Crisp fall air and expectations of the coming holiday season creates a great atmosphere for an fall harvest party. Kristin Cadwallader, the creative mind behind Bliss at Home, has styled an outdoor fall harvest party to remember.
This is part of our ongoing Halloween Style Challenge series here on The Home Depot Blog. We sent Home Depot Halloween and harvest decorations to some of our favorite DIY and design bloggers, and we challenged them to create interesting and creative Halloween or harvest decor.
Check out the nature-inspired fall centerpiece Kristin created. She also gives us her quick tutorial for a gorgeous wood slice art piece.
Kristin’s fall harvest party has a classic rural American vibe to it with a very cool classic pick up truck serving as a gathering point. But even if you don’t have a vintage vehicle on hand, you’re sure to pick up some practical style ideas for your fall gathering.
Fall has always been my favorite. I’ve learned to love every season, but fall will always be the one that I love the most. (Shhhhh! Don’t tell winter, spring, and summer!) The colors, the scent of apples and cinnamon, and the perfect weather always get me excited this time of year. For this Halloween Style Challenge, I wanted to take my love of the fall outdoors and host a fall harvest party in our backyard. Every year, we always end up entertaining here–whether it be a bonfire or an outdoor movie night. This year, I wanted to provide a relaxed atmosphere for some dear friends and their kids. Just snacks and fall drinks along with some good conversation on a beautiful autumn evening.
I’ve always enjoyed providing a fun setting for our get-togethers. Here’s how I brought fall to our backyard!
Here are a few related items from Home Depot:
Mason jars (for votives, etc.)
Metal tub (for drinks)
An old orange truck
My Dad purchased a 1948 Chevy pick-up not too long ago that just happens to be bright orange. It was too perfect not to ask about for our fall party!! With a little hint-dropping, he gladly let me borrow it. I loved the idea to use it as a drink station for our party.
With a few hay bales and picnic baskets atop a vintage plaid blanket, it became the perfect fall table. A metal bucket full of ice keeps orange sodas and root beers cool, while a little tray holds Mason jar glasses full of apple cider. Just a few more autumn touches of pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns make it a festive sight.
A great tip if you are using mason jars for glasses is to cut a hole in the top of the lid and use a fun paper straw. This is great for preventing spills and keeping outdoor elements out of your glass.
My boys couldn’t wait for our guests to arrive and enjoyed a fall drink before they came over. This is one of the very few times you will ever see them sitting!
Jack-O-Lanterns, Mums and Mason Jar Votives
I adorned the path down to our patio with more jack-o-lanterns. I also mixed in pumpkins, tree stumps, mums, mason jar votives, and ornamental kale.
Once our friends arrived, the kids ran around playing and cuddling these cute owls we had sitting out.
Our patio area was also given a festive touch with some DIY Wood Slice Art. It was easy to make and I will share the details at the end of this post.
Nature-Inspired Fall Centerpiece
Our fall centerpiece is made from a curved piece of driftwood. Over time it has grown moss which makes it even more awesome in my eyes! I filled in around it with mini pumpkins, succulents, some oak leaves and berries. Mixing natural elements with artificial ones is a great way to get the festive look you want when mother nature hasn’t provided it yet.
We gave the surroundings a warm touch with red plaid blankets draped over chairs and some great kilim pillows. Clear globe lights and twinkle lights add to the ambience.
Fall Party After Sunset
As the sun set, our surroundings became all aglow! It was the perfect evening to enjoy the outdoors and laugh with friends.
DIY Wood Slice Art
As I stated above, the DIY Wood Slice Art was pretty simple to make. I spent an afternoon collecting branches of different sizes for this project. I love the result!! If you take the time to seal it properly, it can be left up all year long.
You can get more fall decorating ideas by checking out my seasonal and holiday gallery on my blog.
Kristin Cadwallader writes the DIY and design blog Bliss at Home, where she shares her latest DIY project, room makeover, or furniture transformation. Kristin lives in Rock Island, Illinois with her husband and two boys.
Visit The Home Depot’s online Holiday Decorations Department for everything you need to decorate your home for Halloween and fall.