How to Have a Fall Party

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Fall is almost officially upon us as the first day is this Monday, September 23 (which is also my younger son’s 29th birthday!). This also represents just passing the three month mark since the inception of my new blog. Thus my web designer and I decided a celebration was in order.

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Well I don’t know about you but setting the date for a party is a great incentive to get decorating projects finished. So once we picked the date, I went on line and purchased cute invitations. (Another option would be an evite or electronic invitation.) The invitations were brown with a fall arrangement so that will be how I’ll coordinate the food area.

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I’m a big seasonal decorator. I have collected stuff for years and have a great storage room where I keep everything. It’s arranged by seasons so I just go through the boxes and pick out the various items each year.

I focus on the great room, kitchen, dining room, and powder room. These are all the common areas where guests will be at any party.

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Just about everything is silk or artificial so it all lasts forever. If anything gets dusty I quickly run it under the tap and let it dry. Above is an old log crate with silk mums. And on the end table are great yellow silk begonias (from the Chalet) and an artificial pumpkin.

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On my great room ottoman I display three glass cylinders of hydrangeas that I bought several years ago at Pottery Barn. To these I added several silk sunflowers from Michaels. The love seat pillow is from Pottery Barn last year.

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The pumpkin pillows are from Pottery Barn. They’re 20 x 20 inches and have removable down pillow inserts. So several times per year I change the covers to coordinate with the season.

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I fill the kitchen canisters with candy corn from the grocery store and pumpkins and pine cones from Michaels or Homegoods.

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I put silk garlands of fall leaves and apples above my kitchen cabinets. These are available every year at Michaels and some years at Homegoods.

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I made this cool fall arrangement several years ago when I saw this same grouping at an art fair. I snapped a photo and luckily was able to locate all the flowers in the “real” arrangement. So now every year from mid-September until Black Friday this pot sits by my fireplace. You never know where you’ll get decor inspiration. So I recommend that any time you see a cool idea, take a photo with your phone to make it easier to replicate.

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Lastly I popped more garlands and a ceramic pumpkin on my great room bookshelves. So by setting a party date I was happily forced into getting all my fall decor in place.

In tomorrow’s blog I’ll tell you what’s next on my pre-party agenda. It’s a busy next few days…

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Here’s my back door wreath. Happy Fall 🍂🍁🎃!