11.12.2011

autumn dinner party

 December is usually the time to have a holiday dinner party, but why not in November? I know there is enough work that goes into Thanksgiving, but why not start the season early and have some guests over for an Autumn dinner party!





Have a rustic Autumn party like this adorable one. Love the cinnamon stick tied to the napkins!

Apple centerpiece


Serve caramel apples on fall leaves!

For party favors, give away preserves or a cute little bag of trail mix.

Decorate door knobs with this little bouquet or even hang it on each chair. Just wrap a straw placemat around a fall bouquet.

If you're serving soup, serve it in an actual pumpkin!

Stuffed Pumpkin with Cranberry-Raisin Bread Pudding

Place a leaf on each napkin and wrap with twine.

Along with serving coffee and tea, offer hot chocolate for an extra special fall treat!

Love this idea for a candle holder!

All of these ideas could even be used for a fall wedding! If you do decide to have an Autumn dinner party, or have had one, I would love to hear about it!
xo

44 comments:

Sofies Haus said...

soooo many great pics, love autumn, hughs Anja

cb said...

i LOVE eating soup & stews out of pumpkins! bonus is there is no clean up really just toss in the compost! i want to go to this party! i have always wanted to have thanksgiving outside, how fun would that be!!!
xo,
cb

Leah said...

Yum!!! All of this looks so fun and autumnish!

StephieB said...

How beautiful - I love all of the images you have shared with us! It's almost summer here and hot already so I am looking forward to seeing what everyone else comes up with!

Hugs, Stephie x

Rosie said...

You said it sister...ANY excuse to make a pretty dinner, and I'm in.
LOVE the pumpkin centerpiece...gorgeous post...as usual.
...xoxo...Rosie

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A Plum By Any Other Name said...

Great collection of seasonal entertaining ideas. I want to be invited to those delicious parties!

bron @ baby space said...

ooh, so pretty. great idea :)

tinajo said...

Such great ideas - now I´m in the mood for a party! :-)

Life love, clutter and other beautiful things. said...

Gorgeous inspiration! I agree what beautiful ideas for a wedding xox

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh dearest, what a beautiful feast and it has been so long since I have had a Fall dinner party!!!! IT IS SO GOOD TO SEE YOU!!! THANK YOU for always coming with kind words and encouragement! Now tell me, how is the art coming along for you????? You had mentioned my Etsy shop. Well, the first two weeks were UNBELIEVABLE! I was selling to the point that I could not keep up, and NOW.....NOTHING! DAY SIX MARKS another day of no sales. BUT I think I am learning from dear friends that this will happen and I need to come up with a holiday offering. My blog post was a poetic musing on how I am growing wings ONLY by exercising the necessary PLANS to make my dreams into reality. IT is all so new to me, but after I do what is necessary to make my work MORE VISIBLE, then I will see if it is going to be successful. But I am willing to try. I wish you great happiness and success and that every day will be an opportunity for you to take one step closer to what YOUR HEART DESIRES!!!! BIG HUGS, Anita

Roselie said...

Oooh I adore the fall decor in these dinnertables!Sometime soon I want to host an autumn dinner though I am a little nervous about it since it will be my first one...

Sweet Harvest Moon said...

Oh my, the first pictures are so beautiful! Makes me want to have a Fall wedding just like that!

Monique said...

these autumnal dinner party scenes are fabulous! i adore autumn decor!

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

It sounds like a fabulous idea! Wish I could squeeze one in this year. I'll have to do it next year. Totally saving this for ideas. And that pumpkin candle holder is just adorable!

Have a great vacay, sweetie! :) xoxo

Style, She Wrote said...

What great ideas! I love the idea of a fall picnic. xo style, she wrote

Gracey said...

the autumn table photo's hue is so inspiring to paint. like Alice and the Mad Hatter will both come out anytime.

classiq said...

So many lovely ideas! And a dinner party is always a good idea. Autumn is the perfect season for this. :)
Ada

Love Sushi and Fashion said...

Great ideas I love this post. Have a lovely week. <3<3

Martina said...

