13 Sep Planning A Fall Themed Party
Build your vision. Come up with a unique theme for your event. For this particular event I chose a “Fall in Love” themed party. I wanted to capture the regal side of Fall – a season not just filled with whimsy, but also grace. My vision was to highlight the bounty of fall through both the food and décor. I mixed amber tones with a blush pink and added some rose gold for that romantic flair. Themed parties are always more fun and will really wow your guests.
I stopped by Pretty Vintage Rentals showroom in Westlake Village and picked out some timeless charming pieces. I fell in love with the stunning amber and pink pressed glass goblets, amber pedestal bowls for florals, beautiful gold mirror trays and Florentine trays, as well as some statement furniture for desserts, drinks and a vintage farmhouse table to complete my vision of creating a romantic ambiance.
Next, you want to think about serving a signature cocktail that ties in with your theme. Cocktail parties are the least expensive and most versatile. For this particular party I decided to make a “spiked apple cider”, which highlighted an apple cider mix, champagne, and vodka. I used milk jugs and a beverage dispenser to create a drink station, I then tied cinnamon sticks using twine to each mini vintage milk jug for a special touch. Consider a food selection that ties in with your theme and budget. Dinner was a hearty family style with heavy hors devours to start.
For dessert, the amazing Frost It Cupcakery created a delectable naked vanilla cake with crystallized ginger layered with pomegranate buttercream. To incorporate the fall theme, the cake was adorned with little metallic acorns.
For florals, the uber talented Sharon Lopez from Knot Just Flowers created gorgeous arrangements with loose fall greens, amber flowers with a lot of texture in crystal glass vases. She wanted to incorporate dried flowers into the arrangements and bouquets to reflect the harvest aspect of fall.
On the table, I chose a pretty rose table runner with white organic napkins. Ceramic plates sat upon antique books used as chargers. I also brought in a variety of staging props such as decorative pumpkins in orange and gold, tons of candles, apples, pumpkins, pomegranates and sprigs of fall leaves and acorns.
Now its time to get crafty. Once you have answers to the basic questions, and you have decided on a theme, the framework for your party is in place — the time, place, and style have been established. Now use this information to figure out the “pretty lil details”. Be creative and think outside the box. The type of party will dictate what you need for equipment, the season can inspire the menu, and the budget will factor into whether or not you use a caterer. Outside of that, be creative and tailor a party you would want to attend. And remember that organization is key to make hosting a breeze!
About the author: Tali Marchefka is a one-of-a-kind event stylist. She has over 8 years of experience planning fairytale weddings, themed celebrations, corporate events, holiday parties and charity events. She has a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from UCLA and is in the process of getting her MBA.
Photography: Betsi Ewing betsiewing.com