Fall Celebration, artichokes. • A Subtle Revelry

Fall Celebration, artichokes.

* Welcome to our fall celebration challenge. This weeks posts will feature a few of my favorite event designers & their visions for fall seen through a handcrafted celebration. Enjoy the inspiration and share why you love their work by leaving a comment below- you could even win something rad, details here.

Continuing our week, an amazing harvest party designed by Melanie of You are my fave.

This harvest celebration was styled using one of my absolute fall favorites, the artichoke. Featured from the invite to the centerpiece it made a showing in throughout the entire party design.

In her own words: I used inspiration from the farmer’s market and colorful produce germane to this time of year. Since I live in a small apartment, I asked my friends if I could use their backyard that has a huge tree with swooping branches perfect for hanging lights on.

They also have a garden abundant with tomatoes, peppers and squash. Natural décor for a harvest.

The tables were covered with textiles I found at a local fabric store, then set with white plates, patterned napkins and bottled sodas. The main focus was on the fresh produce centerpieces and of course the food. For a fun touch I hired a street vendor who cooked mini gyros, spicy tacos, vegetable sliders and bbq pork sandwiches.

For the favors, I sewed up some tote bags and placed takeaway items that you would find strolling the booths at a farmer’s market. This may need to become a yearly event.

Credits:
Calligraphy done by Cathie
Invitation done by YeeHaw
Catering done by Gasto Cart

PS. A DIY for the amazing farm fresh centerpieces coming up later today!

blessings.


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  1. ilene

    21 September

    i’d love to attend one of melanie’s parties any day! she always has such amazing photos of her incredible work.

    thanks for letting her host the party today. :)

  2. Michelle Rosecrans

    21 September

    i want to be at that party! how gorgeous. always love a string of lights and especially the take-away tote idea.

  3. a

    21 September

    melanie is so talented! love the artichokes.

  4. Design Fixation

    21 September

    I love that shade of purple coupled with the green artichokes – so lovely! Melanie’s always coming up with unique ideas. And the hanging lights are a festive touch.

  5. Sarah

    21 September

    Every farmers’ market should be a party! Especially one with frrreakin’ adorable tote bags.

  6. Stacey

    21 September

    Melanie’s design is gorgeous. I especially love the organic centerpiece filled with colorful fresh vegetables.

  7. Molly

    21 September

    I love that last photo – such a gorgeous set up and the food looks delicious. The calligraphy is a very nice touch. Love that Melanie – she is one talented gal.

  8. Happenstance

    21 September

    This is absolutely amazing. Melanie never ceases to amaze! The colors are so beautiful and very inviting. My favorite was the “Take a tote” section. So clever:)

  9. molly

    21 September

    This is so beautiful and perfect. I’d love to attend a party like this one.

  10. Geri

    21 September

    Love al the colours … simple ideas beautifully presented! :)

  11. Melissa Blake

    21 September

    These are amazing!! :)

  12. Ms. Bright

    21 September

    Loving the use of produce. So pretty and I think artichokes are so interesting.

  13. Kate

    21 September

    I love it! Mel, could we have a tutorial or a pattern for your adorable tote bags?! I’m beyond impressed that you sewed those.

  14. Karen

    21 September

    Love all these details! The calligraphy is amazing … and those globe lights should be required for every outdoor event! It’s got the perfect farmer’s market vibe for this time of year.

  15. Alicia

    21 September

    This party is awesome! I want a fall celebration right now. Melanie rocks!

  16. Ana

    21 September

    What a fun celebration! I would be overjoyed to receive that invite!!

  17. Mandi

    21 September

    so, so perfect.

  18. alli/hooray

    21 September

    pretty lights, adorable favors…love it.

  19. Ryan

    21 September

    Love the night atmosphere under the tree branches and lights!!

  20. Tanya

    21 September

    Great post. Fall is in the air and I couldn’t be more excited. A party like this is JUST like this. Thanks Melanie.

  21. Nicole

    21 September

    This is so gorgeous and inspiring! I want to be at that party!

  22. Michelle

    21 September

    Oh my goodness! What a masterpiece. I want to take some crusty bread home in one of those supercute totes. I love the purple cabbage paired with the artichokes. When do I get to come to a You Are My Fave party??

  23. Austin

    21 September

    Not only do I want to attend that party, I want to blatantly steal the idea and host that party. It’s gorgeous, actually encourages healthy and local eating instead of all those stale store-bought cookies you usually find at parties, and the take home gifts are brilliant. Love it.