So cool! Love these romantic photos, they so get me in the mood for throwing dinner! Happy monday to you! xx

HOGGER & Co. said...

Beautiful images of a Fall themed party - so pretty!
Serving things in a pumpkin = brilliant.

About Last Weekend said...

Love the top picture, how idyllic. Just had a big party last night but the kids were the only ones brave enough to eat outside.

Punctuation Mark said...

love the pumpkin as soup bowl... beautiful pictures!

Have a nice week!

Annie said...

LOVE this idea so much! I am really sad to see fall slipping away.. this weekend would be a great time for a get together like this. 1 month of fall to go! Hope you had a great weekend :)

amy b.s. said...

i definitely want to go to this dinner party!

Bonnie said...

I think that autumn dinner parties are the best. It's not too hot, and it is not too cold. It's perfect!

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Gloria said...

This looks like the perfect Autumn party!! I love the pumpkin candle too. Really beautiful ideas here.

I hope you are having an amazing Monday. The sunshine was out here today, a very lovely day. I hear we are suppose to get rain by the weekend though.

Blessings to you,
xoxo...Gloria

The Many Colours of Happiness said...

These are absolutely beautiful images! I would love to have an autumn party just like this :)

Fashion Meets Food said...

Oh how I love this post.... its filled with so many fabulous ideas! xo

Sarah at Finishing Touch Interiors said...

i love these ideas they are fabulous i love the warming colours. we dont have thanks giving here but November is still a celebration month for me not only is it my birthday but 2 of my closest friends birthdays too so lots of excuses for dinner & drinks. lovely post x

Bela said...

So, so ,soooo pretty!!! Dear Friend, these images make me fly high...the colors...I love them!!!
How are you, dear? Today is so cold and rainny around here, not exactly a peculiar spring day.
I have tons of fabric to sew...do not get sad if it takes me some time to come here, I am spending much time sewing, my friend!!
Love!!!
Bela

About Last Weekend said...

Sorry not sure If my comment went through, am loving those gorgeous orange calla lilles. I am always a fan of orange rather than red.

simply_kc said...

That is true, I grew up always going to holiday parties and events during December. And I've always thought of having my own traditions aside from the ones I grew up with.
Love the rustic theme! The center pieces, and favors are good DIY projects! Oh aside from serving soup in a pumpkin why not in a bread too!


♥ x0x0

Ann said...

That setting looks very inviting

and the foods delish ♥

Josie said...

If I had the time, or the energy, I would definitely be throwing one hell of an autumn shindig right about now ;)

Taj Acosta said...

Those caramel apples are so cute! I love this theme, I've always wanted to serve soup out of little pumpkins! xo

Nnenna said...

I love this idea of a rustic autumn party- that would be so fun! =)

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Marie said...

Yeah, why not?!:D

That's a cute candle holder.:D

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tywo said...

These are beautiful!!
I want to run outside and have a picnic :)
How is your vacation going? Please tell me all about it!!
School is going well..3 more weeks, and I'm done for the semester :)


LOVE!

shopgirl said...

I love these ideas Shawna! Especially using a pumpkin as the main centrepiece or for soup!

Wishing you lots of sunshine! xo

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georgia~gigi said...

Happy Friday Poppie Girl!
Hope you have had a fantastic week with your family. How neat you all do this every year!
What a great post! I love the carmel apples on the leaves and the lil stick.... so cute!
I wish I had some def. Thanksgiving plans, still up in the air.
ps, love your new design here! I can't ever make up my mind for mine! I am having trouble getting my header right, ugh!
Anyways have a wonderful weekend Love
love ya
gi gi

Madeleine Roberts said...

I love Autumn because it seriously entices all the senses. I love the rustic colors, sounds from walking on fallen acorns/leaves and the smells like apple, pumpkins and cinnamon sticks. Cinnamon is my all time favorite smell.
An Autumn dinner party sounds like a fabulous and fun idea.
-Madeleine

Meta Musings said...

loving these pics!!

xx

heather said...

i love those carmel apples on the maple leaves! and totally agree with you about enjoying a fall party with friends!