Falling back into Autumn

Originally, this post read “How is it already October!?” Then I got delayed further, so now it’ll have to “How is it already almost 2014!?” It’s been an all out crazy couple of months around here. Hopefully I’ll get back into the swing of the side stuff soon…

I still miss a gorgeous East Coast leaves-changing-brisk-air-sweater-wearing kind of Autumn, it isn’t so bad to still have 80s and sunny and not be drenched come Halloween. (Again, pretend you were reading this around October 15th). At least a little decorating can help make it feel like the season has changed. There’s nothing like Autumn colors, a cornucopia, and some fall fruits. From a dinner party to a wine tasting party, we’re ready to welcome in the new season!

First up, an awesome evening of vino, hosted by the20. We’ve been drinking the20’s awesome boxed – yes, boxed – wine for years now. Scrub out the images of Franzia in your mind, and picture a beautiful wooden cask and truly award winning wines that stay fresh for weeks and weeks, and are cheaper since you don’t deal with the bottling costs. As good, loyal customers (gulp, gulp, chug) the20 offered to do a full wine tasting at our house. I just had to set up the stemware and some nibbles, and the night was a huge, hangover-inducing success. With so many people and so many glasses, I tied little nametags to each glass (a couple per person so they could sample more freely).

 

 

 

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Next up, a simple fall dinner. There’s nothing too extraordinary about this one, but I do love my bag white cornucopia thanks to West Elm last year. Mix in some fresh pine cones and a few gourds, and it’s a nice, simple fall feast.

 

 

 

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Summer suppers

With summer slip, slip, slipping away, it’s about time to wrap up the very simple styling that was done for friendly get togethers. From shovels as centerpieces, to contact paper as tablecloth, to napkins as bow ties, to just plain black and white, it was a season of big smiles, lots of friends and some yummy grilling. Now on to fall!IMG_7274IMG_7275IMG_7273IMG_7269IMG_6993IMG_6994IMG_7074IMG_7075IMG_7076IMG_7077IMG_7079IMG_7080IMG_7085IMG_7087IMG_7090IMG_7214IMG_7217IMG_7219IMG_7221IMG_7223

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Partying at the park

When tiny little Hadley turned one we couldn’t believe how fast the year had gone! How is this happy girl already a year old? Since she doesn’t really have her own friends yet, her party was really about catching up with our friends, so I just went with a picnic in the park, supplying lunches for everyone, a few crafts for kids, and lots of time to relax.

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Taking over the toys

We know I like labels, and these ones are not only keeping our closets and drawers way cleaner, but the kiddos love them too. After a few too many times shoving everything into random drawers and wasting time looking for missing pieces, I decided to clean up the toy mess. Now, Carter grabs one box at a time, plays, puts the pieces back, and then gets another. Luckily she’s got a little of the OCD organization gene in her, so she actually loves cleaning up as much as me.

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Coming Soon(er than I Can Believe!): Picnic 1st Birthday Party

How is my baby almost one?! Though she’s definitely gotten a good dose of second-kid treatment her and there, we’re throwing her a big ole bash to celebrate this milestone. Though the actual details have a big ways to go, at least the invites are out the door.

It’s a picnic party, so to get guests set, they got fully prepped with plate, napkin and woodenware. The invite gave all the info – and gave me a major break from the typical cutting and pasting and crafting of a party invite. I just designed the stamp and got it made at this great online custom stamp company. And the mini tablecloth inside each box? Just a paper napkin cut to fit. Easy as pie…and now onto the menu planning.

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Dinner in black and white

 

About as simple as it comes…black and white and black and white.

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Simply green

I fell in love with these totally kooky green flowers and knew they had to be the centerpiece of a casual dinner with friends. And moreover, they’re still alive two weeks later. What matches something this funky? An equally bizarre neon-ish tablecloth, my favorite bug-inspired dishes that never match anything, and some random namecards. All in, a mixed up mess that was a lot of fun with some fresh spring foods: roasted red pepper soup, asparagus salad, chicken with prunes and olives, and good old fashioned banana pudding.

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