Last last month I had the honor of styling a small, intimate engagement party for friends. We set up in the outer backyard (which seemed like the middle of the woods). The evening was spent mainly around a bon-fire pit where sweet stories of love were told, hopes for a new life together celebrated and caramel apples roasted. It was the perfect welcome to fall!
I used a hefty stack of wooden pallets as our treat table. They hit perfect rustic note for our evening, the contrast of sharpie written industrial notes and chocolate treats is heavenly.
I grabbed the palettes from our local Crate & Barrel, in the process I learned that many home stores have extras piled in back. If you show up with a nice smile and a truck, they will easily pass a couple off to you. Stack 6 high and you have the makings for an easy (& free) fall table.
While designing this party I couldn’t get past my absolute love for the summery mason vases and pretty flowers I’ve seen everywhere. To bring the look into fall I covered mason jars in burlap and wrapped twine around dark glass bottles. Filled with flowers, baby’s breath and herbs I created a small fall garden as our centerpiece.
Accented with a beautiful teal fabric flower found HERE.
Above the table Roger, our a porcelain deer head peered in from his spot wrapped around a tree. A whimsical “oh dear” banner hung from his antlers- I used a sweet download given by Creature Comforts in the creation of the banner.
The tree branches provided the perfect spot for hanging shelves with a bit of twine and a thick rope banner filled with colorful paper scraps.
The vintage crates I created became a lovely holding spot for all the apples we planned to roast. Along with roasted apples we served old fashioned pinwheels…
A scrumptious plate of ginger snap cookies and piles of caramel candy.
Plus a simple cinnamon sprinkled cake that hosted a handcrafted LOVE crate topper. I designed & created the topper to coordinate with the larger crates found throughout the space.
The sugary goodness was washed down with glasses of herb infused wine as we celebrated the joy a certain little diamond ring represents.
After filling everyone’s tummies with treats we made our way over to the bonfire where we roasted apples with caramels over a blazing flame.
I designed these caramel apple favors for our evening which were quickly disassembled to be warmed and eaten.
Congrats Devyn and A.J. – May your marriage be as welcoming as this years’ antler infused fall has been!
Photography credits: Jackie Wonders