With the markets full of sweet treats, Halloween costumes, and pumpkins of all shapes and sizes- it’s apparent that fall has arrived! However, much of the country is still enjoying clear skies and warm weather. In our opinion, there are few things better than embracing the colorful arrival of autumn while still enjoying a bit of sunshine.

Luckily- we’re not alone in this!! Michaela WarnerChristine Donee couldn’t agree more, and created an absolutely beautiful outdoor dinner party to welcome the new season. With rich, autumnal colors and an even better guest list- this will be an event to savor.

“Our inspiration for this event was the cool, crisp evenings of fall. Autumn hues of reds, greens, orange, and gold were the perfect colors to usher in the new season in this adorable backyard dinner party. The recipe for a dinner party is simple: a beautiful centerpiece, a few pretty details, simple flatware and dishes, and your favorite people, of course! For the place cards and menus, we just used a felt pen on small canvases to create our own at-home calligraphy. These easy and special touches are what really make your event sweet and memorable.”

– A lovely flower arrangement (or centerpiece of choice), combining all the colors of your event, is the first thing that guests will notice. This should be your statement of the table.
– Simple dishes, like white plates, allow the eyes to focus on the beautiful centerpiece, and keep the table clutter-free.
– Place cards always make the event feel more special, no matter what the occasion. It says to guests that someone put thought into the setup. Writing names of guests on unique objects is always a fun way to spice up the tablescape. Little clementines or cuties was our choice, because it always allowed the orange color to really pop off the white plates. Entertaining really is all in the little details!
– A colorful goblet (like our green glasses) are the perfect finishing touch. Who doesn’t love to drink out of a pretty goblet? It makes even water feel fancy!

Photography & Design: Christine Donee
Design & Florals: Michaela Noelle Designs
Dishes and glassware: Pier 1 imports
Napkins: Williams Sonoma
Flowers: Moe’s Flowers
Jams & Honey: The Cheese Store of Silverlake
Flower Vase: Vintage