  24. This is my fave. Melanie always has the best ideas! And a tutorial for the bags would be much appreciated :)

  25. Carol

    21 September

    This is beautiful! Makes me so excited for fall!

  26. Heidi

    21 September

    Adore this! Huge fan of Melanie’s work. Thanks for sharing!

  27. Nicole

    21 September

    I just love that you used the produce for the centerpieces. An outdoor late summer dinner party like this would be my fave.

  28. christine, just bella

    21 September

    WOW, I want to go to there* I am amazed with this party, the details are incredible!

    *30 rock reference for you, Melanie :)

  29. Melissa

    21 September

    Oh wow! What a gorgeous party. I love how simple & classy it is. I love how the centerpieces & food could be done inexpensively. Love, love, love it!

  30. LuAnn

    21 September

    Everything about this party is gorgeous. The color combinations are perfect. Melanie pays attention to every detail and gets it all exactly right. Will you do a party in my back yard?

  31. Meghan

    21 September

    What a beautiful spread! And the favor totes? Looooove.

  32. mynameishailey

    21 September

    oh my goodness! the colors are so beautiful – they truly “pop”! i love the tote idea too. and the lights hanging from the trees. AMAZING.

  33. olivia rae

    21 September

    Melanie is a goddess – every last detail about this design is flawless. Rustic, yet elegant at the same time. Such a beautiful design – I wish I could have attended that party!

  34. M.a.

    21 September

    I love the natural decorations! The farmer’s market gift bags are adorable too.

  35. Ashley

    21 September

    I love the colors and the feeling of the party. I love the invites and the lights as well. It feels very welcoming and like everyone would say hi and compliment your dress or something nice.

  36. suzanne

    21 September

    i love love LOOOOOOVE it!

  37. Sarah

    21 September

    I love it! I want to go to there!

  38. Maggie

    21 September

    i want an invite for the next fab party she throws! i mean, i just live across town!

  39. Diana

    21 September

    So simple and pretty! I loved that there was a street vendor!

  40. Katie

    21 September

    I attended this party and it was incredible. Mel did such a beautiful job. It really was the highlight of my September!

  41. Jennie

    21 September

    Bravo! What a seamlessly beautiful event.

  42. Heidi

    21 September

    LOVE it. The colors- from the striped fabric to the vegetables create a perfect fall palette. I adore outdoor lighting on trees- it creates a wonderful ambiance. And the artichoke design- classic. Hiring a street vendor for catering is a great idea to keep things casual, tasty, and support local small business! And the tote bags will ensure the memories of this party will linger long after. Thanks for sharing! Great ideas and design.

  43. Rachel

    21 September

    LOVE LOVE LOVE! Especially the favors! And the colors! And well okay everything…

  44. cathie

    21 September

    melanie, it turned out so gorgeous!!! i love the farmers market theme — the centerpieces are amazing.

  45. […] hong I’m super honored to have my calligraphy featured in Melanie’s fall celebration submission for City Cradle. I knew when I received these artichoke letterpress cards, that the party was going […]

  46. domestikate

    21 September

    Love the favour table – brilliant idea and oh-so-beautiful!

  47. Farrah

    21 September

    As an attendee at this party I can vouch for its awesomeness. I was blown away by the decor, esp. the vegetable centerpieces.

  48. Lena

    21 September

    I love the hand-sewn market bags and the Farmers Market goodies for favors-how clever!

  49. Gina

    21 September

    Fall parties this time of year would be so excellent as you can enjoy the beautiful string lights before 10 pm, but it is still pleasant to be outside. The centerpieces are so gorgeous too.

  50. Meg

    21 September

    Any party with strings of lights gets an automatic A+

  51. stephanie

    21 September

    i simply love the color palette and center pieces. usually with “fall decor” you get browns and oranges. love how melanie pulled in the jewel tone with the cabbage and textiles. fabulous favors too. i mean, it’s sort of genuis. leave a party with yummy food for the next day’s breakfast… who thinks of that??? awesome.

  52. Emily

    21 September

    This is absolutely gorgeous!! I love the favors. What a fantastic touch!

  53. Jackie

    21 September

    I think everything Melanie does is genius, and this is no exception. Love it all, from the artichoke themed invites, gorgeous veggie centerpieces to the “fill a tote” favors. So many great ideas here!

  54. Allison

    21 September

    Wow, that it gorgeous. I want to copy you:)

  55. Alysha

    21 September

    Eek! Can you please come and make my wedding look this beautiful? Love, love, love, love, love!!! But really, how is that different from my feelings towards everything else Melanie does!!!

