01 September 2015

4 Tips For A Fabulous Fall Party

Once September rolls around, and when temperature begins to dip below 80, I heave a sigh of relief, then begin to get obsessed with Fall foods, decorating and baking.
I am even feeling more in the Fall spirit this year, with the anticipation of sitting on our new back porch, enjoying a cozy fire, while watching the oak trees change their coats of green to red and orange.

                                         

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I always get the bug to entertain this time of year, a few friends, sweet family, and no pressure.  Once Thanksgiving rolls around, then Christmas, there are expectations on all of us, but now, it is time to celebrate cooler temperatures, good food and good friends on a breezy afternoon or cool evening.  Keep it casual, laid back and hassle free.

                                                                       

I have a crafty side, but making invitations is not one of those crafts that I have flourished doing. Besides we are keeping this Fabulous Fall Party as worry free as possible so lets skip the worry of purchasing stamps and bypass standing in line at the Post Office too.
Here are three of my fave paperless invite sites.

Invites-
Some of these are free, some are very inexpensive, they are cool, nifty and you'll save a tree or maybe two...smile...

evite.com

paperlesspost.com

punchbowl.com





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Decor-

Try hosting your party outside so you can incorporate as much of nature as you can.
Let nature be the backdrop of color and inspiration to your Fall party.
Keep it basic by adding galvanized tubs, wooden crates, baskets, burlap and add a few hay bales for sitting.
A few supplies from your local hardware store, Pier One, Target or World Market make this Fall Party fabulously rustic,simple and chic.

If you have an outdoor fireplace or fire pit utilize them for roasting marshmallows and added ambiance.
                                                             

                                                                               


Food-

So many choices for serving a group, my favorite for this time of the year is Chili.
If you are looking for an amazing and tasty recipe you might like to give Hearty Sirloin Chili a try or if you are in the mood to grill here is a link to the Food Network for a variety of recipes.
You could put a roast in the oven and toss in some potatoes and carrots. Get the Foodie bunch in your group to bring a side dish, or an apple pie and pumpkin bread for dessert.
Looking for an appetizer, Bacon and Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
With Pinterest as our friend, inspiration abounds, and the sky is the limit for you and your guests. 





Fun For Little Ones-

Will little folks be joining in on the party, yours or a friends, have some sweet little grands that need to feel extra special while they are visiting?
Set up some little sized tables with mini pumpkins, markers, glitter, glue, craft sticks, paper and stickers. Crafty Morning has some adorable, and creative craft ideas.
Little people also enjoy having a "goodie," to take home, making and taking home a craft is a whole lot better than taking home candy. 
After having my own children, and grandchildren now.
I know for certain, a pint sized table loaded down with simple fun supplies will provide plenty of fun,while making sweet memories at the same time.





Enjoy the lull of the Fall Season, and embrace each moment, all too soon we will be 
roasting a turkey.

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Jemma's home is a quiet spot nestled among the trees. You might find me writing, reading, or puttering in my Greenhouse, tweaking a recipe, crafting a wreath or loving on my grands. Always living with a grateful heart.

36 comments:

  1. The Chili recipe sounds so good! I think I'll try that. Wonderful tips! I'm thinking about hosting a Halloween party .. just trying to commit:) Hope you are enjoying your week so far. xxL

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    1. Leslie, it is an awesome recipe, loaded with flavor and as you could see, very easy to make.
      Once you have made the commitment to hosting you are well on your way, with your lovely home and kitchen it'll be a beautiful party!

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  2. I so enjoyed all the fall colored images.. I'm ready for the cooler and orange-ier times! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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    1. Teresa,
      You made me chuckle here-orange-ier times-I am with you, for sure!

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  3. Good morning beloved friend!

    How I miss summer now, but for these reasons:

    - quiet observation of nature.
    - photography and sharing it on IG
    - YOU.

    But, once this schedule of mine becomes part of my being, I'll get the hang of it and fall will be in full swing. I love your idea of SIMPLE and no pressure. Fall décor for us comes with nature. I want my white pumpkins and I think I'll take a quick shopping break tonight after school to get some much needed groceries AND look for some white pumpkins! But I am longing for the perfume of cinnamon and roasted vegetables on the weekend....off to school, but back FOR SURE! HUGS!

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    1. Good Morning Dearest!
      You will fall into the routine of your school schedule before you know it and just as you mentioned it will be woven into your being. I know that will be a good feeling. I hope that your week is going well and that the students are cooperative and that that everything is falling into place. WE did have a good Summer on IG, and we will again my dearest friend!

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  4. Thank you for sharing this as I would love to host a few parties outdoor now that the bar is done!

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    1. I am so glad you stopped by today and I am so glad that I visited you too. Great inspiration on your blog for a powder bath!

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  5. Jemma, these are such wonderful tips! I love a great party, don't you?! And fall is the perfect time for holding a nice party outside! Just can't wait!!

