A Fall Dinner
When we moved into this house, we moved in with a table we got for free and four $20 Ikea chairs. Needless to say, I’ve been eager to upgrade for quite awhile. Over the past few months, we finally did just that with a farm style table from World Market and white chairs from Target. Because we can now fit 6-8 people at our dining table, I really wanted to have some friends over for a fall dinner party. I’ve never actually cooked for that many people so I was a little nervous, but besides being behind schedule, everything was a success!
It was the perfect opportunity to dress up our table with fall decor. I knew I wanted white and green pumpkins this year and I’ve been really inspired by green and pink paired together so I went in that direction. I thought I’d share with you guys in case anyone is in need of some fall decor ideas!
To create the table, I picked up a small bunch of pink flowers and eucalyptus from The Flower Shack, an adorable and appropriately named flower shack in our neighborhood, all for 20 bucks. I used a metal and wood Target vase (not online) for the main centerpiece and used pumpkins, the leftover florals and greens, and these gorgeous World Market votives to fill in each side of the table.
(A note on real life: Pretty tablescapes often take up a lot of space and don’t leave much room for the food. We removed the pumpkins and vase and replaced them with the food. You can also leave the table decor and do the food buffet style in your kitchen if it’s big enough.)
My friend Meg, who is an artist and stationary designer, suggested using painted magnolia leaves for name cards for everyone’s seat. I loved the idea and when I went outside the day before, the dead magnolia leaves on the ground in front of our house caught my eye. I would have never thought to paint on dead leaves, but I loved that they looked they brown leather. I shot her the idea and she loved it too so we went with dead leaves instead of green ones and I love how they turned out! (I started taking photos before she arrived with the painted leaves so that’s why they’re blank in some photos.)
For food, Seth grilled up a steak and I made prosciutto wrapped asparagus (with olive oil instead of ghee), garlic lemon and parmesan roasted brussel sprouts, and garlic herb roasted sweet potatoes. And of course there was bread and wine. ;) Everything came out really good, thankfully! I am not a whiz in the kitchen so if I can make these, anyone can!
Throwing a dinner party is always a good excuse to have some fun with decor and styling, but nothing ever beats the company of good friends. I’ve been feeling extra thankful for them lately. Big hugs to all of my friends that have showed me so much love and support lately. You guys make life so much more fun!