My Sis knows she can always count on me to help her out with some party style. There are so many elements that go into making a great party, but it’s easier to have someone like me take care of the table top and style issues. Yes, I gave some input on the food; will tell you more about that this week….I was not into doing the food for 150 ppl….but I did do some styling. Here are a few pics. The entry, before:
The entry is a great place to start to style a party. It sets the tone and if it is done well, guests know they are in for a treat. Ideally, the entry gets the guests excited….something special…a hint of what is to come…..Sis and I had discusses a fall motif for the party; today I lashed dried corn stalks to her gate to make a mock arch. If the stalks were green I could bend them (next year I will just ask Kevin!); but these were bought from Rogers Gardens dried; even the LA Flower mart did not have them. You can not see the pots of mums at the base of each side in this pic, but Sis loved it~
At the front door a dozen steps further, I put a trio of interesting pumpkins on the left; I want it to look like fall but not Halloween, and a $13 potted yellow Mum from Costco on the right. Perks it up a bit.
I had another pair of these Mums at the base of the corn stalks but unfortunately pas de photo; trust me, these are a GREAT deal from Costco….my Dad was the one to discover these first, and each year I buy them~
The flowers around the house were simple and neutral green and white (Casablanca white lillies, white hydrangeas and Queen Anne’s Lace; $45 cost for three large vases full) from the LA Flower Mart, and then today I added in the pretty sunflowers with green centers from Hector at the CdM market~
Our Happy Hosts with Lola Dog~
The tables were all great; when in doubt, use lots of votives and candles and it’s a party~
Forgot to mention I put a string of white-strand mini lights in the corn stalk entry. I wound the lights around the stalks so you see them coming and going. In the early evening, it was very pretty and not contrived. The lights cost me $6 and gave the dried stalks a little fantasy. Success, to me! I will refine this look. What Sis does not know is that tomorrow after the market I am coming to take all this back to Laguna~
It was 90 degrees at the party, so hardly fall weather. Never mind, tomorrow I will install fall décor in Laguna, with these props as a start. I have a few other additions to make it fun that I will show you.