  56. Lola

    21 September

    I love it!
    So beautiful – the food, invites, lights, ambience, EVERYTHING!

  57. Love all the details. The calligraphy. The colors. The farmer’s market take away. Love it all!

  58. Karen

    21 September

    I love the party favors. What a great idea!

  59. sarah j

    21 September

    i love the tote bag idea! everything looked gorgeous!

  60. Treva

    21 September

    Amazing. The lights, the food, the decor, the food, the goodie bags. THE FOOD!! LOVE the street vender idea – food carts are the best. This is the perfect fall party without all the tired and overdone “fall-ish” type things. This scheme is perfectly unexpected and thus refreshing. This is definitely a party that I wouldn’t have missed out on. Love it.

  61. Lashley

    21 September

    Amazing!

  62. Heidi

    21 September

    who knew? Besides being undeniably witty, Melanie has a great eye! I LOVE the colors, not the typical for what one thinks of when they hear “fall” – but it really works. Such thoughtful details, love the totebags! Great job.

  63. Jelinas

    21 September

    OOH, I love it!! :D

  64. kristen

    21 September

    umm, love it!

  65. sarah

    21 September

    lovely! everything is so colorful and scrumptious looking.

  66. iheartkiwi

    21 September

    gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!

    i absolutely LOVE the takeaway tote bags. what fun! and i am always a sucker for a tree strung with lights.

    melanie knows how to throw a good party.

  67. AmberLee

    21 September

    wow, Melanie amazes me. and the whole thing feels so natural, just right.

  68. Andrea

    21 September

    Every detail of this party makes me really wish I’d been invited. You had me at artichokes but then the take away tote really put me over the edge. Very elegant but with a homey touch.

  69. Claudia Bravo!

    21 September

    I love how creative those center pieces are. Those little wooden baskets for the strawberries are super cute too!

  70. southern hostess

    21 September

    The tote bag idea is brilliant! Fall tones are often so muted, I love how colorful this is.

  71. Ryan

    21 September

    This party rocks! Especially the amazing lights!

  72. courtlynn

    21 September

    LOVE the colors and would have loved to take home a bag of veggies!

  73. Allison

    22 September

    So fresh and unique, a very different type of fall celebration. I love the rich colors and the market favor idea is brilliant!

  74. danni

    22 September

    Such a wonderful Fall party! Melanie is so brilliantly creative, I love the garden centerpieces and the take home tote table is so so so fun. Cathie’s calligraphy is beautiful too! xo.

  75. Bethany Susan

    22 September

    LOVE everything about this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  76. ag.

    22 September

    ahh gorgeous! those colours are fantastic! what a great way to dress up the tables!

  77. Erika Peterson

    22 September

    As always, she always has amazing party designs/ideas!

  78. Dawn

    22 September

    So gorgeous! Love the amazing colors in all of the veg, and the favor table is perfection…

  79. I love the color scheme and the beautiful veggies. Unique ideas and it’s always a nice gesture to be able to take away something when you leave.

  80. Polly

    22 September

    Beautiful! I love the way the decor is so natural and rustic, just like Fall is. xx

  81. dana

    22 September

    Please invite me to this party. I love the juxtaposition between the glorious colors and the brown boxes, I love a brown box or bag. How wonderful to find easily accessbile inspiration- and is there anything better than a takeaway favor that is useful AND fun. Boxes of chocolate and candles may be nice but hohum and hhhmmm, what shall I do with these. But a lovely bag of farmer’s market produce? that’s the ticket for me.

  82. emily

    22 September

    amazing. as always and to be expected from melanie. she is the only blog i check every single day. except yesterday apparently as i stayed mostly away from my computer all day… oh, well. now i had extra goodness to check out today. thanks for sharing!

  83. Nicole*

    22 September

    i want to go to a party like that!

  84. Elyce

    22 September

    I love all the fresh vegetables! And the “Fill a tote” idea is so original!

  85. Melissa

    22 September

    Super creative and very pretty! I love it!!

  86. Erin

    22 September

    This is pure genius and I am totally stealing all of these ideas. Thanks Melanie! You are my favey fave.

  87. chelsea

    22 September

    I love this one!! All the colours, and I am loving the incorporation of the cabbages! So creative!

  88. Dixie

    22 September

    Wow, Melanie really did it up right here. I love the way she used the contrasting, vibrant colors of the fresh veggies. The tablecloth and linens are gorgeous too. And a take-home tote! I would love this party!

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