Fall Backyard Entertaining: Birthday Party

My dad's birthday is in September and so hosting his birthday party is always my first sign of autumn.  Plus besides my husband's birthday, it is the only other festivity I cannot go full force pink on.  So each year I use the upcoming season as inspiration for the decor.  

I used all my plushy pumpkins and other fall decorations along with leaves from the yard to create the table centerpieces.

I then used inspiration from our MOMS group to write phrases with a sharpie on butcher paper.

I loved the look with the simple brown paper and pops of color for the pumpkins.  It screams fall in a sweet subtle way that I think would make for a darling Thanksgiving table.

I usually use a combination of my white vases and serving wear for flowers or plants but this time around I grabbed only glass containers.  It was a simple but new way for me to change things up.

I even dressed up the porch with our yard boots and a couple of fake white pumpkins.

I always love the long table that feels like we are eating family style.  We have four long rectangle tables.  Using one for food, the other three fit twenty people.  If we have guests under that, I usually prefer this setup to the round tables as it makes for more of an intimate setting.

For the food, we did a similar table setup using the brown paper with the food labeled.

We were coming off a busy week so I planned an easy menu that could be made in bulk and planned ahead.  So we ended up serving a pasta bar with spaghetti and meatballs and chicken alfredo.  We also have electricity that runs to our back garden (that we used for our old backyard light setup) which allowed us to plug in the crock pots outside before guest arrived.

For dessert, my dad loves peanut butter so I made yellow cupcakes with chocolate chips and mixed some peanut butter into store bought cream cheese frosting.  All I have to say is that frosting was amazing.

It was a wonderful evening of family and friends celebrating my sweet dad and kicking off this beautiful fall season.  That is something that I most definitely am thankful for.

Fall, Fake Pumpkins, and Embracing Some Simplicity

Though it may not feel like it temperature wise, I am embracing the beginning days of fall.  Early morning breeze and the occasional rain has got me in the mood for one of my favorite seasons.  Here in Sacramento we usually do not get a complete taste of fall until later this month, but that does not keep me from pulling the pumpkins out!

As I shared in a previous post, we have been in a busy season.  Accompanied by a trip we are taking for our five year anniversary, I just haven't been as fully into fall nesting as previous years.  This is the first year that I listened to my craving for less and did not let blogging pressure prompt me to deck the house with all things autumn.  So this year I have just a few outdoor pieces.  All fake pumpkins to add a little festivity to our home.  I always like the simplicity of pretty farmhouses with just a few pumpkins on the porch.  That was my inspiration this year.

I found these darling striped navy pillows at the Pottery Barn Outlet while driving through Southern California a few weeks ago.  They were only $8 for outdoor pillows!  Quite a find--that PB Outlet!

My friend dropped off some birch tree wood to decorate our fireplace.  They haven't made it into the house yet, but they add a nice touch of fall to our porch for now.

We host a few outdoor parties in the fall so I put out some more fake pumpkins in the backyard.

I've always had a thing for fake pumpkins.  They do themselves justice in appearing real, in my opinion.  We invested in a bunch of these for our wedding and since I have such a large collection, I cannot help but embrace them each year as they continue to save me money.  I love a trip to the pumpkin patch and some years I buy a few real ones.  But being able to put the pumpkins out whenever I want without costing any money, saves me some pennies for new fall boots instead! 

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