromptu events like this picnic. I’ve been using small plates for several of my most recent gatherings because they set a fun ambience and create an intentional theme out of simple nibbles and bites that you can pick up easily at the market.

Celebrate Fall! 5 Steps to an Autumn Party

Crackers, dips and spreads, and appetizers seem extra gourmet and festive with special small plates. I was delighted to find the prettiest wood plates for our picnic at Pier 1, the perfect rustic touch. I know I’ll use these plates all fall, I just love them!

Celebrate Fall! 5 Steps to an Autumn Party

We wanted to bring a few accessories to set the rustic festive tone of the table, so we selected a darling wood lantern, the small wood plates, a chalkboard ice bucket (we forgot our chalk, but it’s still cute!) and organic accessories for texture like wood handled forks and knives, a marble trivet, and a woven placement.

To add a fun bit of personality, we fell in love with a gold polka dot runner and navy cloth napkins (that won’t blow away in a gust of wind!). To bring a contrasting shine to the wood small plates, we found hammered copper mugs that so cool! And perfect for drinking our cider. The battery-operated copper Glimmer String added fun pops of light across the table, even on a bright sunny day.

The table looked so charming, people kept stopping as they walked by to see what we were doing! Everyone was delighted by the table, it just goes to show that a little effort and style makes people happy and will draw people into conversation even at a public park. We met so many lovely people who became like new friends at our table.

Celebrate Fall! 5 Steps to an Autumn Party
Here are five easy steps for hosting your own Autumn Small Bites Party:

1. Select a pretty setting or location for your party.
2. Gather fall accessories and small plates to set your table.
3. Set out an assortment of finger appetizers and fall drinks.
4. Set the mood with an inspiring playlist.
5. Relax and enjoy time around the table.

Celebrate Fall! 5 Steps to an Autumn Party

Pier 1 had the perfect accessories for our fall picnic, and I know you’ll see the prettiest touches for your fall gatherings there, too. You’ll find beautiful fall wreaths and garland to decorate your home and door, too, so whether you are hosting inside or outside this fall, have fun setting the tone! Your guests will love it and you will, too.

Celebrate Fall! 5 Steps to an Autumn Party

Here’s a close up look of the accessories we used for our picnic! Aren’t they just adorable? You’ll find the direct links to the products below.

Celebrate Fall! 5 Steps to an Autumn Party

If you want to host an autumn gathering of your own, you can find all the accessories you’ll need at Pier 1, including these items from our party:

1. Polka dot table runner
2. Wood and metal lantern
3. Marble trivet
4. Wood appetizer plates
5. Woven metallic placemat
6. Plaid cloth napkins
7. Hammered copper cups

8. Chalkboard beverage chiller

Also featured in the post:

Horn cheese knives set
LED birch tree pillar battery operated candle
Amber glimmer string lights

We created a playlist with songs we’d enjoy for a relaxing fall evening outside, feel free to use it for your own party. Check out our playlist above or via this link!

Celebrate Fall! 5 Steps to an Autumn PartyBrought to you by Pier 1 Imports

I hope you have the opportunity to get outside this fall and celebrate the beauty of the season! I’ll be back tomorrow with another room tour!

 

A peek inside my new book: The Inspired Room

A peek inside my new book: The Inspired Room

Do you ever just feel a bit perplexed or even overwhelmed about where to begin to pull your home together? I’ve felt that way, too. Unlike home makeover shows on TV, most of us don’t have designers running around styling our tables for us, bringing in the perfect pieces, completing our room design in a matter of hours and photoshopping out any imperfections for the final reveal.

Creating a real life home, starting with what you already have and evolving with you over time, is quite a different approach!

sanctuary is so much more meaningful than a showplace. I think designing a real home should be a slow, thoughtful journey to tell your family’s story in a personal and authentic way, through the addition of your favorite colors, textures and patterns, and mixing and matching what you have and collect along the way.

The elements you pull together for your home will inspire you and transform where you live into a place you love.

A peek inside my new book: The Inspired Room

Looking back to when we first moved into our craftsman home, I never would have dreamed it would be in a coffee table book! What a surprise that was. I’m excited that it isn’t in the book because it is an example of a perfectly designed house, it’s featured because it is a real home.

A peek inside my new book: The Inspired Room

Thank you all for always being such an encouragement to me, I really appreciate it. I wake up every day so happy to be a part of this supportive community. I am grateful that I get to share these real life adventures in creating a home with you as well just sharing the twists and turns of life together! Needless to say, I’m over the moon excited for this book to be released November 1st so YOU can see it in person!

A peek inside my new book: The Inspired Room

I am pretty sure when you pick up the book you’ll think the shimmery coppery rose gold leaves on the cover are the prettiest little details you’ve ever seen on a cover. I kind of can’t stop turning and tipping the book to see the leaves shine! Maybe I have issues :) heh heh. You really can’t capture how lovely it is until you see it in person.

A peek inside my new book: The Inspired Room

But my biggest hope is that as you turn the pages inside, you’ll feel welcomed into my house, cheered on and inspired to create a home YOU love. It isn’t just a pretty photo book, it is full of practical decorating tips, simple ideas and encouragement for YOUR home.

You can preorder it now and your book will be shipped to you as soon as the book is released! It is really helpful to receive preorders now as it helps buyers to gauge how many to purchase. With the holidays coming up, there are dozens of new books coming out all at the same time, so of course I appreciate any support you can offer in promoting the book to your friends, pinning it on Pinterest, featuring it in your holiday gift guides or ordering them for Christmas gifts.

>>>  Pre-order your copy at Amazon or Barnes and Noble!  <<<

A peek inside my new book: The Inspired Room

I will also have a fun opportunity for you all to share your own inspired rooms with us in the upcoming weeks, so start thinking about what room you could share (whether you have a blog or not!).

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A peek inside my new book: The Inspired Room
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