By: Jessica Robinson
One of my most favorite season is fall. Here in New England, the weather begins to cool off, the breezes are really refreshing and the colors burst from the trees of amber, gold, red and rust. Fall for me says winter is coming and it’s a time for celebration of the harvest. I’m always very thankful to Mother Nature for all that she produces and love to share that with good friends and family.
Hosting a small dinner party is exciting. With a little planning you can make it a huge success and not be overwhelmed. With the economy like it is we all need to save a little bit of money. So, use what ever you have around the house and fill it with the local bounty. I stopped by Hinman’s sawmill today to pick up a freshly made natural maple wood cutting board. The board is perfect for displaying cheese, crackers and fruit beautifully. For the fall table setting below, I baked mini-apple pie favors and filled reclaimed wooden containers with locally harvested apples from Averill Farm. Then all I did was add a few stems of local antique hydrangea and some pops of colors with some roses. VERY simple and very affordable!
To add a little interest and texture on the table I poured a few coffee beans into a wide-mouth Mason jar. Then simply put an unscented votive inside the jar. The heat of the candle will gently warm up the coffee beans and fill the fall air with the subtle aroma of coffee.
There are so many things you can make yourself for a simple, yet very beautiful fall backyard party. If you do not have a big wooden farmhouse style table you can rent a 8 or 10 foot rectangle table and a simple linen. Then, go to the local saw mill and ask for a wooden plank and run it down the center of the table just like you would with a table runner. This is a simple and very inexpensive way to get that pop of rustic wood into your table setting.