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    1. Benita,
      I can't wait either, please Fall come to Texas soon:)!!

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  6. 'Eye Candy' pictures....

    But I don't host parties...

    :-)

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    1. Yes Tessa, pure dreamy eye candy and even though you don't host parties, you and your husband could still enjoy a decorated Fall space to enjoy a glass of cider or wine.

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  7. Oh every photo you have is so beautiful - you and I have the same tastes for sure. Hey if you have a party - evite me! lol I pinned the two chairs on the lake - love that.

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    1. You have an open invitation to join us on our new back patio with a crackling fire in the fireplace and watch the sunset over the oaks:)

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  8. Lots of great ideas on here, Jemma. The picture of the chairs and the lake and the golden leaves is absolutely beautiful. I can just see myself sitting there enjoying the wonderful season of Fall. I like the ideas for the little ones. They really love goodies to take home. I do hope you are in your new home by Thanksgiving. The holidays will be magical for you. I went with white pumpkins last year when we moved to our new home, but I think this year it will be orange all around.

    Love your inspirational post, my friend.

    ~Sheri

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    1. Oh Sheri, you and I are so similiar! I am torn with adoring white pumpkins and orange. Maybe we can incorporate both somehow! I am glad you were inspired today:)
      Love,
      Jemma

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  9. Hi Jemma, wonderful ideas for sharing with family and friends the new season. Nothing better then casual and stress free. Just being together and enjoying time well spent with loved ones is the best part.
    Love all your pics and the inspiration they bring. Good Food, Comfy settings and lots off laughter. Welcome fall my favorite time of the year. Happy September dear one and thank you for stopping by and your kind comment. Wishing you a wonderful mid week.
    Blessings, cm

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    1. Dearest One,
      Thank you for your visit and positive affirmations about family, life , friends and embracing Fall!
      Such a wonderful time of the year. Now, if we can just get through a few more hot Texas days, it will be clear sailing ahead!
      xo
      Jemma

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  10. Lots of inspiration Jemma. Fall is one of my favorite seasons. Love the crisp air, the beautiful fall colors and of course decor and baking. Time for soups and chili. I do love a good chili, so I will gladly check that one out. I love hosting fall parties as well. The chairs near the lake is lovely. xo

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    1. Linda,
      I have been enjoying your Fall inspiration on your blog too, you live in such an amazing area. I can only imagine the loveliness of entertaining outdoors on your 10 acres of rolling hills.
      I too love a good chili, it is a great dish for a group and this recipe won't disappoint:)
      xo
      Jemma

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  11. You have me inspired to have a fall party--outdoors would be exceptionally nice before it gets too cold. Thanks for the links!

    Jane x

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    1. Oh Jane, I can just imagine your gatherings are warm and welcoming. You also are such a great cook!
      xo
      Jemma

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  12. Great ideas and inspiration pictures. I too love fall and have started thinking about comfort foods. I've dreamt of outside fall parties but never seem to do them. I should work on that :-)

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    1. Liz,
      I am just thinking how lovely an outdoor gathering would be on your deck. You create such lovely table settings, just imagine bringing all of that together with an outdoor theme...aw....

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  13. I love your pictures Jemma, especially the second one. I want to be there!

    Fall parties are big around these here parts, as almost everyone has fire pits ;).

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    1. Doreen,
      Well, with your yard and fire pit, the lake nearby-I say have a party and I'll be there!

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    1. Lol! Let's say as soon as we move into the new house-right after Thanksgiving:)

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  15. Great tips Jemma. I so wish the temps would drop in my neck of the woods. Right now it's hot, humid and rainy. I just can't even think about Fall right now and I love that time of the year. Love all the tips and I am checking out the invitations! Happy Thursday. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. Cindy,
      You won't be dissapointed in the invites, they are amazing and hassle free-I have used these resources many times.
      I hope your weather is better today and that Fall arrives soon!
      xo

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  16. What a fun post! I'm hoping to have a small soup-and-salad harvest party in early October. Two or three soups, wonderful bread, a couple of salads and lots of good cheer. In Michigan our October can be dicey for the outdoor gig but one always hopes...! Those mushrooms sound great!

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  17. A fall party sounds like a great idea.

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  18. These are such gorgeous pictures!! Fall is my favorite time of year. The crisp air and feeligs of new beginning make it such a hopeful time! An outdoor party would be fabulous. Thanks for sharing these great ideas with us on #stylefocus!

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  19. Awesome tips and pictures, Jemma! Gotta fix my backyard soon, Fall is the perfect time for outdoor parties!

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  20. Jemma, loved the images and the party tips! I am throwing a 'woman's party' for the gals in our extended family. The food will be easy because we are doing potluck. You can bet I'll be pulling out my galvanized goods. Hosting it outdoors always makes it so easy! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  21. Lots of inspiration Jemma! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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