Autumn Harvest Luncheon {Vendor Challenge}

Our final Autumn themed submission for the vendor challenge is from Brittany of Grey Grey Designs. If you are a traditionalist (with a spin) then you’ll love her design full of Fall colors – with an Ombre affect, and classic menu items served with modern flair. Brittany created this party for a real event – her baby’s baptism party. Read on for all the details told by Brittany…

When Chris asked me to participate in her Autumn themed Vendor Challenge, I was beyond thrilled! First of all, I love Celebrations at Home, and second of all, I LOVE Fall! It is hands-down my favorite season. I love all things pumpkin-I even got married in the month of October! I have always wanted to throw a “Little Pumpkin” themed baby shower or birthday party, and my newborn son’s baptism presented the perfect opportunity to use this theme for the luncheon that followed. My inspiration for this party was the current trend of ombre. I decided that Fall leaves would be the perfect item to use to achieve an ombre tablescape. For my centerpiece arrangement, I arranged faux leaves from red to orange to yellow to green. Then, I used some of my existing glassware and filled them with corresponding colored fruits, vegetables, candies, and florals. For the place setting, I used my pumpkin dessert plates that I received for my October wedding and two different shaped and sized place mats for extra texture. I love the idea of using what you have in your own home, such as your own china and chargers. You can give them a new look just by changing out the place mats and napkins! I did an accordian fold on my existing brown twill napkins and used a wrought iron napkin ring, that made the accordion fold look like a bow. The printables for my party were done by the amazingly talented Paula from Frog Prince Paperie. She customized her entire Little Pumpkin party set for me to use with my baptism party.

For my savory food buffet, I served BBQ pork with all the accompaniments. I love doing home-style comfort food for parties. BBQ pork is a very budget savvy menu option for luncheons and if you live in the South, like I do, then you know that most everyone loves it! I served it with buns for sandwiches, and small individual servings of coleslaw and baked beans. I decided to individualize the side items because I like the idea of them being neater and easier to eat, instead of making a big mess on your plate. Plus, I could leave the beans in the oven while we were at church and come back to hot food! I used cupcake wrappers around the individual slaw cups for some extra punch. For the backdrop, I carried through the ombre theme by building a “falling leave” backdrop using a dowel and some clear craft lacing. A little hot glue and some 3M strips and you have a gorgeous autumn focal point. I used baskets from around my house to warm up the table and build height. I knew I wanted a geometric, modern fabric for the table, and I when I found this diamond pattern fabric in orange and brown at Premier Fabrics, I knew it was perfect paired with my orange burlap.”

“Keeping with my comfort food theme, I decided on a pie station for dessert. I made three pies for the luncheon: pumpkin (of course), s’mores, and sugar free peanut butter fudge for my diet restricted guests. I displayed them on terra cotta pot bases and pots that I had glued together to form dessert stands. This project was incredibly easy and cost effective! I finished them off with some raffia and felt pumpkins. For the backdrop, I found these small grapevine wreaths at Michaels and I loved the idea of making a garland with them. I used party circles in some of the smaller wreaths to add visual interest.”

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This party just screams warmth and comfort and I’m sure the guests felt it. I love the buffet styling (and food choices – I’m a Southerner too, after all), and sweets display on the gorgeous old dresser/desk. The modern fabrics add an interesting twist, and the desserts look and sound amazing. Real inspiration at work here!

Vendors: Styling – Grey Grey Design / Printables – Frog Prince Paperie / Fabric – Premier Fabrics

About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and contributor to Homes.com, Marie Callender's, and SheKnows. Most recently her work has been published in Woman's World, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.

Comments

  1. Thanks again for asking me to participate Chris! I am totally honored! ;)

  2. Such beautiful workmanship, Brittany! Really love that fabric and the mod looking wreath/ribbon backdrop!

  3. Claudia @ Tini Posh says:

    Love all the details! Gorgeous!

  4. YUMMY pies!! LOVE it Britt!

  5. Absolutely gorgeous!!! Love the ombre effect so very much! The different backdrops are adorable and pies look fantastically delicious!

  6. I love the leaves backdrop… hanging in streamers down the wall. That is such a good idea!
    I found myself wishing I could reach into the screen and help myself to a slice of pie, they look so delicious!

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