October 15th, 2009 |

Inspiring Table Setting

I am always looking for inspiration….it’s just part of who I am, what I do.  For my job, it’s fashion…I look for ideas for products in every retail store you can imagine.  For the website, however – sky’s the limit!  I find inspiration for parties around every corner, in any store, even just walking down the street.  Today, I happened to walk into Crate & Barrel.  I was picking up an end table for my new house….definitely not looking for anything else!

I walked in the front door and this magnificent table sat in front of me.  I’m in love.  I love the modern-yet-rustic look of the branches, the clean lines of the metal candlesticks…..I even love how they set each place (especially the asymmetrically-placed napkin ring!).  It’s the perfect Fall table.  Ideal for a dinner party, and would be absolutely stunning for Thanksgiving dinner!  Now I just need to throw a party to use the idea….

Enjoy.  I hope you love it as much as I do!

fall table setting crate & barrel

Here are a couple links to the products used to create this table setting: branches, gourds, apples, metal candlesticks, table runner (they used one on each side of the table), green napkins, green napkin ring, woven charger plates, green dinnerware, leaf accent plate, wine glass, silverware.

Images property of The Party Dress

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October 13th, 2009 |

Pumpkins by Color

colored pumpkins

We tend to associate pumpkins with Halloween.  There are so many different varieties and color options, you could use pumpkins in your decorations throughout the whole Fall season.  Here are a few of my favorite pumpkin centerpieces from Sunset Magazine….perfect for a Fall dinner party or even Thanksgiving dinner!

October 7th, 2009 |

Decorating with Pumpkins

Decorating with PumpkinsImages via goodhousekeeping.com and allyou.com

October 2nd, 2009 |

Inspiration: Autumn Arrangement

Munich FlowersI spent a few weeks this month working out of Germany (my OTHER job!).  I spent one weekend walking around Munich searching for inspiration.  The city was preparing for Oktoberfest, and the florists were busting at the seams with autumn arrangements.  I fell in love with the display above….the colors, the different textures, but mostly the wood containers.  I remember seeing containers like these at my local Home Goods a while back, and couldn’t figure out what to do with them…now I know!  I think this concept would be easy to reproduce in your home and would be beautiful for a Fall party.

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September 24th, 2009 |

Pumpkin Topiary

Pumpkin Topiary PostAnybody that knows me, knows that I love a good topiary!  Which is why I fell in love with this idea from Good Housekeeping!  Unique without being cheesy….exactly my style!  For more details on how to construct these, click here for the instructions.

September 17th, 2009 |

Centerpiece Idea: Dressed Up Pumpkins

Pumpkin Centerpiece

I know, I know…I might be rushing the season a bit.  But Halloween is just around the corner…and I need to give you girls some time to plan, right?!  I have so many cute Halloween ideas for you this season, I figured best to start passing them along!

Looking for an easy, yet stylish centerpiece for your kitchen table?!  You can bet you will find a big bowl of these “dressed-up” pumpkins on mine come October 1st!  This is so simple to do – simply find a bunch of different patterned ribbons at your local craft store, wrap around the small pumpkins and adhere with double sided tape.  I love projects like this where it involves little effort and your get a lot of style!

Image via Good Housekeeping

September 14th, 2009 |

Decorate with White Pumpkins

white pumpkins

When it comes to Fall decorating, I have one very specific love….white pumpkins.  Every year, I anticipate the arrival of these darling little gourds and I can’t wait to find them!  I just love them; it’s like inviting the sophisticated sister of the orange pumpkin into my home.  You can fill a basket full of them, stack them on top of silver candlesticks….if you walk into my house on any given day during the Fall, you will find a large, green bowl full of them on my dining room table.

White pumpkins read “Fall” more than they read “Halloween”.  Their shelf life is much longer, in my opinion….and it’s a great way to incorporate some Fall decorations into your home or party during September and October (when you just aren’t quite ready to pull out the Halloween decorations!).

Do any of you have a creative use for white pumpkins?!  Please, do share!

Images: white and black pumpkins (eddieross.com), long tray of pumpkins (inmagine.com)

September 5th, 2009 |

Labor Day….what to do, what to do?!

Labor DayImages via delikatissen.com

August 12th, 2009 |

Fall Entertaining: Glorious Fall Hues

fall entertaining

Now that I am decorating a new house (and have so much more room to throw parties!), I have been looking all over the web for new ideas for Fall entertaining.  One of the must-have trends  is the use of rich hues, such as olive, plum, and peacock blues.

I found some great items – these flamboyant pillows from Crate & Barrel with a modern pop-up texture are so fun and the color combination makes a great color inspiration for a party!  If you do decide to host a party using this color palette, check out the colorful vases from Crate & Barrel as well.  Grouped together, they would make a striking centerpiece for your dinner table.  I am in love with these adorable napkin rings from Jonathan Adler – they come in four different animals would be a fun accent to any table setting.

Fall is just starting to hit stores now….but this sneak peak already has me excited!

July 28th, 2009 |

Add an Unexpected Element to your Centerpiece

Fish Centerpiece

Think about adding an unexpected element to your centerpieces for your next party.  I L-O-V-E this idea….beautiful flowers, paired with playful fish…charming, colorful, and totally fun!

Images via Details Details

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