A FALL DINNER PARTY

Well, I don’t know about you but as much as I love fall, I’m not quite ready for summer to be over. Yet here in Lake Arrowhead there is a chill in the air and the leaves are beginning to turn, so I might as well face it, fall has arrived. To help me get in the spirit of the season I decided to have A Fall Dinner Party to thank our friends, Brenda & Jim, for lending us their charming, vintage-style trailer for our recent Proposal Trip to Yosemite. So, I began by adding some fall decor to my home.

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Every year around this time I add to my collection of Homemade Cloth Pumpkins. Having saved and dried pumpkin stems from the previous fall, I sew more DIY cloth pumpkins for my collection.

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Big and small, I produce them with little effort using a variety of fabrics to match my decor. Velvet, burlap, damask & even printed fabrics make beautiful, everlasting pumpkins that are easy and economical to make. To create your own cloth pumpkins click here for my step-by-step tutorial.

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A FALL DINNER PARTY | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

A FALL DINNER PARTY | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

I also cut the last of my garden roses and placed them in a vase along with fresh rosemary cut from my herb garden.

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Bright yellow flowers enhanced my foyer, cheerily greeting my guests at the front door.

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Perfect for a fall dinner party, my cloth pumpkins made a great centerpiece as well.

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My tablecloth and napkins were homemade, sewn from green ticking fabric. The addition of a couple of pretty candlesticks completed my tablescape.

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As a thank you gift I sewed our guests of honor a red checkered picnic blanket to match their red, white and black trailer. I included one of my favorite Sunset Magazine travel books called, Eating Up The West Coast. It’s all about the best road trips & restaurants from Southern California to Washington and includes great recipes too. This weekend my friends plan to do just that on a trailer trip up to Carmel, California. I hope the book comes in handy!

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My menu included a fresh green salad, my favorite pasta recipe, Eggplant Pasta

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and as an ode to fall I baked individual Pumpkin Tarts using my throwdown winning recipe for Pumpkin Pie In The Sky.

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Pumpkin Tarts Going Into The Oven

It was a fun fall evening of good friends and good food. Welcome to Fall 2017 my friends. May you enjoy a fall dinner party of your own very soon.

So there you have it: A FALL DINNER PARTY

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Comments

  • Ah, your pumpkins are back! I remember when you originally posted about them. What a wonderful thank you. I’m sure your friends enjoyed your lovely gestures. It’s so very thoughtful.

  • Juliet Martin Russell

    As always I’ve learned something from your post, and have ordered Eating Up the West Coast and printed recipe for Pumpkin Pie in the Sky! Woo hoo!

  • We go way back;) And so do my pumpkins! You are ever so sweet.

  • Juliet, you are simply THE BEST! I hope you enjoy everything. Fingers crossed. XO

  • The Enchanted Home

    AMAZING, so elegant and yet so inviting..love the colors and the food looks outrageously good.

  • Thank you Tina for your very kind words.